Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hey guys, so admittedly it has been awhile since my last post but frankly I have been: to a wedding, working a steady job and managing to be consistent with my gym sessions and as such had little choice in the matter. That being said, my current weight is 206lbs and I am expecting to break through the 205 milestone this week, embarking on the last stretch to 200lbs. This is a massive milestone for myself because I very distinctly remember that  in the summer before I began the sixth grade, I weighed in at 200lbs. Getting beneath this weight will add yet another monolith of inspiration that will prevent myself from quitting the gym.

But enough about myself, at the request of David Hass, today this blog will be hosting content that I have not created and is completely of David's doing. The following writeup should serve as a reinforcing of the many positive benefits of training one's person.

Healing Exercises for People with Cancer
Patients who are undergoing treatment for mesothelioma and other forms of cancer can greatly benefit by staying physically active. The American Association for Cancer Research conducted a study, which found that regular exercise increases a cancer patient’s chances of survival.
Studies have found that regular physical activity reduces pain, thrombosis, fatigue, neuropathy, and emotional stress. Another benefit is that it improves the overall quality of life for cancer patients.
Consult a Physician
If you are currently receiving treatment for cancer, talk with your physician before starting any fitness routine. Your physician can tell you which exercises will be the most beneficial and which exercises should be avoided. This is very important because certain exercises can be dangerous.
Certain cancer treatments, such chemotherapy and radiation, can cause undesirable side effects. If experiencing nausea or pain, get those discomforts treated first. Your physician may also prescribe medication to help you feel better.  
Fitness Safety Tips
Exercise can help cancer patients, but only if done properly. According to the American Cancer Society, patients who have low blood counts should avoid rigorous exercises. All cancer patients should avoid uneven surfaces and should not do too many weight bearing exercises due to the risk of falling. Falling can be especially dangerous for patients who are taking blood thinners as complications could arise.
Stretching is definitely recommended for cancer patients. These exercises are simple and ideal for people who are not yet ready for more strenuous routines. Increasing flexibility can help cancer patients maintain their motility.
Aerobic Workouts
Aerobic exercises can help patients feel better while they are undergoing treatment. Activities may include biking, brisk walking, and dancing. Intense or moderate activities can all help in a patient’s fight against cancer. These activities also shed excess weight and increase lean muscle mass.
Weight Lifting
Lifting weights can help cancer patients increase their muscle mass. This is very important, since many cancer patients lose some muscle, and gain fat during treatment. It also helps increase bone density. This is another major benefit for people who have cancer, because many patients lose a significant amount of bone density from undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
Balancing Exercises
Certain medications can impair a patient’s balance and result in falling becoming a major concern for many. The bone loss they experience from chemotherapy can increase the risk for bone breaks and fractures. One balancing exercise involves walking with one foot directly in front of another. Pretend like you are walking on a tightrope. Another way to improve balance is to stand on one leg for 60 seconds and then switch to the other leg.

Such is the end of David's lovely article, anyone desiring to read more articles of such quality should definitly make their way over to his blog.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Milestone reached

Well a few updates are in order today. First off, when I weighed myself the morning after writing my last post and realized that I was actually 213lbs. That was pretty surprising because I allowed my diet to go to shit and essentially my weight training was enough to not only stabilize my weight, but slightly decrease it. So, I hauled out my incredibly bro-scientific thought process and started the week off with a day of very controlled eating that was essentially this:

Food/quantity                                          Time                        Calories
170 g Black berries                                  6:30                                  73
6 egg whites                                             9:00                                103
orange                                                     11:30                                  62
sandwich and a parfait of sorts                 2:00                       341&332
Banana                                                    4:00                                  200
a few spoonfuls of hamburger                 6:30                                 259

Well there is the horrendous eating style that I have when I want to lose weight. It may be terrible and I am sure any nutritionist would point out how I am probably lacking a great deal of essential nutrients but quite frankly it works for me. Through a combination of this diet, training and supplementation I was able to drop down to a weight of 210lbs over the course of 5 days. During this time, we still hit the gym hard and I actually set new records for benching ( 2 plates for 2 reps), Squats (2 plates and 25 for 6 reps) while managing to hit level 8 on fitocracy. Maybe not the most impressive numbers but I was content. Speaking of training, my cousin continued to push himself this week and has at minimum doubled the weights he was lifting since he started. His shrugs especially have increased from a shifty set of 12 with the 25lb dumbbells to a set of 12 with the 70lbs. As such it is looking really good for team Doucet right now, I can only hope that Team Legacy-Barnes is losing sleep as a result to this. However I realize that in all reality the competition probably doesn't even care that much about this contest.

About an hour ago I took my very first dose of shut eye, which I suspect is the cause for my current lack of focus and the difficulty I am having to just focus on what I want to write. Not to mention my bed is the most attractive thing in the world to me at this moment. But back to the supplements, I thought that I would inform my Canadian buddies about a great site to buy stacks of supplements from. Befit.ca has prices on it that will make any body building enthusiast get very emotional about, especially if that individual has ever forked out the money to buy any product at a GNC. The best stacks on this site are, in my opinion, the fusion products. Having tried both Fubar and Purple-K, I can vouch for both of them already and in a few days I will give feed back on my latest purchase. Speaking of which, my vision is starting to go widescreen with the squinting so I am going to finish this post by directing you all to this beautiful site, where you will learn of the glorious calorie to protein ratio that is contained within Lobster.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The work continues

Hey everybody. Today I started to actively cut my weight again. I achieve this by following a strict diet that I shall develop over the course of each individual day,(I don't actually follow any particular diet). My rules are simple, eat every 2.5 hours, a fruit is a decent meal for in between main meals (breakfast,lunch and supper) and I down BCAA's like a crack addict in Columbia. I will be weighing myself at 7 every morning and any day where there is no decrease in weight will be considered a failure and add to my "guilt pool" which I used in a positive-ish manner to push myself to endure the calorie deficit and not give in to the temptation to eat. Yesterday, to ceremoniously begin this cutting, I ate 3/4s of a Delicio Pizza for supper. I will not forget that bloated feeling for at least two weeks.

Aside from that, training is still going well on this new diet of sorts. I figure that next week will be the last chest day that I don't start attempting the 100lb dumbbells. My training partners are also showing great progress, especially my cousin. He started training because of a bet between myself and a friend where we would both pick "Champions" and train them this summer to see which "Champion" will show the most progress. If you have ever seen How I met your Mother, you will be familiar with the concept of a slap bet. This is one. Knowing that I will knock out my cousin if we lose this compition, he has been pushing himself hard and has more then doubled his strength. We are only on the third week and knowing exactly how strong our competition is, I feel confident in my Cousin. Well I am going to head to bed now, lest I stay awake long enough to become hungry again, as such I shall leave this video to anyone who reads this.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Annual post

Well it is just about that time to make my annual post. As is tradition, during the time in which i am writing this post, I feel almost certain that my future posts will be consistent. We will see about that. Well anyways, I feel as if a little update is in order. I am still attending university, my third year begins in September, though this year I will not be living in on campus. Myself and few friends decided that we wanted to rent a house and as such that is what we have done. Come September I will be living in a three story house where I will pay far less for rent then I payed these past two years and more importantly I will not be dependent on meal hall food.No longer will I check each slice of bread for mold and no longer will the food options become scarce as exams loom nearer. I am very stoked about the idea of doing groceries, partially because the Sobeys is less then a two minute walk from my house and conveniently in between my house and the University.

 Now some of you may remember that when I began this blog I talked about my desire to become serious about weight lifting and undergo a physical transformation of sorts. Well now I am 215, not a single pair of my pants come even near to fitting me and I not only find myself still enjoying my workouts but also still look forward to future sessions the moment I walk out of the gym. I even decided just today to join Fitocracy, which is a website that is apparently supposed to provide motivation for one's efforts in the gym by allocating points and achievements depending on the weight and amount of sets logged in daily workouts. I received enough points hit level 3 within minutes by logging today's leg workout which apparently showed up on the feed of other users who gave me "props" which I believe to be the equivalent of "likes" on Facebook. As such I am greatly amused by this site and if anyone reading this also has an account, my user name is carpe_nukem and will give you these "props" if you will occasionally return them to myself.  I don't know why but for some reason I want to attain a very high level on the fitocracy website.