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Kill, Maim, Slay. Vol. 1 - I'm Seeing Red

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On 5/17/2018 at 12:06 AM, JHenze646 said:

So what is your plan?

To be honest, i have yet to get on a real plan or program... but at least I have stayed away from the ice cream so far.

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The time has come... it is time to get the fire burning again.

Nate Brous, while he dropped off the gripboard for a while, is alive and last weekend he hosted another small tristate  “grip together” and by luck the baseball game I was supposed to work was rained out so I got to hang out and do some grip (which I have not done for months)

it was great to see old friends, and meet both  Vinnie from nyc  and Nate’s neighbor who was given his first taist of Grip, (and he clearly is one strong dude).

i brought an IKEA frying Pan - probably 11 or 12 inches— and Anton drew the short straw to try and roll it up like Dennis Rogers.  I give him a bunch of credit as he never even tried the feat before and it was a used pan, so it had to be harder then a new one as it has been “heat treated” for years on a weekly basis... 

here is a cool photo af Anton moments after he bit off the handle (ok, I made that part up, but he did bend the heck out of the pan).  Trying to pst a video as well but it is long.

anyway, at one point Anton got me to try some DO bending again... started with an “G” drill rod   Got that one easy enough    Tried for an “I” but I could only get it to wobble... so Anton kinked it for me and I finished it off.   I tried another “I” after that but again I could only wobble it... ( IMPs)

 

 

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Donc101

Great photo of Anton and the pan!! Good to here you are going to get back at it. Are you going to focus on bending? What is the plan? keep us updated.

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15 hours ago, Donc101 said:

Are you going to focus on bending? What is the plan? keep us updated.

I am going to try to get going with bending, but I need to get some basic fitness going.  I am actually thinking about starting to do some weekly hiking in the state park near me.

 Last week I took a weekday with my oldest son and we casually hiked from 11:30 till about 4.   It is all flat so my knees and hips felt fine the next day.   I am 42 now, but for the past years I have been feeling much older.  I would love to run again, but I am always left in pain the next day.  Got 20 lbs to try to start chipping away at.

as for bending, I am going to take it real slow this time.   Going to try to have volume days with 60d for now; maybe twice a week.  I think I would also like to learn reverse bending so i will use my wrist developer on the bending days as well (I am not strong enough to reverse a 60d yet)

eventually i will start hitting that drill rod alphabet. 

This is my “restart” from two or or three nights ago— DO bends done in art store leather. (I will go back to the IMPs eventually)

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Anton.Torrella

Very glad to hear youre back in it Rich! Great time Saturday and look forward to more mutilation of kitchenry to come! Train the hell out of your kink and that I drill rods a goner!

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well tonight i had a few and bent a few...
Got a few cans of Narragansett beer and gave myself a hour to bend at least 10 of my "dull" 60D nails.  The plan was for DO, but first I would have to wrap each nail in Plastic Food Wrap, as these nails flake all over the place.
I did the first 5 DO as planned, but then I decided to try the 6th and 7th as Reverse and then finish them as DO.  
I AM NEW TO REVERSE and I need to learn more, but:
I did the first one using my Left arm as the anchor arm, and it bent easy enough, but when I tried the next on my right side, I just could not get it to go!   so i switched back to the left side. [I am right handed BTW]

Then I went back to DO and did two more dull 60Ds
Then I got a little risky and did a DO with one of my shinny 60D nails which are harder then those flaky dull ones.

Then I tried Reverse again and did one Dull 60d on the right, and one on the left side.

I finished out my time with three pieces of 6"x 1/4" from FBBC.  Not a bad nights work.  I did a few body weight rows in the middle of the bending, and I also opened three beers total (so far)...

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It is small progress Anton, but thanks for help in motivation... before I stopped bending, I was bending those “I” drill rods actually, and even kinked a few “K”s.

 Need to get going but my next update will have at lease one new use for old blended horseshoes...

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Anton.Torrella

Good stuff - keep it consistent and you'll be bending L this time around - train that kink!

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10 hours ago, richcottrell said:

well tonight i had a few and bent a few...
Got a few cans of Narragansett beer and gave myself a hour to bend at least 10 of my "dull" 60D nails.  The plan was for DO, but first I would have to wrap each nail in Plastic Food Wrap, as these nails flake all over the place.
I did the first 5 DO as planned, but then I decided to try the 6th and 7th as Reverse and then finish them as DO.  
I AM NEW TO REVERSE and I need to learn more, but:
I did the first one using my Left arm as the anchor arm, and it bent easy enough, but when I tried the next on my right side, I just could not get it to go!   so i switched back to the left side. [I am right handed BTW]

Then I went back to DO and did two more dull 60Ds
Then I got a little risky and did a DO with one of my shinny 60D nails which are harder then those flaky dull ones.

Then I tried Reverse again and did one Dull 60d on the right, and one on the left side.

I finished out my time with three pieces of 6"x 1/4" from FBBC.  Not a bad nights work.  I did a few body weight rows in the middle of the bending, and I also opened three beers total (so far)...

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It is small progress Anton, but thanks for help in motivation... before I stopped bending, I was bending those “I” drill rods actually, and even kinked a few “K”s.

 Need to get going but my next update will have at lease one new use for old blended horseshoes...

Good work Rich! Keep building the strength slowly but surely and you will get to the red. Have a good one. 

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What does one do with a bent horseshoe?

 

It was once an item with a purpose, but once that steel is bent; it can no longer fill it’s life purpose.

 

Yet, we bend them anyway, not to make those horseshoes into something with new utilitarian purpose — instead, we bend them to test our strength, or build our strength...

They also help us prove our muscles might!

 

But what to do with them once they are bent?

Well People,  i “discovered” one new use. 

 

A few years ago I started to replace the wood on my backyard deck.  It is low to the ground and about 1/4 into my project I realized I had a Groundhog problem.  I had a burrow right under the deck and their digging was making dirt come into contact with the bottom of the deck. (This is bad as the wood will and has rotted because of this extra animal dirt).

 

I bought some traps, and while I have caught a few, I apologize to you animal rights gripsters, as I caught them in spring loaded traps.   I have no heart it seams, yet they keep coming back!  

 

Problem became, we  now have a few neighborhood cats and I am afraid to kill a cat in my traps... so I stopped using them and the deck sits have finished.

 

This summer, the Groundhogs are back in my yard and one day I saw one right outside my back Door.   If I had a baseball, I knew I could hit him, but the only thing I could grab that might ruin his day was this bent horseshoe.

 

If you ever saw that movie in the 1980’s called Krull you can imagine the way I tried to throw that bent horseshoe at the groundhog.

 

I missed, yet the  horseshoe  was left stuck in the ground so who knows what might have happened if I hit the animal...

 

I have Re-tried the same horseshoe toss now on a few occasions, but each time I have missed the animal; yet each time the horseshoe stuck into then dirt.  maybe i should practice this new agility feat of throwing bent horseshoes...?

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Posted (edited)

But I do carry on...

The other night I tried to hit the steel again... I intended to bend more but this is the result   Some were DO some were Reverse, but the elbow pain became off the charts!

 

 

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Edit:
For some reason I find it easier to post pictures via my phone, yet I do not like to type on my phone... so you might notice many of my posts will have edits as i either add pictures later, or in this case finish typing  something so I can months later look back and remember some of this stuff.

Anyway, I said I got bad elbow pain after this bending session on Sunday night, but I should attribute some of that to driving for about 6 hours on Sat and 6 more hours on Sunday.  I think the elbows were already feeling sore from the "death grip" I used on my wife's van as I clocked speeds well over 80mph on my drive to visit my old friend Scott.  He lives in a small town outside of Pittsburgh.  As I drove past York, I was reminded of my last trips out to western Pennsylvania for The Cannon Blob Run's One and Two.

Anyway, if you look at the picture, the top three 60ds were done DO, then I did two Dull 60d Reverse;
 then I hit three more DO, then I am happy to day I took down a shinny 60D reverse using  my left arm as the anchor.  I tried to do another shinny 60D reverse on the right side but I just could not got it past a slight wobble... and the elbow pain was off the charts, so I wobbled it a little more on the left side and then finished it off DO.

I finished off with two 60d Double Overhand.  
I was supposed to do a little more, but I cut it short due to that elbow pain.  I had planned on trying some of the 1/4" FBBC reverse as well, but I just had to call it quits.
All bends were done in that art store leather.

On the Wednesday after this session I had to trip some trees.  I spent about two hours with the pole saw and a pull saw.  The elbow pain was back with a vengeance.  
I obviously need to start doing some prehab on those elbows.  I have that "Fixing Elbow Pain" ebook that Jedd sells.  I need to revisit that.

The cool thing about trimming those trees was my two younger boys were able to take the long branches to make what they call "The Prison"... I call it the fort.  

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Anton.Torrella

I like the mystical grip grotto you created above - I bet you get an extra 5lbs when bending under those bent branches - hows the elbows feeling? What kinda extensor work you been hitting? You been bending anything or laying off?

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Anton.Torrella

I love the whirling horseshoe throw too - total Krull and Conan the Barbarian - get your dinner like a real man!

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On 8/16/2018 at 5:12 PM, Anton.Torrella said:

I like the mystical grip grotto you created above - I bet you get an extra 5lbs when bending under those bent branches - hows the elbows feeling? What kinda extensor work you been hitting? You been bending anything or laying off?

Well two days after cutting those tree branches I got what I think was poison ivy... but the rash spread, yet was only in one place just under my left pec, and upper ribs.  The pain was awful, and my barber warned me it could be Shingles.
While I did see a dermatologist, I think she was more of a coasmotologist as she never even measured how large the rash was, yet she prescribed an expensive topical medication and wanted a follow up appointment the next week.  
The pain lasted about 6-7 days, but I did not bother to go to my follow up with the dermatologist... not because the rash was 100% gone, but at $80 per visit copay, I need to find a more qualified doctor if that ever happens again.

It probably was not poison ivy, but I am still afraid to get back to finishing up cutting those branches, So that "grotto" as Anton called it still is a play den for my kids.



Now back to seeing red:


That is on hold for now, i have put the steel on the back burner as I look at more important goal...
As the month of August ended, I truly realize now, it was time to shift my attention.  I was just over 182lbs at some points in July and Aug.  That was the heaviest I have ever been. We are not talking muscle boys, we are talking Beer Gut.
With that in mind i have made the next few months a simple goal:
Get my weight down ASAP!

I am going to use Gripmas as one deadline, as I am going to try to make that 74kg Class.  
At Gripmas 2015 I was ????  [lightest person in the 83k that year]
At Gripmas 2016 I was 169.9
At Gripmas 2017 I was 178 

My goal of the 74k is realistic.  My self proof is this:
Back in 2009-10, I was just barely still doing my BJJ - just a class or two each month.  I was not lifting weights nor was I running.  Some of my last recorded BJJ body weights are:
September  2009  163lbs.
May 2010 162lbs

After my second child came along the BJJ stopped completely but my last weight recording says:
Jan 2011 166.5

After that the BJJ and running stopped,  the real beer drinking started a few years ago as i went from a 32inch to a 33inch  to a 34inch  inch waist over the past 4 years

I know I can not Turn Back the Clock and get all these past unfit years back, but I can turn a page.
170 is an obligation!
163 would be ideal.
158-160 could happen... if i keep after it...

my next post will break down how I will make this happen, but for now I am happy to report I just got off the scale.
I am "down to" 177.5lbs.

off to mow the lawn.  Happy Labor Day Everyone.

 

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DIET:
I am trying to go the low carb route combined with intermittent fasting... 
Basically many of the Keto ideals, without ever buying a book on diet or keeping a food log.

Many days, I am the parent getting my kids their breakfasts and packing their lunches, so I never have time for breakfast in the morning anyway.  Now I am just pushing that first meal from 9:30am to something past 11am.  So far I can handle that.

Eggs are still my favorite go to for that first meal.  I have been doing well enough cutting the high carb stuff out of the diet.   I do love pasta, but I am just not eating it anymore.  No more english muffins or eagles either.

So far, I have gone from just shy of  183lbs to almost 176.5lbs by basically cutting the carbs out and not eating to early in to morning...
I still have had some late nights where I am killing a bag of potato chips, but once I learn to be stronger there too, I am sure I can see the 160's agin...

I did replace all the "heavy beer" with Miller Lite, as I already drank that cheap beer anyway.  I stopped drinking my college go to beer for other reasons... but low carb beer is my only choice now.
Then recently learned about Miller 64 which has only 2.4 carbs per can  as opposed  to the Miller Lite's 3.2. So I can have 4 cans of Miller 64 or 3 cans of Miller Lite and still have the same net carbs... 
(The Miller 64 has less ABV in it, so it is probably just watered down...)

And now I understand Corona makes another low carb beer called "Premier" which has 2.6 carbs, yet is still 4%ABV so maybe i need to AT LEAST shift my beer drinking to different cans.

Either way, I have gone from 182 to 176 in the past weeks with just some minor changes in how I eat and when i eat, as well as what I am drinking.

I look forward to throwing away these size 34 shorts and never needing them again.

 

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anwnate

You got this!  Also...I'm glad you stopped eating eagles finally.  They are endangered you know. :)

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JHenze646

How much did you pay for the name-dropping @ 6:30 to have Jedd “forget” your name, huh? Shameless, @richcottrell, shameless...

😁 

 

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