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  1. JB

    Gym Routine

    Today’s the last day of a diet that’s ended up getting me probably the leanest I’ve ever been. I’m pretty sure that I’m well into single-digit % body fat. I’ve gone from around 17st10 to 15st12 at 6’5. I wasn’t exactly fat before so some of the weight loss is probably muscle but I’ve adjusted my training to try and keep as much as I can. I’ve learnt a lot and am obviously pleased with the results and the shape I’m in but on the whole, it’s been a pretty horrible experience that I’m not sure is worth it. I’ve been constantly hungry, thinking about food, sleeping badly, pissing constantly and feeling light headed. (I don’t want to complain, though - voluntary starvation for aesthetic goals is a textbook first world problem and I’m fortunate to be able to do it by choice.) The hunger and the body’s demand to be fed has been the hardest part. I’ve probably not hit my actual calorie goal once and have eaten something I shouldn’t have pretty much every day. I’ve also had a couple of weddings and nights out where everything’s gone out the window. It took me a while to see results. I looked a lot worse for a while before I got better. Interestingly, I really started getting results when I incorporated a couple of weekly refeeds. I cheated too much in the first few weeks so had to step things up to a level I wouldn’t usually. For the last few weeks I’ve been aiming for a calorie deficit of around 1000 per day and topped it up with 500cal daily cardio. It’s completely unsustainable in the long run but has got me results in a relatively short space of time. The next time I diet, I’ll plan it better. I’ll do it more slowly and less extreme, have diet breaks and use refeeds earlier on. Off on holiday tomorrow so all the good work will probably be undone in the space of a few days, if not before I leave Birmingham Airport
  2. Absolutely gutting. I can’t believe Federer hasn’t won that but he made too many mistakes. Two championship points FFS. Contrast in styles was stark. Djokovic was horribly machine-like.
  3. And he’s doing a pretty good **** job of it. I can’t believe he hasn’t won either the first or third set. He’s been the better player by far but really hasn’t turned up in the tie breaks. That’s match over now . I really don’t like Djokovic. Hasn’t broken Federer once but he just clings on, batters the ball back and forces errors.
  4. Wow. That was an absolute pleasure to watch. So much of what Federer did was simply breathtaking. Nadal was great too but just had no answer to what was being thrown at him. Federer is the greatest sportsman of all time. I can’t imagine there ever being anyone like him again.
  5. JB

    Gym Routine

    Just arrived at my gym for quick late night session, hoping to avoid the crowds. Bit of noise coming from upstairs. Popped my head round the door and Phil Heath is in there. Wasn’t expecting that.
  6. Just finished season 2. I can’t decide if it’s absolutely brilliant - one of the best things I’ve ever watched - or if it’s tied itself into knots it can’t undo and is jumping the shark multiple times per episode. It was definitely the former for the first half and I’ve been gripped throughout but the final line of the season doesn’t bode well. Season 2 moves at a hell of a pace. I can’t recall watching anything with so many reveals and big moments per episode. As I say, I’m flip-flopping between whether or not that’s a good thing.
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    WWE: General Chat

    I haven’t watched any wrestling shows in a long time but have stumbled upon Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Funhouse segments on YouTube. They’re absolute genius IMO. They seem to be getting better and better with each episode. There’s so much attention to detail in the attempts to make it unsettling. It’s legitimately entertaining.
  8. Holy ****. I’ve been at best a fair weather for years now but this game has brought the old feelings flooding back. I’ll be honest, I’m barely holding back the tears right now!
  9. This would be the most Villa of Villa results if we don’t hold on to this. **** hell.
  10. Yeah I watched the boxset on NowTV. I can definitely see what you mean, actually. I went into it with no expectations so perhaps I was very pleasantly surprised as much as anything. There’s definitely enough there to make it top tier stuff for me, though.
  11. Barry season 2 finale. Wow Best show on TV at the moment IMO. Bill Hader is brilliant.
  12. Bang on. I expected it to be a disappointment but it was even worse. Absolute dog shit. I didn’t completely hate the way the story ended but the acting, dialogue, logic - urgh. Arya: I know a killer when I see one. Everybody else: The Mad Queen who just burned hundreds of thousands of innocent people? All the other episodes this season at least had some redeeming features but there was nothing good about this one IMO. Worst of the lot. Bring on the remake
  13. I’ve got no issue with Dany going mad. I think the signs have been there since near the beginning and it’s where the story was always going. That said, I don’t like how mad she went (if that makes sense). I think it would’ve been enough of a heel turn and more believable if the innocent people had been collateral damage and she hadn’t cared, rather than having the battle won and then choosing to go on a homicidal rampage. As it was, it didn’t feel earned or effectively built up to. It was way OTT and felt like it was done for the sake of spectacle. She essentially turned from a bit of a dick into one of the most vicious, evil people who ever lived.
  14. Watched a few of his videos before based on a recommendation on here. They’re excellent. I remember him saying something along the lines of there being no chance that the White Walkers are just one-dimensional evil zombies. Probably one of the reasons why he’s barely able to hide his disdain for this episode!
  15. That’s my main issue with the episode - there’s so much stupid. However, I did read that Jon doesn’t scream in the dragon’s face for the sake of it; it’s blocking the entrance to the wood and he’s shouting “Gooo! Go! Go!” to Arya, distracting it so she can get past. I’ve watched it back and it’s plausible. I’m just not sure if it’s giving the writers too much credit based on much of the rest of the episode. I hope that there turns out to be some significance to Bran warging right up until the Night King arrived in the wood and the prolonged look between the two of them. But I doubt it. In that moment they had me expecting a bombshell - the Night King speaking or Bran greeting him by his real (familiar) name.

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