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Old 12-29-2010, 01:19 PM
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Default Strong is the new skinny

I love this phrase because it really fits with how I feel right now about myself. I thought about calling my transformation thread "The Finishing Touches," but that implies making final changes and I am sure I'll continue to improve and tweak long after the contest is over. Instead I will voice my support for a movement that is resonating with so many women, including me.

I did my last workout of Meatheads 4x4 yesterday-yay! I have not nailed down my start date for the contest quite yet but am getting ready for the before photo. I am may start tomorrow as I would like to do the first workout of Transformation 3 tomorrow.

Along with my thread title, one goal that I have for 2011 is to do 20 unassisted pull-ups. I am gradually working my way up-I can do 6 now. It is my goal to be able to do 12 by the end of the contest. I can deadlift my body weight already, and will be working on my deadlift technique during this contest. I don't think I will be working on bench pressing my body weight, as I mostly work with dumbells and not barbells, but I will focus on getting back to using the 45lb DBs for regular sets.

I had a cheat day yesterday. I ate quite a bit of junk food-Christmas sugar cookies, chocolate, a couple of mochas, honey roasted peanuts, etc, probably 2700 cal in total. Definitely enough to get rid of the junk food cravings till the next cheat day! Today it's back to healthy (and reduced calorie) eating.
(Goal for the contest-1 cheat day every 6-7 days)

I'm also going to be working on reducing my caffeine intake gradually. It has really gotten out of control since I've been home on vacation with constant access to my espresso maker, and although it doesn't give me any obvious problems (eg, sleepless nights), it just can't be good for me to have 7 shots of caffeinated espresso a day at 75 mg caffeine per shot. I've been thinking about this for a while, and I'm ready to make it happen.
(Goal-reduce caffeine intake, gradually replacing all caffeinated espresso with decaf)

Reducing my caffeine intake will also help me reduce milk intake. I can't eliminate dairy completely since I'm pretty dependent on it for adequate protein intake. I could not live without greek yogurt. But I also make mochas and that 60 cal of mocha powder (120 if I have two) is extra calories beyond just the milk. So I will make that more occasional and less daily habit.
Goals-Reduce milk intake from 1.5-2 c per day to < 1c, reduce mochas from 2/day to 4/week

I'm also making it a goal to log my meals here, which I have not done before. So here is today so far:

Breakfast
Eggs, veggies, salsa, small capuccino - 380 cal

Lunch
(Fake) chick'n scallopini, portabello mushrooms with part-skim cheese and roasted red peppers, broccoli/peppers, small capuccino - 525 cal (905 for day)

Although it is ridiculously cold here in NC, I am now going out to walk my poor dogs who did not get out for a walk yesterday because their mother hates winter weather. Lots more to do today!
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Contest #8 thread: http://forum.ttmembers.com/showthread.php?t=8904
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Old 12-29-2010, 02:36 PM
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Good luck with your goals for this contest! It's been so helpful for me to read through the posts as I'm a newbie. I want to be able to do at least ONE pull up by the end of the contest, and hope you get your 12!
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Old 12-29-2010, 04:09 PM
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Hey, we ate the same breakfast! Just popping in to say good luck and you have an avid follower/admirer (in a nice normal way) in me.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:27 PM
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sounds like a good goal to have... to be able to do those darned pull ups... maybe some day for me...
You're so courageous to attempt to give up caffeine... I'm not ready for that yet... maybe the next challenge ;-)
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:06 PM
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Good luck with your goals for this contest! It's been so helpful for me to read through the posts as I'm a newbie. I want to be able to do at least ONE pull up by the end of the contest, and hope you get your 12!
Thanks! Welcome and good luck to you too! Do you have a pull-up bar and resistance bands to help work your way up? When I was getting back into doing pull-ups earlier this year, I bought a couple Fitcords (blue and red) and have used those quite a lot. I know several other people have found them helpful too.

By the way has anyone seen this video of Jason Ferrugia's girlfriend Jen doing 17 pull-ups? There was another video of her doing band-assisted pull-ups but I can't find that right now. There are a bunch more on Youtube and elsewhere that show various ways of doing band-assisted pull-ups, or you can do the negative part of the movement only.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sza9ozhBIFk

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Hey, we ate the same breakfast! Just popping in to say good luck and you have an avid follower/admirer (in a nice normal way) in me.
Thanks, Catherine! I appreciate it. Eggs are such a good vacation breakfast, aren't they...I may have to go back to greek yogurt every morning once vacation is over for convenience but it's nice while it lasts!

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sounds like a good goal to have... to be able to do those darned pull ups... maybe some day for me...
You're so courageous to attempt to give up caffeine... I'm not ready for that yet... maybe the next challenge ;-)
Thanks, I'll work at it! I doubt it will be easy to give up the caffeine completely, but if I can cut way down gradually, at least I won't have to deal with the splitting headaches!

Afternoon snack-half-caf nonfat capuccino with cinnamon- 45 cal

Dinner-turkey, 0.5 c cooked cranberries (no sugar! tart!), 3 oz steamed spinach, sugar snap peas, mixed greens, tomatoes, feta, 6 kalamata olives, balsalmic vinegar/olive oil salad dressing, red peppers - 480 cal

Late snack-small decaf capuccino with 2% and cinnamon - 50 cal

I ended the day around 1450 calories or so, pretty good!
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Contest #7 thread: http://forum.ttmembers.com/showthread.php?t=8167
Contest #8 thread: http://forum.ttmembers.com/showthread.php?t=8904
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:59 AM
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You're so strong! I'm still waaaaaaaaay off just doing one pull up

Also, veggies for breakfast?! I'm intrigued... in what manner are said veggies prepared? Glad you've started posting your menu - I'm getting lots of inspiration!
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:53 PM
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You're so strong! I'm still waaaaaaaaay off just doing one pull up

Also, veggies for breakfast?! I'm intrigued... in what manner are said veggies prepared? Glad you've started posting your menu - I'm getting lots of inspiration!
Just keep working at it and you'll get there!

I've been cooking eggs, then when they're cooked, just throwing in spinach, red peppers, and some broccoli/peppers/carrot from a bag of mixed veggies. Steaming the veggies beforehand is optimal. Topped with salsa and sometimes greek yogurt-it's good! I'm trying to kick the day off with a good amount of protein.

Today's meals-it was a workout day so calories were a bit higher...lots of veggies, though!

Breakfast-greek yogurt, blueberries, small nonfat capuccino, 0.5 oz almonds-310 calories
Post-workout snack-eggs, 0.4 oz cheese, veggies, salsa, small decaf nonfat capuccino, OJ-320 cal
Lunch-(Fake) Gardein chick'n fingers, steamed veggies-325 cal
Snack-Nonfat Mocha and protein bar-300 cal
Dinner-broiled cod, steamed veggies, mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, feta and balsalmic/olive oil dressing-385 cal

Around 1650 calories right now, and will add about 40 with a small capuccino. Just three shots of espresso today and no headaches...

I didn't take my before picture today, still getting over razor burn, hahaha...I am either going to do it today or tomorrow. I did workout A1 of Transformation 3 today. I have not done Bulgarian split squats in a while, I'll be feeling that tomorrow...I'll be doing my intervals tomorrow, since we're going out to dinner with Brian's family. Which reminds me, I need to look up nutrition info before we go!
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To get something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done.

I've been at this a while-all last year in fact!

Contest #7 thread: http://forum.ttmembers.com/showthread.php?t=8167
Contest #8 thread: http://forum.ttmembers.com/showthread.php?t=8904
Contest #9 thread: http://forum.ttmembers.com/showthread.php?t=9480
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:29 PM
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Default veggies for breakfast

I routinely saute frozen veggies (onions, bell pepper mix, broc, etc.) in cocunut oil, then scramble eggs on top once they are ready. Could add some meat (turkey, hamburger, sausage) in as well before the eggs...just depending upon what you want.

I'm also interested in other veggie options for breakfast...

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You're so strong! I'm still waaaaaaaaay off just doing one pull up

Also, veggies for breakfast?! I'm intrigued... in what manner are said veggies prepared? Glad you've started posting your menu - I'm getting lots of inspiration!
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:09 PM
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I routinely saute frozen veggies (onions, bell pepper mix, broc, etc.) in cocunut oil, then scramble eggs on top once they are ready. Could add some meat (turkey, hamburger, sausage) in as well before the eggs...just depending upon what you want.

I'm also interested in other veggie options for breakfast...

Terry
Thanks for the tip, Terry, I have not tried coconut oil but am going to pick some up! I've heard it's great for cooking. I am definitely going to try swapping out the 0.5 oz cheese I'm currently using for organic bacon or turkey bacon sometimes. I just worked my way through a package of 5 portabello mushrooms, which are good for stuffing and also for chopping up in eggs.
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You can't out-train a bad diet.

To get something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done.

I've been at this a while-all last year in fact!

Contest #7 thread: http://forum.ttmembers.com/showthread.php?t=8167
Contest #8 thread: http://forum.ttmembers.com/showthread.php?t=8904
Contest #9 thread: http://forum.ttmembers.com/showthread.php?t=9480
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Old 12-31-2010, 03:12 PM
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sounds like you're off to a pretty good "start" (have you technically started yet? haha)

Do you add anything to your eggs? I assume skim milk to scramble them?


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