Start Weight:(12 Apr 15) 185.0 lb
Current Weight:(25 May 15) 178.4 lb
Goal Weight:175.0 lb
following: northernmusician's own diet
performance: gaining 2.8 lb a week

(Now) 56 y.o. male living just south of the Alaska panhandle in Canada. 5' 11" Currently in a slow cut phase for weight lifting.

Update Feb 21, 2014

Broke through the 165 barrier.

At 55, I'm definitely in the best shape of my life, but what's more, my food now serves other physical goals. I'm excited for the future. I am no longer food's slave. I am food's master.

April 30

I've had a good two month run bulking. Weight gain (after gaining back glycogen and water) was kept to 6 pounds from Mar 1 - Apr 30. The plan now is to hold my calories 200 above maintenance (that didn't happen) per day on average to go into a recomposition phase. Hopefully I will see strength gains while losing body fat. The calipers will be my gauge.

May 28

Approaching my short, weight loss cycle. I expect to be on it for about 2 months. I begin June 1.

May 31

Room for 2 eggs. Tomorrow the cut is on. Down 1000 calories from todays intake. Oh well. I should be able to manage this. My last weight loss took over a year. This one should take two months or a little more.

July 4

The tragic loss of my dearly beloved golden retriever Ginger. Two days later I was points south to move my dad. Incredible stress and rapid uncontrolled weight loss from stress.


Bulking begins for body building.

October. Yay! Tika!


30 pound increase. Augh. Back on the cut.

FatSecret member since: 31 Dec 13

northernmusician's Weight History

northernmusician's Latest Member Challenges

  No Candy for Halloween Week!
status: Completed
ended: 03 Nov 14
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ended: 27 Oct 14
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northernmusician's Buddies

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last weighin: losing 16.1 lb a week Down
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last weighin: losing 4.0 lb a week Down

northernmusician's Cookbook

cals: 153kcal | fat: 1.12g | carbs: 41.16g | prot: 9.38g
Crunchy Onion Rings
Healthy, delicious onion rings.
cals: 50kcal | fat: 4.30g | carbs: 1.20g | prot: 2.06g
Cheese Crackers
A quick and easy low carb recipe for something different.
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northernmusician's Latest Posts

Throwback Thursday!
I believe it is.
posted 01 May 2015, 00:16
Sunday is Fasting day
Thanks Bill. I know I F works too. Just enjoy the disciple of the full day.
posted 26 Apr 2015, 17:57
Sunday is Fasting day
16 hours in. Feeling great. Smile
posted 26 Apr 2015, 14:05
How long do you all work out for?
I'm a minimalist. The workouts I do do not include 'cardio' as such but rather 'cardio' is part of the intensity of the training. I lift weights twice a week. Yep. 45 minutes for upper body and about 25 minutes for lower body. Upper on Monday. Lower on Friday.

I know. It doesn't sound like much, right? But I'm (now) on my feet all day and according to the pedometer take about 8000 steps each day.

I'm basically following the 'Body by Science' approach to weight training. It involves slow repetitions for anywhere from :50 to 1:20 for each lifting set. It's refered to as the 'time under tension' approach. There is little in the way of breaks between sets and my muscles are screaming at the end of the sets.

I always feel that people, particularly new people, are doing way too much. Recommended exercise routines in bodybuilding mags are usually for people on steroids, not for natural bodybuilders who take far longer to recover. Taking the approach I'm taking now, likely particularly because I'm in my 50s, allows full recover and gains. I'm seeing muscle mass now lifting two times a week that I never saw lifting 5 days a week, though I loved the activity 5 days a week. I'm filling the gap with a new activity this summer. Rock climbing! Just ordered my harness yesterday and a coworker has his gear but didn't have anyone to do it with. I'm stoked!
posted 26 Apr 2015, 11:14
I read that you're somewhere around 60% more likely to keep your weight in check if you weigh daily, but then again 90% of all statistical percentages are made up on the spot. (I just made that up.)
posted 26 Apr 2015, 10:48
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25 May 2015

Diet is one thing. It's the random fluctuations while you're waiting for results that drives you nuts.
on diet northernmusician's own diet  gaining 2.8 lb a week

24 May 2015

470 calories
on diet northernmusician's own diet  losing 2.2 lb a week

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