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    I thought you lost size?!? Fuggin liar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danb2285 View Post
    I thought you lost size?!? Fuggin liar
    He lost his razor/nair though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danb2285 View Post
    I thought you lost size?!? Fuggin liar
    I lost 10# man! been coming back on me recently tho
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    Quote Originally Posted by iparatroop View Post

    He lost his razor/nair though...
    I can't knock anyone for being hairy lol I'm hairy like animal!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danb2285 View Post
    I can't knock anyone for being hairy lol I'm hairy like animal!!
    you ain't lyin..damn carpet, you're covered in
    plush at that
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    Quote Originally Posted by snagencyV2.0 View Post
    you ain't lyin..damn carpet, you're covered in
    plush at that
    Hahaha! This is true. Sh1t grows like wild fire too. I've never shaved my chest but the wife nairs my back and it's back within like 2 weeks everytime lol
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    650cal breakfast this morning
    5oz sirloin
    2/3c grape nuts fit + 1/4c reg grape nuts
    1c almond milk
    medium grapefruit
    ~650cals

    cals are coming in ~3500 these days
    carbs are anywhere from 200-400, fats ~65-75, protein always high

    first time thru this segment of the workout in my new heavy-ass 5x5 protocol, been awhile since I worked this heavy on these movements..kinda in suspense myself on how i'll do
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    Quote Originally Posted by snagencyV2.0 View Post
    650cal breakfast this morning
    5oz sirloin
    2/3c grape nuts fit + 1/4c reg grape nuts
    1c almond milk
    medium grapefruit
    ~650cals

    cals are coming in ~3500 these days
    carbs are anywhere from 200-400, fats ~65-75, protein always high

    first time thru this segment of the workout in my new heavy-ass 5x5 protocol, been awhile since I worked this heavy on these movements..kinda in suspense myself on how i'll do
    You will probably be impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montego1 View Post
    You will probably be impressed.
    mmm not much impresses me about myself anymore lol
    but yeah man - was not a bad session at all, once I got the feel of things a few sets in
    I won't be setting any PRs anytime soon, but progress is progress
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    Quote Originally Posted by snagencyV2.0 View Post
    mmm not much impresses me about myself anymore lol
    but yeah man - was not a bad session at all, once I got the feel of things a few sets in
    I won't be setting any PRs anytime soon, but progress is progress
    I impressed myself today. Forgot how sobering it is to train triceps immediately after heavy presses consider me humbled lol.

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    munching on my 3Bs meal
    beans (green), beans (black), and beef
    side shake not pictured

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    Quote Originally Posted by snagencyV2.0 View Post
    munching on my 3Bs meal
    beans (green), beans (black), and beef
    side shake not pictured
    I envy your ability to eat green beans lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danb2285 View Post

    I envy your ability to eat green beans lol
    Love green beans. Splash them with balsamic and evoo. Yum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danb2285 View Post
    I envy your ability to eat green beans lol
    Quote Originally Posted by superbeast668 View Post
    Love green beans. Splash them with balsamic and evoo. Yum.

    I don't do canned usually..fresh out of fresh greens
    these are always in the cupboard tho - Justin Case
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    Quote Originally Posted by snagencyV2.0 View Post

    I don't do canned usually..fresh out of fresh greens
    these are always in the cupboard tho - Justin Case
    Fresh are way better.
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    Can't do vegetables. It's sad but necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montego1 View Post
    Can't do vegetables. It's sad but necessary.
    Haha I never ate veggies at ALL up until about 5 weeks ago. Still despise them. But I eat what I can without vomiting
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    no veggies?
    wow :smhs:
    i'm not gonna sit here and lecture, but if you are not doing veggies, you are shooting yourself in the foot and shytting on your health....have fun with that
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    Quote Originally Posted by snagencyV2.0 View Post
    no veggies?
    wow :smhs:
    i'm not gonna sit here and lecture, but if you are not doing veggies, you are shooting yourself in the foot and shytting on your health....have fun with that
    I can't eat vegetables because if I do I wouldn't be shytting on my health but it would be in my pants lol. An Intestinal disease I have is highly aggravated by greens and even the smallest amounts make me have the runs all day every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montego1 View Post
    I can't eat vegetables because if I do I wouldn't be shytting on my health but it would be in my pants lol. An Intestinal disease I have is highly aggravated by greens and even the smallest amounts make me have the runs all day every day.
    wow no kidding man, that's a new one on me
    ibs? or if personal we can chat via e-mail
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    Quote Originally Posted by snagencyV2.0 View Post
    wow no kidding man, that's a new one on me
    ibs? or if personal we can chat via e-mail
    Collagenous colitis. Un cureable type of inflammitory disease. I've been on a corticol steroid for about three months and things are ok unless I eat greens then it all goes to hell. I obviously can't stay on the corticol forever so when I come off of it ill be backk to 15+ bathroom trips a day and almost impossible to keep weight up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snagencyV2.0 View Post
    back by popular demand..
    I was ready for some down time after my last log, but noooo such luck since my fans (all 2 of you - you know who you are) want to see me front & center LOL
    I really have no business starting a log but what the hell..

    quick update to catch ya'll up on the last month:
    I had just finished a nice little off-season log with 3 weeks of quick-cut to end it, was in pct and doing well, when all of the sudden one night my hemorrhoids just exploded into a sea of pain and agony..I've dealt with them bastages for yrs (over a decade) but never anything that approached this kind of pain; srs, I was praying for a speedy death before I broke down and got whisked into ER.. doc told me my case was among the worst he had ever seen in his 30+yrs, I even had some necrotic tissue down there

    and here we are about another 3 weeks later, still healing but not too bad (surprised that it takes this long, I have always been a very rapid healer), was able to start working out again this past SAT and today will be my 4th session (back/arms this day). strength has been hiding bigtime, but that's okay it'll make its presence known when it's ready..getting stamina back up to speed, getting comfortable in my lifts and just back in the groove are the priorities at this point

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montego1 View Post
    Collagenous colitis. Un cureable type of inflammitory disease. I've been on a corticol steroid for about three months and things are ok unless I eat greens then it all goes to hell. I obviously can't stay on the corticol forever so when I come off of it ill be backk to 15+ bathroom trips a day and almost impossible to keep weight up.
    wow man that's crazy - and a new ibd for me to learn about as well
    so is this not something you've had for awhile, rather came on recently?

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    Wouldn't miss this
    welcome brother, glad to have you
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    Wow dude that sucks. I just don't like the way they taste
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danb2285 View Post
    I just don't like the way they taste
    but THAT is curable
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    I dealt with it for almost two years before finally going to see a dr. I was perscribed zoloft around the time my syptoms occured and the drug has been linked to the disease but no proof has been shown that it causes the disease. I've changed diet, supps anything I could think of. Very low fat diet. Low fiber. Extra fiber. No meat. No wheat. Probiotics. Digestive Enzymes. Charcoal. All have failed. Entocourt and whelchol are the only things that have worked. I have some bile acid salt is the reason for the wlechol.

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    And no I don't use zoloft anymore. Pill pushing dr and bad advice. I just needed to meditate in the end to relieve my anxiety.

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    I've had it for about three years

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    wow brother, that's just bizarre
    I've held a pet interest in internal inflammation since I figured out I was allergic to dairy, in my 20s
    the body is such an amazing organism..but there is so much there to go wrong! and really intrigues me when these things just surface (as my milk allergy did)
    thanks for sharing monte..ever hear of the saying "death begins in the colon"?
    I just read this earlier today, had to find a copy of it..is some interesting reading, i'll put it here for informative purposes



    Inflammation is the buzzword these days. Physicians now realise that inflammation in the walls of arteries is probably the most important risk factor in cardiovascular disease, more important even than cholesterol levels. Inflammation is common to many other chronic and debilitating diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis, asthma, acne, eczema, psoriasis, sinusitis, hayfever, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, etc. In fact, most conditions that are often treated with cortisone fall into this category. Apart from being painful, itchy or disfiguring, inflammatory illness can provoke many vague symptoms that leave one feeling really unwell. In some people low-grade inflammation may even account for difficulty in losing weight.

    The integrative approach to treating chronic disease is complex, and requires a multi-faceted approach by practitioners versed in integrative medicine. I believe that the source of inflammation in chronic diseases lies in the gut. The now famous quote ‘Death begins in the colon’ originated with the Russian Nobel Prize- winning biologist Elie Metchnikoff (1845 - 1916), who postulated that the toxic by-products of the bowel bacteria are responsible for many diseases.

    The functions of the gut
    Research and experience have now confirmed that the gut plays a vital role in chronic ill-health. As the interface between the external environment and the body proper, the intestine fulfils two opposing functions: to allow the absorption of nutrients, and to repel toxic substances.

    Let’s explore the protective role that the gut plays in more detail.
    There are five layers or barriers, which protect our internal environment from ingested toxins, organisms and allergens:

    First layer – bacterial flora
    Second layer – internal mucous coating of the intestine
    Third layer – enterocytes, which are the lining cells
    Fourth layer – lymphoid tissue in the walls of the intestines
    Fifth layer – the liver.

    The intestine also has non-specific defences, viz. the flow rate (30 minutes to travel 4 metres of small intestine) and desquamation (shedding) of enterocytes (60 million a day). Thus a slow flow rate in constipation allows for greater absorption of harmful substances.

    First layer - bacterial flora
    Over time the intestine has evolved into a complex functional system, largely dependent on the bacterial flora it contains. 99% of the bulk of stool passed consists of trillions of bacteria, of two types: endogenous flora and transient flora. The endogenous flora is made up of 10 - 20 species, which are dominant, and exist in high concentrations; and a low level of sub-dominant flora, which may multiply in certain disease situations to cause diarrhoea. The transient flora are potentially pathogenic (disease-causing), and include well-known organisms such as Klebsiella, Proteus, Pseudomonas and Staphylococci. While in transit through the gut, they are prevented from expressing their toxicity by the presence of the dominant flora. There are about 300 different species of bacteria in the gut at any one time. The

    flora has countless functions, but the three most important are:
    (i) assisting in digestion and absorption of nutrients, (ii) co-operation in defence mechanisms, and (iii) production of substances that have a beneficial metabolic role, e.g. metabolism of cholesterol, folic acid.

    Second layer - mucous coating
    An intact mucous coating lining the inner surface of the intestine traps bacteria, but allows absorption of nutrients.

    Third layer - enterocytes
    These are cylindrical-shaped cells that line the inner surface of the intestine, which is made up of villi. These villi are finger-like projections, which vastly increase the surface area for absorption of nutrients. Nutrients are absorbed either through the enterocytes, or via the gaps between the cells, which are referred to as ‘tight junctions’. Loss of tight junctions between these enterocytes is the prime factor in the development of a leaky gut.


    Fourth layer - lymphoid tissue
    This gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) is organised into Peyer’s patches in the walls of the small intestine, and lymphoid follicles in the wall of the colon. This forms the largest concentration of immune tissues in the body (one-third of the whole immune system). It is here that the sentries and patrol militia operate to provide effective defence; recognising and differentiating between harmful invaders and ‘own- side players’, communicating with HQ (the general immune system), neutralising invaders and raising the alarm.
    Any increase in the permeability of the gut lining or imbalance in the bowel flora has a powerful impact on the, the body will be subject to repeated infections. If it functions allergies, inflammation and auto-immune diseases.

    Diagram of Peyer’s patches



    Photograph of Peyer’s patches

    Fifth layer - liver
    One of the main functions of the liver is to receive and process everything that is absorbed via the intestines and travels to the liver via the portal veins. In a person eating a typical Western diet containing excessive sugars, fats, chemicals, alcohols and free radicals, the liver has to work very hard to detoxify and neutralise harmful substances. If the gut defence systems are compromised, the liver becomes even more overloaded.

    Causes of a leaky gut
    Many factors in our modern Western lifestyle cause these barriers to become compromised / weakened, and thus increasingly permeable. Among the most important are:

    Stress (mental, physical or emotional)
    Drugs, especially alcohol, antibiotics, cortisone, hormones and anti-inflammatories
    Food intolerances and sensitivities
    Environmental pollutants and toxins, including free radicals
    Surgery (and the anaesthetic drugs administered)
    Severe burns
    Radiation exposure.

    Altered gut permeability gives rise to allergic and other chronic diseases by making it possible for partially digested food particles, toxic wastes and even bacteria to pass directly into the bloodstream, overwhelming or bypassing the filters and barriers. The immune system springs into action and lymphocytes (white blood cells) form immune clusters around the foreign particles. These clusters circulate to all parts of the body, causing inflammation in one or more tissues or organs, depending on the inherited genetic tendency. One’s inherited weakness determines which inflammatory condition manifests. The constant drain on the immune system can then lead to an immune-suppressed illness.

    The burden on the liver is also greatly increased as it attempts to detoxify the blood. Other factors, which further compromise the body, are diminished stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes, which are essential to optimal digestion and breakdown of foods. Lack of these leads to a state of ‘modern malnutrition’. Great quantities of cortisol are released by the adrenal glands when under stress, and this also aggravates the leaky gut syndrome.

    Treatment of leaky gut syndrome
    The aim of the treatment protocol is to remove obstructions to metabolic processes, and to encourage the body to self-regulate these vital processes. The four pillars of treatment are: remove, replace, reinoculate and repair.

    1. Remove
    1.1 Parasites, bacteria and fungi: Removal of the latter can be effected with herbal products such as Warburgia, Taheebo or Pau D’Arco, Citricidal, Para 90 etc., or an essential oil product such as Origanum capsules (Pranarom), or Rife Resonator therapy. Usually about 2 weeks’ treatment is needed.
    1.2 Dietary toxins, additives, chemicals and foods to which the patient may be sensitive can be avoided by placing the patient on a diet eliminating foods commonly found to be sensitising, such as wheat, dairy, sugar and additives. Occasionally one needs to go further and eliminate soya, gluten and corn as well.

    2. Replace
    2.1 Insufficient stomach acid and digestive enzymes can be supplemented with products containing Betaine HCl, and digestive enzymes such as DigestCo (Mediherb), Digestizyme (Amipro), etc.
    2.2 Nutritional deficiencies, arising from poor digestion, can be corrected with a good functional food (see below).

    3. Re-inoculate
    3.1 Friendly bacteria must be replenished as soon as the parasite cleanse (above) has been completed. This should be ongoing for several months. Use a reliable product such as Reuteri, Intestiflora or Probiflora.

    4. Repair
    4.1 Gut lining can be repaired with L-Glutamine, MSM and good-quality, pharmaceutical-grade Omega 3 oils.

    A good-quality functional food forms the cornerstone of the above regimen, by providing a complete range of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, pre-biotics such as FOS (Fructo-Oligo-Saccharide) and insulin to support the bacteria, L-Glutamine and MSM. The locally produced Target Candida is effective and less expensive, but is based on soya, which may disagree with patients if they are intolerant to it. The imported UltraClear Sustain is excellent and rice-based, but more expensive. UltraInflamX is used when there is inflammation in the body, and UltraClear Plus is for promoting Phase 1 and 2 detoxification pathways in the liver. These products are best used under the supervision of a knowledgeable integrative practitioner.

    Liver support and detox
    It is important to support the liver through the above programme with herbal products such as Milk Thistle, LivCo (Mediherb), Livotibb, etc. UltraClear Plus and Chlorella both improve detoxification processes in the liver very effectively.

    TEST
    There are some fairly new tests available in South Africa, which can help to rationalise the above protocol and eliminate some of the guesswork. It is worthwhile submitting a stool sample to Synexa Laboratory in Cape Town for analysis of the flora. The results provide therapeutic guidance as to which beneficial bacteria are deficient, and which pathogens detected need elimination. This provides more specific guidance for treating 1.1 and 3.1 above. There are also two food sensitivity tests available, which can be helpful in detecting exactly which foods the patient may be intolerant to. This removes a lot of the dedication and commitment required in following an elimination diet for several months as outlined in 1.2 above. The disadvantages are that the tests are not 100% accurate and are expensive. MDS laboratories in Durban test the patient’s blood sample for 160 foods by means of an immunoglobulin G (IgG)-based testing method (conventional allergy tests use an IgE-based test). ALCAT Laboratory in Gauteng use a test based on measurement of the reaction of white blood cells.

    Up to 130 foods and 30 chemical substances can be tested. There is a test available to examine the permeability of the gut wall, but this has not proved to be reliable in practice.

    Conclusion
    Correction of a leaky gut problem may take from 1 to 3 months to achieve, and is not easy without professional guidance and supervision. It is a fairly intensive and expensive programme to follow for the first 4 - 6 weeks. Once the leaky gut and bowel environment has been corrected, many of the chronic symptoms will improve or disappear. The body may tolerate certain foods again after a period of avoidance, but some foods may prove to be potent triggers to the immune system and have to be avoided in the long term. Having removed the ‘obstacle’ of the leaky gut, the stage is set for further homeopathic or homotoxicological treatment, if needed.
    glad to hear you are no longer on zoloft as well
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    Great read snags. Lots of good information in that post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montego1 View Post
    I dealt with it for almost two years before finally going to see a dr. I was perscribed zoloft around the time my syptoms occured and the drug has been linked to the disease but no proof has been shown that it causes the disease. I've changed diet, supps anything I could think of. Very low fat diet. Low fiber. Extra fiber. No meat. No wheat. Probiotics. Digestive Enzymes. Charcoal. All have failed. Entocourt and whelchol are the only things that have worked. I have some bile acid salt is the reason for the wlechol.
    I totally understand about the greens man. That sounds so very similar to something i dealt with a few years back... Not fun at all...
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    on the topic of greens..man i'm getting tired of canned greens really quick, gotta get to the store with a quickness
    but, here's the latest meal



    5oz sirloin
    5oz tuna topped w/ 2tbs salsa
    7oz sweet potato
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    (not pictured: slice of Ezekiel with 1/4tbs real butter)
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    Quote Originally Posted by snagencyV2.0 View Post
    on the topic of greens..man i'm getting tired of canned greens really quick, gotta get to the store with a quickness
    but, here's the latest meal

    5oz sirloin
    5oz tuna topped w/ 2tbs salsa
    7oz sweet potato
    greens
    (not pictured: slice of Ezekiel with 1/4tbs real butter)
    ~600cals
    Holy food porn....you did it again...

    Sirloin sirloin sirloin.....
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    beef - it's what's for dinner
    and breakfast
    and lunch....



    i'm actually getting ready to switch over to ground turkey for awhile, bought a ton in bulk last shopping trip at good price, time to make it go away
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    Quote Originally Posted by snagencyV2.0 View Post
    beef - it's what's for dinner
    and breakfast
    and lunch....



    i'm actually getting ready to switch over to ground turkey for awhile, bought a ton in bulk last shopping trip at good price, time to make it go away
    Found ground chicken like this two days ago. Did the same.

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    Hmm never tried the ground chicken. Have have to try it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danb2285 View Post
    Hmm never tried the ground chicken. Have have to try it
    Mix it with stir fry veggies, some garlic, herbs and hot salsa. Best meal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danb2285 View Post
    Hmm never tried the ground chicken. Have have to try it
    Sounds drrrrrrrrryyyyyyy
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    Quote Originally Posted by iparatroop View Post

    Sounds drrrrrrrrryyyyyyy
    Lol everything I eat comes off the George foreman I'm used to dry lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danb2285 View Post

    Lol everything I eat comes off the George foreman I'm used to dry lol
    Probably gonna get quote edited on that one lol
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