So I finished up the diet a couple days ago, but I've been busy with midterms and assignments so I didn't get a chance to post my "after" picture. Either way, I went through 16 lbs in 30 days, and I've been back to the gym since haven't lost that much strength.
I still can't check my squats or my deadlifts because of my knee but I did get the go ahead from my physiotherapist to do empty bar, or lighter dumbell squats and deadlifts.
I now need to go and figure out how many plates I need to stack up to get an empty bar at the right level from the ground. A 45 lb plate is actually made at the perfect height to be broken from the ground to do deadlifts with, so I never had to do this before (I started with 1 plate on each side). The act of breaking the bar from an unmoving position (a "dead" position, thus the name) is extremely important for deadlifts too because it's the hardest part of the lift, so I'm not going to just lift it without putting the bar back down on something.
I always see people at the gym doing deadlifts where they don't put the bar back on the ground after each rep. This is wrong. Those are not deadlifts and they don't work your body the way deadlifts do. Don't be that guy!
Now to relax, get back to promoting this blog, checking things out at bb.com and going to the gym!