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Body Improvement Challenge. Steve Jabba AKA Fat Bastard. DO NOT Look Whilst Eating!
#31
Update Week 8 

Measurements :

Neck : 17.075 (+0.5075)
Bicep : 16.5 (same)
Waist : 33.5 (-3.5 inches)
Chest : 43 (-1.5 inches)

Definitely cannot call myself fat anymore.  A long way to go to achieve my target of being the fittest, strongest and most aesthetic I've been in my entire adult life.  But, I think I am on the right path now.

It's all about the diet, so thanks to those who advised to up the calories.  I've taken the advice one step further, as you'll see in the post above, and have added a ton of egg whites + 2 normal eggs, to get the extra protein.  

I think you can really see the difference now : 

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#32
Today I got the 1 and only piece of training equipment I intend to use : a neck harness.

Did my first neck workout...The flexion was no problem but HOLY FUCK the curls were hard...It's going to take about 7-8 sessions to get exactly the right form and ensure I am training only the neck.

However I am delighted.  This will take it to the next level and I am pretty sure I will achieve my goal.

Other than that things are progressing according to plan.  Will be starting more fitness classes next week after the work on updating the forum and releasing the new subscription product is done.

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#34
Note to self : drastically cutting down on drinking milk.  As delicious as it is, it goes straight to the lower belly at my age.
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#35
Update Week 9 

If I was to sum up progress over last 3 weeks or so , I would say disappointed.  However I have (re) learned some useful lessons and areas for improvement that I will apply going forward.

1: Cutting out alcohol.  I've got into the habit of drinking wine too frequently.  It has to stop, so cutting that out going forward.
2: Ditto milk.  Milk is natures fattener and I've come to realise at my age I cannot get away with it any more.  

Overall I've realised that although I've been going to the gym for a long time, the most recent break (nearly 2 years!) has meant I am drastically out of the habit.  I've also realised I've never really taken it seriously before and now I have to, if I want the health, energy, strength and physique that I know I can get.

It's time to get more serious.

So, clean up the diet, and I'm also going to add long walks (8 miles or so) as many times per week as possible to burn off more calories.  Combining those two should start shifting the remaining fat.  

I've also realised the importance of  the mind / muscle connection.  I've been stuck at the same weight for neck curls for 3 weeks now.  In the last week or so I realised that I'm not doing the exercise with strict form and targetting the exact muscle that I want to.  So, after research I'm now focussing on the mind / muscle connection with each and every exercise.  In particular:

Taking my shoes off and feeling the ground eg on deadlifts
For neck curls I wrap my feet around the bench to prevent activating abs 
Do warm ups beforehand and "feel" the neck being stretched
Focus 100% on each and every rep when curling.
Ensure tongue is pressed firmly on roof of mouth

It's revelatory.  Although I am not doing more reps at the same weight, it's exponentially more difficult to do the exercise now than it was and I can feel the muscle being worked.  So, continue to focus on this for the next month and see if I can add another 2.5kg for the same reps in this time.  Very hopeful about this.

With the neck harness it's much easier to ensure strict form, and I'll be adding more weight next week.  

Other lifts are going up and overall getting stronger.

Onwards and upwards.
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#36
Why are you doing the tongue on roof? Is that mewing or there is another reason for it?
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#37
(01-14-2020, 04:45 PM)Wuwei Wrote: Why are you doing the tongue on roof? Is that mewing or there is another reason for it?
I already explained. Mind body connection.  It helps.
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#38
Okay, I guess it does
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#39
My plan was a good one and HOLY SHIT it's working.

Get ready lads.  In about 10-14 days time you're all going to shit yourself when you see my progress.... Big Grin Tongue
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#40
Week Summary : Not fucking about any more.

I've incorporated approx a 10 mile walk every day this week - with todays walk, I will have walked over 80 miles during the week.
Lifts are all up.  And finally I have started shifting fat from waist again - down to 33 inches.  
Was the correct plan to introduce the mega walks.
Very determined and I have good reason for doing all this.. Not just aesthetic.  IOIs are really starting to flow again as I am starting to feel much more like my old self.
I'm going to get what I want.

Made another short video neck training...That's coming on too.  I think you can see I am not fucking about!

Walking : 

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Neck Training





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Onwards and upwards.  Another 6 weeks and mission achieved.
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#41
Week 10 Update : 

Measurements : 

Chest : 44 inch (-1 inch)
Waist : 33 inch (-4 inches)
Bicep : 16.5 inch (same)
Neck : 17.125 inch (+0.625 inch)

Weight : 88 Kg (-6kg)

There is still a really unhealthy and ugly scrim of disgusting fat on lower belly which has to go.  
As per yesterdays update, definitely on the right track with all the walking - in my view the king of cardio!  I don't mind doing early morning walks and looking at the squirrels in various parks dotted around here - it's actually quite pleasant.  The cold doesn't really bother me either because I guess it helps with the calorie burning.

I've taken the liberty of perfecting the diet - it's pretty much done now.

I revised my opinion that I expressed yesterday.  I reckon another 2-3 months until I hit my target.  Maybe even 4.

To reiterate the aim : 

Best shape of my life.  As little fat as humanly possible but at a healthy level.  Why?

Because it's healthy, takes stress off joints and bones, good for long life, massively improves aesthetic and raises SMV.  So it's not just for vanity and poncy purposes!

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#42
Yeah very noticeable progress, 6kg in 2.5 months is very good!
What exercise routine are you doing now? Weighlifting (Starting strength?) + long walks?
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#43
(01-19-2020, 05:58 PM)99percentile Wrote: Yeah very noticeable progress, 6kg in 2.5 months is very good!
What exercise routine are you doing now? Weighlifting (Starting strength?) + long walks?
Honestly I just go by feel. 5 * 5 on bench, mostly 3 * 10 on other lifts with supersets thrown in.

I've been doing a lot of preventative work for shoulders and especially hips and legs.  I was disturbed to note that my legs and left hip started aching several months ago for no apparent reason...That has now largely stopped.

I also threw out the timberland shoes I had - I noticed they were worn out on one side and I think I was walking in a funny way.  Paying attention now to how I actually walk.  I suspect it might be caused by Mortons Neuroma in left foot, which I have had for years but is now thankfully nowhere near as bad as it was.

My thought was : lose as much weight as possible, do every conceivable leg exercise you can which is safe (so Goblet squats instead of barbell squats), and focus on weak body parts (neck, calves, legs).  

I don't want back, chest, arms any bigger so I don't train them too often.

Anyway I am delighted it's all coming together.  Much more focused in last 2 weeks because I got the bit between my teeth when the fat wasn't shifting, so decide to go nuclear.  I also activated my disgust mechanism, getting disgusted when I see the lower belly fat.  Taking unflattering pics of it etc..In this way it helps to keep the focus when times get tough.  (I used a similar mindset principle when I was more focused on getting women, but in that case it was anger and entitlement).  

I don't think you'll see it talked about in the "expert" books about mindset, but it bloody well works for me!
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