Tilting at Windmills(Prognastat's Journal)

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Re: Tilting at Windmills(Prognastat's Journal)

Post by prognastat » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:34 pm

Since I ended up starting the creatine and the protein at the same time it's hard to tease apart how much is each just yet, but I suspect the first week most of the improvement was the creatine though in the long run the extra protein will be helping by allowing me to build muscle faster with the creatine just giving a little boost in being able to push just a little more in the gym which in turn will allow the protein to do more.

Generally when I eat before working out I feel way worse than when I work out fasted, but I don't know if this is just because that's what I'm used to or if I'm more predisposed to it. Also the few times I've actually had to throw up from working out are when I had either a protein shake before rather than after or drank too much water before/during my workout.

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Re: Tilting at Windmills(Prognastat's Journal)

Post by SavingWithBabies » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:33 am

I didn't want to derail the other journal further (when talking about 3d printing) but I agree, the almond flour can be expensive. I've found Trader Joe's seems to have the most reasonable option and they have both a meal (rougher) and a flour. The price per pound is high but I can only eat so much. For me, it feels a bit leaden in my stomach so for example with the pizza, 3/4 of cup makes a big pizza with fat head dough and I might cut that up into a bunch of slices and divide that into 4 portions (3 to freeze). I also tried cookies and that was similar -- I could eat maybe one and would save the rest (but I did find it easier to binge on them but that might be just be me -- I don't make them often due to that).

So yes the almond flour is expensive but in my experience, it is consumed in small amounts and diluted with other ingredients so it's not horribly so. Oh, and I have found it sort of works to make gravy. It's a little grainy but it works in a pinch (ie a family holiday).

Oh, and coconut flour is a less expensive. It isn't always substitutable as it requires a mind boggling ratio of liquid compared to other flours -- really hard to wing it until you get a feel for it. I'll have to try it next time on the fathead dough (but I have so much frozen pizza it will be a long time!).

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Post by prognastat » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:26 am

Thanks, have you found it to be more filling than regular pizza because that gives the same leaden feeling, but doesn't seem to stop me from eating way too much XD.
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Post by SavingWithBabies » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:46 am

I have found it to be more filling but it is a bit after the fact so I have to keep it in mind. I found it better to portion size it before taking it to the table to avoid that problem otherwise I do risk over eating (and then not feeling so great). So I guess the risk is still there!

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Post by Smashter » Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:26 pm

Scott 2 wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:18 pm
I've also played around with caffeine leading into my sessions. I found an uptick in performance, but it lets me dig too deep, when I haven't put it in the appropriate recovery. My body didn't like that.
As someone who puts a ton of value on digging deep, whether in physical or mental workouts, this gives me a lot to chew on. My recovery has not been great lately, and I've been doing more workouts where I didn't feel like I wanted to train until after I had coffee.

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Post by prognastat » Wed May 08, 2019 7:04 pm

Finances April 2019

Income April 2019

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| Category     |   $   |   %   |
|--------------|-------|-------|
| Total        | 5,898 | 100.0 |
| Paychecks    | 3,383 |  57.3 |
| 401k         | 2,304 |  39.0 |
| HSA          |   211 |   3.5 |
This month was pretty normal for a 2 pay cheque month.

Spending April 2019

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| Category     |   $  |   %   |
|--------------|------|-------|
| Total        |1,663 | 100.0 |
| Rent         |  600 |  36.0 |
| Food         |  436 |  26.2 |
| Entertainment|  301 |  18.0 |
| Automotive   |  250 |  15.0 |
| Health       |   77 |   4.6 |
Our fridge failed leading to spoiling a weeks worth in food and while it took 5 days to get replaced this lead to eating out/delivery multiple times while while nothing could be refrigerated. This spiked spending on food quite a bit higher than it would have been otherwise. I also spent a little extra to buy some slightly better quality tea in bulk(a years worth or so) which added some too, but I have definitely enjoyed a nice daily cup of tea. It doesn’t come out to much per cup, but still was about $60 added to this month.

Also ended up spending about $200 getting the old car that is still with my ex up and running so she can work on getting it sold. Another $50 was spent in getting my non-functioning motorcycle transported to my new house since my ex wanted it out of the garage no matter what and I ended up having to pay to rent a truck and pay for it’s gas.

Main reason entertainment is higher than usual is that there were some sales on video games which lead to higher spending than usual. Not sure if this was the right decision yet as I probably should have spent less on this category considering some of the other things that ended up costing more for this month.

Net Worth April 2019

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| Category     |    $    |   %   |
|--------------|---------|-------|
| Total        | 290,369 | 100.0 |
| Cash         |   5,038 |   1.7 |
| Investments  | 285,331 |  98.3 |
Another sizeable jump(almost 20k) from last month mostly due to market growth. I’ll gladly take it though. I’m now past the point where my investments would cover my barebones expenses at 3% SWR which is great and I’m Inching closer to the point where I could cover my current expenses at 4% SWR which is my next step to achieve towards FIRE.

Spending/Savings Rate April 2019

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| Category     |    $    |   %   |
|--------------|---------|-------|
| Income       |   5,898 | 100.0 |
| Spending     |   1,663 |  28.2 |
| Savings      |   4,235 |  71.8 |
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Post by prognastat » Thu May 09, 2019 1:08 pm

Health February 2019

Health Metrics March 2019

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| Category | This Month | Last Month |
|----------|------------|------------|
| Weight   |     187    |     182    |
This month has been a struggle in more than one way. I’ve been struggling to maintain my diet for more than a few days at a time 4-5 days. This has lead to me simply hovering around 180 to 190-ish pounds the whole month rather than moving closer to the 175 Lbs I would like to be at. Some of it is due to circumstances such as the fridge going out and simply making bad decisions as to ordering in food rather than walking to the store every day while the fridge is out to get fresh healthy food.

I suspect part of it is also emotionally driven eating. This is hard to put my finger on as I tend to not be a very emotional person, but I suspect having no real friendships nor romantic relationships at the moment due to my ex interfering with me building friendships the last 10 years meaning I started from a blank slate as far as friendships are concerned and obviously not being in a romantic relationship due to the divorce itself. I have been focusing on myself as far as both my health and finances go for the past few months since the divorce, but I think I may be running on fumes as far as this goes and that it might be bleeding in to my motivation. I do have some contact with my housemates which might be a slight mitigating factor, but this is limited to maybe an hour a day and though I like them and get along with them hanging out with them isn’t quite like hanging out with friends.

Alongside that, this month I probably missed most workout days since I started hitting the gym over a year ago. This is part laziness and part leaving the gym mid workout due to a new problem I’ve been experiencing for the first time this month. The issue has been tension headaches caused by the workouts themselves. I go to the gym feeling fine. Then after certain exercises I’ve started having tension headaches to the point where they’re causing me to stop my workout. A few I managed to work through by taking much longer pauses between sets to give the budding headache some time to subside before turning in to a full on one in need of taking painkillers, however this turns my already long workouts in to a far too long event. This last week I’ve moved to dialing back the ones that seem to cause the headaches the most, but this has meant losing on 1-2 months worth of progress on those specific workouts. The ones that seem most to blame are pul-ups and deadlifts. Time will tell if it’s just a matter of moving up too fast and that moving back down and slowly working back up will work.

My sleep has also been off with me struggling to get back to a regular sleeping schedule.

A combination of the two has meant that I’ve made little progress on my weightlifting and have actually lost some progress on the weight front itself.

Workout Progress March 2019

Saturdays(Cardio):

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| Exercise                | Reps | Lbs | Cals | Time |
|-------------------------|------|-----|------|------|
| Cardio                  | N/A  | N/A | 1000 |  90m |
Sundays(Cardio):

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| Exercise                | Reps | Lbs |  Cals | Time |
|-------------------------|------|-----|-------|------|
| Cardio                  | N/A  | N/A | 1000  |  90m |
Mondays(Back Day):

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| Exercise                | Reps | Lbs | Cals | Time |
|-------------------------|------|-----|------|------|
| Pull Ups                |   20 | -40 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Pull Ups                |   15 | -40 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Pull Ups                |   12 | -40 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Pull Ups                |   10 | -40 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Pull Ups                |   10 | -40 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Push Ups                |   20 | N/A | N/A  | N/A  |
| Push Ups                |   20 | N/A | N/A  | N/A  |
| Push Ups                |   20 | N/A | N/A  | N/A  |
| Push Ups                |   20 | N/A | N/A  | N/A  |
| Push Ups                |   20 | N/A | N/A  | N/A  |
| Cardio                  | N/A  | N/A |  200 |  15m |
| Plank                   | N/A  | N/A | N/A  |  60s |
| Plank                   | N/A  | N/A | N/A  |  60s |
| Plank                   | N/A  | N/A | N/A  |  60s |
| Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns |   12 | 145 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns |   12 | 145 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns |   12 | 145 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns |   12 | 145 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Hammer Strength Row     |   12 | 135 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Hammer Strength Row     |   12 | 135 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Hammer Strength Row     |   12 | 135 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Hammer Strength Row     |   12 | 135 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Cardio                  | N/A  | N/A | 198  |  15m |
| Leg Raises              |   12 | N/A | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Raises              |   12 | N/A | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Raises              |   12 | N/A | N/A  | N/A  |
| One Arm Row             |   12 |  75 | N/A  | N/A  |
| One Arm Row             |   12 |  75 | N/A  | N/A  |
| One Arm Row             |   12 |  75 | N/A  | N/A  |
| One Arm Row             |   12 |  75 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Back Hyperextensions    |   25 |  45 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Back Hyperextensions    |   20 |  45 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Back Hyperextensions    |   15 |  45 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Back Hyperextensions    |   15 |  45 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Cardio                  | N/A  | N/A |  194 |  15m |
| Side Plank              | N/A  | N/A | N/A  |  60s |
| Side Plank              | N/A  | N/A | N/A  |  60s |
| Side Plank              | N/A  | N/A | N/A  |  60s |
Tuesdays(Chest Day):

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| Exercise                    | Reps | Lbs | Cals | Time |
|-----------------------------|------|-----|------|------|
| Bench Press                 |   12 | 135 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Bench Press                 |   10 | 145 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Bench Press                 |    8 | 155 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Bench Press                 |    6 | 165 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Bench Press                 |    4 | 185 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Bench Press                 |    4 | 185 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Bench Press                 |    4 | 185 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Bench Press                 |    4 | 185 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Cardio                      | N/A  | N/A | 200  |  15m |
| Incline Bench Press         |   12 | 120 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Incline Bench Press         |   12 | 120 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Incline Bench Press         |   12 | 120 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Incline Bench Press         |   12 | 120 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Hammer Strength Bench Press |   15 | 115 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Hammer Strength Bench Press |   15 | 115 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Hammer Strength Bench Press |   15 | 115 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Hammer Strength Bench Press |   15 | 115 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Cardio                      | N/A  | N/A | 200  |  15m |
| Weighted Dips               |   10 | -10 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Weighted Dips               |   10 | -10 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Weighted Dips               |   10 | -10 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Weighted Dips               |   10 | -10 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Chest Fly                   |   12 | 125 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Chest Fly                   |   12 | 125 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Chest Fly                   |   12 | 125 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Chest Fly                   |   12 | 125 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Cardio                      | N/A  | N/A | 206  |  15m |
Wednesday(Leg Day):

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| Exercise                | Reps | Lbs | Cals | Time |
|-------------------------|------|-----|------|------|
| Deadlifts               |   12 | 220 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Deadlifts               |   10 | 220 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Deadlifts               |    8 | 220 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Deadlifts               |    6 | 220 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Plank                   | N/A  | N/A | N/A  |  60s |
| Plank                   | N/A  | N/A | N/A  |  60s |
| Plank                   | N/A  | N/A | N/A  |  60s |
| Leg Press               |   45 | 540 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Press               |   49 | 450 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Press               |   50 | 360 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Press               |   50 | 270 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Press               |   50 | 180 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Press               |   50 |  90 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Raises              |   12 | N/A | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Raises              |   12 | N/A | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Raises              |   12 | N/A | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Extension           |   20 | 155 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Extension           |   20 | 155 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Extension           |   20 | 155 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Curls               |   20 | 105 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Curls               |   20 | 105 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Curls               |   20 | 105 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Calf Raise              |   20 | 175 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Calf Raise              |   20 | 175 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Calf Raise              |   20 | 175 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Side Plank              | N/A |  N/A | N/A  |  60s |
| Side Plank              | N/A |  N/A | N/A  |  60s |
| Side Plank              | N/A |  N/A | N/A  |  60s |
Thursday(Shoulder Day):

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| Exercise                | Reps | Lbs | Cals | Time |
|-------------------------|------|-----|------|------|
| Military Press          |   10 | 100 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Military Press          |    8 | 100 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Military Press          |    6 | 100 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Military Press          |    5 | 100 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Military Press          |    4 | 100 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Military Press          |    3 | 100 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Military Press          |    3 | 100 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Cardio                  | N/A  | N/A | 215  |  15m |
| Arnold Press            |   12 |  80 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Arnold Press            |   12 |  80 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Arnold Press            |   12 |  80 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Arnold Press            |   12 |  80 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Barbell Shrugs          |   12 | 195 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Barbell Shrugs          |   12 | 195 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Barbell Shrugs          |   12 | 195 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Barbell Shrugs          |   12 | 195 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Cardio                  | N/A  | N/A | 210  |  15m |
| Lateral Raises          |   12 |  40 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Lateral Raises          |   12 |  40 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Lateral Raises          |   12 |  40 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Front Raises            |   12 |  40 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Front Raises            |   12 |  40 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Front Raises            |   12 |  40 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Rear Delt Flys          |   12 | 105 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Rear Delt Flys          |   12 | 105 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Rear Delt Flys          |   12 | 105 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Cardio                  | N/A  | N/A | 205  |  15m |
Friday(Arm Day):

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| Exercise                | Reps | Lbs   | Cals | Time |
|-------------------------|------|-------|------|------|
| Barbell Curls           |   10 |  80   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Barbell Curls           |   10 |  80   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Barbell Curls           |   10 |  80   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Skull Crushers          |   10 |  70   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Skull Crushers          |   10 |  70   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Skull Crushers          |   10 |  70   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Cardio                  | N/A  | N/A   |  220 |  15m |
| Plank                   | N/A  |  N/A  | N/A  |  60s |
| Plank                   | N/A  |  N/A  | N/A  |  60s |
| Plank                   | N/A  |  N/A  | N/A  |  60s |
| Preacher Curls          |   10 |  70   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Preacher Curls          |   10 |  70   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Preacher Curls          |   10 |  70   | N/A  | N/A  |
| French Curls            |   10 |  60   | N/A  | N/A  |
| French Curls            |   10 |  60   | N/A  | N/A  |
| French Curls            |   10 |  60   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Cardio                  | N/A  | N/A   |  205 |  15m |
| Leg Raises              |   12 |  N/A  | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Raises              |   12 |  N/A  | N/A  | N/A  |
| Leg Raises              |   12 |  N/A  | N/A  | N/A  |
| Hammer Curls            |   10 |  70   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Hammer Curls            |   10 |  70   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Hammer Curls            |   10 |  70   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Tricep Rope Pull Downs  |   10 |    54 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Tricep Rope Pull Downs  |   10 |    54 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Tricep Rope Pull Downs  |   10 |    54 | N/A  | N/A  |
| Cardio                  | N/A  | N/A   |  203 |  15m |
| Side Plank              | N/A  |  N/A  | N/A  |  60s |
| Side Plank              | N/A  |  N/A  | N/A  |  60s |
| Side Plank              | N/A  |  N/A  | N/A  |  60s |
| Wrist Curls             |   20 |  55   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Wrist Curls             |   20 |  55   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Wrist Curls             |   20 |  55   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Reverse Wrist Curls     |   20 |  40   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Reverse Wrist Curls     |   20 |  40   | N/A  | N/A  |
| Reverse Wrist Curls     |   20 |  40   | N/A  | N/A  |

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Re: Tilting at Windmills(Prognastat's Journal)

Post by Bankai » Thu May 09, 2019 2:56 pm

How does pull up with negative weights look?

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Post by prognastat » Thu May 09, 2019 3:03 pm

Something like this:
https://www.fitnessfactoryoutlet.com/Bo ... KuEALw_wcB

The weight is subtracted from your bodyweight. So I could also list the weight as my bodyweight - counterweight.

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Post by prognastat » Fri May 10, 2019 12:02 pm

Other April 2019:

Read "Off to Be the Wizard". It’s a fiction book about a programmer that finds the source code of the universe and the capability of editing it and the adventures this leads to. It was a fun read and I got through it pretty quickly. The only thing I was hoping for was going into exploring the concept itself a bit more, but it tends to focus more on the adventures rather than the details of the universal source code concept itself and how the characters interact with it. Despite the concept feeling like it would slot into science fiction honestly the book is almost pure science fantasy which was slight let down for me. However it was still very enjoyable.

I also read through Berserk volume 1 through 3. I’ve read this manga over a decade ago, but it’s nice to go through again now enjoying the amazing art again.

As for gaming I played some more Disgaea 1 Complete and Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. The first I’m making slow progress in. The latter has definitely been a fun and interesting change of pace. Due to the way Odin Sphere is done you play through the game once and then start over with a different character showing you the same main story from a different perspective giving you a larger view on the overarching story and things the previous characters didn’t know were going on.

I didn’t read any non-fiction this month.

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Post by Bankai » Fri May 10, 2019 12:12 pm

I binge watched Berserk anime (the old one) few years ago and thought it was very good. I recall reading that the manga only properly starts when the anime ends (with Griffith becoming omnipotent baddie). Is manga worth it if you've already seen the anime?

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Post by prognastat » Fri May 10, 2019 12:19 pm

I would say if you appreciate the art then just that can definitely be worth it as the manga art is among some of the best of any manga. There is a ridiculous amount of detail put into it and the artist has done a great job at conveying weight and motion in the action panels.

I've watched the original anime a long time ago too and if I recall it doesn't cover the very first few volumes of the manga either, they grabbed a part a few volumes in ending at when Griffith becoming Femto. In the manga it actually starts with that already having happened and then it flashes back for a part to tell the story the anime covers and then goes back.

Not sure what part the new anime covers, but the bad CG art has made it so I just don't even want to see it.

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