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2005/07/25 21:52:35 (permalink)

learning to live a balanced life...

As one journal ends another begins.......

I wasnt going to do another journal....didnt always like the pressure...but then again...I did like the interest and support I received.

Ive decided, in the way that many of you had pointed out....that I was taking this too far and too serious....and I was letting my "obsession" get in the way of my life too often....well having a week away helped me see that, and made me realise that a little extra bodyfat wasnt really the end of the world.I mean Im 36 FFS!

So....the new goal.......is to find "balance" in my life.....a simple task for many....but for me with my obsessive and addictive personality....its gonna be pretty hard to do.

The last 7 months have been full of dates Ive have declined, BBQs Ive skipped, parties Ive rainchecked, and freinds Ive neglected..NO MORE I SAY!

Im still gonna train, and Im still gonna eat right, but when someone suggests a BBQ at the weekend...Ill actually go....several times this year I said" NO...sorry Im dieting..dont wanna be tempted", which for a competing BBer is fine...for a recreational trainer its silly!

I have a group of gym mates who have asked me to go out a dozen times...and guess what saturday gone, I did finally go out.and had a great time....did some things I shouldnt...but hey...Im still here....not fatter, didnt lose any muscle...and had a great time....so party on dude!

Traing wise at the mo Im doing my 4 days split as Ive always followed....

sun - legs
mon - delts
weds - back and bicep
fri - chest and tricep

Im also doing some cardio am this week....all the time I fancy it, Ill do it....if I fancy having a lie-in..I wont do it.sounds a bit carefree? Well lets see how it goes cos this is all about finding "balance"

Routine wise im intrigued about TDKs 8 x 8 journal so Im trying that for a while.... as its summer Im looking to maintain...and do a bit of cardio to lean off a tad....this routine suits due to the fact its a quick routine! I didnt read all the links....so I may not be following it to the letter but heres what I did today

Machine shoulder press at 40kg - 8 sets of 8
wide grip upright rows - 25kg incl oly bar weight - 8 sets of 8
bent over dbell rear laterals - 7.5kg - 8 sets of 8

can maybe try a little more weight on shoulder press and uprights..so will add a touch next time round....did a bit of chatting tonight..and 20 mins of cardio..but still was in and out in just over an hour....all good.

Im probably gonna follow this type of routine all thru the rest of the summer....will use the journal to record all weights lifted cos I really wanna try and add a little weight each week.im not gonna do tons of movements....but Ill keep you posted on how I feel im doing.
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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/25 22:13:16 (permalink)
    aye, best of luck, ill be keeping an eye

    i know what you mean about keeping it balanced....you only live once after all....and lets face it, half of this board have addictive personalities, so youre in the right place

    forget this age worries bollocks too. half of my mates are your age and it doesnt change a thing for them

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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/25 22:20:22 (permalink)
    I like the sound of this journal, exactly what training should be all about IMO unless your a professional body builder.

    Enjoy your training, enjoy its benefits and eat well, but dont neglect other aspects of your life.

    People talk of having a work/life balance a lot these days, i believe a training/life balance is important as well

    Good stuff

    Greg

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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/25 22:21:03 (permalink)
    Everyone whos picking up the 8x8 routine seems to beg to be overtrained lol. Id do way less volume and adapt to the routine first since its a big shock to the body. Nick seeing as you are backing off and not eating spot on then I would urge you to drop the volume. You are supposed to split your body into 2 or 3 workouts and train 4 or 6 days and each body part twice a week with one exercise.

    Good luck with it though Nick and let me know if there's any tips I can give ya!
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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/25 22:50:54 (permalink)
    good luck nick.. your journal always makes good reading
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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/25 23:45:26 (permalink)
    yes you definitly need a balance. Sometimes you go out and dont drink, sometimes you do. Those who never go out for BB will probably not enjoy life to the full. Those who always go out and never make sacrifices will no doubt be out of shape. For example I went out on sat but had no money so drank diet coke, still had a good time. In a couple of weeks I will have been paid so definitly going to go out and drink.

    Oh and I had some nice cheesecake the other night

    hope you get on well with this.

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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/26 11:54:13 (permalink)
    Nick i think we ALL strive for balance in our lives, be it in this area or others.

    Good idea to back off a bit, less pressure hell maybe even less cortisol

    All the best
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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/26 16:57:03 (permalink)
    Good luck with the new journal mate!

    As we`ve discussed I belive it is possible to balance a decent social life around your training and diet if done properly with a little prior planning.

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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/26 19:42:02 (permalink)
    Glad to see the new you nick
    Will keep a eye on this one..
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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/26 20:04:14 (permalink)
    I've struggled with this in the past and I'm getting there mate

    You have my support and I'll be watching this closely

    All the best pal

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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/26 22:36:20 (permalink)
    Thanks for the support fellers......thats why I started this really.

    Leanman Ill give you a bell or catch you on MSN soon.

    Jim...I dont think my plan is gonna lead to overtraining.Im normally a volume trainer and Ive pretty much halved my weights to start with but we'll see.

    Anyway.......Cardio am today again.........30 mins on X-trainer....but no training tonight as I went to see "fantastic Four" at cinema....whcih I thought was pukka BTW...had a MRP before I went, and dipped in and shared some popcorn with my son....now that is a balance for me...cos I often have taken food into cinema pre-prepped......or gone the other way and eaten the biggest bucket of popcorn all to myself!! So thats a good step forward for me.

    Gonna weigh in once a week....which will be fridays.having a journal and a plan of some sort has made me focus a little more after the post holiday slump...looking forward to hitting the gym tomo for a back and bicep workout 8 x 8 style.

    Gonna depress myself In a mo tho cos Ill be foning WARDEN who is due to fly to Ibiza in a few hours.....grrrrrr

    EDIT - in the name of finding balance I am going to Honeyclub in Brighton with Mattster on sat after next..... Matt do you know what you have let yourself in for...... Ive got 6 months of partying to catch up on..........BRING IT ON!!!!

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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/27 09:08:07 (permalink)
    Oh yes mate - cant beat a little carnage - blockster is playing along with steve lee - should be a banging night there as usual.............

    Its gonna be LARGE!
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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/27 18:25:34 (permalink)
    Well I for one dont aprove, as someone with an iron will and strong self discipline I deplore this wishy washy half arsed aproach .....blah , blah , blah ....
    Nice one mate and dont worry too much about the effect on your physique, as you said at your advanced age who cares

    No biggie like, there are a lot worse things for you than using steroids, I mean I probably shouldn't have been smoking crack or getting into bar fights at your age TBH  - drab4

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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/27 18:37:28 (permalink)
    Nick - You know your bod mate but its just those tiny rest periods and insanse intensity that I am talking about. Im adding in an exercise week by week as to not shock myself so much and to get the technique down. You know best tho bro!
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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/27 21:52:56 (permalink)
    Back and bicep day today.....

    close grip pulldowns at 56kg 8 x 8 - can prob go a little heavier next time round Id say
    bent over rows olymp bar 50kg 8 x 8 - again will add 5kg next time round
    thera crunch sit up bench 8 x 8
    concentration dbell curls 5kg 8 x 8 - will seek out the girlie chrome 6kgs next time.
    then 20 mins on Xtrainer to go with the 30 mins I did before work

    Short rest times make it hard....but again...much much lighter than Im capable of when doing 3 or 4 sets only...

    For variation I am doing a two workouts for each bodypart....next weeks back workout will be wide grip pulldowns, seated cable rows, and barbell drag curls....just to change it up...then Ill go back to this workout and so on.

    So far....not much in way of DOMS.....but I have always been a volume trainer really...just not had these short rest periods...around 20-25 secs at mo.

    I LIKE THIS ROUTINE AND STYLE OF TRAINING THO....I get my workout and cardio done in around an hour...thats the biggest benefit.

    Just eaten my PPWO meal....vegetable and noodle stir fry and some chinese chicken kebabs done on the george foreman....a more relaxed meal than usual but really nice....maybe having a bit more variety here and there will stop the binging?

    PS - Matt glowsticks and Furry boots are ready...Ill see you this week or fone you anyway
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    Jim.....I know its not hed kandi mate...but if you're in Brighton next sat?
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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/27 22:12:35 (permalink)
    Sorry Nick but I havent been out in months and Im just in no state to at the mo. Id be no company at all. Maybe some other time though man, cheers for asking
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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/28 21:08:18 (permalink)
    Glad to see you are back into the training nick, just started my cut well let you know how it goes
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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/29 21:06:23 (permalink)
    last 24 hours have been a bit of a trainsmash.....went out on a work do last night....and partied a bit too much for a thursday night....had 3 hours sleep and had to endure work, and ate pretty bad too...

    Forced myself to gym tho for my 8 x 8 routine but dropped cardio tonight.

    Flat bench press 8 x 8 at 45kg - this was defo too light....will go to 55kg next time

    Dips 6 x 8 then 2 x 6.couldnt get up top 8 reps for last coupla sets.

    Overhead single arm cable extension 8 x 8 at 10kgs.

    Had one of my bigger BBing buddies slating this routine today...."people lift big weights for a reason" etc, but am gonna stay with it for a while cos it suits.

    Gonna have an easy weekend.....if the weather is fine Ill play some tennis tomoorow am....but gonna eat well, and healthy tomorrow for sure....last night and today is my cheat day lol
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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/31 12:30:48 (permalink)
    Very noticable DOMS in both tricep and chest today....didnt make tennis yesterday and went out again last night....hmmmmmmm

    Going to really try to drag my butt down to gym later for an 8x8 leg sesh...Havent trained legs properly for almost a month now!!
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    RE: learning to live a balanced life... 2005/07/31 13:02:30 (permalink)
    Nick typical modern say BBers will slate it but I say stick to it and see how it works for YOU. You work in fitness so experience in this kind of routine will do you good.
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