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Old 05-21-2010, 10:29 PM
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Awesome job Starbuck!

You are doing great and your hard work is very inspirational! Thanks for sharing!! Keep up the great work and congrats on the jeans!!
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:31 AM
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Great job, Starbuck!! Fitting into the old clothes is a excellent way to track your fat loss- the weighing machine can be decieving!
Stay strong,
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:00 PM
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Thanks, you guys!!! I am feeling like I'm almost in the home stretch of this journey and so glad to have the transformation contest and everyone in this forum to keep me motivated and on track till I get there.

I upped my calories yesterday but stuck to my nutritional basics anyway, fruits, veggies, nuts, lowfat dairy, for the most part. I did have a little chocolate, and a small scoop of ice cream with strawberries, but I skipped the shortcake biscuit at least. After dinner last night, my father-in-law asked me if it was hard to eat differently than everyone else. I told him that I had ham, sweet potatoes, and salad and that was plenty for me. The rest of it (mashed potatoes, corn, rolls, scalloped potatoes, etc) I just don't have any desire to eat anymore because I know I don't need it, and it won't get me to where I want to be.

When we eat these big family dinners, the other adults in the family eat at least one large serving of everything on the table, if not more, then complain "I'm stuffed!" I often joke it would not be a family dinner without someone saying that. The irony is that other than my husband who is trying to gain weight, and my skinny sister in law, the others are always talking about trying to lose weight. I feel their pain because I was there a year ago, eating a ton of all these fatty and nutritionally devoid foods without any kind of handle on my calorie balance, wishing desperately I could get into a fitness program that worked, remembering the fit body I used to have and stuck in this pit of self-loathing for how I'd let things go. I feel so glad I've escaped that negative thinking!

We gave my in-laws our Bowflex to use and have been trying to encourage them to focus on strength training, but they have this weird competition thing going on between them with food and exercise. That, combined with the tendency to eat to excess on the weekends, interferes with their making progress. Then when they do go on a diet, see immediate (water) weight loss, then can't replicate it the second week, they lose motivation quickly. We both try to educate them about realistic weight loss and fitness, but sometimes I feel they don't believe or retain a word we say. It's frustrating!

Anyway, on to less frustrating things. I feel like a workout is great when you finish it, then lay face-down on the yoga mat exhausted for 3 min. The bad thing is when you then get up and realize you forgot you still had to do two sets of double burpees...and have to finish them! Anyway, last week I could feel my interest in TT Adrenaline waning, so I decided to move on to TT Transformation with this morning's workout.

I did that workout before, during TC #7, and loved it. So after reviewing all the programs out there, I decided to return to it.

After warm-up exercises, I did the following:

1-leg squat (w) 6, 8 reps x 2
1-arm dumbell shoulder press (w) 12lbsx2/6 reps, 25lbsx2/8 reps, 30lbsx2/8 reps

DB reverse lunge 1 1/2 rep 10lbsx2/10reps, 12lbsx2/10reps
Stability ball plank 30s x 2
X-body mountain climber 12reps x 2 x 2 sets

DB RDL 35lbsx2/8reps, 45lbsx2/8reps
Chops 5lbsx2/15 reps/side, 10lbsx2/15 reps/side
Stability ball jackknife 25 reps x 2
Side plank 35s, 40s

Double burpees 8 reps x 2 sets

Stretched 10 minutes
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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
Contest #9 thread: http://forum.ttmembers.com/showthread.php?t=9480

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Old 05-24-2010, 10:10 PM
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No workout today, and I was way too sleepy this morning from spending the whole day yesterday outside at a carnival with my thrill-seeking 5 year old, and staying up late to watch the Lost finale with my husband. I was going to walk at lunch today but ended up having some meetings that interfered. My calories were a bit low today so I guess it all balanced out. Anyway, I need to rest up for tomorrow morning, workout B of TT Transformation, with chin-ups and inverted rows, my favorite back exercises! This is going to be the program I use to build up my chin-up totals by using the bands for assistance and hopefully get a lot stronger in my back. This is the week our pool opens, so I am expecting to wear the bikini this coming weekend, yikes! It's good motivation. Wishing everyone good workouts this week!
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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
Contest #9 thread: http://forum.ttmembers.com/showthread.php?t=9480
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:47 PM
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Default TT Transformation B1

I got up early this morning for my workout. After 15 min of bike/warmup exercises I did workout B. I was wiped out afterwards! The chin-ups with the bands assisting were very good, I was able to do more this time, so I should be able to work my way up.

1A) Chin-ups with bands (w) 3, 10, 8
1B) Spiderman push-ups (w) 3x2 sides, 18, 16
1C) Repeated vertical jumps (w) 3, 10, 10

2A) DB chest press (4-0-1) 35lbsx2/8 reps x 2 sets
2B) Inverted row 15 reps x 2 sets

3A) DB Chest Supported row 30lbsx2 x 9, 30lbsx2 x 8
3B) Db lateral raise 20lbsx2/10 reps x 2 sets

4A) Hammer curl 20lbsx2/10 reps x 2 sets
4B) DB lying triceps extension 15lbsx2/10 reps

5) Bike sprints 20s/40s x 8
Cooldown 5 min
Stretched 7 1/2 min
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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 05-26-2010, 08:39 AM
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Great work!!!

I see that you are using bands with your chin-ups. Is it helping you get more in when you do the with out??

Thanks Matty G.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:07 AM
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Great work!!!

I see that you are using bands with your chin-ups. Is it helping you get more in when you do the with out??

Thanks Matty G.
Hey Matty, yes, definitely! I weigh ~150 lbs and can only do about 4 full pull-ups or chin-ups without bands, and about 5 full chin-ups with knee-ups. With the two bands assisting (I pull them down and put them around one knee), I can do 8-10 (can't use bands with the chin-up/knee-ups though without risking being snapped in the face ). I think getting into the higher rep ranges for these exercises is going to be key (along with losing more fat) to being able to increase my unassisted pull-up numbers. I read the "how to improve your pull-ups" from one of Craig's buddies and using assistance was one suggestion, along with not working to failure on these exercises. Since I work out at home, the bands are a good option for me. The link to the ones I bought is below. I'm sure I could also use them for other exercises, or when traveling to get in a basic workout when I don't have access to equipment for back exercises.

http://www.amazon.com/Covered-Resist...4875071&sr=8-4

By the way for anyone else who may be thinking of kettlebells but are not sure what size to order, and you happen to have free standard weights around (with the small holes) I have a Kettlestack handle (http://www.kettlestack.com/) and I'm very happy with it.
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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 05-26-2010, 09:53 PM
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Today I got up early and rode the bike for 10 min, elliptical for 10 min and stretched 7 1/2 minutes. I walked half an hour at lunch too-all pretty low intensity. My shoulders, biceps and triceps are SORE from yesterday! Hope tomorrow's workout goes OK-I think it will.
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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 05-27-2010, 10:04 PM
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Default TT Transformation C1

I did my first workout C today. It was tough, especially the decline push-ups, I think because my triceps are still sore from Tuesday's workout! After my warm-up I did:

1A) DB step-up (w) 6, 15lbsx2/10 reps, 20lbsx2/10 reps
1B) Stability ball pike (w) 3, 10 x 2

2A) DB split squat 30lbsx2/10 x 2
2B) Decline close grip push-ups 20, 15

3A) DB row 30lbsx2/10, 35lbsx2/10
3B) 1-leg stability ball leg curl 12 reps x 2

Timed intervals:
Squat thrusts 20s/20s rest x 8 (I had to up the rest-this was hard, I was exhausted after)
Front squats 20s/10s rest x 8
Calf jumps 10 reps x 8

Stretched and foam roller 10 min

I'm looking forward to the long weekend. I'm taking tomorrow off, and have Monday off, so it's going to be great to have a little time away from the office.
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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 05-30-2010, 11:35 AM
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Default TT Transformation A2

This morning I did my second workout A, and it was really challenging. I feel a little shaky and weak, even after eating a post-workout meal, and that doesn't happen too often! I had to lay down and read for a while to recover. After warm-up exercises for about 15 min, I did the following workout:

1-leg squat (w) 6, 8 reps x 3 sets
1-arm dumbell shoulder press (w) 15lbsx2/6 reps, 30lbsx2/8 reps x 3 sets

DB reverse lunge 12lbsx2/12 regular reps, 1 1/2 rep 12lbsx2/10reps x 2 sets
Stability ball plank 30s x 3 sets
X-body mountain climber 12reps x 2 x 3 sets

DB RDL (w) 35lbsx2/8reps, 45lbsx2/8reps x 3 sets
Chops 10lbsx2/15 reps/side x 3 sets
Stability ball jackknife 25 reps x 3 sets
Side plank 40s x 2 sides x 3 sets
*Pullups with band (blue) 11, 10, 10 (red) 5, 3 (red + blue) 13

Double burpees 8 reps x 3 sets

Stretched 10 minutes

I've been looking into how to increase my pull-ups, and the bands are working so far, at least for increasing the number of pull-ups I can do with them. Today I was able to do 11 with the blue band (+27 lbs assistance) alone on my first set, and 13 using both red and blue bands (+45 lbs assistance) on my last set. I can do about 5 with the red band alone, so that doesn't help too much (+18 lbs assistance). I've moved from looping the bands around my knee to standing on the bands-another suggestion I found from a website, you just have to be careful doing it and stretching both bands down at the same time to get your foot around is pretty difficult.

My plan is to use the bands during this workout cycle and gradually work on using them less as I get stronger and can do more reps. Most of the websites I see say that you need to do pull-ups often (at least 3x per week) to get better at them. So, since TT Transformation only has chins in workout 2, I'm going to add pull-ups to the other workouts at the end as extra intervals, and work on increasing my reps. That seems to work better than doing the pull-ups or chin-ups on alternating days, since at the end of the workouts, I'm already warmed up and can fit them into another superset (e.g., I put them into my abs circuit today) and rest my back a lot between pull-up sets.

One of my goals for this contest is to be able to do 10 unassisted pull-ups by the end. A longer-term goal would be to get my video up on the 20 pull-ups website (http://twentypullups.com/). That might take a while!
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Strong is the new skinny!

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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