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    • #Fit4RTX 2017 Week 7 - Damage Control

      3 days ago

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      This week was completely neutral. 


      Or, well, that's not fair. I had a lot of very fun workouts, a full workout every day from Monday through Saturday with today as my rest day, each ranging from 800-1,100 calories burned. But I had so much going on this week that I didn't wind up eating as healthy as I would like, so it winds up my body composition and weight are exactly the same as they were last week. 


      So progress was slowed but not stopped - I'm sure after those workouts my aerobic and anaerobic output are both improved, if nothing else. 


      I've been doing a lot more boxing stuff. I'm trying to do it three times per week on top of my weight training (usually if I'm not sparring it's six rounds on the heavy bags then lifting). But I have also been doing some sparring stuff, which is neat, especially since I spar with a champion boxer. So my brain might be a bit mush by the time I get to RTX (kidding, we practice pretty safely and he goes kinda easy on me for now). 


      But as for this upcoming week I plan to go hardcore on the diet as well as to work out very hard but I plan on throwing in a low-intensity mobility day on Wednesday. Six days of all-out workouts in a row, at least when on a calorie deficit, maybe wasn't the best plan I've ever had. So I'll be learning how to use the Acumobility gear we got at work and spend a good hour or so just loosening up and making my movement more efficient, maybe with some light cardio just to get myself moving.


      Either way, I don't consider this week wasted even if I didn't make any visible progress if only because it was fun, but it also might weird out my metabolism enough to get some significant fat loss this week. We'll see!

    • #Fit4RTX 2017 Week 6 - Surprise!

      1 week ago

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      So this week I didn't work out quite as hard as I prefer, and because of the snow I haven't been eating as well as I prefer, but it looks like I went down another pound anyway!


      I don't have my exact stats but it looks like I only lost .2lb of lean muscle as well this week, roundabout, so it looks like my bodyfat is even lower - I just don't know the number at the moment. But it's good and a bit of a relief that I didn't set myself back with the extra cheating. 


      In general, the boxing workouts in conjunction with MyZone seems to be working well - it lets me see exactly how much effort I'm putting out. With the help of the Elite39 crew my last workout of the week burned 1,500 calories, and I try to do at least one of those per week. I've also asked about how to best handle a clean hypertrophy routine to pack on a bit of extra muscle mass without undoing all the work I'm doing now - it'd be tough but doable, especially with my drive and the resources I have at my disposal.


      As for today, it's a rest day. Which is pretty good because one of my coworkers didn't tell me the rounds on the bags yesterday were for five minutes instead of three so my hands are basically a black-and-blue paste.

    • Moved up the cheat day...

      1 week ago

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      National pizza day was today so my readings tomorrow for fit4RTX week 6 might be a bit less fun than last week's huge accomplishment. 


      Or the bump in calories was in exactly the right place to make my little lines all go the right way. We'll see, but if my weight or body composition is worse than I feel it should be it might just be pizza bloat.

    • #Fit4RTX 2017 Week 5 - Major Jump!

      2 weeks ago

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      So winds up increasing my intake of healthy fats was 100% the right thing to do. 


      Weight: 169

      LML: 146.2

      Bodyfat Percentage: 13.5%

      (Check my math?)


      Holy crap that's a jump. But being super careful to not let my calorie deficit grow too far and to up my intake of healthy fats by swapping out chicken breast for chicken thighs seems to have hit a gold zone. 


      Not to mention my workouts with the Elite39 crew in Brookline have been unreal. We've been using MyZone to track our calorie expenditure (and to engage in friendlyish competitions with one another) so we can also be sure we're putting 100% effort into our training. I'm in the best shape of my life right now, neither felt nor looked better, and now I'm already starting to think of next steps.


      Here's a thought: I'd like to be ripped come RTX, but I would also like to be a bit bigger. I may engage in some hypertrophy-style training and nutrition between mid-March and late May then do a mini-cut before RTX. But because of my body type I may just try to maintain my post-cut physique instead and work on athletic performance, but I'll ask the other guys for advice on how to proceed first since the rest of the Elite39 crew are about as expert as expert gets as far as I'm concerned. 


      So many possibilities! This (and antagonizing one of my managers to burn more and more calories so he can push me back) is kinda giving me life right now. 


    • "Laser"

      3 weeks ago

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      I'm an angry person, and I also am made more angry by the monstrous fascism of Donald Trump. But I realized that, at least at this current stage, anger like a wildfire isn't useful. It will be, and it can be in other situations, but at this moment, before the bombs get dropped, it's not. 


      The thing is, I'm not the sort of person who can "just let it go." So instead I'm trying to learn to focus. Instead of a wildfire, I want to make my anger like a laser. Burning, but directed and focused to a single point. So it's become my mantra. When I feel myself beginning to get to the point of ranting or shouting I just tell myself "laser" to get myself back on track

    • #fit4RTX Week 4 - Gradual Progress

      3 weeks ago

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      So yeah, making progress! I'm still doing the numbers, of course, but I also am happy to say I'm finally seeing changes in my body composition. I look more muscular instead of just getting smaller. 


      Weight: 171

      LML: 146.6

      Bodyfat Percentage: 14.27%

      (Check my math?)


      So overall I'm still over 14% compared to my overall goal of 9%. I'm changing up some of my workout and nutrition, though, so we'll see. I'm doing more workouts at work, including some boxing stuff which is both extremely strenuous and super fun. I'm also upping my fats to try to not lose as much of my lean muscle. 


      But like I said, whatever the numbers may be I am starting to see some changes. There's definition that has never been there before, I also feel more athletic. I'm eager to see where this goes, but I'm sure by RTX I'll be suitably jacked for the Texas summer. 


      Well, here's hoping my boost in fats helps me retain muscle. If I lose weight slower I hope the proportion is at least a little more favorable. So we'll see? I also hope the stress of living in the world right now isn't completely fucking me over, because cortisol is a thing.


      I hope y'all are on track for your goals. 

    • #Fit4RTX week 3 - Numbers game

      1 month ago

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      Derp. 


      So okay, we've got a few things this time. My Friday weight was 172. Eleven pounds down from my starting weight. 


      The problem is, because I reorganized my numbers to match my current weight at work it fiddled with my lean muscle readings. So I don't have that this week.


      This weekend was also a bit of a speedbump nutritionally. I went a bit over calories on Friday and Saturday and while the food wasn't super clean today I did manage to at least stay in my calorie range. So there's that. 


      This week I'm hoping to get as much work done at Elite39 as possible in order to keep my schedule semi-clear. That place is really coming together great!

    • Fitness post tomorrow

      1 month ago

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      Normally I prefer to do Friday or Saturday, but I was at the Women's March today and had a nice hangout with friends last night so looks like it'll come up tomorrow

    • #fit4RTX 2017 - How to home workout

      1 month ago

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      Yo!


      So yeah, my shoulder was friggen killing me today so I wasn't feeling up to go to the gym to do a full workout on one of my new programs (more on that in a second). So instead I did a quick workout at home that wasn't so tough. I figured I can throw that up here as a nice, quick 25-30 minute workout you can do:


      All intervals are 30 seconds on, 15 seconds rest then a full minute rest after the last exercise, done at four sets. Remember this is an easy one, just to get moving when you would otherwise not be able to work out.


      Pushups (alt: knee pushups for the shoulder)

      Crunches

      Pass kettlebell swings

      Plank

      Squat (bodyweight or goblet)

      Reaching lunges (corrective)


      As for my "new programs," I just got my cert as an Alloy small group and team trainer but I'm running myself through my programs before I... "inflict" them on other people. Since many of these programs are based on high intensity, heart-rate and EPOC boosting movements, workloads and work/rest durations and I am trying to burn fat it's really a win-win.


      A'aight, good luck with your goals everyone!

    • #Fit4RTX2017 Week Two - On Track So Far

      1 month ago

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      But so far is only so far. So let's get the stats up:


      Weight: 174

      LML: 148.2

      Bodyfat Percentage: 14.83%

      (Check my math?)


      So that puts me at a lower bodyfat percentage than I have ever been before in my life. Holy shit. I've also lost one pound total, which is about what I expected at my current calorie deficit. 


      As for my workouts, I did four this week and I've been altering them to be more aligned with metabolic conditioning and power over hypertrophy and strength. They use a lot more energy and so burn a lot more calories, as well as result in an EPOC effect that keeps me burning longer. Also I'm addicted to battle ropes now. That said, it's been a grind. My head hasn't been in a good place since November and it's starting to wear me thin, but I did manage to get them out and the power/conditioning workouts definitely help give me a rush. 


      I would prefer if literally half the weight I lost this week wasn't muscle, but we'll see if there's anything I can do with my workouts or nutrition to slow down that loss while still losing the weight. Because while my bodyfat percentage is definitely going down I don't want to shrink down to a twig if I can avoid it. It may just be an unfortunate fact of my body type - I tend to gain fat and muscle at a proportional rate as well which means it's tough to change my overall body composition (apparently I'm mostly a combination of mesomorph and endomorph types, which might be why I find it as easy to gain as to lose both muscle and fat). 


      As for today it's a friend's birthday party so expect me to cheat. I did do a strength and hypertrophy workout this morning so here's hoping those calories are put to good use and bring that lean muscle up!

  • About Me

    I write books. That will always be the most important part.

    When I'm not writing books, I like the usual, I guess. Reading, video games, etc., even though the writing and the day job means I only get to play those rarely.

    Huge fantasy nerd. It's what I love to read and what I love to write, but as you can see above historical and sci-fi are also favorites even though I've written sci-fi only rarely and my only attempt at historical fiction was the worst book (thankfully unpublished) I'd ever written.


    I'm also a coach and am working my way to getting a personal training certification!

    I prefer to know people before friending them, either in person or through interacting meaningfully on the site, FYI.

  • Comments (43)

    • Shoban FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nabohs

      7 months ago

      Dude! You became featured user! Happy FU day man!

    • Austin0434

      7 months ago

      I know this random but it looks like you just came of three movies either and early Bond movie, The Godfather series, or a Dianel Daylewis film. In others you have a badass profile picture and I would be honored to have you as friend.

    • Cinomari FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of N00bs

      9 months ago

      Elegant writing! See you at RTX?

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Displaced

        9 months ago

        Thank you! I'll be there

    • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

      1 year ago

      Ursula K Le Guin on where ideas come from and about the writing process. Figured you'd find this as interesting as I did.

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Displaced

        1 year ago

        Definitely interesting! A lot of it is validating, especially the bits emphasizing the importance of hard work over finding some "secret" that transforms you into a writer.

    • StryfeRyder FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Awesome meeting you at PAX, did you manage to get into the RT line at all?

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Displaced

        2 years ago

        Nah, but that's fine. I'd met them all before and got to hang out with other awesome people anyhow. Good meeting you too!

    • RAGEgirl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold r00kie

      3 years ago

      Also: I just noticed that I'm in your profile pic. That's pretty awesome. =P

    • RAGEgirl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold r00kie

      3 years ago

      Definitely makes sense. Definitely annoying when writers do that.

      It's so weird to me that they keep creating these characters and/or writing them up in that way, when I feel like readers have voiced enough of a distaste for that kind of character/writing. It's almost like they don't realize that not everything has to be super-amazingly-impressive for us to like them. I like ice cream, but it doesn't have to blow my mind for me to enjoy eating it.

    • Nero FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nero Maxim

      3 years ago

      Hey @Tropes @halo_dudette and @Jteeth

      We got like a week to go, and I'm just wondering if it's a good idea to maybe exchange cell phone numbers so people can coordinate upon arrival and stuff?

      But other than that, it might be good to just go over everyone's arrival plans and stuff like that.

      I personally will be arriving in Toronto (pending no delays on the train) on Train 57 at Union Station downtown at 3:35pm on Thursday the 6th. I'm leaving on Monday the 10th at 5:35pm. When I get there I'm just gonna walk to the hotel, it's maybe a 20 minute walk so I should be at the hotel for 4pm

      • Jteeth FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Prof Oak

        3 years ago

        I'll be coming in on the Thursday at 5ish. Then once I check in at the hotel I'll be going to see fast 6!

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Displaced

        3 years ago

        I'll likely be there later than that. I'm taking a bus to Dundas Station. Last year we were delayed at customs and so arrived at 10, but the scheduled arrival is 8PM. I can see the hotel from Dundas, it's no more than a five-minute walk.

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      That's great, thank you!! Yes I think I will be around on Friday, but I really dont know for sure yet.

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Hey man!! Thanks!! Yeah, it's cool to find new ways to use the characters themes. Try to tie it in...without wearing it out....you know?

      • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        Very kind of to say that---thanks so much. It's a really fun riff to play on gtr so I dont even think I thought about it at all, just did it. smiley13.gif

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Displaced

        4 years ago

        well I think you're doing just that. I mean, Plagam Extremam Infligere was, I thought, a single-scene wonder but by swapping out the drum for guitar along with the other changes you've changed it up enough to call back that chill while still having it be fresh.

    • THAYT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Joker SR2

      4 years ago

      Met you at RvBTO!!!

    • Jteeth FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Prof Oak

      4 years ago

      Uhhhhh A LITERARY DEVICE!

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Displaced

        4 years ago

        Good, you remembered!

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Thats awesome, I'm so glad that people seemed to like that. The first version of the song is so aggressive I was worried that people would take it as...ummm, i dunno....ridiculous, maybe. If that makes sense. Thanks man, I truly appreciate the kind word!

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Thanks for being there with us!!!! It was a lot of fun, great to see you as always.

    • Oaktownpull

      4 years ago

      Hey man, saw your post from PAX, and you're doing RvBTO, but are you also hitting up RTX this year?

      • Oaktownpull

        4 years ago

        Right on. Hopefully the planets will align and RTX will happen.

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Displaced

        4 years ago

        I wish! I only had the money for one, and since this is going to be the last RvBTO I'm going to do that this year and then RTX 2013 instead.

        Or, well, that's what's probably going to happen. There is a sequence of increasingly unlikely events that, if they all happened just so, would allow me to do both. I'm not holding my breath though :(

    • magicookie

      5 years ago

      TV Tropes ruined my life. smiley1.gif

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Displaced

        5 years ago

        Yeah, someone once said that seeing the strings might make it worse, but instead I read books that I already liked and say "AAAH! I see what you did there!"

      • magicookie

        5 years ago

        Lycantropes, i.e. tropes about werewolves!

        TV Tropes has done both, just like Reddit... For some reason, understanding WHY something is funny makes it way funnier. It also makes me much better at perceiving writing mechanics.

      • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Displaced

        5 years ago

        Ruined or enriched?

        Funny thing, I actually didn't get this name based on my uncanny awareness of tropes. I got it because a British man in a chatroom couldn't spell "lycanthropy."

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      hahahahaaaa----yeaaaaah

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      Thanks thanks thanks man!!! Yeah I cant wait to be able to TAKE a road trip...or even a day trip sounds incredible right now.

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      In reply to Tropes, #7:

      Thank YOU!!! I feel very lucky to make music for RvB and you guys. Hope you like the new stuff....!!

      smiley13.gifsmiley13.gif

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      The soundtrack is going to come out piecemeal on iTunes, and those versions will be the OST versions. So, they will be very much like what you hear in the episodes. For the CD, I will probably do something similar to the Revelation CD, where I will make extended fancier versions .

    • elpez124

      5 years ago

      If you have Morrowind for the PC and would be interested in participating in an experiment, please email [email protected]

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Cuz you're the best. The BEST. EVER!!!!!!


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    • Orion255

      6 years ago

      Hey mate, going to PAX East again this year?

    • williams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Hey!

      I really really want to thank you for such kind words. Actually eleventy billion aren't saying it, it's just been a nice handful of people who have noticed.

      It's very much appreciated, I am so very glad that you like it. I can't wait for you to have the whole CD (soon, soon!!).

      Thanks again and best wishes,
      Jeff

    • Chagrin

      6 years ago

      Great answer! smiley1.gifsmiley8.gif

    • Fuck_Berries

      6 years ago

      Hahaha, lol. It's probably one of my favorite Tucker lines.

    • TheJas

      6 years ago

      I don't know. Try sending me a request and maybe it'll get fixed?

    • Chagrin

      6 years ago

      See you @ Pax! Come say hi if you see me first. smiley1.gif

    • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Displaced

      7 years ago

      Yeah, see, I didn't actually do that. I joined the group and everyone (all two of them) vanished. So now I'm "in charge."

    • BigGuns117 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      yo the griff fan club image needs to be cropped better.

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