New Years Resolutions: 2015 Edition

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  1. UrbanMasque

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    You were skiiing, thats exercise, and a legs killer! And you still felt out of shape?
    I know the feeling, but its a good pain and one you have to power through even though you know the next workout is going to SUCK.
     
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    Ha ha, I love Lindsey Stirling, but my girlfriend loves her even more. To tell you the truth, I listen to a lot of Lindsey Stirling when I draw.

    Here's Lindsey Stirling's take on the main theme song of Dragon Age: Inquisition, complete with an awesome music video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuJnvC8voJY

    And here's an original song of hers my girlfriend loves, Crystalize - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI

    Anyway. :p

    Skiing was really hard. I've never done that before. It was a completely different form of exercise and you're right, that drills your legs and it sucks. I felt out of shape, yeah!

    Yesterday at the gym was very hard. I felt exhausted, but I did kind of jump in the deep end... yesterday's gym session consisted of:

    -Back barbell squats (5 x 3)
    -Paused barbell squats (3 x 3)
    -Front barbell squats (3 x 3)
    -Farmer walks (6 laps)

    So the stairs suck today.
     
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    I want to go skiing so badly, but there's still a drought. Thanks California.

    And I'll start on weights eventually. There are a lot of big scary possibly gay guys on the freeweights and I don't want them to make fun of me.
     
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    Have you ever been skiing before?

    I loved it but it was challenging because I've never done anything like that before.

    That's honestly a lot of people's fear when it comes to the gym, sports and such... unfortunately, there will come a time that when you're ready, you'll just have to force yourself to do it, in order to actually do it. It's quite hard, but then again like a lot of things, the first step is always the hardest.

    Before I started judo back at the beginning of 2009, I was pretty overweight and unfit. When I rocked up to my first session, I saw all these fit people doing really crazy things with themselves like throwing each other and it looked really rough and stuff. I gave it a go and well, six years later I'm still there, but that first day I was terrified.

    You'll do it eventually but you don't have to do it right away.
     
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    @Craig: Yeah, Rocksmith is exactly what I was going to do. Sometime in the next month or so, I was going pick up both it and a guitar.
     
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    I think the biggest fears are in people's minds about "being the obvious beginner", but you have to say 'fuck it' and not worry about how you look or what people htink, because we all started at the beginning at some point. This is why my gym has a high attrition rate, i think - even though I help newbies out I do it in a way that isn't condescending or make it seem like - "we've never met before, but its obvious youre a beginner".

    Also, I stepped on the scale today for the first time in 2 months.. I wanted to cry. TIME TO GET TO WORK MOFOs!

    Should we start a "keeping us honest" thread?
     
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    That's pretty much it, Urban.

    Newbies at the gym generally feel uncomfortable at the gym because they're afraid of being judged by the bigger, more experienced people, the people who are stronger, fitter etc, but just like you said, everyone had to start there. Hell, Arnold Schwarznegger had to start somewhere too.

    In my experience, most people at the gym seem helpful and nice, but in all fairness you will occasionally get a bad seed (e.g. an arrogant steroid munching dick head) who thinks he's God.

    Again though Urban, you're right, you honestly do have to just say "fuck it" and jump right in. You've just gotta give it a go and try not to worry about what other people might be thinking. It's hard, won't lie about that, but it's not impossible.

    For those who are new to the gym, or who haven't been in a long time, I would highly recommend seeking advice prior to training, whether it's a personal trainer or someone with a lot of knowledge and experience (not bro science). That way, they can at least help you start off and give you a foundation which you can build upon.

    A "Keeping Honest" thread sounds good, but I think like Longo did, people could just post their results and updates here on this thread. Up to you guys. :)
     
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    Speaking of updates... like Longo has done, here's my updates so far of my resolutions. This'll be a long post so, apologies in advanced.

    Resolution 1 - Drop weight:

    Okay so... I lost weight in Japan, but I've put a little bit back on when I got home. Before I left for Japan my weight was 108 kg (238 Ibs). When I got back three weeks later, my weight was 103 kg (227 Ibs). I'm now back to 105 kg (231 Ibs).

    A trainer at the gym told me this was to be expected, due to return of regular activities and diet. I've mentioned before though, in a few weeks time I'll be heading down south interstate and while down there, I'll be visiting a power lifting coach for a consultation regarding diet and body composition... he claims my goal will be "easy" so, I'll try and update that in the future.

    My weight goal is to be below 100 kg (220 Ibs) before June.

    Resolution 2 - Get better at judo:

    This one is way too early to say. I only returned to judo last week and to begin with, the training sessions haven't been that hard. Furthermore, since I can't attend a competition this weekend (my girlfriend and I are celebrating our one year anniversary this weekend, which is a month overdue - whoops) my coach has been making me teach newbies... so, too early to say this one.

    Resolution 3 - Draw more often:

    While I was away in Japan I did a lot of drawing, especially while on the plane or waiting at the airports. Unfortunately since I got back I haven't done much drawing. With the recent return of GR Strips, I hope that kicks me in the motivator to do some more drawing.

    Resolution 4 - Be a happier and more positive person:

    I think this is coming along a little better. Basically, I felt that I was spending too much time trying to make other people happy, even if it meant sacrificing my own happiness. I'm tired of this, so I want to do things to make myself happy and more positive. I think I'm doing a good job at this and I'll list what I've been doing to try and improve this.

    1 - I've blocked some people on my Facebook friends list so that I don't see their news feed. I know quite a few people who use Facebook to vent out negative emotions and offensive behaviour, so while they're still on my friends list, blocking them helps me because I don't have to see their crap.

    2 - I'm trying to be more assertive. This means I'm not trying to be a dick on purpose, but if someone does or says something to me that I don't like, I will let them know.

    3 - Encouraging and helping others. I know this sounds a bit hypocritical (the whole "sacrificing my happiness to make others happy) but being helpful and encouraging to others, whether it's at work, in the gym or on the judo mat has been very good for me.

    4 - Apply for other jobs. To be honest, I'm not very happy with my current job. I've been in my position for four years and I'm just tired of it. I never tried to apply for other work out of this fear that my boss would give me a bad reference and thus I would never be able to "leave", however at the end of last year, I spoke to him in person and I told him I was looking for other work. He was disappointed, but he took it fairly well, I think.

    5 - Criticize less, accept more. I know people who criticize others for the smallest of things, making a big deal of things. I also know people who seem to complain about something, or someone or whatever on a daily basis, as if using it to engage others in conversation. I no longer want to be a part of this. This means attempting to do less of it myself, to try and be more content with things and that criticising others or/and complaining is not always necessary. I also shouldn't have to explain, or justify things to people who criticize me for doing particular things.

    Well, it doesn't matter. He knows I'm looking for other work and I'm told it's apparently illegal to give a "bad reference", so I've applied for other jobs... I applied to be a lecturer/teacher in digital media at the local university. I had my interview over a week ago and now I'm just waiting. So wish me luck.

    Resolution 5 - Learn to cook:

    I haven't done much cooking since my return from Japan, so I need to get back into it.

    Resolution 6 - Help my girlfriend:

    I've mentioned before but my girlfriend is moving into my house with my family and I, later this year. Her family is moving down south interstate and she wants to stay up here with me, which is great. We're not moving into our own place because both of our families want us to save money. We can't afford to buy a home and if we rent, our savings will be gone.

    It's going to be a big step up. Before I left for Japan my girlfriend stayed at my place for three weeks, we had no problems so we'll see how it goes.

    I've also been helping her try and achieve her goals - helping her write and adjust a new resume, teaching her digital drawing and other digital media techniques, etc. She wants to one day, somehow get into writing/drawing children's books. Since she and I share similar goals (as I want to be a "professional artist"), I want to help her and I want her to succeed.

    That's all from me guys. Sorry for such a long post.
     
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    It's disappointing, but a lot of my "gains" from the gym at the end of last year are pretty much gone, courtesy to my overseas holiday. I've decided to play it safe and essentially restart my ten week gym program. It feels kind of embarrassing to do it, but I know it's the safest option that will help me get better results.

    How's everyone else's New Years Resolutions coming along? :)
     
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    Mines good been hitting the gym harder than last year so far gaining some weight. I can see a difference from the start of this year so thats awesome. Hopefully around late march early april I can start cutting down the fat and go back to what i was a few years ago muscular wise. So overall pretty good just doing me in my last semester of college!
     
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    #nattylife

    don't workout and keep diet right for a little while and all gains are gone.

    thank God for muscle memory though.
     
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    I just got back from interstate yesterday and I visited that body composition specialist fella.

    He's basically given me a new diet and a completely new training program. I'm starting today, I'm kinda dreading the program because it looks quite hard but we'll see how it goes.
     
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    So... day one of the new gym program was yesterday it was quite hard. Normally with gym programs, I'm used to doing whatever exercise it is, a certain amount of sets (usually three or five) and a certain amount of reps. This training regime has sets, but no reps, every exercise is done to failure. I was so exhausted by the end of the workout.

    The diet is nice, but food preparation really sucks. I spent a few hours on Sunday afternoon cooking up my meals for the week. I've decided to try and give it a go for a month and if it doesn't work out, then I'll quit. The diet is below:

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    It's a lot of food, but the trainer tells me with this diet, combined with my new training regime and judo, I should be able to drop about ten kilos in body fat (about 22 pounds) and put on 4 kg in muscle (about 8 pounds).

    The diet can be a bit flexible... for example, I'm allowed to eat out once a fortnight or so (but order "smartly"), I can have diet soft drinks if I have sugar cravings (but not go overboard) and I can change meats from chicken breast, to kangaroo meat, fish, lean steaks etc.

    I currently weigh 106.5kg (234ish pounds) so I'll let you all know if this is working or not.

    Wish me luck.
     
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    Kangaroo meat is taboo here in my part of the U.S. What does it taste like?
     
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    It's been a few years since I last had it, but it's bloody chewy.
     
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    I stopped taking fish oil, b/c it isn't in my field of view currently - but I do remember not feeling so soar when I was taking it.

    Also - don't let Craig fool you (eating plain oats, measuring your skinless chicken out in grams) - this is a transformative diet. he is past the point of no return and is now addicted to seeing gains probably.
     
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    I take fish oil every morning because it helps the the THC get to the brain. Fish oil is also good for the brain.
     
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    I'm happy to announce I lost 5 lbs!!!!

    Yup, I was on that experimental diet known as the flu.
     
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    God I hate the flu.

    Urban's right. This is a "transformative diet", that's correct. I'm only going to be on this diet for a month or so and if it's working, I'll continue, if it isn't then I'll look into other options. I'm not sure if I can recommend this diet or not just yet.

    I don't want to do this diet forever. I'm hoping that this diet will help me drop weight (body fat more importantly) and just help me kick cravings, e.g. not have as much sugar and other bad foods. Basically when ever (or if) I manage to reach my goal and I'm finally done with this diet, I want to have a more "normal" but healthier diet afterwards.

    Food prep is so Goddamn annoying.

    It seems to be working. As of last Saturday I was 108.3kg (238 pounds) and as of today I am 105.6kg (232 pounds). I suspect that the weight loss is probably just liquids or whatever and will start to slow down soon.
     
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