Catchy title eh? Well, in the efforts to keep better track of things myself to look back on, I'm going to document what I am doing. I applied for the Millenium Sports Technology testing, but whether I get that or not, I should be documenting what I am doing. Since May 14, I have been logging all of my strength workouts (on paper), and this will give me the opportunity and space to log the cardio + food.
In January 07, I hit 245 pounds, and my waist was about to hit 40 (I had been a 38 waist for the last 5-6 years). I realized had to make a change, and it needs to be a long term permanent change. I turn 40 this year, and my wife wants to have a 3rd child. So I need to get in good shape and stay in good shape so that if its a boy, I can still hang with him when he's in high school and throw a football or play basketball. I had been loosing weight decently by clipping calories and working out in an unstructured way (no particular logging of details, counts of reps per set or anything else), managed to get down to 220 by the end of April, and was just starting to be able to squeeze into a 36 waist. A friend mentioned the Body For Life program and challenge. I didn't look at it too deeply right away. A few weeks later I decided to read more, and the workout scheme seemed to make sense as a high intensity workout. I started that on May 14th, (which was when I started using normal bodybuilding supplements, prior to that I had just taken vitamin type products). Since then I have lost close to 15 pounds, and am definitely feeling the difference. I'm just starting to see weights begin to go up, and size 34 waist is comfy, even a little loose in some (at least at the waist, I still have big thigh). Now I'm anxious on Sundays (my day off from the gym) to get back in and workout again.
The bad diet:
I'm following a roughly 1200-1300 calorie a day diet (some days are lower), while still getting 200gm of protein. Using Syntrax Nectar for 3 shakes a day (270 cal, 69gm protein total) Muscle Milk
light 1 shake a day (150 cal, 25 gm protein) GNC Pro Performance TR Complete (150 cal, 20gm protein, right before bed). Remainder of intake is made up of at least 2 servings of fresh fruits, at least 3 servings of green vegetables, 2 servings of fish (tilapia + salmon primarily dry pan fried), 1 of chicken (dry pan fried or baked). Primary carb intake is from fruits as well as daily at least 2 servings of whole grain breads/wraps or wild rice. I try to do one of the fruit or grain servings pre-workout, as well as the muscle milk
pre workout, so I have more sustained carbs for the workout.
I'm sure I'll get boatloads of comments both on my choices as well as total volume, and the combinations. As far as "you could do it cheaper than product x by mixing these other 5 products", I don't really care. I'm not independently wealthy or anything, but spending an extra $50-100 a month for conventient tablets that I can bring to work easily is nicer than taking 4 or 5 baggies with me. So i built this stack from a combination of knowing my body's mechanics as well as its resistances.
Puritan's Pride Omega-3 Fish Oil
1 cap 3x daily
Puritan's Pride Time Release Ultra Vita-Man 1 tab 2x daily
Schiff Glucosamine plus MSM 1 tab 3x daily
Amerifit Nutrition DHEA 50mb 2x daily
GNC Pro Performance CLA
1 cap 3x daily
4 tabs 3x daily
MHP T-Bomb II
4 tabs 2x daily
NxLabs Nitro T3 6 tabs 1x daily
VPX No-Shotgun pre-workout, not on cardio days
SAN V12 2x on workout days, 1x on cardio
I'm following the Body For Life
workout, pretty close to perfectly. The only spots I have issues with are on a few of the areas where you are supposed to switch to another excersize for the same muscle group for a set of 12 reps (without rest from your last set) and I only have 1 choice available out of their excersizes that I can do in my clubhouse's gym. Its a great workout, and it really makes sense to me that its more about hitting 100% intensity, not how much weight you are doing it with. I have a hard time shampooing in the shower after the upper body workout, as I can't raise my arms that high.
Well, thats enough for now, I may come back later tonite and enter todays data (lower body day). I might even go back and enter all the workout data since may 14th, chronologically.
Oh yeah, and for laughters sake, I am a blood donor, so I get to see my cholesterol every 8 weeks give or take. In january at my fattest it was around 162. 2 weeks ago it was down to 129