Tyinstl's Fitness Progress Thread: be my accountabili-buddy, RJ!

  • Tyinstl

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    Dec 09, 2009 5:37 AM GMT
    Time to go for a six-pack! Huah!

    I'll be charting my progress in this thread in order to keep myself accountable and to inspire people who see the progress as it happens. I'll be doing intervals three times a week as well as ab work and eating a caloric deficit. Here goes!

    Week Zero: Oy Vey, Thanksgiving Aftermath

    Weight: 189.4
    Bicep: 15.25"
    Waist: 37.25"
    Thigh: 25.15"
    Chest: 32.5"


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    (Flexing)

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    (Not flexing)


    Week One: Finals, Finals, Finals

    I haven't been swimming at all because of studying for finals and because I was snowed in for a few days, but once finals week is over that should change!

    Weight: 187.9lbs
    Bicep: 15.25"
    Waist: 36"
    Thigh: 25"
    Chest: idklol



    not gonna measure chest or bicep anymore until i'm done, i don't have any fat there.

    Pics will be biweekly.

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    Week Two: Pow!

    Kicked the gym's ass this week. I have so much energy now that finals are done, every time i go to the gym i'm so pumped that i roundhouse some dude in the face.

    Weight: 191??

    There's no way I ate a 10500-calorie surplus...it had to be a mixture of these:

    • Different scale now that I'm home
    • Muscle from working out for the first time in a month
    • Water retention. I’ve been drinkin the diet orange sodas

    Also I took some pictures but the mirror was all foggy from the shower so you can't see much. Alas!

    Week Three: As they say in france, le progress

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    Weight: 187.4

    Pretty sure this scale is different from the one at school. Pictures say I'm making progress, anyway.

    Talked to a trainer and he said I have to lift but fuckkkkk I don't want to. I can't make myself lift if I know I'm not going to build mass. We'll just see how this program goes.

    Happy New Year's Eve RJ! icon_biggrin.gif

    Week Four: Mo' Progress

    Still chuggin.

    I'm starting to get real skinny. I don't really crave unhealthy foods anymore since I gave up diet soda. Things is lookin good.

    I know i just took a picture last week but I was happy so i took another.

    Weight: 186.6

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    Week Five-Six: Stalemate

    I've stopped losing weight, probably because i stopped counting calories carefully like I did at the beginning. It's a little discouraging, and I've never had it happen to me before--I've always had a teenage metabolism, losing 2-3 lbs a week was a matter of course. Just in case it's because I'm not lifting, I started doing that too--if nothing else, as an experiment to test the popular hypothesis that you can't gain muscle while losing fat.

    Weight: 186.4
    Bicep: 16 - Δ
    Waist: 36 + Δ
    Thigh/Quad: 25.5 / 25
    Chest: 42.5

    where Δ is a small quantity.

    I'll add measurements after I finish my weights cycle, so that my muscles' swelling up after lifting again doesn't show a false progress.

    I've been unable to touch these last ten pounds in five years--usually i lose motivation by now--but i seem to have conquered the cycle of being pious for six weeks and then binging for two, as I'm not really tempted. I blame diet soda.

    Weeks Seven-Eight: My Body Doing What It Does Best

    That is, building muscle.

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    Weight: 186.6
    Bicep: 16 + Δ
    Waist: 35.75
    Thigh/Quad: 25 / 24.8
    Chest: 42.75

    where Δ is a small quantity.

    I'm convinced, however, that measurements are largely meaningless. Building muscle while losing fat could make the measurements appear to not change at all while in fact I am making progress. I took measurements earlier in the week and they were vastly different, I really don't see the point...but why not take them anyway, eh?

    After this week I will be switching to some 5x5 lifting program, I'll be shopping around on bodybuilding.com in the meantime.
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    Dec 09, 2009 8:50 AM GMT
    You can do it babe, I know you will work hardicon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 10, 2009 5:47 AM GMT
    Tyinstl saidTime to go for a six-pack! Huah!

    I'll be charting my progress in this thread in order to keep myself accountable and to inspire people who see the progress as it happens. I'll be doing intervals three times a week as well as ab work and eating a caloric deficit. Here goes!

    Week One: Oy Vey, Thanksgiving Aftermath

    Weight: 189.4
    Bicep: 15.25"
    Waist: 37.25"
    Thigh: 25.15"
    Chest: 32.5"




    Is there perhaps a mistake in there? Judging from the pics, it seems that there might be one.
  • Tyinstl

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    Dec 17, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    theatrengym said
    Is there perhaps a mistake in there? Judging from the pics, it seems that there might be one.


    Thanks but I was very close to a six-pack before thanksgiving break and now I have a bit of a spare tire that I'd like to get rid of before I start bulking, hehe icon_smile.gif
  • Tyinstl

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    Dec 17, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    updated
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    Dec 17, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
    Good luck!! That's my goal too!
  • dreamer121

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    Dec 17, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    Those measurements seem really out of wack bud.

    And remember I'm just around the corner if you need any support!

  • Tyinstl

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    Dec 17, 2009 8:08 PM GMT
    dreamer121 saidThose measurements seem really out of wack bud.

    And remember I'm just around the corner if you need any support!



    how come? I've always weighed a lot for my size, i guess i'm a dense fellow hehe
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    Dec 21, 2009 12:58 AM GMT
    good luck ty!
    accountabilibuddy -- SP, heh!
    given your height i guess the 180's makes sense -- you just look leaner in your pix. i'm about your height and weight, but it doesn't look like that on me! icon_eek.gif
    thats the difference between a twentysomething and fortysomething!icon_wink.gif
    keep posting and we'll see how you do through the holidays -- if youre like me, it's a blessing and curse: more time to work but more rich foods always around. icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 22, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    Tyinstl said
    theatrengym said
    Is there perhaps a mistake in there? Judging from the pics, it seems that there might be one.


    Thanks but I was very close to a six-pack before thanksgiving break and now I have a bit of a spare tire that I'd like to get rid of before I start bulking, hehe icon_smile.gif


    What was odd was that you listed your waist as being 37.25 inches and your chest as being only 32.5 inches. It seemed possible that you'd inadvertently typed your chest measurement for your waist measurement and vice versa. It did seem especially unlikely that your chest is only 32.5 inches.

    Alternatively, perhaps you meant to type 42.5, not 32.5, for your chest.
  • Tyinstl

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    Dec 25, 2009 8:53 AM GMT
    theatrengym saidWhat was odd was that you listed your waist as being 37.25 inches and your chest as being only 32.5 inches. It seemed possible that you'd inadvertently typed your chest measurement for your waist measurement and vice versa. It did seem especially unlikely that your chest is only 32.5 inches.

    Alternatively, perhaps you meant to type 42.5, not 32.5, for your chest.


    Yeah probably 42.5. I don't have my tape measure at home so I can't verify, but that's probably it.

    Also, update しました~
  • Tyinstl

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    Dec 31, 2009 5:50 AM GMT
    update bump
  • Tyinstl

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    Jan 07, 2010 10:38 PM GMT
    bamp
  • dreamer121

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    Jan 12, 2010 5:55 AM GMT
    if you're going to be update bumping it... you gotta throw in some results there sparky.
  • Tyinstl

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    Jan 17, 2010 10:20 PM GMT
    dreamer121 saidif you're going to be update bumping it... you gotta throw in some results there sparky.


    Did I forget to edit the OP? I don't think I did.

    If you mean I shouldn't update bump unless I've showed progress, well, I think I have. Even if I plateau, though, I'm still gonna update so that people didn't think I gave up. I also need to update to keep myself accountable.
  • jeffreyr

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    Jan 18, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    Hey, it sounds like you're making great progress, and I know it is very frustrating when you plateau. Motivation is good. What are your goals? Is it just to lose weight?

    You might also try posting a thread out here of what you eat on a regular basis. Lots of people do that and get some really good feedback. I also definitely agree with the trainer that you should lift weights. At your age, you can get some nice definition and bulk or whatever you want with probably not much effort and you should enjoy that while it lasts!

    I'm currently trying to add bulk and it's frustrating how difficult it is to do that without adding some fat along the way.

    I'm in STL, too so hit me up if you want some motivation!
  • Tyinstl

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    Jan 19, 2010 5:04 AM GMT
    jeffreyr saidHey, it sounds like you're making great progress, and I know it is very frustrating when you plateau. Motivation is good. What are your goals? Is it just to lose weight?

    You might also try posting a thread out here of what you eat on a regular basis. Lots of people do that and get some really good feedback. I also definitely agree with the trainer that you should lift weights. At your age, you can get some nice definition and bulk or whatever you want with probably not much effort and you should enjoy that while it lasts!

    I'm currently trying to add bulk and it's frustrating how difficult it is to do that without adding some fat along the way.

    I'm in STL, too so hit me up if you want some motivation!


    Thank you! I am trying just to lose fat until I can see my abs clearly, and then it'll be time to bulk icon_smile.gif

    Although this week I'll be starting in weights just as an experiment. I'm going to see if indeed you can't gain definition during a cutting phase...better than taking people's word for it, eh?
  • jeffreyr

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    Jan 20, 2010 12:57 PM GMT
    Tyinstl said
    jeffreyr saidHey, it sounds like you're making great progress, and I know it is very frustrating when you plateau. Motivation is good. What are your goals? Is it just to lose weight?

    You might also try posting a thread out here of what you eat on a regular basis. Lots of people do that and get some really good feedback. I also definitely agree with the trainer that you should lift weights. At your age, you can get some nice definition and bulk or whatever you want with probably not much effort and you should enjoy that while it lasts!

    I'm currently trying to add bulk and it's frustrating how difficult it is to do that without adding some fat along the way.

    I'm in STL, too so hit me up if you want some motivation!


    Thank you! I am trying just to lose fat until I can see my abs clearly, and then it'll be time to bulk icon_smile.gif

    Although this week I'll be starting in weights just as an experiment. I'm going to see if indeed you can't gain definition during a cutting phase...better than taking people's word for it, eh?


    Sounds like a plan! Good luck and let us know how it works out!
  • Tyinstl

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    Jan 22, 2010 5:13 AM GMT
    Update bump. No further results, but I wanted people to know I haven't quit.
  • Tyinstl

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    Feb 08, 2010 1:22 AM GMT
    updated