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August 22, 2016

Monday Moron Medical Monitoring, Session Six

I don't have much news to report as far as my GAINZ. I realized I was eating way, way too little protein to make any GAINZ with my BIG LIFTZ. I was keeping away from protein because, well, obviously it's been said a lot: Too much protein can cause stalls in weight loss and put you out of ketosis.

But I'm risking that because I really was very stalled anyway and I've decided to shift a bit of my focus to GAINZ. So, trying to eat around 120 grams of protein per day (at least), and trying to get two full meals in per day. (I had routinely been eating one or one and a half meals and eating maybe 70 or 80 grams of protein, tops; I saw very low GAINZ in muscle mass).

I guess I'm doing this plan. I was doing this when I saw proposed as an alternative to Rippetoe's scheme (I didn't want to do the powerclean Rippetoe recommends), but didn't know it was its own system. So I guess I've been doing this, might as well continue it.

Since I've been upping my protein (mostly during or post workout) I've stayed in ketosis, though often weak ketosis. I haven't lost any weight, but my WILDLY INACCURATE SCALE claims I lost 2% bodyfat. But I doubt its accuracy.

I'm planning on trying rock (wall) climbing near the end of September, so I've got a month to get into some sort of shape for that. I'm working on finger strength with this Finger Strength gadget and of course squeezing my balls (rubber, lacrosse and racquetball).

I'm also trying to... well, look, hate to admit this but at my physical peak I could do 2-3 chin-ups, and I haven't been able to do that since high school.

It's a hard exercise to do because you can't really build up to to them easily. You can either pull up your own body weight or you can't. Absent a machine at the gym, or a strap hanging from a doorframe (which seems dangerous to me), you can't really dial down your body weight to build up to a real chin-up.

So I'm trying some of these at-home chin-up alternatives -- strength training to get you towards a real chin up.

Here's another plan for slow-rolling your way to chin-ups (well, pull-ups actually), and here's another one, that has a simple exercise that looks promising: Just putting a towel on the floor, lying on it prone, and then pulling your body along the floor sliding on the towel.

So: tell me about your GAINZ, brahs. Anyone out of their stall? Anyone have good tips to share about anything?

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