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So it begins

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight,Goals by Mike on October 10, 2007

10/10 Where it all starts.

Today is the the first “official” day of my goals list. I already have two knocked off, Develop 100 goals and Do a Towel Pull Up. So I guess I’m off to a ripping good start. Neither of those were on my list for this first month so I still have five to work on:

43. Bend the Red
45. Pinch Deadlift 3 twenty – fives
46. Pinch Deadlift 5 tens
51. Squat Lock out 1000lbs
66. Steinborn lift 315

I think I’m good for the lockout, I just need to make some time to go do it. The Steinborn Lift will be fun, I’ll try to train that each Friday. The bending can be trained at least twice a week whenever I feel like it. I should probably spend on day just doing timber ties and a different day trying to bend the harder stuff. The pinch will probably be trained twice a week as well. One of them will probably be Fridays at Dumbarton. This is a good set of goals for a couple months out from Gripmas.

To make matters worse I decided to give Scott Styles’ experiment a go. If  you scroll down on the right you’ll see some pictures. These will be the last ten things I ate. It’s pretty much all automated so all I really have to do is take picture with my camera phone and send it to a contact that I have dubbed Flickr. It all flows from there. If you want to, you can click on a picture for a bigger version. I’ll try to fill in some comments there too, explaining what I am eating. I wouldn’t expect a whole lot there though.

Today, I also tried out Stephen’s breakfast plan. I can’t eat quite as much as he can so it was only two eggs, some spinach and onions. It was a tasty little treat but my belly isn’t used to that kind of breakfast right now. So we’ll see how that goes as well.

Last, I hit a new low for my bodyweight today which is extremely cool, 235.8. That means I’m .8 pounds away from 30lbs of weight loss. That seems really good to me. I’m still pushing on to try and hit 40 but I have to say I feel really good about 30. I realize I’m no where near as lean as Scott, Chris or Stephen but man, I feel lean. I feel like I look lean. It’s weird. I’m not a good judge of my own body composition, I know that. But, darn it, I just feel lean, and I kinda like it.

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  1. Scott Styles said,

    You are heavier than me, but I would guess you are also as lean or leaner than me. I’m wearing 38″ pants at 190. 30lbs is a major change in weight and excellent progress.

    I’ll be interested to see how the bending goes for you with some form practice. Hitting the proper double overhand groove makes a huge difference in the leverage you can get on a nail.

    The food experiment looks like it is off to a good start. I’m impressed how quickly you got it integrated with the blog.

  2. Mike said,

    Thanks Scott. Based on the vids, I’m still thinking you got me, but we are wearing the same jeans size.

    For bending, I’m planning on just doing some ties tonight. My form is crap, it’s all guts. I still use double underhanded to bend. I never could understand folding really.

    We’ll see how the food experiment goes. I did everything I could to not give myself any excuses not to do it. Still… I do think I’ll be less prone to grazing just because I have to photgraph it all. Other than today’s breakfast and the miso after work (it used to be another coffee with a couple scoops of hot chocolate thrown in), I’d say today was normal. I’ll try to keep it up, it should be interesting.

    I wish I could take credit on the pictures but it was all done for me. Since I moved to I am locked into certain templates. The one I picked happend to be widgetized, which is more common these days. One of the widgets happened to be able to pick up a flikr rss feed. I set up an email account that goes directly to flickr with certain tags attached, those tags put it on the rss feed and there you go.

  3. speedstudio said,

    Mike: I caught the “Steinborn lift” video on youtube. Amazing, I’ve got to try that when I’m back to 100%.

    Today’s food intake so far: breakfast: 1/2 lb of rib eye (med rare), 2cups of fresh banana, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, 10 raw almonds, 3tblspoons of flax seed mixed with a cup of almond milk.
    Snack 20 almonds
    Lunch: 1 banana
    Snack: 50grams of muscle milk shake.

  4. Mike said,

    mmmm, sounds delicious. I’d be curious to hear how you finished that day.

    I’m glad you liked the steinborn, it’s fun.

  5. speedstudio said,

    Dinner: 1/3 lb of rib eye, medium apple

    Snack: 10 raw almonds, cup of sunflower seeds (in shell), 1/2 cup of raspberries,.

  6. Scott Styles said,

    I’ll play too:

    4 bagel pizzas (2 whole wheat bagels, pasta sauce, 4oz mozarella, 3oz fake chicken)
    iced tea

    Balance Bar, 4oz grapes

    3oz snow peas, 4oz pita chips, 3oz grape tomatoes, 8oz cottage cheese, iced tea

    Protein Shake (8oz milke, 8oz chocolate soy milk, banana, 1/3 cup soy protien powder)
    4oz celery w/ peanut butter and raisans
    3oz carrots

    I also had around 100oz of water throughout the day. This was a day of clean eating for me. I’m actually kind of suprised how little it looks like you guys eat.

  7. Mike said,

    I’m glad you posted it Scott. It’s a hard thing to get an honest comparison on. That breakfast looks tasty, I’m surprised by your dinner though. Where you working late possibly?

    I have to confess, this photo experiment has been very valuable for me. First, it makes me think before I consume. Thus, it eliminated virtually all “grazing” behavior. The result, I discovered, is that my diet is horribly inadequate for me. This presents and interesting chicken and egg discussion for me. Is my diet so inadequate because I graze the rest of my calories but fail to account for them in considerations of weight loss or do I graze because my diet is so inadequate. I can’t say.
    I think it would behoove me to add some calories to my diet, intentionally and with control, to allow it to meet my needs better and to discourage this grazing.

  8. speedstudio said,

    Yesterday, T Nation had a timely little article on Leptins and fat loss;jsessionid=2C5AA1D9B6274F95EE7FFBDB0E5F8E39.hydra?id=1757741

    Scott: Because of the way I train (low volume, emphasis on fast twitch), I don’t require alot of food. The food I do consume goes a long way. I’ve always had a moderate diet, but I’ll say it again, removing grains and dairy and increasing protein and fresh fruit/vegs/nuts have made the biggest impact on my body composition. Cravings are rare, energy level is much improved, and I’m leaner.
    I started this morning similar to yesterday – 1/2 lb ribeye, 2 eggs and fresh fruit, flax seed, almonds, fish oil capsule. 3 cups of “joe”

  9. Mike said,

    I hate it when people complain that it costs too much to eat healthy but I have to be a hypocrite. I’m not sure I could afford Ribeye and berries everyday. Can I ask what you spend a week on groceries, roughly. My wife and I drop about $100/week. Give or take $20. We don’t eat out much, if at all.

  10. speedstudio said,

    Mike: Honestly, I don’t keep track of my grocery bills, but we’re probably around $100 a week. Quality food is an area I just won’t compromise on anymore. I’ve found it pays dividends in health and longevity. We don’t eat out much, avoid processed foods, and forgo alot of other luxuries to make sure we eat well. It’s a carry over from growing up with 12 brothers and sisters. And, when I got out of the military and worked my way through college with a baby at home – I ate alot of tuna, chicken and beans so my family would be well fed.

  11. Scott Styles said,


    Dinner was me deciding the food I had at home sucks and dealing with the hunger problem as swiftly as possible. I don’t like cooking and find it hard to stay motivated to eat healthy foods. My solution to eating junk instead is to not buy it, but that doesn’t give me any more motivation to cook.

    It is not uncommon for me to eat a large scoop of peanut butter along with a glass of milk for dinner, or to make breakfast on the weekend a balance bar or packet of raw almonds. If I am going to miss a meal, I pound something down and move on.

    I suggested the picture experiment because it is something I have been thinking about doing. So far my progress has kept up, but like calorie counting, it is in my back pocket for when I stall out.

    Stephen, your diet makes me realize how far off I am from the habits that lead to the 10-12% bodyfat range. I like to eat junk food and have some variant of pizza most days. I have a long way to go both in terms of calories and quality of food. So far I have been doing ok making up for it in activity, but it is something to keep in mind.

    I firmly believe paying for quality food is worth whatever it costs. I budget $60 a week for food, and then eat out 2-3x a week on top of that. I’d guess I average 2200-2800 calories a day.

    Back when I was in the 240’s, I’d spend $90 a week on food, eat out 4-6x a week, and make the odd trip to jewel for frozen pizza or the liquor store for wine. I’d estimate I ate around 4000 calories a day, which is why it amazes me to see how little you guys are eating, especially Mike.

  12. speedstudio said,

    Scott: It really is a challenge to stay lean, work full time, work out hard, and lead a semi-normal life. The nutrition aspect of my program by far requires the most discipline and sacrifice than anything else. The good news is I don’t experience the discomfort I did when I was focusing on fat loss and restricting calories. Now that things have become habitual, I don’t miss certain things as much, and I’m accustomed to reaching for fresh food rather than processed. I used to easily eat 3/4 of a large pizza and want more the next day. Now, I don’t have an appetite for pizza at all – and I’m pretty sure I’d have an adverse reaction to all the bread and cheese.

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