The week that was, in internet land – Volume 3

It was a busy week in the fitness world this week. There are a few more articles on training in this one than usual, so that should help keep the meatheads happy.

“Shut up Lincoln, get to the content,” right? Fine.

It Doesn’t Have to be an Exhaustive Workout – Increasing Physical Activity Just as Effective as Strength, Endurance or Combined Exercise to Lose Fat and Build Muscle – Suppversity
Every little bit helps? And you don’t need to be a gym rat to get into a less terrible shape? Truth.

Why Do Sudden Changes In Weight Happen? – Andy Morgan
All about water weight shenanigans

Dietary Tracking Continuum – The Effortless Guide to Periodizing Your Nutrition – Eric and Chris Martinez
A good run down of the different options out there for those who want choices in their obsessiveness levels. I’m a huge fan of the Semi Track for those who are interested in maintaining rather than losing or gaining.

What the hell does “toned” mean anyways? – James Fell
James Fell asks a bunch of really smart people what “toning” means. It’s good for the lulz, and is also a good commentary on how the fitness industry works, especially regarding advertising.

How To Adjust Your Diet To Successfully Bulk – Andy Morgan
If I’d had this guide a few years ago I probably wouldn’t be near the end of a four month diet.

Succeed Every Day: A Complete Guide to Habit-Forming – Greg Nuckols
We like this.

The Essentials of Hybrid Training – Alex Viada
If you want to be strong and not-slow, or fast and not-weak, check out this collection of 10 of Alex Viada’s most awesome articles to date. And check out his book if you’re super interested.

4 Reasons you’re not getting stronger – Chet Morjaria
Some troubleshooting from Chet Morjaria. I’m guilty of at least one of these.

Why healthy habits don’t work – Bryan Krahn
An insightful commentary on how the traditional approach and advice for habit forming might not be the best thing out there.

The importance of sleep quality and how to improve it –
Sleep is good. You should get more sleep and better sleep.

The week that was, in internet land – Volume 1

Unfortunately, we are not the smartest tools in the shed. And we can’t write on every single topic that there is to write about. Thankfully, there are much smarter people out there than us, and they write on lots of things that we either don’t know a lot about or just never thought of.

Here is a list of the various things from around the web that we liked this week. Absorb them into your brainmeats and become a more informed person.

Does Diet Soda Increase Belly Fat? – James Fell
This guy is really really smart, and absolutely tears apart the study that is making the rounds of the media right now saying that diet pop makes you fat. I wish I had written this.

An Interview with Alan Aragon: Nutrition Expert, Researcher, and Writer – Kimberly Mills
We have a real serious totally platonic crush on Alan Aragon here at TL&K. Go read some of his words of moderate and informed wisdom.

Four Lessons Role Playing Games Can Teach You About Fitness – Dick Talens
Both of your handsome authors have done a fair bit of gaming in the past. This article makes some really good points.

The Different Sides of Fat Loss – Bryan Krahn
This guy knows his shit. You should really read everything he has posted, ever.

Tucking the Elbows for Bench – You’re Probably Doing it Wrong – Greg Nuckols
It’s probably no secret that we think fairly highly of Mr. Nuckols here at TL&K. This is a good article.

Stress: In The Gym, Out of The Gym, and How it Affects Your Program and Progress – Greg Nuckols @ RippedBody
Another great article by Greg. A short excerpt from his upcoming book. Definitely worth a read.

The Fat Loss “Secret” – You’re Just Not Working Hard Enough – Tom Kelso
Ooh, more tough love from another angle.

Muscle Dysmorphia and the Dark Side of “Getting Big” – David De Las Morenas
This is something that doesn’t get talked about a lot, but is definitely a problem.

Don’t “Just Do It.” Do It Like You Mean It. – Jessi Kneeland

Sunday Update: March 22, 2015

I Guess I Should Do This Now, Huh?

Welp, I guess it’s that time that I should probably start doing these updates.  First, let me tell you where I was, to where it is I am going.  Granted, I am not 100% certain where it is I shall end up, but that’s not the point.  I aim to hold myself accountable here, as it’s part of the reason why I agreed to this in the first place, the other, obviously, being to become less of a fatass.

When 20150107_222928I started this endeavor at the start of the year I was a brisk 336 lbs.  Better than last year mind you, but still not that great.  I wear it well, but bad fat is still bad fat.  Excuses like that are what get us here, and keep us here.  That shit went out the window when I made the choice to do this, and is staying there.20150107_220954

That was me at the start of the year.  Not as big as the photo from when I was in high school in Part I: Why I am the Problem.

But still a big enough person where I know there are health concerns that can affect me in the long run.  I don’t look 336 in that photo, but I am. [L: This is partially because House is significantly taller than your average human at 6’2” or something like that.] The difference between me and some other people is I am evenly fat, which can make things deceiving. But, fat is still fat.

At the beginning of February, I was 326 lbs.  I didn’t have much of a physical change, as I was adjusting to the everything.  When we decided to actually do this and record everything was around February 15th.  At that time I was 316-318 lbs.  It would flux on a daily basis.

While writing this, I don’t actually have a mirror that I can do a photo shoot.  Well I do, but I can basically fit my head and shoulders, and that isn’t really enough.  I will give those photos once a month, and start that in the first update in April.  But I’ll give you my starting measurements and such from February, then go from there.  Measurements will be every week.  Those are where a change will be mostly noticed.  I decided to post all of the starting measurements and weight from February 22nd of this year, as that was the date I got everything initially done for the first time.

  • Starting Weight (Feb 22/2015): 317 lbs
  • Chest: 127 cm
  • Right Arm: 43.5 cm
  • Left Arm: 44.5 cm
  • 2″ Above Navel: 129.5 cm
  • Navel: 134.5 cm
  • 2″ Below Navel: 129.5 cm
  • Hips (widest point): 132 cm
  • Right Thigh: 81 cm
  • Left Thigh: 81 cm
  • Today’s Weight (March 22/2015): 310.5 lbs [L: Note this was on a different scale so is only really useful to show a downward trend, the exact numbers aren’t important]

For those wondering, you have to take the measurements of both sides of your body.  Both arms, thighs, etc.  The reason being one side is dominant and will work harder.  You have to compensate slightly for this over the long run, this helps you track it.  I wanted to post that info, as that was the starting point for all of this endeavor of ours, and you should all see the ride with us.

I’ll update again next Sunday with my weigh in and such.  Check back to see how my progression is going, as well for constant other stuff we post here Tough Love & Kittens.