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Old 01-15-2011, 07:51 PM
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Over the next 12 weeks I will transform from soft to cut from stone. I will gain muscle and I will lose fat, and those who say it can't be done will be swallowing their tongues. Bulking and cutting is not for me. I'm not going to put my body through that stupid cycle.

I will instead focus on getting stronger, not building mass. Because strength is size. I will not obsess about losing weight. I will focus on setting goals and meeting those goals. This time around its going to be about the weight on the bar not the weight on the scale.

Particularly the barbell squat. My current max was 265 for 6 reps during tc9, and over this contest I am making a goal to get that number to 325, which is 60 lbs heavier. Thats 5 lbs per week, so I have no excuse, this goal must be met.

In 12 weeks I will achieve an increase in muscle mass, and a decrease in body fat. Right now I am 178.5 lbs and about 12% fat. I would like to get low enough to see abs, and shave the love handles. I am thinking 8-9%.

By the numbers it looks like this:
Current:
178.5 bodyweight
12% body fat (estimate, hand held and accumeasure within 1% of each test result)
21.42 lbs fat mass (estimate)
157lbs lean mass (estimate)

Goals:
178 bodyweight
8% body fat
14.24 lbs fat mass
163.76 lbs lean mass

So to achieve these goals I need to lose 7 lbs of fat and gain 6.7 lbs of muscle. The scale might not move but the results will definitely show. My feeling is that concrete goals will get me the kind of results I want to achieve. Vague undefinable goals are hard to meet.

I will use the Eat Stop Eat method and eat whole foods with a 90-10 rule for wiggle room. I will be using meatheads programs and possibly others that have squats in the programs (most.) Until it thaws I will treat pick up ice hockey games as intervals (2-3 per week,) because its way more fun. When it gets warm I will be mountain biking, with a new bike I will buy with my TC9 winnings (yahoo!)

I am excited to start another contest. My motivation increases and I have this unbreakable will to stay on course.

Day 1 stats:
weight: 178.5
height: 5-9.5"
body fat: 12% (estimate)

tape measurements (taken on right side)
neck 14.5"
shoulders 48.5"
bicep 14.5"
forearm 12"
chest 42"
navel 36"
waist 34.5"
hips 38"
thigh 24.5"
calf 15.5"


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Old 01-15-2011, 09:21 PM
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Good luck, Jason! That shot of your back is fantastic!
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:54 PM
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It's great to see you back; I'm confident you will have success once again!
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:30 PM
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Great to see you here, I remember reading your essay and being impressed by your photos last contest.

And, I just love how authoritative and firm and purposeful you sound in your goals here!

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Old 01-16-2011, 03:22 AM
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You shall do it sir and will look like a Greek or Roman god (both societies were keen on statues of ripped men. I wish I'd been there...)
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:00 AM
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Good to see you back Jason. With that sort of plan and conviction, there is little doubt you will meet your goals for the contest
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:04 PM
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Hockey!!! <3
yay MN
Yay awesome compliments even if they're a bit underhanded like it was. You're awesome!!!
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:01 PM
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The hockey game sounds like a blast! Once I drop more fat and add more mass to my shoulders, I will be looking to build strength and mass in my chest post TC10 (and once I actually join a gym!)but keep posting, man. I'm following your workouts with great interest.
Thanks for the interest Gerry, I think chest and shoulders can be done in tandem. Many of the compounds and isolations work them both together.

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Hockey!!! <3
yay MN
Yay awesome compliments even if they're a bit underhanded like it was. You're awesome!!!
Thanks, though this latest weather kinda has me bummed, I haven't been able to go skating. I might have to start adding 1-2 interval sessions a week on the bike.

The workouts this week went well but I indulged in some girl scout cookies a little bit too much lol, it probably will not matter in the long run. We finally have our kitchen finished and its really nice.

With the extra calories I was productive though, I increased my squat to 295. I'm ready for my fast tomorrow. I ran into a stall on my deads and will have to deload. I broke a stall on my press. Overall it was a productive week. The deadlift is a grip issue, so I will deload and work up in smaller increments to give my forearms time to get stronger. Everything went up except the deads. I started doing the bar dips with weight chained to a belt a few weeks back and I'm up to bw +40 lbs, feels pretty mean to do dips with weights chained to you. I wish I was that strong on the pull ups, but that will come in time.

I think my bodyweight has slowly been on the rise so I will have to keep an eye on my numbers.
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:28 PM
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Ugh!!! Those girl scout cookies are evil! And i live with a cookie dealer too :-(
Lol. Still got oodles left from next year and the new shipment is on the way... Sigh. The things we do to help our kids succeed.

Hmm I wonder if the outdoor rinks at the schools are locked? Maybe I can skate for free that way... And without an audience to practice my stops... New skater, new hockey player...
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:49 PM
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Oh, yeah - I know that I cannot resist GS cookies so avoided them altogether this year. But I'm sure the girl scouts found plenty of buyers despite my lack of contribution!
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