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  1. Sure will. I weigh in every couple of days, and plan on getting the bf tested once every 7-8 days or so. I gotta tell you I actually feel pretty good once again. Actually feel full in the muscles for the first time in a long, long time.

    By the way, my tris say thank you - they didn't like having to contract anyways.

  2. LOL....

    Just be careful when you check your weight several times in a week. It will fluctuate and play with your head. To keep a a good idea of your progress just use that one time per week (Sunday morning is good since its after your cheat meal) is an indiciation of progress.

    Tell your tri's, "your welcome"
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  3. Everything seems to be running well with the program now, firing on all cylinders. Squats were somewhat disapointing today, not back to where I had hoped they would be, but rest of leg workout seemed to be OK.

    I believe that I have proven the obvious once again - Tanita bodyfat scales lie like nothing else. On to the numbers

    185lbs (down 2lbs this week)
    23.2% bf (up .4%)
    FFM 142 (down 2.6lbs)

    I believe the total body weight may be correct, but the other numbers are plain wrong. My strength is rising so I doubt I lost all 2.6lbs of muscle this week with absolutely no fat loss in there. I suspect it was a hydration issue as I've read these scales are highly sensitive to fluctuations of this type.

    In either case my love handles are visibly smaller and I had to pull my belt in a notch to keep my pants up. Numbers be damned, this plan sure seems to be working!

  4. NUmbers are a guide. It simply is not possible to increase strenght and lose muscle.
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  5. Once again discovered my chest is definately my weak point. While all the other lifts are going steadily up, chest is hardly budging at all.
    Just venting as I'm pretty disappointed with my chest workout today. I suppose I should just shut up and be happy as I did add at least one rep to each exercise.
    Things are continuing to lean out nicely, mainly across my upper body and ass. Guess I'm the same as everyone else who says that the gut is the last thing to go!

  6. Welcome to the club. Chest is my weak point too but everyone is different. Some people lose strenght in shoulders or legs but we are the ones in wihch chest takes a hit. Just have to fight through it and realize you are getting rid of all that fat the built up over the years.

    One thing that remains the same is the gut is ALWAYS the last thing to go.
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  7. I have decided no more BF testing for me on the damn Tanita scale. I know I complained last week about it, but this is just plain stupid now.

    Todays results
    Weight: 187 (up 2lbs since last wk)
    BF% 24.2 (again up a full 1%)
    FFM 141.8 (down .2lb)

    If I wasn't so darn stubborn I wouldn't have done it this week. This is officially the last time I set foot on the damn thing. It makes no sense that I would be gaining 2 lbs a week and still losing fat. Just don't work that way for me in general, and certainly not while following Bobo's plan. I'll say it one last time and end it. DAMN TANITIA SCALE!!

  8. They are horrible. THey never work. I remember when I went to Bodpod one time last yeah and tested at 8%. My gf's nice little electronic scale said I was 16%.
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  9. I decided last week to start recording my body weight on Monday mornings after I got up. Looks like the weight loss is continuing, around 183-184. Thats down another 2-3lbs this week. Wow is all I can say.
    I did have one trouble spot yesterday. I left for work and forgot to take my bagels. Stranded I had no choice but to include a 1/2 bag of rolled gold fat-free pretzels in one of the meals. (small bag) I actually understood bulimia for about 10 secs. Then of course I thought 'stop being a candy ass and suck it up.'
    Was this the right course? It was the best choice available, but if it happens again should I just forgo the carbs all together? Adding them later wasn't an option as I was working an 11hr night shift and had only one meal left to eat at home before bed.
    Hey Bobo, I've lost track, what week am I in?

  10. Well according to when you singed up, week 8 but you were sick for what, 3 weeks? So in reality like week 5. DOn't worry, I don't count those sick weeks. That would be just wrong

    As for the pretzels, you did the right thing. I would rather you get the calories in then not. That is one mistake people make often. They think that missing th meal is better than getting the calories in and its not.
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  11. Thanks for the update on which week I'm in. It's appreciated.

    One question I do have for you is in regards to eating it up for one day. It's the Canadian thanksgiving this weekend, meaning I'll be eating turkey etc. for one day. I realize this isn't going to help weightloss, but its a partly social/partly spiritual day for my family and church so I'm going to have to suffer through turkey.

    Anyways, I intend to try and keep it somewhat in check, focusing on turkey and potato's. How badly can I expect this to set me back? I'm stretching here, but is there anything I can do to try and minimize the impact?

  12. Try to elimiate the amount of fats you take. If you eat your face off and keep the fat in check, you won't be set back too much. But if you let loose then expect to be set back a good 2-3 days.

    MattD can tell you about that one....
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by Bobo
    MattD can tell you about that one....
    Matt, you slacker! I'm disappointed!

  14. It happens.. real life gets in the way.. trying to not let it

  15. I'm not real concerned about the ingesting too much fat mainly the shear volume of turkey and carbs that will be going in. I've never been a big desert person so that should be easy to avoid. Its the two, possibly three turkey dinners that concerned me.

    MattD you're right sometimes real life comes into play. Lets face it, in my case I'm not likely to ever compete or make a living off my physique. Given the spiritual dimension of giving thanks on this day I'm quite willing to sacrifice a couple more days of dieting. Nothing but respect for guys who do sacrifice everything for their physiques, I quite frankly admire them in many ways.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by Matthew D
    It happens.. real life gets in the way.. trying to not let it
    Yeah it does, especially when bills show up. I hate the real world then.
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  17. Changes seemed to have worked. Dropped down to around 181 today. All systems go for this last week.
    I've noticed a strange thing while losing weight. My waist has shrunk, my upper body has lost a ton of fat, and my legs are actually getting defined. Now the weird thing, I'm the same width at the waste, but a lot thinner front to back. Just a weird random thing that amazes me.

  18. This week was complete and utter ****. I was completely fatigued and felt like I was starving (got to the point I was shaking and dropping things between meals) all week long. I'm pretty sure its just stress - getting blamed for trashing a few million dollars worth of car production will do that for a man. Anyways, kept to the diet and the cardio, but lifted only once. Just too damn tired to move any kind of weight.
    Due to the severe hunger I cracked on my cheat meal and ripped into a quizno's like a hurricane. 2 and a half subs later (1.5 turkey and 1 steak) I finally felt full. Feeling has lasted better part of afternoon now, so hopefully it has done the trick. Feel a lot smaller this week, so I'm guessing I'm still losing, we'll see when I weigh in during the week.

    Question for you Bobo - in circumstances like this week where things just get silly quickly is it best to try and add in some cals to help out. In my case anyways it seems stress kicks my metabolism into high gear. If so, how would I add the extra cals in?

  19. Yes, when life kicks you in the balls just eat

    Best thing to do is try to keep things low fat. That way you can actually get away with eating a lot of food without it causing too many problems.
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  20. Hey Bobo,

    Just thought I'd let you know that I need a new wardrobe. I feel like one of those guys in a late-night diet infomercial. Of course I'm going to keep the weight off, and haven't been photoshopped in anyway
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  21. Update today: Weighed in at 178.5. Looks like the weight loss train just keeps on rolling. Bobo, I've got to hand it to you - this plan sure works!

  22. Couple of more shots, showing the results of the first 8 weeks. I'm happy with these for sure, but expect they would have been better had I not gotten sick.

    Lessons learned:

    Actually take the time you think it will take to recover from illness and add at least another week or two before trying to cut again. I found metabolism did funky not quite right things a little longer than I had anticipated.

    Eating on a schedule - even during weekends really pays off. My wife got sick of me having to interrupt errands etc on Sat. to sit in the car and eat, but hell it sure worked.

    You don't need carbs every meal. Pre/post and one other meal of complex carbs (aside from brocolli and skim milk of course) does the body good.

    When you have a hole in your sock don't keep doing cardio - stop and fix it! You'll end up like me with a raw hole in your foot that will take 2 weeks to heal over from the rubbing.

    When carrying a microwave outside to cook fish so as to not sicken your pregnant wife, hold onto it. They cost lots of $ to replace
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  23. Bye bye flab and hello new waist ! Congrats on your 8 weeks !

  24. Thanks Surfer.

    The fat loss fun just keeps on going. Down to 176.5 today. Thats another 2lbs this week. I'm starting to think I may well end up at 170 or so by the time this month is out. People are acutally noticing the loss which is good. Several people whom I haven't seen in several weeks all asked lately how much weight I've lost and that I've really slimmed down. Pretty damn enouraging, although the one who took me aside and asked if I was sick was touching yet strangely humourous.

    Only negative is that strength seems to be holding steady, but minimal if any gains. May well be a function of missing many workouts two weeks ago. If I'm not 100% consistant lifting each week I tend to regress. Didn't think it should matter all that much, but my body is weird in that way I guess.

  25. Down around 175 today. I'm now officially the lightest I've been in 12 years. Smallest waist size in probably 15 or so years. It never ceases to amaze me how relatively minor changes in diet have made such a dramatic impact.

    Do have a strange question however. I've noticed over the last couple of weeks I'm losing reps on the barbell bench press movements. However, I'm still gaining weight and reps on the dumbell chest movements and haven't lost any strength on other body parts. This would indicate I'm not losing any appreciable amount of muscle. I can't figure out why this would be. It's not like I'm at the levels of a personal best for these, so I can't see it being mental. Anyone have any ideas of comments on this one?


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