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Author Topic: The Bull's journey back to the stage- operation improve everything!  (Read 37597 times)
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« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2016, 05:39:13 PM »


Love a leg day and cannot tell you how good it feels to not train feeling like a zombie!

did my first leg session since the show today - felt AMAZING to have some energy! Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2016, 06:09:09 PM »

How you feeling after the weekend nic?
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« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2016, 08:00:41 PM »

Exhausted - I can't seem to sleep enough! That's OK though, it's nice to sleep through the night (sleep suffers badly when dieting). Physically I'm fine - back to training, lovely to have energy and nice to whack some proper weight on the bar! Aching from it though Wink I've eased myself back into training just as and when I felt like it. Done a lot of really really long walks with the dog (again, nice to actually have the energy for them and not have to sit down or lean on a fence post halfway round!) Food-wise I'm struggling a bit as I always do, but every day is getting better. And it's 100 times better than previous years. Emotionally I'm fine, as explained on my own journal I really am fine with the placings/decision. I'm not too sure why, but I'm going with it! I was very happy with how I looked and my improvements etc. I had a great day and enjoyed myself. I'm not one to look for drama or create upset where none exists, so I'm quite happy to have had a good prep, to have presented something I was happy with, and to move on Smiley

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« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2016, 10:18:34 PM »

Exhausted - I can't seem to sleep enough! That's OK though, it's nice to sleep through the night (sleep suffers badly when dieting). Physically I'm fine - back to training, lovely to have energy and nice to whack some proper weight on the bar! Aching from it though Wink I've eased myself back into training just as and when I felt like it. Done a lot of really really long walks with the dog (again, nice to actually have the energy for them and not have to sit down or lean on a fence post halfway round!) Food-wise I'm struggling a bit as I always do, but every day is getting better. And it's 100 times better than previous years. Emotionally I'm fine, as explained on my own journal I really am fine with the placings/decision. I'm not too sure why, but I'm going with it! I was very happy with how I looked and my improvements etc. I had a great day and enjoyed myself. I'm not one to look for drama or create upset where none exists, so I'm quite happy to have had a good prep, to have presented something I was happy with, and to move on Smiley

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That's such a good attitude. At the end of the day self improvement is the only variable you can control in the outcome of a competition which is ultimately decided by:
-Who else shows
-How good those others look
-6-8 chaps and chapettes sat on a judging table who as human beings have differing opinions on what aesthetically meets the criteria for placings

I believe in being competitive but if you place to much stock in the outcome of a show defining who you are then you are bound to run into emotional problems and a barrage of negative and self destructive behaviour that will only set you back!!

You are very right about the energy, towards the end even warming up I found hard and I was getting dizzy between sets (to be fair this probably was a sign of low blood sugar and ill advised). I've looked at your comparison photos and saw you onstage and I think with the right mindset you've got loads to look forward to the next time you compete.

Personally I am still made up what I presented was considered placeable as this was a long term goal for me. I don't have the upper body wow factor of others in the heavyweight division but my lower half is ok and I just kept in mind with decent condition throughout I might be able to hang- and that was achieved Sunday. Weighed the same as 2 years earlier but felt I'd moved on which is the best measure of your hard spent gym and eating time!

This week I've just straight into an offseason prioritisation cycle for back, delts and arms. I don't need the judges to tell me that these are weak so am hitting the compounds hard. The reverse diet is going pretty good too and I am hungry at the end of each day and avoiding binging so mentally feel strong still as I gradually add calories and try and build my metabolism back up.

If it's of any interest to anyone my morning upon waking pre poop (disgusting but I felt ya'll can relate?!) weigh ins have been:

Monday: Woke up in hotel with no scale
Tuesday: 197.8
Wednesday: 197
Thursday: No weigh in as rushing to work
Friday: No weigh in as rushing to work
Saturday: 196.4

Usually prefer to weigh post poop but time really is of the essence in the morning! So I am guessing I would be waking closer to 194.
The point of this faeces littered post is I have lost weight as the week has progressed although am eating around 250-350 more cals per day. Love the reverse dieting science. Looking forward to getting heavier though as physics is against me!!! Upper end goal of this bulk over the next 8 months is about 208-210 depending on what I look like.

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« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2016, 01:20:51 PM »

Couple of things to check in firstly weight. Pre poop this morning 195.4! So dropped again. Second half of week average has come down which tells me I can add cals this week. I've added 2% to carbs and fats which gives me about 7g carbs and 1f extra. I only added 2% as occasionally have eaten over macros so wanted to factor in these little slips. One other explanation is no carb up this week as technically I should be in a surplus. Either way what I'm pleased about is mentally I've kept my discipline during the post show black hole period we can all fall into. Training was ok today felt a little weak on the bench but not much a man under that bar right now so hoping to climb through offseason

Sunday: upper bench heavy
Bench press: 3-5 x 4-6 @ 80% DUP max 95.5 x 5,4,3,3 rpe 9
Hammer grip Chin:  20kg plate x 5,5,5,5 rpe 9
Pendlay row:60 x 10,10;70 x 10,10
Incline fly: 25 x 10; 30 x 10,10
Lateral raise: 7,7,10,10,10 x 12
Single Pushdown 20 x 10; 25 x 10,10,1
Alternate db curl 20kg x 8,8,8
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« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2016, 04:07:04 PM »

Great to see offseason training has begun with a bang already and great post contest discipline, hungry for more success, the true mark of a champion!! Always admired your work ethic and continual progress mate!
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« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2016, 04:19:10 PM »

Mate I'm competing in the land of the giants so champion is a very long term goal but just going to keep building the house brick by brick and see where we go- attention to detail and hope the rest sorts itself out! I really love the structure it gives though and the fact competing can keep you focussed even years out from a show!

The only blip on my horizon potentially is I've had a small hernia in my abdomen for many years now. I'm going to a specialist in November to see if it needs an operation. If they recommend it, could be some time out of the gym but would rather get it out the way now as overall I want to grow old and be there for my family so have to prioritise health!
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« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2016, 04:52:38 PM »

Definitely mate and once sorted as you say nothing can stand in your way
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« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2016, 05:20:59 PM »

Will wait and see.

Hope prep for the worlds is going well buddy there's a world title and pro card waiting for you!
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« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2016, 06:03:32 PM »

Congratulations on your placing Pete.  You brought an impressive level of conditioning and its nice to see that the judges rewarded you for it.
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« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2016, 06:20:33 PM »

That's such a good attitude. At the end of the day self improvement is the only variable you can control in the outcome of a competition which is ultimately decided by:
-Who else shows
-How good those others look
-6-8 chaps and chapettes sat on a judging table who as human beings have differing opinions on what aesthetically meets the criteria for placings

I believe in being competitive but if you place to much stock in the outcome of a show defining who you are then you are bound to run into emotional problems and a barrage of negative and self destructive behaviour that will only set you back!!



Absolutely agree with this Smiley

Re your hernia - is it an epigastric one? If so, let me know if you want to hear how I got on with the operation/recovery. I had a "one stitch" type epigastric hernia repair about 7 years ago.
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« Reply #26 on: October 23, 2016, 07:02:00 PM »

Great to see you back on stage mate and working toward your own journey. What you say is entirely true, we can but control what we do and not what other do. Focus on that and it's a much more enjoyable time for you and those around you.

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« Reply #27 on: October 23, 2016, 11:12:34 PM »

Congratulations on your placing Pete.  You brought an impressive level of conditioning and its nice to see that the judges rewarded you for it.

Thank you Steve will have to meet at the next show as I've seen you on here posting a lot! To be honest I'm surprised to have been placed mate, some big boys in my class which I can match on legs development but am a little behind to say the least in the upper body- although having said that still with enough to nab a trophy! I knew I'd have to be lean to have a chance and very happy with condition in the end. Part of me feels I can get leaner in the future but I've set myself an 87kg marker so the goal next time will be an improved 85-86. Months
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« Reply #28 on: October 24, 2016, 06:38:19 PM »

That's such a good attitude. At the end of the day self improvement is the only variable you can control in the outcome of a competition which is ultimately decided by:
-Who else shows
-How good those others look
-6-8 chaps and chapettes sat on a judging table who as human beings have differing opinions on what aesthetically meets the criteria for placings

I believe in being competitive but if you place to much stock in the outcome of a show defining who you are then you are bound to run into emotional problems and a barrage of negative and self destructive behaviour that will only set you back!!



Absolutely agree with this Smiley

Re your hernia - is it an epigastric one? If so, let me know if you want to hear how I got on with the operation/recovery. I had a "one stitch" type epigastric hernia repair about 7 years ago.

Yep epigastric above the belly button. No pain and can still push it back in so don't think damage is awful. You wanna speak privately about it as forum may be a little public for your experience?!
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« Reply #29 on: October 24, 2016, 06:39:24 PM »

Great to see you back on stage mate and working toward your own journey. What you say is entirely true, we can but control what we do and not what other do. Focus on that and it's a much more enjoyable time for you and those around you.



Makes the curry and he company all the better mate! Great spending some decent time catching up and can't wait to go to lougars- shall we see if Henry will do a group sesh?
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