Thomas Galvin
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So I’m calling off the “hey, lets drink protein shakes until we puke!” thing two days early. Two days and a few hours, actually; I’m eating some cashews as I type this. The reason for this is mostly because I’m going to a monster truck rally with a Certain Girl tomorrow, and I want to be able to eat afterward.

The monster truck rally was her idea, but the way. Yeah, I know, right?

I missed the gym today, and I’m probably not going to get a chance to go this weekend, either. Such a busy life I lead. Next week will be a recovery week. I’ll still be eating low-carb, but I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that I’ll double my calories per day. I’ll also be doing lower-intensity, full body workouts. I’ll be in DC the week after that, so I probably won’t get a chance to hit the gym at all.


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Is that a light at the end of this tunnel? I think it’s a light! Three days to go!


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Surprise! Friday’s workout on Wednesday! Because I was too lazy to drive to Utica! Also, I left out the core work at the end, because, again, I don’t care right now.

Exercise Weight Reps
Chin Ups Bodyweight 50 (10 sets of 5)
Chest Supported Row 180 20
Chest Supported Row 180 15
Pulldown #10 20
Overhead Dumbbell Press 40 20
Pulldown #10 20
Overhead Dumbbell Press 40 20
Overhead Triceps Extension 65 8
Hammer Curls 35 8
Overhead Triceps Extension 65 8
Hammer Curls 35 8
Overhead Triceps Extension 65 8
Hammer Curls 35 8
Overhead Triceps Extension 65 8
Hammer Curls 35 8


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I skipped the gym tonight, because I haven’t been sleeping, I hate cardio, and I’d rather go see a movie with a cute girl. So there.

Also, I just found out that I might be getting sent to San Diego next week (yay!) to install some software on a laptop (wtf?). Fortunately, my diet is over at Midnight on Saturday, so I’ll at least be able to eat when I’m on the road. And I’m definitely going to be in DC the week following.

I’m glad this part is almost over. I need a recovery week with rather limited activity and rather increased calories. I’m looking forward to eating a real breakfast every morning.


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So I’ve hit a wall with my strength. Last week I got six reps at 315 on the bench press, tonight I had to fight to get four. That’s totally expected – I’m dieting, so of course my numbers are going to go down – but it’s still psychologically challenging.

I think I’m going to stick with the current lifting scheme through next week, which is a recovery week, and then mix things up thereafter. I’m still not sure what I’m going to be doing, but I’ll figure it out and let you know.

Also, I’m pretty sure I’m going to break down and eat a Slim Jim tonight. I’m craving something spicy and ungood for me.

Exercise Weight Reps
Bench Press 275 8
Bench Press 285 5
Bench Press 315 4
Flat Dumbbell Press 50 25
Flat Dumbbell Press 50 20
Seated Overhand Cable Row #10 15
Cable Triceps Pushdown #7 15
Seated Overhand Cable Row #10 15
Cable Triceps Pushdown #7 15
Seated Overhand Cable Row #10 15
Cable Triceps Pushdown #7 15
Seated Overhand Cable Row #10 15
Cable Triceps Pushdown #7 15
Dumbbell Shrug 60 15
Lateral Raise 25 15
Dumbbell Shrug 60 15
Lateral Raise 25 15
Dumbbell Shrug 60 15
Lateral Raise 25 15
Pushups Bodyweight 25


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Three-quarters of the way through phase one. Down 25 pounds and a belt notch. Lifts still reasonably strong. So far, I’m happy with my results. And today was Glorious Cheat Day. Bacon and eggs for breakfast, Thanksgiving Dinner with some friends for lunch (don’t ask), and Five Guys for dinner. Five Guys was totally worth the three years I lost off my life.


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Twenty days down, eight more to go. I’m down about 25 pounds, and one belt notch. Not bad for three weeks. Tomorrow is Glorious Cheat Day; I may have to venture to Five Guys at some point.


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It took me forever just to get out of bed this morning. I wasn’t physically tired, just sort of emotionally drained. The best part is that there’s really no good reason for it. It’s just one of those moods that hits me ever once in a while, where I need to go away for a bit. So I watched clips of John Stewart making fun of Glenn Beck. That made me happy.

Exercise Weight Reps
Chin Ups Bodyweight 50 (10 sets of 5)
Chest Supported Row 200 20
Chest Supported Row 200 15
Pulldown #10 25
Overhead Dumbbell Press 40 20
Pulldown #10 20
Overhead Dumbbell Press 40 15
Overhead Triceps Extension 65 8
Hammer Curls 35 8
Overhead Triceps Extension 65 8
Hammer Curls 35 8
Overhead Triceps Extension 65 8
Hammer Curls 35 8
Overhead Triceps Extension 65 8
Hammer Curls 35 8
Toe Touches Bodyweight 20
Pikes Bodyweight 20
Side Plank Bodyweight 30 seconds per side
Toe Touches Bodyweight 20
Pikes Bodyweight 20
Side Plank Bodyweight 30 seconds per side


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An hour on the recumbent bike, five chins, as many protein shakes as I can drink, and a delicious, delicious protein bar. Peace out yo.


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Nothing particularly thrilling to report today. The diet continues apace, my lifts are still pretty good.

Exercise Weight Reps
Deadlift 335 5 singles
Deadlift 355 5 singles
Deadlift 375 5 singles
Leg Press 400 35
Leg Press 400 35
Seated Medecine Ball Twist 25 20 per side
Seated Medecine Ball Twist 25 20 per side
Seated Medecine Ball Twist 25 20 per side
Wrist Curl 35 30 per arm
Wrist Curl 35 30 per arm
Wrist Curl 35 30 per arm
Brachioradialis Curl 25 30 per arm
Brachioradialis Curl 25 30 per arm
Brachioradialis Curl 25 30 per arm
Reverse Wrist Curl 15 30 per arm
Reverse Wrist Curl 15 30 per arm
Reverse Wrist Curl 15 30 per arm


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