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    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2014
    A vile session in the gym working on arms and chest. Just awful. I now feel like smashing heads and sobbing into my lactic acid drenched puny arms. Grrrh!
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    Well, instead of training this summer for a century (100 mile bike ride), I'm on the bench for most activities. I found out I have degenerated cartilage in my knee (hurts like hell) and I have to get a 3 week cycle of injections to hopefully provide relief. It's only a temporary fix and last only 6 months depending on how active you are. The most frustrating thing is I have wait weeks for every part of this process to get approval from the insurance companies and I supposedly have great insurance.
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2014
    Try, try, trying again.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2014
    By the radioactive balls of the foul love child twixt Nosferatu and protein shake...I have ze muscles! My legs, though, are utterly shredded by yesterdays gym abomination. On the whole, I'm sticking to my diet.
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2014 edited
    Right, looks like I hit a bit of a wall this month, largely thanks to the lateral epicondylitis that made any sort of sportsing requiring my right arm impossible. The weight has stopped to bounce between 73-75kg, far cry from the 72kg which I wanted to reach by the beginning of June. It's kind of clear what going from 3-4 exercise session per week to none does to this sort of project. Although, I had some really rewarding realizations during our climbing trip about the condition I'm in now. There's been a bit of junk food, going over the calorie limits and summer beers that have halted the de-lardening process, but tally-ho, back on the horse this week.

    I'm going to start taking the bike to the work now that the weather is tolerable, and I'll just hope my arm will take it (squeezing the handlebar with all the jostling on uneven roads hurt like fuck the last time) plus last week me and the woman, who used to be a competitive swimmer, went for a swim for the first time in a year. It's amazing what a difference the weight loss and generally better constitution made there too. Did some breaststroke (tee-hee) and freestyle, and overall my swimming speed was up 20%. Not enough to pass the ridiculous CMAS M1 400m swim scuba training requirements, but getting there. Well, my freestyle was fast enough, but with that speed I could do only 100m before needing an inhalator, heart medicine and a nap.

    In a nutshell, I'm happy that I made it 80% there with very little trouble, but I'm guessing the last 20% will involve the biggest amount of effort :P Not being able to climb bums me out mightily, but oh well, guess this'll be summer of swimming instead.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2014
    I'm still going at it - I think I've lost a couple of pounds since changing my diet and going to the gym about three times a week. I did some weights yesterday, and then proceeded to get all sweaty on a rowing machine.

    The insult that made a man out of Mac - I'm never going to be Charles Atlas on the back of a seventies comic, but I can live with that.

    God, I hurt! :}
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    Any tips for how to get more protein into my diet? I'm hoping to better maintain my energy levels.
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    trini: Curds or quarks?
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    @ trini - have you tried quinoa yet? Great way to get protein from a carbohydrate source. I like it as a salad with a piece of grilled chicken on top. They make bread out of quinoa too, but I find it to have the texture of saw dust and unpleasant.

    If you want to go the animal protein route, tilapia is a really good fish to eat. It's inexpensive, a good protein to calorie exchange rate (a lot of body builders like it for this reason) and pretty tasty if you know how to cook it. The only drawback is it's a little higher on the cholesterol side, but if you don't have a cholesterol problem, I don't think it's a big deal.

    If you looking for protein in a shake form, there is hemp protein powder.
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    @Vornaskotti: I know of cheese curds, but I'm not familiar with quarks.

    @William Joseph Dunn: I've yet to have figured out how to make quinoa taste good. I did tinker with quinoa flour when I tried gluten free for a couple weeks and found it... lacking. I might try tilapia, but I really have a hard time with cooking fish (especially since it seems that fish just doesn't work as leftovers, which I like to take advantage of, especially since I live alone. I actually have hemp protein powder. I think I'll try it again sometime.
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    Using chicken or vegetable stock instead of water to cook the quinoa adds some flavor. Also, when in doubt, hot sauce!

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    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2014
    Yep - I usually cook it in a chicken stock, then add some spices and things to it. A little tumeric, adobo spices, rosemary, and you can either add the real thing or I have a tomato and cilantro bouillon powder too. Makes it taste like Spanish yellow rice.
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    Yeppers, curds are the "gym food" up here, people wanting to add protein to their diet keep wolfing them down. I use them as parts of the daily food, my lunch is usually a salad with some sort of marine life, plus some flavoured curd thing. Pretty handy and tastes like a dessert anyway.
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    @Vornaskotti: Cool. But what the heck are quarks?

    @William Joseph Dunn & glukkake: Chicken stock. Ok. I had to look up adobo - what would you recommend for that?
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2014 edited
    @trini adobo is basically a blend of spices: onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper. sometimes i add a pinch of cumin too. basically, throw in all the savory spices and see how the quinoa turns out.

    edit: I also just throw quinoa (flavoured or not) into soups and salads since it'll also blend in. Also, make sure if it's a quinoa that comes pre-washed - if it's unwashed, it tends to taste more like dirt. Sometimes I wash them even if they're pre-washed if I find a bad brand
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    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2014
    I slightly pulled something in my arm when I started training yesterday, so I just cracked on with some cardio on a cross trainer - grueling. The flab seems to be falling off; a couple of protein shakes a day, a main meal of tuna steaks or chicken or salmon - that sort of thing. With broccoli or other veggies. I've not had any chocolate, biscuits or that kinda shit for over six weeks, I think. I've replaced sugar in my coffee and tea with sweeteners.

    The gym plays shit dubstep music - awful! I stick on The Clash, Big Black, Wire etc. I'm just an old punk, so fuck your dubstep, gym!