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    Originally Posted by Athena View Post
    Yes, I was under increasing stress both physically and mentally. It was tough: I had finally found a place to work where I loved 99% of the people with whom I worked and had a job I loved, but I need more money (let's be honest, I'm 54 and need to get back to making reasonably good money before I even think about retiring) and I need less physical trashing.



    Yup. My sister works for a company in Chicago that builds and runs assisted living facilities. They went into lockdown in late February, had a huge staff meeting to explain everything, and implemented precautions above and beyond the basics. And COVID-19 hadn't even been discovered in Illinois yet!



    Thanks, Marius. It's so good to see you back as well! Thanks also for the kind words about what I do. I'm in a holding pattern now with my nonprofit. Things are really tough in Nepal (we haven't expanded out to other countries yet) and the elders are especially suffering. Lots of them are homeless and living in makeshift shelters -- I can't get my government contacts to tell me what's happened to them during this lockdown.

    Okay, enough about all that!

    Yesterday I did 55 minutes on my bike on the trainer. My hubs and I knocked together a table a couple of weeks ago so I could set up my laptop and watch Netflix while I was riding. So I've been on the trainer more often. My ultimate goal is to ride back and forth to Mama June's. She's at a higher elevation than us, so it's a trip straight downhill from here, then a ride up the highway, then back straight up a long hill on which I've never, ever seen another cyclist. I've done it once before and I spent a LOT of time walking my bike up parts of that hill.

    After that, I did 5 sets of 12 modified pushups along with 4 sets of 20 total side lunges (10 each side), bodyweight only.

    This a.m., I was back on the bike for 45 minutes, then started to do some straight bar, 30# overhead presses but there was no way. I checked out back of the barn, where the ranch owner was helping the hubs split wood and went back inside and changed, then headed back out to help . The 80 year old ranch owner was sitting on the ground in front of the splitter, then he'd reach over and struggle to get a 1/3 round over and set up. It was nerve-wracking. He's careless and they'd already done about six cords already this year, each time nearly injuring the hubs. I started to pull rounds and half rounds off the stack and helped set them up on the splitter, and set the smaller ones down near the ranch owner if he could manage them. There was the rest of my workout: Tons of 30-75 pound deadlifts and farmer's carries to finish off the last cord of wood.

    Tomorrow it's back to the bike plus an upper body workout.
    Whoa, that's physical training old-style!
    I'm out, standing in my field.

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    Whoa, that's physical training old-style!
    Yeah, it was pretty crazy. My preference is for physical work like that -- doing tractor work, etc. Having to move stuff, getting up and down off the tractor or the trailer (like yesterday). Weight lifting and even yoga only go so far, but physical work moves our bodies in ways we don't normally move, and requires different types of flexibility and strength.

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    ~~ * ~~

    Okay, here's the latest!

    Friday my forearms and biceps were too sore to do an upper body workout, so I stuck with the bike work but did a double.
    BIKE: a.m. = 55 min; p.m. = 50 min

    Saturday didn't feel too well...the double session took a lot out of me. I did help with tractor work, though. The gear box for our MX6 field mower has crapped out after a measly 60 hours of mowing hay (insert extremely pissed off emoji here) and so the hubs and I had to load it onto the trailer. First we had to disassemble the trailer frame that my husband built, then we used the tractor to load the mower onto the trailer. It was not easy and required a lot of physical work from me on the ground.

    Sunday is my bodyfat day. I'm trying to stay focused, even though nothing has changed in the last six weeks. I don't look as if I've lost weight, I don't feel as if I've lost weight, and the numbers prove I haven't. I'm stuck at:
    ...wt: 138lbs
    ...BF%: 29.9%

    Which translates to a whopping 41lbs of fat and a measly 97lbs of LBM.



    Decided to just stay focused today instead of eating ice cream for breakfast.

    start: 7:40a.m.
    SUPERSETS:

    * Burpees with overhead presses: 10# dumbbells (one each hand) - 12 reps for 5 sets
    * Side lunges: 10# dumbbell (single) - 20 total for 2 sets; 20# dumbbells (one 10# each hand) - 20 total for 2 sets
    ...I only do four sets of side lunges

    time: 8:00a.m.

    SUPERSETS:

    * modified pushups (I'm still a weakling): 12 reps for 5 sets
    * SA DB rows: 20#spinlocks - 12 reps for 5 sets

    finished with --
    * Floor deads (light bar plus weight): 30# - 10 reps
    ...deads are pretty hard on my lower back -- but I need them to keep my lower back strong, so I'm easing into more sets very slowly

    time: 8:22a.m.

    Hubs had to start up the tractor, so I left the barn to finish later (it takes a long time to get the engine up to temperature).

    Just before noon, I headed back out.

    BIKE: 50 min

    finished with --
    * Leg raises off bench: 10 reps x 2 sets

    ~~ * ~~

    Food thus far today:
    Breakfast, post-workout: Smoothie with one scoop Hammer Vegan protein powder (chocolate); 1t each turmeric, cinnamon, cacao powder and L-Glutamine; 1/3C each frozen blueberries and frozen sweet cherries

    Lunch, post-bike session: 1/2 apple with brie; Greek salad (1/2 avocado, 1/4 red pepper, 1/2 cuke, 1 small tomato, all chopped and topped with 1T Opa feta dill dressing 'cuz I'm too lazy to make my own dressing!); and two small pieces of my very own specially made Spanakopita.

    Still hungry, so I'll likely scramble some eggs with seared asparagus and broccoli soon.

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    I feel you with the fat loss. It gets discouraging. I keep trying to remember that you push and push with no results then one day it seems like the fat just falls off. Then you stagnate again for a while.

    That's what I keep hoping is going to happen, anyway.

    Your training is still good as long as you keep moving. Being weak is okay. Being lazy isn't.

    How long have you lived in Nepal. My wife and I have talked for years about visiting there. It's one of the locations where neither of us have been, but we feel like we already know it.
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    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    I feel you with the fat loss. It gets discouraging. I keep trying to remember that you push and push with no results then one day it seems like the fat just falls off. Then you stagnate again for a while.

    That's what I keep hoping is going to happen, anyway.

    Your training is still good as long as you keep moving. Being weak is okay. Being lazy isn't.

    How long have you lived in Nepal. My wife and I have talked for years about visiting there. It's one of the locations where neither of us have been, but we feel like we already know it.
    The fat thing just falling off happened to me years ago. I fought and fought and fought and nothing happened for six weeks...then it started falling off and wouldn't stop. I lost two pant sizes in one month. Freaked me out. I remember talking to a bodybuilding pro I knew and he just looked at me and said, "Hey, why fight it? Your body knows what it's doing. Just let it do it's thing." I took his word and ran with it. I miss him. He quit bodybuilding when his physician told him, "Either lose 30 pounds [of muscle] or have back surgery." He chose to drop 30 pounds of muscle. He really encouraged me to stay natural and stay true to myself. Good guy.

    I've been back and forth to Nepal three times now. As for feeling as if you already know it, you already do know it. I knew it would feel like home before I even set foot on the tarmac. It's as much my home as Epsom and London, and more my home than here in the PacNW. We can chat about it offline, because there are reasons for this being true.

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    Okay, Tuesday, April 21, did a superset of bench pushups (4 sets of 15) plus one modified set of 15, with SA DB rows (spinlocks) at 20# - just four sets of 15...followed by an attempt at overhead presses but nearly puked.

    I was still not feeling well even after all that rest for my belly strain. Went to the chiropractor twice last week. Belly felt better after the first visit but then I threw out an anterior and my right hip.

    I'm pretty sure I biked at some point last week, but I didn't write it down.

    Sunday, April 26, I got out on the road -- did a tough one hour ride. Felt great!

    Monday, April 27, depressing news on the BF front. Increased fat by 1/2 pound (WTF?!), but I also did supposedly put on two pounds of muscle in one week. Gonna hold my breath on that one until next week's test. I know how much I'm eating. It's not too much, not too little. I just have no f'ing clue what's going on.

    Today, April 28: solid workout.

    Bench pushups: 4 sets of 15
    superset with
    SA DB rows (spinlocks): 20# - 4 sets of 15

    Floor deads: straight bar + 30# - 2 sets of 10
    superset with
    Bodyweight bench squats: 2 sets of 10

    OH presses: straight bar + 30# - 2 sets of 5

    noodle arms after that...

    Need to keep up the weight workouts. It is the answer to my weight loss, I know that for sure. And the biking -- can't wait to get back on the road tomorrow!

    Cheers, everyone. I'll check in on everyone else's journals later.
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    Good, well-rounded training there. Weights and riding are a great combo.
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    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    Good, well-rounded training there. Weights and riding are a great combo.
    Thanks! I remembered my other workouts from last week. I ran once, which is why I had to race back to the chiropractor. It really screwed me up. I am not saying I'm quitting running, because addiction sucks and makes you a liar, but I do know I need to quit.

    Yesterday was 50 min's on the bike trainer so I could multi-task and start my online palliative care certification program. More weights to come this a.m.

    Rainy morning as usual in the PacNW! Stay safe, peeps!

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    Thanks! I remembered my other workouts from last week. I ran once, which is why I had to race back to the chiropractor. It really screwed me up. I am not saying I'm quitting running, because addiction sucks and makes you a liar, but I do know I need to quit.

    Yesterday was 50 min's on the bike trainer so I could multi-task and start my online palliative care certification program. More weights to come this a.m.

    Rainy morning as usual in the PacNW! Stay safe, peeps!

    Athi
    If you know you need to quit, we'll remind you to quit!

    I ran for years, but when I finally quit I needed no reminders. It was just too painful. That's why I took up weights the first time.

    I grew up running, and occasionally look back with fondness on some enjoyable runs. Then I remember the pain of the final six months of it, and I still grimace. From time to time I'll indulge in a little sprinting (or what passes for sprinting in a 64 year old man), and experience no ill effects, but having to relive the final months of my endurance running life, it still hurts!

    The weights will be your comfort!
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    Thanks! I remembered my other workouts from last week. I ran once, which is why I had to race back to the chiropractor. It really screwed me up. I am not saying I'm quitting running, because addiction sucks and makes you a liar, but I do know I need to quit.

    Yesterday was 50 min's on the bike trainer so I could multi-task and start my online palliative care certification program. More weights to come this a.m.

    Rainy morning as usual in the PacNW! Stay safe, peeps!

    Athi
    It's difficult to give up things that we love that are bad for us. Running hurts me, but I keep doing it, so I totally get you.
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    Hello.
    I did not know you lived on a farm. That's pretty commendable you know your way around equipment like that. I'm mechanically dis-inclined.
    And I agree with your bb'ing friend, why fight it indeed (the weight loss).
    Its also nice to see your excited for your workouts, reading that can be contagious for people like me who have lost some of the mojo since the gyms closed.

    Back in the day, you were competing, right?
    Do you want to compete again?
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    okay, folks. i keep getting an "access denied" message whenever i try to post.

    this forum crap is getting old.

    gonna try this...gonna keep editing short posts until i can finish something...
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    nope, that didn't work.

    workouts are continuing. did my version of sled drags yesterday with the tractor farrow (turned it upside down because i'm not crazy). i am hooked!!

    looking at three things with regards to my constantly increasing weight:
    - figuring out how to lower my cortisol levels. i think something "broke" when i was under all that stress at the assisted living facility.
    - figuring out if there's something in my gut health that isn't working the way it should be.
    - taking an ayurvedic approach to balancing my systems. turns out i'm what they call a three-dosha, which explains a lot to me (but probably not to you guys!)

    also, yes, going back in for blood work. my thyroid has barely worked for years, so i'll be looking at that as well.

    posting this, then trying another post to continue...
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    okay, also starting a periodization program starting monday:

    mondays: chest & back plus abs
    wednesdays: legs, shoulders, abs
    fridays: bis & tris plus abs
    other days: farrow drags, cycling, yoga

    rotation:
    w/o 1: powerlifting
    w/o 2: hypertrophy
    w/o 3: endurance

    i will rotate the PL, HT, and EN workouts weekly:
    week 1: PL, HT, EN
    week 2: HT, EN, PL
    week 3: EN, PL, HT

    just need to mix it up a bit and get into some kind of a routine.
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    If you know you need to quit, we'll remind you to quit!

    I ran for years, but when I finally quit I needed no reminders. It was just too painful. That's why I took up weights the first time.

    I grew up running, and occasionally look back with fondness on some enjoyable runs. Then I remember the pain of the final six months of it, and I still grimace. From time to time I'll indulge in a little sprinting (or what passes for sprinting in a 64 year old man), and experience no ill effects, but having to relive the final months of my endurance running life, it still hurts!

    The weights will be your comfort!
    I've quit several times...that's why I'm not saying I've quit again!
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    Originally Posted by Marius_Ursus View Post
    It's difficult to give up things that we love that are bad for us. Running hurts me, but I keep doing it, so I totally get you.
    Yeah, it hurts but I don't have any other exercise that works every aspect of my body and soul the way running does.
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    Hello.
    I did not know you lived on a farm. That's pretty commendable you know your way around equipment like that. I'm mechanically dis-inclined.
    And I agree with your bb'ing friend, why fight it indeed (the weight loss).
    Its also nice to see your excited for your workouts, reading that can be contagious for people like me who have lost some of the mojo since the gyms closed.

    Back in the day, you were competing, right?
    Do you want to compete again?
    we manage a ranch for a couple of city-dwellers. not sayin' more because they are a challenge to deal with. fortunately, my hubby deals with them...me, not so much.

    weight loss was years and years ago. now i'm struggling with unexplained steady weight GAIN. need to figure out what the hell is happening. it's getting depressing.

    and i always think of competing again, but it would take years and years of work and right now my focus is on trying to figure out why, no matter what i do, i literally put on fat each and every week. i'm tracking my food and my workouts and there's just NO WAY i should be putting on 1-2 lbs of fat each week.

    [insert sobbing emoji here]
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    Originally Posted by Athena View Post
    we manage a ranch for a couple of city-dwellers. not sayin' more because they are a challenge to deal with. fortunately, my hubby deals with them...me, not so much.

    weight loss was years and years ago. now i'm struggling with unexplained steady weight GAIN. need to figure out what the hell is happening. it's getting depressing.

    and i always think of competing again, but it would take years and years of work and right now my focus is on trying to figure out why, no matter what i do, i literally put on fat each and every week. i'm tracking my food and my workouts and there's just NO WAY i should be putting on 1-2 lbs of fat each week.

    [insert sobbing emoji here]
    I may have missed something upthread, but have you thought about having your thyroid hormones checked? Hypothyroidism can be insidious, and sneak up on you. My doctor told me my thyroid hormones were "critically low", and wondered that I wasn't feeling bad. I thought I was just on a successful bulk! After being on the medication for a month or so, I could feel the difference. It's a lifetime prescription for me now, but at least it's an easy pill to take.

    Can't say that's what's happening in your case, but it might be worth checking on.
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