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6/10/11 11:19 A

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My Stage 6 stats and recap are up! leftoversforlunch.com/2011/06/10/new
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6/5/11 12:30 P

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You tripled your time. That's great progress. You'll continue to make progress if you keep at it. I could barely do 10 push-ups when I started by weight loss journey in May 2010. Last workout I did 60 (4 x 15)...I couldn't imagine being able to do that just a year ago. Remember to celebrate how far you've come, and not linger over the small hurdles still remaining.

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6/2/11 11:28 A

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Did my last "A" workout today and mustered up to a 10 second negative chin-up. I suppose it is an improvement from starting at 3 seconds but man, I still feel like a weakling.


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5/25/11 3:30 P

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Ok, I am still sucking at the negative chin-ups. 6 seconds and that's it and I'm halfway through the stage. This program has never made me feel like a weakling until now.


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5/15/11 4:17 P

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Keep at it. It will get easier. I could BARELY do 10 second negative chin ups my first go around.

I am now able to do two chin-ups with an elastic band stretched around one knee for additional support.

I just finished Stage 6 on Saturday. On to stage 7 tomorrow! No break yet as I will be going away during Memorial Day weekend so that'll be my break.

Keep it up. You seem to be making great progress.

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5/10/11 11:43 A

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Oh lordy. I did the first workout this morning. Boy, was it short. I sucked it up at the negative chin-ups. Like maybe 3 seconds? Blech. The lat pulldowns I'm doing 112.5. (I weigh 157.)


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5/3/11 6:52 P

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I moved to negative chin ups with 10lbs hanging on a dip belt last Workout A. I REALLY challenged myself with the work out and I was doing 105lbs with an underhand grip lat pulldown (10 sets of 2). I weigh 135 lbs. I'm not sure that I'll make it either, but I do think I'm continuing to make progress even if I'm not at the point of being able to do a chin up (underhand grip, not a pull up) by the end of Stage 6.

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5/3/11 11:45 A

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I'm really nervous to get to this Stage next week. I'm tapped out on the lat pulldowns at 110 and I weight 160. That's a hefty difference. I don't think I'll be able to get close to doing a chin-up.


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5/1/11 8:34 A

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If you are looking for ways to make push up's harder, there are hundreds! However, the most efficient (IMHO) is the walking the bench. Set up a platform (start with just 2 risers.) Start with your hands on the end, do a push up, place your right hand on the floor to the right, push up, back to the middle, push up, then repeat to the left. If you can do 5 sets of these, you are a bad bad woman!

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5/1/11 8:27 A

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A note mid-Stage 7: I've gained weight! However, I've gone down in body fat %. So, my conclusion is the increase is muscle weight has been significant enough to produce a weight gain, but without an increase in fat, that's making my body fat % go down?!? I'm having difficulty being OK with a two pound weight gain...but I'm keeping on. Got to reach my goal of completing the whole program and being able to do an unassisted chin-up from a dead hang.

I'm onto Rachel Cosgrove's Fit Female Breakthrough after finishing NROLW--her last two stages...which assume that you can do a chin-up!

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4/24/11 12:58 P

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Just started stage 6 today after finishing stage 5 last week. 6A1 wasn't a tough workout. But my understanding is that each time you do A you need to increase the weight or make the move tougher as you go down in reps.

Negative chin ups weren't tough--I was able to lower in 20+ seconds, so I will definitely need to check out the belts my gym has that allows you to hang a weight from them.

Will need to make push-ups tougher as I feel that I've been able to do 2 sets of 10 for a while now. Does anyone have an opinion about raising your feet on a step to make the push-up harder versus pausing at the bottom?

Toughest were the barbell split squats, but in a really good way. :)

Underhand grip pull-down as suggested felt strange, but definitely allowed me to go up in weight. I'm worried about how my gym has no 5lb plate to make increments smaller.

Will post when I get to stage 7. Definition in shoulders and arms is really showing now and I'm surprised by how proud that has made me. My belly is still flabby, but I know it's my less than stellar diet that's keeping that body fat hanging on.

Lift on!

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Post your progress for Stage 6 here.

~Nici

"This body of mine...it's FABULOUS!"
"To be lean, you MUST EAT CLEAN!"

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