LET'S GET THIS MUTHA STARTED!!!
- 04-14-2009, 02:22 AM
- 04-14-2009, 02:39 AM
post dinner report: gawd I wish bison meat wasn't so damn expensive! for an 8oz steak it's 254 cal. & only 38 cal. from fat! uh-oh, already feeling it:
- 04-14-2009, 07:33 AM
04-14-2009, 03:16 PM
04-14-2009, 03:21 PM
04-14-2009, 03:40 PM
04-14-2009, 04:21 PM
Another note: I woke up in the middle of the night to drain myself and got on the scale...192.5 wtf??? I've been weighing a consistent 197 or so; guess staying away from white sugar, white flour and alcohol really helps you lose weight
looked in the mirror this morning and it's true: I'm shrinking. I'm planning on going on an all-out cut until I get down to 185 or wherever I'm down to about 10% bf, then reassessing what my body needs. If anybody has anything to add here; I've never really done anything like this with goals in mind so I would appreciate the input. Do you guys think I should try to cut down to 180, or go on a lean bulk at 185 and then lean down again afterwards?
All I care about is no more :donut:
04-14-2009, 05:31 PM
Depends on your goals, if you wanna be cut for summer then defo cut, if your plans are more long term (aka not the upcoming summber but next years) then bulk till the end!
04-14-2009, 05:52 PM
as far as bulking is concerned, I probably will try my best to stay away from dirty bulking for a long while; I put on fat way too easy and I need to watch that tendency.
I think that the high-intensity cardio I've been doing is def. helping; I noticed the days after my last torture session I started to look more jiggly but the biggest difference has been not drinking alcohol. That sh*t adds fat like no other. Last time I stopped drinking for a couple/few months I got down to 182 or so from 195.
04-14-2009, 05:57 PM
Good luck then! btw you are lucky to just have problems affording meals like that! I can barely afford to eat my base calories right now
04-14-2009, 06:49 PM
04-14-2009, 06:51 PM
I will add this, if you're not looking to be a bodybuilder, I think you should get down to a body weight, body mass/fat index you're comfortable at, and slowly over time working on gaining muscle.
the healthy way in other words. It takes longer but in the long term it's certainly the best and healthiest for you. That way you can be on a lean mini bulk year round
04-14-2009, 08:12 PM
Now for the tough part; the calf. I've been beating up on them for a little bit and I'm gonna have to destroy them on a regular basis to get them back to where they were (really only the left one; the right one is the same size as before).
As for the lean mini bulk you are talking about; what do you recommend as a way to do this? Do you just mean eating approx. 100-200 extra calories every day and continuing my training routine?
04-14-2009, 08:17 PM
04-14-2009, 08:20 PM
yeah kinda figgered that, just sometimes hard to quantify things for me...it's so easy to fall off the wagon
04-15-2009, 02:25 AM
did back tonight...
Wide Grip Pulldowns
Wide Grip Lat Pushdowns
Hammer Strength Mid Row (weight is per side), movement is mirrored, not one side @ a time.
One Arm Rows
Was starting to feel beastly. Hadn't done 70's in a few years, felt gooooood.
Romanian Dead Lifts
The back is finally starting to feel well enough to push the weight up slowly. The lower back pump was insane tho.
And then, the cardio:
45mins on the elliptical, every 5 mins switching directions. According to the machine, 680 kcals and I was cashed in after that. It was hard to drag my a$$ home; I'll sleep good tonight.
Def. making up two bottles; one bcaas & crystal light and the other just h2o was a good idea. Sipped on the bcaa mix while I lifted and dug into the water during and after the cardio.
Here's hoping tomorrow hurts.
04-15-2009, 10:48 AM
04-15-2009, 02:35 PM
04-15-2009, 02:40 PM
if your main goal is to drop some fat, make sure you're subbing out your fast carbs for slow carbs - you're probably doing this already. anything that can lower GH levels are bad for a cut. this is especially important in all things from post-workout till bedtime.
pre workout - when your GH levels haven't become elevated yet, the quality of carbs don't make much of a difference.
04-15-2009, 03:32 PM
04-17-2009, 07:03 PM
well, it looks like I'm gonna be going back to work...
I doubt that I'm going to have too much trouble working out, but it's gonna have to take a back seat for a little bit while I get acclimated to working on a construction site again (waking up at 4:30 every morning and busting my a$$). Expect the log to be updated perhaps a little less than it has been, but it's by no means goodnight mr. chips.
Wish me luck, it's gonna be tough gimpin' around with a bum wheel for a while but I'm excited to be making money again!
Cheers and thanx for the support so far!
04-17-2009, 07:57 PM
04-17-2009, 10:08 PM
04-19-2009, 02:08 AM
Workout last night: Chest & Bi's
Low Cable Flyes
High Cable Flyes
DB Incline Bench
Coming along, I haven't done 45's in a while...think that I'm going to have to start a power cycle as I'm starting to feel like certain weights are too easy until I get to 6-8 reps, and then the endurance runs out.
Straight BB Curls
Weak, weak and more weak. That's what I get for having monkey arms. Feeling like the high rep sets are starting to run their course, and aren't making the muscles grow much anymore but I might just be getting impatient.
EZ Bar Reverse Curls
Almost painful pump again, don't need to do much with the forearms...I've looked like popeye since I was a teenager. They do start to hurt when I do the reverse curls...like they're gonna explode.
Overall, it was a decent workout but had a hard time keeping focus. Lot of things going on right now and I'll be happier in a month or so when things are a bit more settled. As much as I love change routines help keep ya grounded or so I guess it goes.
04-19-2009, 02:17 AM
Thought I'd do a little summary review of how I'm doing about 7 weeks into this whole deal:
Training is going how it's going, I'm still in noob gain territory for another couple months at least so I'm not going to say more than I think things are going along okay except I need to start pushing myself harder and maybe doing some lower rep sets soon to throw a wrench into my body's comfort level.
Supplementation is going okay, I do feel like I'm wasting money and will start going thru and probably start buying more bulk supps and doing my own capping. Certain supps are going to be more worth it later when my body is in a better rhythm and I would like to see if I can mimic some of them with bulk supps.
Nutrition is still a thorn in my side, mainly because I gotta get back to work. I've been sleeping in too much and my day isn't regimented enough; that's changing this week tho. It's not that I don't know what to eat, it's more that I don't have enough to do to keep me busy when I'm not at work and I sit in front of the 'puter too much. Just a hunch, but when I get back to work I'll bet my weight is gonna go down quick. I'm going to have to work hard to keep it on 'cause I'll be burning 3-4000 kcals/day vs. 2000 or so now.
04-19-2009, 10:45 AM
okay i've said this often...
why bother with capping? it's a little harder on your stomach when it's breaking down lots of caps...
just drink it
04-19-2009, 02:50 PM
04-20-2009, 12:54 AM
All right, last workout before I go back to work!
Tri's & Shoulders
Seated Military Press
Yeah, I know...I'm weak at this one. I felt good tho thru this, like I'm getting much stronger as time goes on.
Dips, bodyweight only
12, 14, 11
Getting much better at these. I'm pretty impressed, when I started back in the gym doing these 6 weeks ago I couldn't do any more than 4 or 5.
EZ Bar Skullcrushers (w/close-grip press burnout each set)
Shoulder Flyes (front, side & back w/same weight)
Shrugs w/machine, weight is ea. side
Calves on standing machine
40 minutes cardio on elliptical, machine said 625 kcals expended.
Felt stronger, I have been improving my strength pretty much every workout unless I am underfed on the day. I am starting to feel like I could make big weight jumps and go for lower reps, but I'm resisting that urge so I don't rupture or tear anything. I think I'm going to have to take a careful approach to this stuff and focus on warming up/form more than anything since I depend on my body for my livelihood. Nothing wrong with building a brick wall one course at a time; you end up with a stronger wall in the end.
04-20-2009, 04:25 PM
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