I would like to thank both Jacob and USP, as well as natty and PES, for putting together the awesome promo that they did. I was lucky enough to be chosen and I was going to log out of courtesy to them, anyway, and things just came together that I began this stack, yesterday.
For the past year, I've really only been using staples, and some general health supplements, but really nothing performance related. Aside from the C20 and , my current supplement list is:
- T4 and T3 (prescription)
- 2g EPA/DHA
- 15,000IU Vitamin D (OTC, but for low levels)
- 1 baby aspirin
On lifting days, I'm using:
- Nimbus Sugar Free BodyGuard (intra-workout)
- Muscle Replenisher (post workout)
And I'm following intermittent fasting, so I usually take a small dose of BCAAs in the morning and sometimes before bed, if I stay up pretty late. This works well for me with my work schedule, but largely because of the thyroid medication needing to be at least an hour away from food and needing to be even further away from calcium to keep absorption at a higher percentage.
For those that know me, you know that I've been going through some medical issues for about the last 2 years that are still not entirely clear. I do have Hashimoto's thyroiditis (an autoimmune disorder) that has caused hypothyroidism. I also have had high cortisol (at least at one point in time) and continually elevated levels of prolactin. Because of all of this, I stopped using most supplements for the past year. I tried the hCG diet for about 2 weeks and started gaining weight (about a pound a day) near the end of it at only 500 kcal/day, while still working out. Anyway, I still don't know everything and everything is still not right. However, I have managed to lose a couple pounds in the past couple weeks and that's what led me to go ahead and try this stack (as I've been waiting to have everything fixed before touching supplements, again).
I very carefully monitor what I eat (I eat around 1400 kcal on non-lifting days and around 2200 on most lifting days with an increase to about 2800 on 1 or 2 lifting days (clean) in an attempt to keep my metabolism up) and monitor my weight, too. I won't be very open about it, here, as it's still very hard for me to come to terms with from what I once was. However, while I won't be adding photos or talking specific numbers, I will mention gains and losses and also know that I still track that stuff for myself; I just don't post it.
If you want to know more about any of that, feel free to check this thread out:
MidwestBeast in: The Case of the Mysterious Weight Gain!
As for my weight-training, I train a 2 week, 5x/week split. One week is Max-OT training (check out AST's site for info) and the next is what I call a high intensity week (usually 4x12 on about 3-5 lifts/muscle group, with 60 seconds rest between sets and 120 seconds rest when changing lifts). My split is:
I just started playing basketball, again, last week. We only play one night a week at the church. So, one of my "off" days will be basketball. I'll be adding more cardio in, too. I also have some imbalances, so on my back and traps work, I do a lot of work at higher reps.
That should sum things up nicely for now. Today is Day 2 for both products; hoping they can shine through.