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BigFatty packs on the pounds!
Entered on: July 17, 2003 3:33 PM by BigFatty
I was doing quite well on the Fatty diet plan while in France. I was 186 pounds when I got to Spain - no gain at all. Creeko was all saying that I would not gain any weight here, that in fact I should lose some. Well one week into it and I weigh 191 - OUTRAGEOUS!!! I am hardly a glutton here. I am attributing it to us being completely sedentary. In France I was walking my ass off, about 6-7 miles a day. My Spainish life consists of me on my ass, eating, then on my ass some more. This is further reinforcement for me on how important a little cardio can be.

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From: Ross Entered on: June 29, 2003 6:52 PM
Actually I expected it to be worse. I figured you'd be eating bricks of brie all day or something. Nice job.  
I was at the grocery store just now and got a free blood pressure reading. It's 128/82. Both were in the normal range although only a few points away from being high/normal. Roche, I'll let you give the more detailed scientific analysis. I haven't been eating very well the past week or so so I will measure it next time I'm there. My resting heart rate was 66 - not nearly up to Bone standards.
From: BigFatty Entered on: June 30, 2003 7:57 AM
Id be wary of the grocery store readings. First check to see if your arm size fits the range of the machine. All the ones Ive come in contact with are too puny for the likes of Big Arm Willie! If I remember correctly, they are accurate for arms up to 14 inches. They will read high for arms larger than that.
From: Ross Entered on: June 30, 2003 8:35 AM
I will have to measure my arms. If my arm was much bigger, it would be snug when I put it in there. Still, I was used to having the cuff be extremely tight when pumped up whenever doctors measured my blood pressure, and this wasn't too bad. So I'm guessing it was accurate. Next time I get a chance to measure it somewhere else, I will. I wonder if my BP is a bit higher than it normally would be since I pay no attention at all to how much sodium I eat?
From: John Entered on: June 30, 2003 11:21 AM
That reading is not very high. In fact from everything I know about blood pressure it is within normal. I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. From what I've read sodium only aggravates an existing condition. It is not a cause for high blood pressure.
From: Ross Entered on: June 30, 2003 11:27 AM
Yeah, it's not high, but I expected it to be lower. It's within the posted "normal" range but Heather whupped me by several points. I just figured it would be better, with my Zonification and all.  
Oh, and speaking of the Zone, Heather picked up a copy of "The Top 100 Zone Foods" - it's a sweet book. There is nothing revelatory in it, but it's got a ton of information on foods that I'm already eating. For instance, I knew spinach was good, but come to find out that for anti-oxidants, spinach whups the ever-loving shit out of any other food. Also, Broccoli is high but nowhere near Spinach's levels (broccoli has other things going for it though). I also found out that macadamia nuts are by far the best fat you can eat.
From: John Entered on: June 30, 2003 11:31 AM
Melissa's blood pressure has a tendency to run low as well, right around 100/65. I think it varies from person to person. Your reading is fine, Heather probably has naturally lower blood pressure than you just like Melissa. I don't think the Zone is a factor. Melissa is not on the Zone and her blood pressure has always been low.
From: Ross Entered on: June 30, 2003 11:34 AM
Actually if stress is a factor (which from my limited knowledge, it appears that it is), I could expect it to be higher than average right now. Between my home mortgage application and the recent crap involving my brother, I haven't been exactly laid back, even by my own standards, lately.
From: John Entered on: June 30, 2003 11:36 AM
That is true, stress can certainly be a factor. In your case I would have to guess that it is.
From: John Entered on: June 30, 2003 11:45 AM
Since Fatty has been gone my workouts have fallen by the wayside. I eat like shit and I can't seem to get motivated. With that said Fatty will be shocked to find out I weigh less than when he left. Just last week I got back in the gym and I plan on going today. I started the day on the zone and I'm going to try to finsh it on the zone, it's the inbetween that has me worried. :)
From: Ross Entered on: June 30, 2003 11:52 AM
What's interesting to note as far as workouts go, is that my strength in the weight room is dictated by one and only one factor: how much I eat. Apparently on the Zone, I simply do not eat enough to get much strength gains. When I deviate and eat more the day before a workout, I am noticably stronger when pumping iron.
From: The Bone Entered on: June 30, 2003 11:58 AM
Hey Bert. How come macadamia nuts are the best? I always thought they contained some saturated fat. I've always heard almonds were the shit.
From: Ross Entered on: June 30, 2003 12:55 PM
Actually, I take it back. While macadamia nuts do beat almonds by virtue of their higher ratio of monounsaturated fat to other varities, olive oil is, according to him, the best fat there is, and is better by quite a bit than any nut.  
However, he still goes ape shit for Omega-3 fatty acids which are almost exclusively found in fish, so he loves mackerel, cod, and salmon too - but that is in the "protein" section of the book, so there is no direct comparison with nuts.
From: John Entered on: June 30, 2003 12:59 PM
When I was at my peak in the strength department I ate like a hog. I noticed the more I ate the day before a workout the stronger I would be. So before a bench day I would often go wild. That explains why at 228 pounds I could bench 370 and at 198 pounds I can barely bench 300 pounds. If I ate more on a day to day basis I'm sure my bench would go up but then so would my weight. I want to keep my weight below 200. I need to get back on the zone so I can drop more fat. Strength is no longer an issue and I should be happy enough with my former perfomance in that arena.
From: John Entered on: June 30, 2003 1:10 PM
Oh, one more thing, those grocery store blood pressure cuffs would be tight around my cock. I doubt that it was entirely accurate Bert as your arms are probably a little to big for them.
From: Ross Entered on: June 30, 2003 1:19 PM
Hahaha, nice one, Roche.  
Anyway, come to find out that the website I've been using for Zone nutrition is not endorsed by Barry Sears. was the one I was using (the one that makes those tasty zone bars, no less) but the REAL website is There is some connection but i'm not exactly sure what it is. His site doesn't have nearly as much stuff as zoneperfect but there is some good shit on there nonetheless.  
This is a great link to a general info page on the site:
This is my favorite quote:  
"The average American male or female carries a minimum of 100,000 calories of stored body fat. To put this in perspective, this amount of stored body fat is equivalent to eating 1,700 pancakes. That's a pretty big breakfast. "
From: jeurge Entered on: June 30, 2003 1:38 PM
Blood pressure cuffs always get tight no matter if they are the wrong size or not. If the cuff isnt't long enough to go around your arm with about 1/4 of the cuff left it is to small and will give you false high. In the case of store cuffs they are a set size and very well may be too small for Ross's arms. Also stress can definately affect blodd pressure negatively. Salt, however, is usually not a problem unless excessive salt intake causes you to retain fluid.
From: The Bone Entered on: June 30, 2003 5:25 PM
One more thing about blood pressure - you could go back the very next day and get a different reading, then the next day and get another, and so forth. I got mine checked 5 days in a row and some of the readings were a little high, some were a little low. I'm sure there are variable factors from day to day that affect BP readings. You may have been particularly stressed that day or who knows.
From: Ross Entered on: July 1, 2003 1:26 PM
Another thing about Dr. Sear's web site: I found a great article on carbohydrates on there. You can read it here. I highly recommend it.
From: Ross Entered on: July 1, 2003 1:27 PM
Looks like that link will force you to register to read it, but I recommend doing that anyway, too.
From: John Entered on: July 9, 2003 2:06 PM
Fatty and I are back in the gym! After a month off Fatty's powers have hardly faded. Neither of us has gained any weight even though we have been eating like shit. I am feeling new motivation to eat healthy and hopefully Fatty will join me. It felt great to be back in full swing in the gym and I look forward to hitting the weights hard core.  
One more thing, my elbow seems to be doing much better. It has renewed my hope that I can recover some of my former power. For me this is a key motivating factor when it comes to lifting weights. I'm not talking about getting all the way back to my former peak, I just want it to feel good to lift again. I had no pain today and I plan on taking things slow so as not to reinjure myself. I'm actually quite excited to be back and pain free.
From: The Bone Entered on: July 9, 2003 4:42 PM
How's your hip Grandma Roche?
From: John Entered on: July 10, 2003 12:30 AM
Fuck you asshole, it seems to be fine but I haven't run and I don't plan on running anytime soon. I'm going to focus on eating better and pure weight lifting. I love pumping iron not running so I think I'll stick to lifting for now. I want to regain some of my former power.
From: Ross Entered on: July 10, 2003 8:38 AM
What about some eaiser-on-the-hips cardio? Like the bike or something? Don't underestimate the power of cardio, my friend.  
However, right when I left for vacation, my left knee was bugging the shit out of me and I have no culprit to blame but running. I am going to switch back to the elliptical for a while and if my knee doesn't flare up again, I'll get back on the treadmill and see what happens. It seems that we're all turning into grandmas around here...
From: The Bone Entered on: July 10, 2003 10:59 AM
At least you are doing something Ross and it shows. You look lean like a mofo in your superhero pics. Once again, no bullshit, your powers of sticking to a program are far sweeter than any of ours. It renews my motivation.
From: Ross Entered on: July 10, 2003 11:10 AM
Thanks, Bone. I am having workout withdrawls after a week of no working out and eating like an asshole during my vacation. But now that I'm back in my daily routine, Heather and I have renewed our pledges to work out consistently and even more importantly, stay on the Zone.

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