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    starting over again.

    recently had gastric sleeve surgery. In feb of this year i was almost 400lbs. surgery was august 12th, was 367 that day. it's been 6 weeks since surgery and I'm down to 325. last week i did a few small burnout sessions, 15-20 mins in the gym just to test the waters. this week i've started back up on a 4 day schedule. sunday was arms/shoulders, mon was legs/abs, today is a rest day. for now, will repeat sun/mon on wed/thu and then take fri/sat off. I'm starting slow as it's been 2 years since i've been in the gym. the workouts this week have been at probably 30-40% of my previous max weights.

    My goal is to drop down to around or below 250, and be in the 15-20% body fat area, but i can't even picture that right now. As it is, I haven't weighed this much in 6 years. Back then i was doing 3/week HIiT boot camps, and 6/week cardio burn out sessions, while only eating about 800 calories a day.

    For the time being at least, I'm not tracking meals, I only track protein/day, which is 50-70g. I eat almost no vegies, bread, sugar or fat, it's almost all lean protein. Sure theres a bit of other things here and there, but here's a typical day right now:

    Breakfast:
    1.5 eggs eggbeaters
    .5 oz lowfat shredded cheese

    lunch:
    3 oz chicken/turkey/fish
    1 oz non starchy vegie, steamed

    dinner:
    1 oz jerky
    1 6oz fit and light greek yogurt, or triple zero yogurt



    every once in awhile i have a low fat string cheese, or drink half a premier protein shake, or have some kind of a low fat, low sugar protein bar (kind, belvita). I drink tea, water, or crystal light, and that's it. no alcohol, and don't plan on any for at least another 6 months.

    I've never been a fan of supplements, the only thing i take right now is a bariatric multivitamin with iron, and a calcium supplement at opposite hours of the day.

    next week i'm gonna start a 6 week program, that i'm sure i'll modify a little bit as far as the exercises go. This journal will be less of a workout log, as that seems like duplicating, and more of a personal update thread, and to track milestones along the way.
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    down to 316 w/ the 200's in sight! slowly adding back in some cardio, but only at 30-40% previous weights right now. have total old man back today after the gym yesterday, and it sucks.
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    Life can really send you some curve balls. These two exercises should fix your old man back:

    https://www.t-nation.com/training/th...xercise-period

    https://www.stack.com/a/dead-bug

    ... and end your workout with some form of spinal decompression.
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    Originally Posted by supramax View Post
    Life can really send you some curve balls. These two exercises should fix your old man back:

    https://www.t-nation.com/training/th...xercise-period

    https://www.stack.com/a/dead-bug

    ... and end your workout with some form of spinal decompression.
    those are some scary plank variations, i'll certainly add those in later, i'm still struggling w/ a regular plank. i used to be ok at 1 min, yesterday it was 20 seconds to failure.
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    Originally Posted by Jdizzlean View Post
    those are some scary plank variations, i'll certainly add those in later, i'm still struggling w/ a regular plank. i used to be ok at 1 min, yesterday it was 20 seconds to failure.
    Don't concern yourself with the variations. Just do the first one and the dead bug and drop the standard plank.

    EDIT: Do this. It will improve everything you do. https://www.t-nation.com/training/farmer-s-walk-cure
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    down to 312, went swimming for a good hour last week, felt both relaxed and exhausted afterwards.
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    305 on the scale yesterday, can't remember the last time i weighed this little. almost to the 200's, pushing through this week hopefully!

    gonna add the medicine ball in this week on body squats and lunges, should be interesting
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    full ab workout today, ouch.

    hanging leg raises 3 sets
    machine crunches 3 sets

    cable crunches 3 sets
    squats 3 sets

    russian twist w/ 20# ball 3 sets
    barbell ab rollouts 3 sets, this was rough

    pallof press 3 sets each side
    plank x3

    leg raise x15
    slow cable crunches x25

    https://my.bodybuilding.com/workouts...fe4327604985e7
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    down to 291

    did slow reps every last set today. sure wasn't feeling it going in, but i think i did pretty awesome, had the shakes most of the last half, starting to see a bit of improvement on the plank as well. 3 more weeks and then throwing more cardio in at the front and end of my workouts, need to really work on my mile and a half time. previously i had a mile time of 17 mins... but that was 2 years and 100# heavier, we'll see how i'm doing come the end of jan
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    leg/glute focus today

    DB romanian deadlifts
    DB reverse lunges
    Bridge
    Paloff Press - 8-10 breaths
    Weighted Dead Bug (yes, it sucked)
    box step ups
    flat bench leg raises
    weighted calf raises

    and just because 100 cable crunches to end w/
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    well, tracking was changed, and now work computers don't like it at all.

    for the next three months, i'm on night shift, gonna be doing circuit training every night, followed by a 30 min HiiT session every morning after work. A good workout right now leaves me sore for a whole week after, so i'll likely be nearly dead for the foreseeable future.

    My training partner called in sick tonight, so tonight i'm on my own. Gonna do a 10 min warm up on the elliptical, followed by a 45 min AMRAP session. everthing in sets of 10 reps, as many sets as possible in the time frame.

    Incline DB Press
    Seated Rows
    DB Hammer Curls
    DB Incline Tricep Extensions
    Goblet Squats
    Weighted Dead Bug or Plank
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    Incline DB Press - 20# down to 10
    Seated Rows - 70#
    DB Hammer Curls - 20# down to 10
    DB Incline Tricep Extensions - 15# down to 10
    Goblet Squats - 20# down to 15
    Weighted Dead Bug or Plank - 2 sets plank, then the rest at 30# up to 40# dead bugs

    did 7 or 8 rotations last night, but had to call it at the 30 min mark. last set was 15-20 reps each.



    tonight:

    DB Bench Press
    BB Bent Over Rows
    Deadlift
    Push ups, probably on knees
    Swiss Ball Crunches

    same same, 10 reps each with some front loaded cardio
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    7 rotations last night, last set was double reps again, then cardio this morning after work, not sure what if any conversion to flat land an elliptical is, but did a mile in 13:11, and the mile and a half was 19:37, HR was about 167 for the majority of it

    DB Bench Press - 20# to 15#
    BB Bent Over Rows - 55#
    Deadlift - 85#, last set 65#
    Push ups, on knees - sets of 5, last set was 15 wall push ups
    Swiss Ball Crunches


    today is a rest day
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    I'm a hurting unit today.

    did just a mile on the elliptical, 12:49

    then single leg/glute focus today. 5 sets

    single leg press - 135# to 115# on last set of 20
    leg raises
    side lying leg raise, toe down
    single leg bridge

    finished off w/ standing calf raises to burn out
    25/20/15/10/5 reps
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    nets been down for a few days

    yesterday:

    6 rotations:
    shoulder press - 65# to 45#
    rear delt flyes - 80# - 60 #
    side lateral raise - 10# to 5#
    front lateral raise - 10# to 5#

    after that did a superset of lat pulldowns, and cable crunches
    lats: 70 x 8, 80 x 6, 90 x4, 100 x2
    crunches: 155x50, 170x40, 185x30, 200 (machine max)x20

    morning circuit cardio:
    15 mins treadmill to warm up

    jumping jacks 30 secs
    pvc bar squats 1 min

    walk out pushups 30 secs
    DB squat to curl and press 1 min

    starfish 30 secs
    standing bent over leg raise w/ kettleball 1 min

    mountain climbers 30 secs
    medicine ball slam 1 min

    mountain jacks 30 secs
    wall sits w/ medicine ball russian twists 1 min
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    tonight, all cardio, gonna see what my 1.5 mile time on the treadmill is

    yesterday another circuit day
    morning circuit cardio:


    jumping jacks 30 secs
    pvc bar squats 1 min

    plank 30 secs
    DB squat to curl and press 1 min

    starfish 30 secs
    standing bent over leg raise w/ kettleball 1 min

    mountain climbers 30 secs
    medicine ball slam 1 min

    alternating standing leg raise 30 secs
    wall sits w/ medicine ball russian twists 1 min
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    You're really hitting it! Good to see the consistency, and the results.
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    thanks, i don't even recognize myself in the mirror anymore, it's.. weird.


    so, hit a PR tonight, 1 mile on the treadmill in 15 mins flat. that included a 1 min warmup, and 2 90 second speed breaks. so if i can cut those out, that'd be an 11 min mile, awfully close to where i need to be!!!

    followed that up w/ 10 mins on the elliptical, that was something like .8 of a "mile"

    followed that w/ 2 sets of 50 on the cable crunch, 170#, 200#

    taking the morning off.

    tomorrow I'll do the tuesday set below, and might do some minor ab work as well if theres anything left in the tank. that'll be followed by another circuit day in the morning, bumping that up a notch to 6 stations


    Day 1 (Sunday):

    All exercises consist of 5 sets pyramiding, max on set #4, back-off rest-pause mini-sets as #5 using the same weight as set #3.
    Flat bench,
    Squat,
    BB Row,
    Overhead Press.

    Day 2 (Tuesday):

    Incline Bench, 4 sets, pyramiding with maximum on set 3, back-off rest-pause mini-sets as #4.
    Squat, 4 sets, first 3 repeating Sunday's weight, but only 5 reps, 4th repeating set 3, with only 5 reps.
    Overhead Press, 5 sets, repeating Sunday's weights, but only 5 reps each, until the back-off fifth set using rest-pause mini-sets with the same weight as set #3.
    Deadlift, 4 sets ramping up to maximum on set 4, using 5-6 reps depending on progression.

    Day 3 (Thursday):

    All exercises consist of 6 sets pyramiding, max on sets 4 and 5, back-off rest-pause mini-sets as #6 using the same weight as set #3.
    Flat bench,
    Squat,
    BB Row,
    Overhead Press.
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    ok, 1st time day 2. had to look up rest pause, and overhead press, never done either

    Incline DB Press
    15#x9
    20#x9
    25#x9
    20#x8,6,6,5,3 (28)

    Squats
    85x5
    85x5
    85x5
    85x5/3/3 (11)

    Overhead Press
    55x5
    55x5
    50x5
    50x5
    45x5/3/3 (11)

    Deadlift
    65x6
    75x6
    85x6
    95x6

    probably add 5# to each of those next week, the deadlift that is

    was out of time, so only one bonus move

    Pallof Press
    1 rep each side, 10 secs hold
    30#
    40#
    50#


    cardio circuit still to come in a few hours after work...

    so, six stations this time

    starfish 30 secs
    pvc bar squats 1 min

    mountain climbers
    DB squat to curl and press 1 min

    alternating leg raises 30 secs
    box step ups 1 min

    mountain climbers 30 secs
    medicine ball slam 1 min

    alternating standing leg raise 30 secs
    wall sits w/ medicine ball russian twists 1 min

    starfish 30 secs
    sprint on treadmill 1 min


    i'm dead.
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    WEEK 1, DAY 3

    Bench Press
    45x10
    50x10
    55x10
    60x10
    70x7
    RP 65x6x5x4x3x3x2 (23)

    Squats
    65x6
    75x6
    85x5
    95x5
    95x5
    RP 75x5x4x5x3x3 (20)

    BB Rows
    60x10
    70x10
    80x10
    90x10
    100x9
    RP 90x9x6x4x3x3 (25)

    Overhead Press
    45x6
    50x5
    50x5
    50x2/45x3
    45x4
    RP 35x6x5x3x3 (17)

    mixed in
    Leg Raises (Glutes)
    3 sets 15x2

    DB FLoor Press
    3 sets 25x10

    Cable Crunches
    200x50
    200x36
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    week 2, day 1

    bench press
    50x10
    60x10
    70x10
    80x6
    70x6x5x3 (14)

    Squats
    70x7
    80x7
    90x7
    100x7
    90x7x6x6x4x3 (26)

    Seated DB Press
    25xnope, 20x2, 15x8
    15x10
    15x10

    BB Row - i don't know what its called, but i've been doing them w/ one end of the bar anchored, all weight on other end
    80x10
    90x10
    100x8
    110x7
    100x7x6x4x4x3 (24)

    Plank
    1x30 count
    1x 30 count
    1x 30 count

    overhead press this continues to be a struggle, just doing the bar for now
    45x9
    45x7
    45x7
    45x4
    45x3x3x3x2 (11)

    one side effect from weight loss surgery is that i get the shakes, followed quickly by light headedness. I've had one episode where i blacked out (but was concious the entire time) for what seemed like 30 secs, but was probably less. I got the shakes tonight halfway thru rows, so had to slow way down. eating quickly eliminates the shakes, but i wanted to finish my set.

    no cardio in the morning today, probably just some treadmill and elliptical tomorrow night on rest day
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    totally not in the mood tonight for anything

    incline db press
    20x10
    25x10
    30x10
    25x7x5x4x3 (19)

    Squats - switched to using a hex bar this week
    100x5
    100x5
    100x5
    100x5x4x3x3x2 (17)

    forearm wall press
    5
    5
    5

    deadlifts
    75x5
    85x5
    95x5
    105x10

    shadowboxing, first 2 sets w/ 5# db's
    30 secs x 3

    overhead press
    50x5
    50x5
    50x5
    50x10x5x3 (85)

    cable crunches
    200x50
    200x50
    200x37
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    missed my thurs workout last week, kid has the plague and has been randomly throwing up, not fun.

    tonight:

    Bench
    60x8
    70x8
    80x8
    90x5
    80x5x4x2 (11)

    Squats
    90x7
    100x7
    110x7
    120x6
    110x6x5x4x4x2 (21)

    Single Arm Linear Jammer (1 rep=each hand)
    45x10
    55x10
    65x10

    Rows
    80x8
    90x8
    100x8
    110x5
    100x6x5x3 (14)

    Skullcrushers
    -35x8
    -35x8
    -35x8


    Overhead Press
    45x8
    45x8
    50x7
    55x5
    50x5x3x3 (11)

    Low Cable Cross
    -30x10
    -30x8
    -30x10

    gonna be focusing on tri's, pecs, shoulders for accessory exercises until i can for sure do 10 pushups on the regular, and then it'll be those.

    good set today, think i'll leave those weights alone this week


    cardio session this morning, same format, 1 min on/off, 30 secs on/off

    warm up: jumping jacks

    box step ups
    mountain climbers

    standing bent over leg raise w/ kettleball
    plank

    medicine ball slam
    starfish

    wall sits with russian ball twist medicine ball
    jumping jacks

    sprint on treadmill
    alternating standing leg raise

    rowing machine
    plank

    pvc bar squats
    mountain jacks

    db squat to clean and press
    walk out and in

    8 stations.
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    tired, sore, full of don't want today

    Incline DB Bench Press
    25x8
    30x8
    35x6
    RP: 30x 7/4/3 (14)

    Squats
    90x5
    100x5
    110x5
    120x5

    DB Flyes on flat bench
    -20x8
    -20x8
    -20x8

    Overhead Press
    45x6
    50x6
    55x6
    RP: 50x5/4/3/2/1 (15)

    1 arm overhead tri extensions, resistance bands. I used the green, they were a bit weak imo
    -2x5
    -2x5
    -2x5

    Deadlift
    80x6
    90x6
    100x6
    110x6

    Standing DB straight arm front delt raise above head (wtb longer exercise names plz)
    -10x10
    -10x10
    -10x10

    cable crunches
    200x50

    probably cardio hell in the morning again as well ;/

    see if i can remember it all, did 9 statons this morning

    pvc squats
    mountain climbers

    db squat to clean and press
    alternating leg kicks

    30 secs jumping jacks w/ battle ropes, and then 30 secs ropes
    mountain jacks

    box step ups
    jumping jacks

    standing alternating leg raise w/ kettleballs
    jog in place

    medicine ball slam
    mountain climbers

    medicine ball thrown against wall
    starfish

    treadmill sprint
    plank

    rowing machine
    walk outs
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    Thursdays, but done today

    Bench
    60x8
    70x8
    80x8
    90x6
    90x4
    80x6/4/4/3/2 (19)

    Squats
    90x7
    100x7
    110x7
    120x6
    120x5
    110x5/4/3/2 (14)

    Skullcrushers
    40x7
    40x7
    40x7

    Rows - had dto do these on a smith machine, felt weird
    75x 7
    85x7
    95x7
    105x6
    115x4
    105x5/4/4/3 (16)

    DB Flyes
    25x7
    25x7
    25x7

    Overhead Press did these w/ db's, neighborhood gym sucks in some regards
    40x7
    40x7
    50x5
    50x4
    40x5/4/4/3 (16)

    Side Lateral Raise
    10x8
    10x8
    10x8
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    dunno if it was to much weight, or bad form, or a combination of the 2, but hurt my back after that last workout friday. didn't do anything all weekend except lay in bed or on the couch. currently sitting at work w/ a heat pad and tylenol to get thru the shift. obviously can't work out until this bs goes away. hopefully it doesn't take to long
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    on a positive note:

    i signed up for a Spartan Sprint in August. something i've always wanted to try, but was always afraid of when i was heavy. I'm sure i'll be doing more than my share of burpees, which i loathe, but i will finish it!

    my sister is running it with me, so we can hate on burpees together. progress is being made, and it feels wonderful.
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    fill in numbers later. back was ok about thurs, but i've had the kiddo who has the plague to take care of. hitting the gym here in a few hours


    Bench
    65x8
    75x8
    85x8
    95x6
    85x5/3/3/1 12

    Squats
    100x8
    110x8
    120x7
    130x5
    120x6/4/2 12

    DB Flyes
    25x8
    25x8
    25x8

    DB Rows
    40x8
    45x6
    40x6
    35x7
    35x6/4/4 14

    DB standing front to overhead straight arm raise
    12x8
    12x8
    12x8


    Overhead Press, DB's.
    each set probably precluded by a clean and jerk just to get the weight up there lol
    20x6
    20x6
    25x6 (and here i was getting increasingly dizzy after each set, so i called it at the end.)

    DB Floor Press
    25x8
    25x8
    25x8
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