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#1
Tongue 
This is probably pablum for most, but for those who’re interested--my condolences:

Since I hate to fuss over every little dietary and exercise detail, I’ve created a somewhat loose/flexible framework by which I will measure compliance. I don’t want to get lost in the weeds here, so I’ve draughted a set of five things I will monitor daily: these will, more or less, be my success metric. They are:

  1. Drink 1 gallon of water a day w/ Linus Pauling vitamin stack
  2. Monday thru Friday 30-minute workout
  3. Fast twice a week for 24 hours
  4. At least 100 grams of protein a day (except during fasting)
  5. 20 minutes of daily meditation
Many of these things are vague and possibly need elaboration: The Linus Pauling vitamin stack is taken from his 1986 “How to Live Longer and Feel Better.” It follows (daily doses): 6 grams of vitamin C; 400 IU of vitamin E; 1 or 2 Super-B tablet(s); 25,000 IU of vitamin A; a mineral supplement. I realize there is probably more current science on the matter, but, honestly, I don’t care. I’ll defer to one of the most important chemists of the last century, since I’ve not the time nor the care to pursue this further. 

Fasting and protein recommendations are taken from Brad Pilon. He’s pretty visible, so a quick search should render anything you need on the matter.

The workout is purposely vague. I’m certainly not the strongest nor the most fit person in the world, but I’m fairly well versed in matters of exercise. I’ll keep it close to HeavyHands-style training, by way of Leonard Schwartz, kettlebell swings, and pushups--I currently do anywhere from 200 to 500 pushups a day.

The rest is common sense.

I’ll try for pictures and measurements soon.

Currently going through Helen Gardner's Art Through the Ages and found this roman reproduction of a Greek statue--the dying Gaul, will aim for such form minus the vanquished pose.

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#2
(11-10-2019, 08:28 PM)Maurice Bendrix Wrote: This is probably pablum for most, but for those who’re interested--my condolences:

Since I hate to fuss over every little dietary and exercise detail, I’ve created a somewhat loose/flexible framework by which I will measure compliance. I don’t want to get lost in the weeds here, so I’ve draughted a set of five things I will monitor daily: these will, more or less, be my success metric. They are:

  1. Drink 1 gallon of water a day w/ Linus Pauling vitamin stack
  2. Monday thru Friday 30-minute workout
  3. Fast twice a week for 24 hours
  4. At least 100 grams of protein a day (except during fasting)
  5. 20 minutes of daily meditation
Many of these things are vague and possibly need elaboration: The Linus Pauling vitamin stack is taken from his 1986 “How to Live Longer and Feel Better.” It follows (daily doses): 6 grams of vitamin C; 400 IU of vitamin E; 1 or 2 Super-B tablet(s); 25,000 IU of vitamin A; a mineral supplement. I realize there is probably more current science on the matter, but, honestly, I don’t care. I’ll defer to one of the most important chemists of the last century, since I’ve not the time nor the care to pursue this further. 

Fasting and protein recommendations are taken from Brad Pilon. He’s pretty visible, so a quick search should render anything you need on the matter.

The workout is purposely vague. I’m certainly not the strongest nor the most fit person in the world, but I’m fairly well versed in matters of exercise. I’ll keep it close to HeavyHands-style training, by way of Leonard Schwartz, kettlebell swings, and pushups--I currently do anywhere from 200 to 500 pushups a day.

The rest is common sense.

I’ll try for pictures and measurements soon.

Currently going through Helen Gardner's Art Through the Ages and found this roman reproduction of a Greek statue--the dying Gaul, will aim for such form minus the vanquished pose.

[img][Image: 1024px-Dying-gaul.jpg][/img]

You are one funny guy man.  Love it.  Big Grin
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#3
Maurice Bendrix: Unless you are 96 years old, your thirst receptors work just fine...rely on them! Fuck prescribed amounts of water, both too little or too much isn't optimal. 
Side note: I know a top plastic surgeon (textbook author, media darling) who would take bottles of water from students during lectures and take pride in almost not drinking during the day, like a small cup in the morning, then maybe a soup...He told a story of not drinking at all with his mates playing volleyball in hot sun, and that we are all pussies Big Grin  He was fit and performed several surgeries per day. Lot of this constant drinking is just behavioral addiction and result of marketing, he said. He was a bit nuts, but surely us relying on just thirst is fine? Big Grin Maybe he did cocaine though, that would be a game changer Tongue
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#4
Hmm. I'm basing this hunch off of Doug mcguff's comment that whilst reviewing his workout journals over the years, the only correlation he could make between lifting weights and sizeable gains was water consumption.

If the trips to the bathroom become a nuisance, which I imagine they will, it'll be the first item I layup into the waste basket.
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#5
Well, Doug McGuff is smart as hell, I'll give you that.
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#6
Measurements:

Age: 35
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 154 lbs.
Waist: 32 inches
Bicep: a measly 14.25 inches
Neck: 15.5-15.75 inches
Chest: 41 inches

I'll post the pictures tonight.
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#7
These were taken on November 14th, my befores:

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Going forward I'll post higher-res. I've also redacted my face to spare you the horrors
-Bendrix
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#8
Ok. About two weeks have past since I began this competition. Meanwhile I've completed four 24-hour fasts, ten 14-minute workouts (fairly high intensity), have taken lots of vitamin c for recovery, and consumed approximately 100-120 grams of protein on non-fasting days. It appears I've lost about a half inch off my waist, and gained a .25-.5 inches around my arms (I once was bigger, so I've made up lost size). Haven't weighed myself yet: will post exact measurements and weight tomorrow. The fresh pics are below:

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Also, I tried the gallon of water thing and really can't be bothered with all the trips to the bathroom. I felt like a human pissing machine.
-Bendrix
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#9
Good stuff mate.  Definitely not a "vanquished pose".  Smile Tongue
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#10
I must say that documenting progress has been helpful...the last couple of days have been trying: it has felt as though little changes have occured despite my best efforts. So far I've completed eight 24-hour fasts and have consumed approximately 100-120 grams of protein a day. In the last two weeks I've trained 8 of the 14 days, only missing two workouts due to Thanksgiving and a busy schedule. Here's the pictorial evidence juxtaposing week 4 and week 1:

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I can see some improvements. I need to dial in the diet a bit more.
-Bendrix
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#11
Hey ladies. So far I've completed twelve 24-hour fasts; as for my workouts, I've slid a little and been averaging 3/week rather than my targeted 5. It's okay. I'm still making progress each workout despite my predisposition for the fat-ass lifestyle. During my non-fasting days I've eaten fairly healthy while maintaining a toothy appetite for the occasional sweet. But mostly I've erred towards foods that give me energy and make me feel better rather than depleted.

My best workout was 24kg kettlebell swings, 14 minutes: total of 262 reps. My first set was 125 reps without rest, grip strength gave way despite my persistent practice at choking the bishop. 

My measurements are going up; weight is still around 154-156...i seem to be displacing fat with an equal measure of muscle. Below are the most recent pics: they were taken 30 minutes after a workout so there is a certain amount of swelling to account for. 

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-Bendrix
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#12
It's been a little while since I've updated. But don't let my silence fool you into thinking I've relapsed...whilst I haven't been as strict as my start (motivation often propels those beginning weeks), I've continued progress at an admittedly slower pace. Im managing a 24-hour fast every five days or so and averaging 3 to 4 workouts a week. My diet has been mostly satisfactory, but somewhat indulgent at times. Each workout is seeing an improvement from the last which keeps me happy. I'm starting to notice better definition around my waistline during certain parts of the day and under suitable lighting. I've also noticed it more difficult to pinch fat thereabouts ...that seems like a good indicator. 

At the moment my chest is measuring at 42 inches (+1 inch) and arms hovering around 15 inches (+. 75-1 inch) , maybe a tad greater.

Here are the pics, they were taken during a fast and after a workout... My weight seems to hover around 157-159 pounds:
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Also!! Has anyone else noticed their midsection getting a bit saggier and squishier while dieting?...it's as though the fat softens before your waistline shrinks.... From what I can tell, after reviewing other people's thoughts on the matter, this might be water displacement.
-Bendrix
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