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by ams
Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Well, it was bound to happen sometime. I backslid a little bit this week. My weight this morning was 243.6 lbs., and my seven-day average was 242.9 lbs., up ever so slightly from last week. I think it's mostly attributable to snacking too much this week. I got in good workouts (and I seem to be over...
by ams
Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Thanks for the Internet high-five. I had another good week. I've gotten back into the habit of weightlifting, although my numbers in that are still quite low. The important thing is making a routine of it, and doing it consistently. I really want to find some time each week that I can go to the indo...
by ams
Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

My weight this morning was 243.8 lbs., resulting in a seven-day average of 243.9 lbs. That gives me a weight loss of 1.2 lbs. this week, which is really satisfactory. My weight loss through three months is 9.5 lbs. If I can keep that pace, I'll be 38 lbs. lighter when Jan. 1, 2013, comes around. Now...
by ams
Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Parks
Replies: 19
Views: 4163

Re: National Parks

OK, I've decided to go to Rocky Mountain National Park for a couple of reasons. 1. Its relatively close proximity means a shorter travel time and more time for camping, hiking, and photography 2. Since I'll be going during the summer, I want to go somewhere cool. The mountain elevations should help....
by ams
Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

My March weigh ins are complete, and it was a heck of a month, as you can see from my graph. Since the end of February, I have lost almost 5 lbs. and the trend has been pretty consistently downward, mostly on the strength of reduced snacking and splitting big recipes into three meals instead of two....
by ams
Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Parks
Replies: 19
Views: 4163

Re: National Parks

pyronius wrote:Edit: Oh, and there were marmots. MARMOTS MAN.

Don't forget pikas. As a page designer, I have a lot more experience with picas.
by ams
Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Parks
Replies: 19
Views: 4163

Re: National Parks

I've been thinking, in my mind, this trip will be as much about photography as about hiking. With that in mind, it would be a huge task to carry all I'd need for backcountry hiking and all my camera gear. So I think I want to stick with some place (or places) that are good for day hikes. I went on a...
by ams
Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Weekly update time: My actual weight this morning is 244.4 lbs., and my seven-day average is 245.1 lbs., a loss of 0.8 lbs. for the week and a bit over 8 lbs. for the year. I'm really happy to see my weight graph pointing steadily down. If I can have even a decent week the next seven days, I'll have...
by ams
Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Parks
Replies: 19
Views: 4163

Re: National Parks

Going to Glacier National Park would definitely take a 2-day drive to get there, but it looks absolutely gorgeous. It's a long way, but I'll definitely put it on my list to consider.
by ams
Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Parks
Replies: 19
Views: 4163

Re: National Parks

I don't think back country is in the works for me, at least not this time around. If I decide on the multi-park trip, I'll definitely look into the national park pass. I expect it would be a savings over the entry fees for all of them.
by ams
Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Parks
Replies: 19
Views: 4163

National Parks

I've decided I need to take some time off this summer to go on a trip, a getaway from work. My main thought it going on a trip to one or more U.S. national (or state) parks to go hiking and give my camera a workout. I'm trying to decide where I should go. I'm expecting to have 9 consecutive days off...
by ams
Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Weekly update time! I didn't have my scale to weigh myself this morning, because I was at my parents' home. I don't believe their scale when it says my weight this morning was 242.4 lbs. I can't have lost that much weight in a single day. In any event, I did have a good week, weight-wise. My 7-day a...
by ams
Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

My actual weight this morning was 245.8 lbs., and my 7-day average is 247.6 lbs. I was sick with a pretty bad head and chest cold for much of the week, so I didn't get a lot of exercise, but it also curbed my appetite. Another incident led, I expect, to today's outlier. My girlfriend of 11 months br...
by ams
Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Today's actual weight was 248.2 lbs., to go along with a 7-day average of 248.4. I lost 1 lb. this week, which I consider satisfactory, especially with this damned head cold keeping me from working out like I would want.
by ams
Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Here is my graph for February. I lost 3 lbs. this month. It's progress, but not as fast as I would like it. Maybe I need to talk in more detail with a coworker about what he's doing. He's has just been shedding weight in a hurry. I think I'll ask about it tonight on the way to play basketball.
by ams
Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Well, I made a tiny bit of progress this week, but hardly enough to be worth reporting. My 7-day average is 249.4, down from 249.7. My actual weight this morning was 249.4, as well. I'll have my February graph for you pretty soon. It has a nice trend to it, but not nearly as steep as I would like. I...
by ams
Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

This week was a bit better. I didn't make my goal of below 250 for the entire week, but my 7-day average was 250 or less all week. My actual weight this morning is 248.2 lbs., and my 7-day average is 249.7 lbs. I got some actual basketball shoes yesterday. Hopefully that will let me keep up the inte...
by ams
Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Ams, you do realise you started at 244 with the goal to get below 200 and now you try to stay BELOW 250 (i.e. still heavier than you were before your fitness goals)? Dude, something is off. Yes, I started off at 244 in January 2011. After having a really great start, I fell off the wagon, and gaine...
by ams
Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Well, this was a nightmare week at work, but I came through it alright. My weight this morning was 249.6 lbs., with a seven-day average of 249.9 lbs. Basketball on Sunday and Wednesday was a lot of fun, and I plan on continuing that as long as I can. I think I'll need to get some real basketball sho...
by ams
Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 23478

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

The audience's response tells me they aren't good photographers. In most cases, the problems they talk about are operator error more than the fault of the camera. Really skilled photographers can get good pictures even with crappy cameras, and complete amateurs will still take amateur photos with th...
by ams
Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Actual weight this morning was 250.4. Seven-day average was 250.6. I've decided that, for the time being, weightlifting isn't for me. It just leaves me too sore to do all the other things I need to do. Instead, I'm going to focus on cardio and recreational exercise. The next town over has open indoo...
by ams
Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

My results this past week were mixed. I wasn't able to work out the way I wanted for most of the week after overdoing it on squats. By the time I finally recovered, I was visiting my girlfriend without a gym available. But last night I played some 3-on-3 basketball at the park and got possibly the b...
by ams
Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Well, my week was pretty far from perfect, but it was still good enough to lose a pound. My seven-day average as of this morning is 252.2 lbs. I didn't make it to work out yesterday, because I spent most of the day out of town visiting my sister and new baby nephew, and when I got back, I spent the ...
by ams
Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

depending on what else you're doing, 5x5 deadlifts might be overkill On the plan I'm using, Day A is 5x5 deadlifts, 5x5 bent-over rows (I prefer dumbbell over barbell), 5x5 shoulder press. Day B is 5x5 squats, 5x5 bench, and 2 sets of pullups to failure (I'm going to have to start with lat pulldown...
by ams
Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

I had a great workout today, which was exactly what I needed after the way work went. I started with a light cardio warmup, then did weightlifting routine A: 5x5 deadlift (final set at 155 lbs.), 5x5 dumbell bent-over rows (final set at 45 lbs.), and 5x5 dumbell shoulder press (final set at 70 lbs. ...
by ams
Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Well, crap. Here I am again. 2011 started off so promising, but then my day-to-day life got tough, and all that progress vanished into thin air. And now I'm the heaviest I've ever been. I'm starting over from square one. Again. But the other parts of my life are better now. I have a wonderful girlfr...
by ams
Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Really cool to see the graphs with consistent results, and it's awesome you're keeping up with it. If you want to strength train, hold off on using weights until you see some definition. IE, do pullups/pushups rather than lifting. Otherwise, you may have a tendency not to lose as much weight as you...
by ams
Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

I switched things up today. Rather than go to the gym and hop on a piece of equipment, I played an 8-game set of tennis with one of my friends. I lost, 8-2, but it was a good workout and more fun.
by ams
Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Here's my chart for February, much better than January. I have about 5 lbs. to go to meet my intermediate goal of 230 lbs. by April 1.
by ams
Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Overall, I had a good week. My seven-day average today is 235.1 lbs., down 1.5 lbs. from a week ago and 8.8 lbs. from my peak, so I'm still making steady progress. If I can keep it up, I have a shot at making my goal of <230 lbs. by April 1. I overate again on Tuesday, and I don't know what to do to...
by ams
Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 117475

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

You're probably right, Nath. 135 can probably wait until next Wednesday. It's just that 135 is one of those big, visual goals, being able to bench with the "big boy plates."
by ams
Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 117475

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

I did good. Today I really wasn't motivated to go to the gym and lift, but I made myself do it anyway. As soon as I was done with my warm-up, I felt a lot better about it, and I went on to tie my PR on squats, 135, and set a new PR on bench, 125. I'd done almost a full set at 125 on Wednesday, but I...
by ams
Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Not a lot to report this week. My 7-day average this morning was 236.6, down 1.8 pounds from a week ago. I probably overate a little bit this week.
by ams
Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Good deal man. Remember that when you do strength training, it's hard to see weight-loss immediately in some cases because as you put on muscle you offset losses in fat somewhat. I don't mean to use this as any sort of excuse, but there is some truth to it. The more muscle mass you have the more ca...
by ams
Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: What songs do you listen to when you run/workout?
Replies: 43
Views: 15308

Re: What songs do you listen to when you run/workout?

I don't listen to music when lifting, unless someone has the stereo at the gym on. When I'm doing cardio, I prefer songs that are either up-tempo or kind of angry. Probably the single best song for me when I'm on the elliptical machine is "Hash Pipe" by Weezer. The tempo is just right to g...
by ams
Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

Time for my weekly progress report. My seven-day average is 238.4 lbs., down 1.3 lbs. from a week ago and 5.5 lbs. from my highest average of the year. My average has remained the same or gone down every day for the past 16 days, which is good to see. The declines have slowed down a lot since the fi...
by ams
Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Personal Records
Replies: 159
Views: 58447

Re: Personal Records

Today I set new personal bests -- since high school, anyway -- on bench press (115 lbs.) and squats (125 lbs.). Both were on the last set of 5x5.
by ams
Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

TheNorm05 wrote:Nice. You deadlift 10 pounds more than I am. Been stretching well?

I've made a point of stretching, but I don't know how "well." My back feels surprisingly good today, considering lifting and shoveling snow yesterday, though.
by ams
Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

I had a good workout today, as I continue to follow my scheduled workouts. I was free of soreness, and I was able to post a new personal best in deadlift (155 lbs.) and match my best on dumbbell bent-over rows (50 lbs. per arm). I've switched to dumbbells for overhead press, and maxed at 35 lbs. per...
by ams
Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16896

Re: ams: getting fit

My seven-day average this morning is 239.7 lbs., down 2.7 from a week ago and under 240! I'm not as sore or stiff today. I really backed off the weights on my lifts last night, because I was still really sore from Wednesday, especially in my quadriceps. I switched from barbell to dumbbells for milit...

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