Anvil or Hammer

Monday Morning Weigh In: 245.4

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on August 4, 2008

A bit higher than I expected. This is the first time I’ve seen 245. I’m guess the intense soreness that I have going on is contributing. Whenever I get DOMS, I ad a pound or so. That’s ok, it’ll make it that much easier to get started.



  • 2 Jumbo Eggs
  • 1 slice toast
  • 2 tbsp apple butter
  • 12 oz coffee
  • 4 oz 1% milk


  • Lettuce (2 cups, not packed)
  • 2 tbsp italian dressing (actually measured)
  • 8 oz decaf coffee


  • Whole skinless chicen breast (probably about 1.2 lbs, both halve, not just one)
  • 8oz decaf coffee


  • 1 cup cherries


  • 2 cups salad
  • 3 tbsp italian dressing
  • 8 oz regular coffee


  • Small handful of mixed nuts


  • Chick-fil-a spicy wrap
  • Chick-fil-a cloe slaw
  • approx 1 oz feta
  • decaf chai
  • 6 oz 1% milk

Where to go from here

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight,Rant by Mike on August 3, 2008

I’ve made several attempts at this post but none of them have gone where I intended. So I’m going to try and simplify it and see if it goes better.

So, I’m healed up, I’m back from vacation and I feel like it’s time to start again. Where to start?

I’ve gained about 15 pounds and I’ll admit that at least 10 pounds of it didn’t have to happen. I’d like to say I feel bad, guilty, sad or something but I really don’t. That said, I’m looking forward to taking them back off and then some. So, step one is to lose some weight.

I decided my diet can start no regardless of how training goes initially. In that vein, I’m cooking chicken breasts as we speak. This week, I intend to eat salad, nut, chicken and maybe some fruit 4 days out of 5 at work. The fifth day is a dinner of a coworker and I’m allowing some freedom. I’m also going to return to cataloging my intake. I realize it’s kind of anal and not normal but it helps me get on track. It’s work before, it works for Jason Statham, Henry Rollins, Scott Styles (not the porno one) and it works for me. So I’m going to use it. I don’t know for how long.

Returning to training is also important to me. My training is going to be a bit different. I am still protecting my back quiet a lot and am not ready to return to squats or pulls yet. I’m going to do some kettlebells, dumbbells and some chrome and fern type work. I’m not going to get as heavily into recovery in this first month. After I establish some kind of a pattern though, I’d like to do more recovery.

There, that was much shorter than my other attempts but I think it covers the bare bones of what I want to do. I’ll go with it.

Fruit Roll Up

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight,Gym Strength,Rest and Recovery by Mike on July 1, 2008

I haven’t blogged in over a week, so it’s time to catch up and get back on a schedule.

Last week I hit MAC on Tuesday
30mins biking on cardio
Overhead Squat – just the bar X 10
Pushup X 10
Medicine Ball Raises (front and each side) X 10
5 Circuits

The OHS were a bad idea, I won’t be messing with those in a bit

Friday – Dumbarton
I don’t recall it all
15 minutes on the elliptical
Bench ladder 10 ->1(alternating 225, 185 for each weight)
Rows 135lbs 5 X 12
leg Extensions 5 X 12 80lbs
Leg Curls 5 X12 60lbs
Calf Raises 3 X 20 50lbs
I think that was most of it. I felt really good coming out of this and I think that making my legs do something besides atrophy was a very good thing.

Monday Morning Weigh-In: 236.6
I got a big old FAIL on eating clean for the first half of last week. I did okay 70%ish for the second half. This week has been very good so far. I’ve had some chocolate covered espresso bean (and not many) but that’s about it.
Really, all I have to do is eat clean but that means planning, scheduling and being prepared and that is where I am struggling.

No ibuprofen since Saturday. Laura was out of town and I didn’t have anything pressing so I thought I’d just see what would happen. I was surprised that I made it all day. So I stayed off the drugs through Sunday but figured with work on Monday I would have to go back. Monday went just fine without. Now it’s Tuesday and still none. I’m very happy. I can take some if I need to but I haven’t felt that need.

Monday Morning Weigh-in:234.4

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on June 24, 2008

I actually did weigh myself yesterday, although I didn’t want to. I feel like I’m in a losing battle right now. That said, the 2/10 pound loss was actually a bit motivating. As my wife and I discussed, as long as I work to clean up my eating,  I seem to do ok. Last week was more clean than the previous and this new week is looking to be more clean than last week :).

Monday Morning Weigh-in: 229.0

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on April 28, 2008

My wife has been calling it the Cereal and Pain diet. Breakfast cereal is something that I typically scoff at, it’s not food nor is it nutritious. However, with my injury, I didn’t want to spend any more time standing at the stove making food than I had to. While I was hurting I didn’t really have any appetite, I ate when I took my ibuprofen and that was about it. So for the first half of last week, I was losing weight.

Now I have to be careful though. My appetite is returning and I’m ambulatory. So I could start eating a lot more. I’m trying to keep it reasonable. With very little training planned for the week, I’m going to try and stay below 230 but I’m not going to be crushed if I rise a little above it. Next week should include several cardio sessions, so I’m hoping it all evens out.

Monday Morning Weigh-In: 232.6

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on April 14, 2008

Not too bad. I hit 231.0 for my low weight of the week, on Saturday morning (when it always is). Given that Monday is usually my high for the week, the 232 is motivating. I’m at a point that even if I held steady, I could easily slide into making weight but I’m going to press on a bit. I’d like to score a Monday below 230.

I know when Scott said to push it for a couple weeks, he expected a harder push for two weeks to drop me 5 pounds then level it off with a minor addition of calories. I kinda did too. I was surprised by how tightening up my 5-day-a-week diet didn’t make an impact in my general gradual slope I have had most of the last year.

I just don’t seem to manage particularly dramatic weight loss these days, even with a perfect week and the rebound from a perfect week was ugly each and every time I managed it in that last year. I guess, sadly, I’m complacent in being an underachiever here. That’s probably awful but it doesn’t feel awful.

Monday Morning Weigh-in: 235.2

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on April 7, 2008

That’s what I get for going out to eat three times this weekend, very rare for me. It was darn good though :-).

Back to work, this week is a back off week on the max effort, I think I’ll do a mess of kettlebells instead.

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Monday Morning Weigh in: 234.6

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on March 31, 2008

ok weight for the week.

In other news, I didn’t get my usual food prep done this week. Normally this is where I think “hooray, an excuse to eat sushi!” Instead I dug around and found a couple pitas and two cans of tuna. I made tuna salad at the last minute and brought that with me instead. Probably better all around.

Monday Morning Weigh In: 237.2

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on March 24, 2008

Drat. At first I was surprised and annoyed, I was expecting 234.X. Then, as I thought about it I realized that I gave myself a lot of free passes last week. The chick going on nutrisystem brought in donuts, I ate two. I don’t even like donuts. The same chick was fasting for good Friday so she brought in sweet cakes, again, two. I don’t really like those either. I felt a bit peckish toward the end of the day, what a great time to try out the new Burger King.

So a couple slaps on the wrist for bad behavior and back to work I go. I think I’m going to return to regular “unofficial” weigh ins too, to track my progress throughout the week and help me correct for errors.

Two months and I have to get below 230.

Monday Morning Weigh in: 235.6

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on March 19, 2008

Down some but not quite as much as I expect. None the less, I’m working hard on a sub 230 in the next 60 days.

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