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from Boston, MA

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    • #Fit4RTX 2018 Week Five - Progress And Rest

      4 days ago

      Tropes Einn Saman

      Yo!


      So holy crap this new program is kicking my ass. I kept the weights relatively low just to learn it and to deload from my max effort week but even so it wiped me out. We also trained so hard on Thursday that the coach of the competition team at my taekwondo school felt the need to hand out gatorade packs and moon pies to everyone just so we wouldn't collapse. It was pretty excellent, but after the stair runs my knee was feeling a little odd so I took it a bit easy on Friday and today. 


      Today is my cheat day, and we actually had a family outing to a nice Italian place where I annihilated some garlic bread, calamari and pasta. I also did my weigh-in today and got the following stats:


      Total weight: 198.8

      Lean Mass: 146.10

      Fat Mass: 52.60

      Making my overall percentage 26.48%


      I am taking everything but the weight with a grain of salt at this point, Oh, and the measurements, since those are external. Despite losing a bit of weight that, supposedly, was fat (and allowed my muscles to show through better, leading to a higher read on the scanner than last week by a lot) my arms are around the same thickness, but my legs (which, while strong, are a bit too thick) have gone down a bit. So that's neat.


      I'm approaching my goals and having fun doing it, I'd say at this pace 180 by RTX is more than doable, so I plan on just enjoying myself as I train. 


      No big philosophical statement this time, crew. Although I will say I do plan on cheating again later on today, but as long as I keep it on the Saturday it's all good. 

    • #Fit4RTX 2018 Week Four - Training Is Fun, Mental Health Is Important Too

      1 week ago

      Tropes Einn Saman

      Yo!


      So I didn't get a chance to weigh in this week, but it looks like I'm still hovering around 200 on the nose. I do like being at that weight, and since I'm eating healthy I feel like I just look built, even if a bit blocky, rather than chubby (which I definitely was at the top of my bulk). 


      I had some ups and downs mentally this week, I'll be honest. My Depression flared up, and in a new way. Normally, to compare it to weather, there are Clear Days, Cloudy Days and Rainy Days in my mind. The Clear Days I'm basically normal, you could look at me and assume my brain wasn't a little broken on the inside. The Cloudy Days I feel a bit dumpy but can power through it, and the Rainy Days are (were) the worst, the days where I just hated everything and it took significant effort to do more than mope. This new feeling was different, as similar to my usual flare-ups of Rainy Days as a sandstorm of volcanic ash is to rain. This Ashstorm Day took me completely by surprise, it was so acute and severe it almost paralyzed me. 


      I did push through and lift since it went from Rainy to Ashstorm when I was already at work and I'd hoped the endorphins from training, which can alleviate Depression symptoms, would help. My conventional deadlifts lost a few pounds but I chalk that up to faulty programming. My trap bar deadift improved significantly to a triple at 315 pounds. Since 315 has been a goal of mine for so long I should have been elated, but I was just angry. Angry it was only 3, angry it was a trap bar instead of a straight bar, angry I didn't film it, angry the competitive powerlifters I work with can lift more. Irrational, unreasonable anger and sadness that was overwhelming. I spent all day trying to unclench my fists and jaw. I skipped out on sparring, in part, because I didn't think I was safe to spar with. After a hard talk with my Mom I managed to scale it back to Rainy, but still, it was a scary day for my mental health, easily in my worst three. 


      Today I almost didn't train. I brought my bag to work so I could go straight to Kenmore and the Taekwondo school, but was so down still I almost didn't go. I convinced myself to take an Uber there at the last second and did competition drills. We worked our asses off and trained hard, and I felt myself feeling better by the minute. My school then does special seminars for people serious about training, and this week it was a second hour of competition training.


      The Jae H. Kim school of Taekwondo teaches the martial art in the traditional way normally, which is a full-range martial art. Three times a week we train for competitive Olympic rules, and those three are among the hardest days physically we do, especially Saturday. A second hour of Saturday competition training, when still worn out from a significant personal best deadlift the day before, pushed me beyond my previous limits and, in sharp contrast to the Ashstorm Day, I had another new mental feeling. It was like a new, previously unknown strength and power welled up inside and throbbed like a second pulse between my movements, until it burst through my old limits like a geyser through earth. I finished out the second hour bouyed almost entirely by this new energy until the very end, when I fell to the ground unable to stand from all the exertion. 


      After I rested a few minutes I got up and am just fine, better than fine. When I could move again after breaking through my old limits I felt better than I had since I first came back to Boston. It took a lot to restore my mental state but it did get done, I'm happy I made the decision to train today, since I would probably still be down in the dumps if I hadn't, and completely ignorant of what my body was capable of even under that level of stress. 


      My tournament is May 5th. And I'll be more than ready. 


      I hope, while you take steps to make sure you're physically healthy through a balanced diet and regular exercise, you also make sure to take care of yourselves mentally. They are inexorably linked to one another and are both vitally important. Whether you realize your mental state means you need to skip training or train extra hard, or change something unrelated to training, do the things that make you happy and keep you balanced. Take your meds, talk to your confidantes (whether family, close friends or a therapist), watch the silly comedy movie, and rest up. 


      See y'all, hope your week is delightful.

    • #Fit4RTX 2018 Week Three - PAX Short version

      2 weeks ago

      Tropes Einn Saman

      Yo!


      So this week I made up for Easter, but I'm also looking for a new training routine. I like 5/3/1 but I feel like it's not the right program for me. So I'm going to finish it out strong this week then switch gears. 


      It looks like my first tournament will be in Rhode Island in early May, so I need to train hard and get ready! As it stands, it looks like I wouldn't be able to dip below heavyweight class by then anyway, so I'm just fine with how things are turning out. After the tournament I'll probably, just for fun, do a more bodybuilding-style lifting program in addition to my taekwondo training (as opposed to the current powerlifting one and the upcoming Strength & Conditioning one) to make sure I'm shredded as hell for RTX. That *might* dip me down below Heavyweight by a little, but if I understand how typical taekwondo tournament seasons work properly (I may not) by the time it's a concern I will have regained a few pounds from summer food anyway.


      As for my current stats, I was 199 lbs when I woke up Saturday, my stats when I got my body composition were a few hours later after a light breakfast, some water and coffee:


      201.3 lbs

      141.6 lb lean mass

      59.7 lb fat mass


      So an improvement but still, not where I want to be. I'd love to be 180 with that same lean mass, but that would be quite a task - the body doesn't work that way so I doubt all 20 pounds would be fat cells. In other good news, my upper arms are both exactly the same diameter, 14.5 inches around (slightly, but not notably, above average)! Symmetry is nice. 


      My cheats this weekend weren't too bad - some pizza and Kaliber non-alcoholic beer at the RT community PAX afterparty and a bit of con food today, but with some pretty intense training Saturday and walking all over the con floor on Sunday, so I think I'm geared to make some excellent progress this week!

    • Talking Last Jedi

      3 weeks ago

      Tropes Einn Saman

      So I finally saw The Last Jedi and my reaction to it winds up being a bit more complicated than "It Gud" or "Not Gud." Which I kind of expected, but I would like to enunciate my thoughts for my own sake so I figured now you guys can go along for the ride. If somehow you're even farther behind than I am this is gonna be spoiler-tastic, but my rule is if someone is even slower at seeing a movie than I am then COME ON.


      So first off, since I'm a person who exists on the internet I knew the general shape of what happened, as well as a few specific big moments. So I came in with slightly more on-point expectations than a lot of people, and unfortunately a few of the twists I really would have liked didn't have as much impact as they might otherwise have had.


      Short version, where The Force Awakens executed very well on reinterpreting ground already tread, The Last Jedi tries as many new and bold things as possible and very often misses the mark by just enough for me to see the shadow of awesome behind it all. Not just one a scene-by-scene basis (Leia's Force use being something not well executed that could have been super amazing) but on a macro level as well.


      Okay let's get into the meat of it. It's Original Trilogy flawed, rather than Prequel Trilogy flawed. There are points that are silly or dumb or don't make a whole lot of sense but in the moment I kinda didn't, y'know, care? Because it was earnest and heartfelt enough. I definitely got the feeling that the people making the movie love Star Wars and every decision made was made with care - even the controversial ones. Probably especially the controversial ones. 


      Let's start from the beginning: structurally, it's unlike anything Star Wars has seen in movie form before. Considering there were expectations after New Hope 2.0 (not a knock on TFA, just an observation) that it would retread Empire the fact that it becomes a car chase in space, a final confrontation with an alleged Dark Lord-ish person, and a deconstruction of our entire understanding of the Force (well, unless you've played KotORII but we'll get to that later) was very cool and very welcome. I love trying new things for the sake of it, and saying "fuck it" and doing it with arguably one of the most iconic franchises in American cinema is exactly the chaos move I live for. That said, the structure is also clumsy, confused, and drawn out after a strong first act then has an avalanche of individual climaxes that don't tie together super well even if they're all individually awesome - which now that I mention it was the problem with Episode I, except Episode I only had one cool climax sequence out of three (Darth Maul fight) where in this one the Throne Room battle, Rey vs. Kylo for the legacy of the Force, Holdo's final attack, Finn vs. Phasma, Salt Flat speeders, Luke vs. Kylo and the team reunions are all good, they're just so scattered.


      The plot with Holdo and Poe butting heads is good on an idea level because conflict is story and conflict between people on the same side is interesting. I definitely see why people object to it, but I think if it were executed better it would have gone over more clearly. In Holdo's position, I wouldn't tell a hotheaded fighter pilot who had recently been demoted for insubordination and costing the lives of an entire bombing squadron my plan either - and in a real military structure I can't imagine anyone in the Admiralty of any force to tell some random ass grunt the full scope of a plan because he's a good fighter, history of catastrophic insubordination or not. That said, when writing two good characters that are antagonistic it's important to make both likeable enough, and since we've had an entire movie and entire advertising cycle to fall in love with Poe a natural audience reaction is to side with him even when (as he is here) he's wrong. And let's not even get into the latent sexism of immediately being against the female authority figure when pitted against a male protagonist - other people can and have covered that better than I can. While that does exist, some blame has to fall on the rushed and clumsy introduction of the character. 


      Continuing with the idea of "realistic but not really Star Wars-y" the conflicting plans throughout the movie are also a neat idea but executed kinda poorly, if only because they cause the movie to drag. I might expect, in movies, for the disparate plans to all come together into a cavalclade of awesome in the climax. But since this is a movie about failure and miscommunication (more on that next) each plan knocks into the other to cause the most harm to their allies as possible. Again, very good idea, very new and fresh for Star Wars, implemented in a clumsy way. 


      Finn and Rose going off on their adventures is neat, but again it's clumsy and pads a lot of time into an already long and kind of slow movie. I do like the idea that beneath all the, erm, Star Wars going on in the Galaxy most people are just regular people going about their lives and, just like in real life, people who profit from war don't care who wins (and are the richest people who will probably live their lives consequence-free). Hell, the only difference is that in Star Wars there are people who we can know are the Good Guys at the end of the day, a luxury not afforded to real people. 


      I like what they did with the Force a lot. The idea that the Force doesn't belong to the Jedi, that the Jedi were a flawed but well-meaning religion of regular people and not the be-all end-all only hope of the Galaxy for peace and justice, and that the Force itself is infinitely more complicated than a Good Guy Light Side and a Bad Guy Dark Side is a wonderful way to open up the series to new ideas and interpretations of Force users. Only one problem: Knights of the Old Republic II did all of that and more, and executed on it better, up to and including having the message being delivered to the audience by having a Jedi fail horribly with disastrous consequences so horrible that they cut themselves off from the Force and demands a more nuanced explanation of the galaxy than "DUHURR DARK SIDE BAD," leading to more complicated characters and a more interesting view of the series as a whole. Granted, the hero/villain Force Bond was executed differently (or at least it's outcome was) but the one place Last Jedi did decide to retread old ground, even if it's not from a movie, it didn't do as well as the series did before. That said, the Force Bond scenes are some of my favorites in the movie. The background silence, voice echoes, camera work, writing and performances are all excellent in those scenes and I think set up an emotional final confrontation for the future.


      The main theme of the movie is simply great. The ideas of failure not being final and miscommunication being more deadly than any evil Force user are masterful, and in fact one of the few great ideas this movie implements well. Luke has failed on every level. As an Uncle, as a Brother, as a Jedi Master, and just generally as a person. A failure that seems so complete and calamitous he cuts himself off from the Force and exiles himself to an unmarked grave in the middle of nowhere, space. But he still stays close to the Jedi. He is still convinced to take one last student, who then convinces him (with a little help from Yoda) that just because he has failed before he is not excused from trying now. The Resistance is cut down to enough people to fit on the Millennium Falcon, but Leia has no intention of giving up. In an era where we, as humans, can be said to have failed as a species that is a really important message to get across to the masses. 


      The secondary theme of letting go of the past vs. letting it rule you is also well done and well crafted. Using the trifecta of main Force users for it was very smart, with Luke and Rey learning to let go (a Jedi lesson Luke had forgotten) and Kylo Ren thinking he has let go of the past by "killing it" but still being just as ruled by it as before. That makes his character a lot more tragic and interesting, as well as giving us a shot of how flawed memory is in the first place with the Roshamon-style "fall of Ben Solo" sequences.


      Overall, I enjoyed myself. If it were on, I'd watch it - which is more than I can say for the prequels - but I don't know that I'd seek it out. I'm more interested in it as a bridge to Episode IX. Since they've thrown out the conventions and expectations of the past. I can't say what to expect, and while that means I don't exactly have expectations to be defied, that's also very exciting. I knew where the Prequels all had to go, and The Force Awakens made it seem like this would be a replay of Empire, but here we have a movie that sets the only expectation of "we're in uncharted territory, strap in."


      So yeah, overall, I can definitely see why some folks hate it and others love it, and here I am in the middle, basically enjoying myself but more excited for what's to come. 


      And that's my thoughts, all nice and organized. 

    • #Fit4RTX 2018 Week Two - Holiday and Birthday

      3 weeks ago

      Tropes Einn Saman

      Yo! 


      So this week I was sick, so my training wasn't great, plus it was my birthday and a holiday is coming up so my nutrition wasn't great. And you know what? Some weeks are just like that. Sometimes things will just go wrong, and that's okay. So what I'm gonna do now is get set, enjoy the holiday and be right back on the grind from Monday on. No sense worrying about a less-than-perfect week that's already done, I just need to not make a habit out of it.

    • Self-imposed mediocrity of normalcy

      3 weeks ago

      Tropes Einn Saman

      Social media: We've analyzed everything about you so here's remix after remix after tribute video after AMV for that thing you've already experienced back when you were young. Just make sure you don't grow.


      Crap, 29 came in and now I'm a cranky old man. But seriously, too many people are just doing the same old shit different day routine, and it makes me sad to see people who could be writing dope-ass punk and metal music instead coping with the bleak nihilism and disillusionment of modern life by getting boring, empty and meaningless 9-5 jobs with ties, going home and re-watching The Office as they blaze themselves to sleep with the same albums they listened to in junior high on repeat in the background to try and remember what their emotional states were like before they couldn't pretend there was meaning to it all anymore.


      The most insidious thing about this mediocrity is that it's self-imposed. These are people who used to be dope-ass punks, tearing it up at basement shows, going on adventures, doing something with their lives. Now it's a struggle to get most of them to do anything aside from "have someone over while they binge-watch the Office for the umpteenth time and smoke a bunch."


      I know I started this with a social media thing, and while I do think the world isn't any better for having our culture centered around a device that tries specifically never to let you out of your comfort zone I don't think that's the root of the problem. I think the culture of nostalgia also doesn't help, but why did Millennials become the ones to develop a culture so wrapped up in incessantly referencing things that were cool when we were kids to the expense of all else? I still don't think that's the root. 


      I think the root is that there's easy way to pretend you don't know things anymore, or to avoid learning things you don't want to know. We've hit the Lovecraftian stage of "if you learn it it will drive you mad" on the universe at large, and people cope different ways. Back in the day, before everything ever was beamed to the robot you're addicted to that lives in your pocket immediately and constantly, you could just... not know stuff. And easily make up answers you liked without challenge. Why does the sun come up? The god goes beneath the earth to fight monsters. Why do good people and strong warriors die? Odin ensures they die so they can fight in his army of the dead. Why do bad things happen to good people? God has a plan. Why are some people poor and others rich? Because the poor are just lazy bums. Why should we vote Republican? Because the Lefties will make you get an abortion and euthanize grandma.


      But now all information is just a thumb away, and while Google is set to make sure you don't learn too much that will make you feel challenged or stimulated or anything more complex than a cow that's still a few spots back in line for the Stairway to Heaven stuff can be learned. So there are a lot less options. And I think people handle those options differently. I've gone the cranky nihilist, a good chunk of America just shouts "Fake News" when given uncomfortable facts, some people create great art and music, and some people feign an ironic detachment and cling to things that made them happy before the world fell apart. 


      This was long and rant-y and pointless but it's something that's made me very sad for a few months now, since I realized most of the Boston punk and metal scene I started with has all become that complacent normal. Kinda ruined the Office for me, because in my brain it's linked to giving up on your dreams and accepting mediocrity, all while pretending you haven't just become another season 1 Jim or Dwight. 

    • Do you believe in redemption?

      4 weeks ago

      Tropes Einn Saman

      The best stories are redemption arcs. The too-cool-for-school bad guy gradually growing into a good guy, but who still has that dark edge on him that just makes him so damn cool, especially compared to his straight-laced hero counterpart. Humanity has a lot of redemption stories, going back thousands of years. Hell, if you wanted to you could read Gilgamesh as a simple proto-redemption arc as the title character learns to be a more fair and just king. 


      But just because you can imagine something doesn't make it real, right? So... is redemption real?


      Well, short answer yes. Evil people can change their ways. It's happened before. I guess the real question is: should you base your interactions with others on the expectation of redemption? Especially when we're talking about the perfectly ordinary people around us. People with extraordinary life stories have supernormal experiences and stimuli that make their emotional reactions more extreme. So surely, for example, Oppenheimer coming to hate the atom bomb could be seen as a personal redemption (albeit one that stopped nothing outside himself) but could you expect someone who's day to day life didn't involve engineering an apocalypse to have one?


      I mean, we may not like to think about it, but it's easy to be bad without necessarily being evil or even actively malignant. A person might go through their entire life not *consciously* hurting anyone, but still causing minor accidental harm that, when accrued among millions, does real damage. Let's take a hypothetical "Frank." Frank seems normal, might be your neighbor even. Has a wife, maybe a kid or two - and he cares about them a lot. Loves them, even, if that's a thing (a conversation for another day). Probably waves to you if you pass him in the sidewalk. Absolutely terrified that any Arab is about to blow himself up. Dead convinced that Treyvon Martin brought his death on himself and the people upset about it are just a bunch of entitled hood thugs. Will swear up and down that the US has to protect the children from pervy homosexuals at dinner, and when his evening winds down he just can't help but start yelling at those millennial snowflakes for ruining everything on facebook, and how dare his nephew share that pro-gay post, his sons might see it and think that's okay! Those trannies will just molest little girls if we let them in the bathrooms! Better share this MAGA post to make sure the family knows where his loyalties lie: to the real Americans, the white ones. That gay teen suicide was just weak, probably needed to go to Church more to pray the gay out of himself. And if only that "skinhead lesbian" would shut up about taking away guns. And of course, anything saying any of that is wrong is just Fake News anyway - the President said so! - so no need to trouble yourself asking if maybe you're wrong. 


      Not overtly malicious, or even "evil" necessarily - he lacks the power and self-mastery to really be those things. Terrified, sure, and in such a way that makes him do hurtful things, things that make the world worse than it could be - than it would be if he hadn't. Whether we like to think about it or not, this is a bad person, both in cause and result if not in intent. This person does harm. But this person is also extremely ordinary. He may not be waving a tiki torch but he's batting for the same team, all the while certain he's doing the right thing. But since his life is so ordinary, is it possible for him to have an "aha!" moment and realize he's causing harm? 


      I wonder that a lot. Sometimes I pass an actual skinhead in my neighborhood on the street. He's always in Trump clothes, mean-mugging people and (only once) tried to verbally goad me into a fight, and from what I hear I'm not the only one. Is he capable of becoming good?


      Even though Christian Republicans have pretty much destroyed my faith in the possibility of God, being raised in a Catholic household did program me to think that anyone could choose to be redeemed at any time. But since the deity at the end of that belief is gone, does that belief also shatter? I don't know if I can go through life assuming this guy who walks around hoping to start a fight with a liberal snowflake can ever become good. I don't know if I can believe that racist uncle everyone seems to have can ever see the harm he's causing. And even if I can, do I have enough left in me to act on that belief? Can I go through life thinking "I'll just let this pass until they see the light" instead of "the world would be better without this person?"


      I don't know. But I figured putting these questions in words might help. Even if I'm no closer to an answer, it's good to enunciate the question.

    • #Fit4RTX 2018 Week One - Salt Weight Off

      1 month ago

      Tropes Einn Saman

      Yo!


      So I only have my weight and not my other data from this week, but I've gone down to 200 pounds on the nose as of this morning. Which is insane, actually, over a seven pound difference from my Week Zero weigh-in. 


      Training this week in a significant calorie deficit has been difficult, but since it's also a deload week it wasn't insurmountable. Sparring and competition conditioning were much harder, though. Since moving forward there will be a little bit of oats and brown rice in my diet as well hopefully my energy won't be taking as serious of a hit. 


      I am going to be 100% honest, this weekend won't be a clean refeed like I hoped. My dad is making pizza, I promised my mom I'd make enchiladas and Yume wo Katare has it's Chipotle Mazesoba back for the first time in years, and that is the best thing I've ever eaten bar none. But that's okay, I have plenty of time between now and RTX so an extra bowl of ramen won't kill me. But I do need to not make a habit of it. 


      Training this week will be a modified 5/3/1 program, which should help sustain my strength. It's based around the fundamental movements of squat, deadlift, bench press and overhead press, but I've also added barbell rows because the original 5/3/1 doesn't have quite as much pulling work as I'd like. Which means that, if I manage to do taekwondo six days each week plus the five weightlifting sessions, that's eleven workouts per week.


      Again, tough but not insurmountable. I have to push myself if I want to get results, so let's get pushing!

    • #Fit4RTX 2018 Week Zero - Shedding the Winter Layer

      1 month ago

      Tropes Einn Saman

      Yo!


      So it's been a while. I did realize something, it's a bit harder to do fitness posts when it's not a weight loss or bodyfat percentage goal. I mean strength numbers are great but when you're in the nitty-gritty it's hard to give week-by-week results like you can with weight or bodyfat. So let me sum up my last few weeks and months of fitness while I wait for the penultimate episode of Dragon Ball Super, yeah?


      So first off, since I got back from Austin at the end of RTX 2017 I've been doing a very long, slow-burn bulk. This bulk was not perfect, I will totally admit. I had a few too many days that were not clean, but for the most part I did eat well. My go-to meal by the end was Barilla protein pasta and some ground beef with spinach on the side, an excellent and calorie-dense meal without too much extra sodium or unnecessary sugars, while fulfilling the golden rule of any meal plan, "greens & proteins." After RTX 2018 it'll likely be my go-to meal until the next spring, since it's also surprisingly delicious and easy to make in large quantities for the week ahead.


      Of course I neglect to mention the a little too frequent visits by my good friends Ben & Jerry, but if the only dessert I go gaga for is ice cream then I guess it happens. 


      My lifts have all got better. I don't really do conventional bench because my shoulder is apparently stopped up with scar tissue that still to this day causes pain for some horizontal pressing motions. However pushups and dumbbell bench have started to feel better due to the slightly freer shoulder mobility, and my strength on dumbbell bench has increased dramatically. My deadlift and squat are also up, despite a minor knee injury a few weeks ago (sprain, healed). Most strength improvement happened in the last few months, since many people at work are hardcore powerlifters and I learn new skills quickly when properly shown.


      As for my body statistics, I'm currently using a device called Fit3d, which my work has. It takes weight and bodyfat, although the bodyfat has a few caveats. First off, it tends to have a higher number percentage than most devices (usually tracks about 5 percentage points higher). Also, since it's an external scan it is an estimate (although normally pretty accurate and tracks close to a DEXA scan) and can't actually see if you have excess visceral fat. As far as I know I don't, so we can assume it's accurate and ideally will be consistent with itself, which is more important anyway. This does take numbers differently than the old Valhalla machine at my last gym (bio-impedance wave scanner) so don't be confused if it looks like my lean mass has gone down. I can say definitively it hasn't, it's just a different method of measurement. 


      So here's where I sort of am now, and I'll explain that in a second:


      Week Zero

      Total weight: 207.7 lbs 

      Lean Mass: 146.1 lbs

      Fat Mass: 61.6 lbs

      Bodyfat percentage: 29.68%


      So I say sort of because during the first week of a cutting diet I lose a lot of waterweight. So a week from today will be my "real" starting weight and this is week zero. Although I do note with some pride that the last time I was over 200 I was very definitely not muscular, whereas now I do look good and fit, but with a bit of what we New Englanders call the "Winter Layer."


      It also takes measurements of my extremities but I don't want to bog this down in numbers. 


      So let's get on to goals, yeah?


      My goal weight is between 180 and 190 lbs, with my lean mass staying as close to 146.1 as possible. I want the majority of the 20-30lbs lost between now and RTX to be from the 61.6 lbs of fat I'm not using. I'd like if possible to dip under 20% bodyfat by their measurements. To keep it nice and loose I'd like to be as lean as I was back at the last RTX (the leanest I'd ever been) but with an extra 20 pounds of muscle added to that, and with all of my strength maintained or improved despite the calorie deficit. As for extremities, I have a big ole booty and thick legs. I'm okay with that, but for the sake of convenience I'd like those to shrink a little (I am too lazy and cheap to buy more jeans). My arms are pretty good and I'd like for them to stay good but get more defined. Both of those will be natural effects of losing fat and retaining muscle. 


      One reason why is that I am doing martial arts and will hopefully compete soon (as in, within two months) and taekwondo heavyweights are upper 170s and above. Since I want to fight the strongest possible opponents I want to make sure that even when I'm lean I qualify for heavyweight. My martial arts training will serve as my cardio in addition to my strength work.


      Week Zero is going to be a deload week for me on strength training since this week was a max effort week and my nervous system needs to recover. I'm also going to go a little more extreme with the diet than I will on the long term (just eggs, chicken and spinach to really cut the waterweight to get my real weight) before I transition into a healthy, balanced meal plan that will be a deficit of 500 calories from maintenance levels and include some carbs in the mornings. During week zero I'll determine my long-term meal plan as well as set up my lifting program moving forward. 


      Mid March is the best time to get started on your summer aesthetic, so if you're looking to do a bit of weight loss now is the time! I definitely expect people to come to my work in May asking us to help them lose 20 lbs for a cruise in early June, and the body doesn't work that way. Healthy fat loss is a long, slow process, otherwise you may wind up doing more damage than carrying a few extra pounds would! Sometimes people lose sight of this but health is the goal here, and the rest will follow.


      If you do want a workout routine, I can write one for you as a NASM certified personal trainer! Four weeks of three workouts per week comes to $150, so if that's in your price range and you want something like that feel free to DM for more details!

    • GymIt Heroes (Charitable Campaign)

      1 month ago

      Tropes Einn Saman

      Yo if you're into fundraisers my work is doing a thing. No need for anything huge but any little bit helps, so if you've got a bit to spare it'd be nice if you threw a bit their way.


      Just some notes:


      The charity is not yet picked, it's picked after the fact (there's more info on the site) 

      The charity will definitely be a local Boston charity.



  • Comments (41)

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

      1 year ago

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

    • Austin0434

      1 year 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

      1 year 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 Einn Saman

        1 year 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!

      2 years 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 Einn Saman

        2 years 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

      4 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 Einn Saman

        4 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

      4 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

      4 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

      4 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 Mandalf, his brother

        4 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 Einn Saman

        4 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

      5 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

      5 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

        5 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 Einn Saman

        5 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

      5 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 Mandalf, his brother

      5 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 Einn Saman

        5 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

      5 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

      6 years ago

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

    • Oaktownpull

      6 years ago

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

      • Oaktownpull

        6 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 Einn Saman

        6 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

      6 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 Einn Saman

        6 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

        6 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 Einn Saman

        6 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

      6 years ago

      hahahahaaaa----yeaaaaah

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

      6 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

      6 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

      6 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

      7 years ago

      If you have Morrowind for the PC and would be interested in participating in an experiment, please email Game-study@hotmail.com.

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

      7 years ago

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


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    • Orion255

      7 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

      7 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

    • Fuck_Berries

      7 years ago

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

    • TheJas

      8 years ago

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

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

      8 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

      8 years ago

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

  • Questions answered by Tropes

    Be able to dedicate a lot of time! I'm actually looking for someone to take over the RTNE group because my work schedule has expanded significantly and I think the community deserves someone who can give it the time. So if you don't think you can commit and commit HARD then I'd say to wait until you can.


    Also, be prepared to start slow. The first few events may be only one or two people, and sometimes no one may show up at all. That's okay, don't get discouraged! Things pick up eventually, but only after a lot of time and energy has been poured in.


    Best of luck! :)