Triumphs and Failures

So I’ve decided that instead of spamming an update on the gym for every day, I’m going to consolidate the week’s lifts into a single post at the end of the week.  Regardless, today did have some noteworthy moments, both good and bad.

For starters, I spent an hour this morning wandering around trying to find the gym I was planning to go to.  I was all but ready to go home when I finally found it.  It was a nice little gym but I think that tomorrow I am going to try a different one that is closer to home.  I’ll see which one I like better and try to stick with it, but we’re early on in the process, so now is a good time to try new things.

Speaking of new things, the diet went well today, but I am going to have to make some changes.  Not that anything was particularly bad, but there is no way that I can see myself sustaining this diet at this rate.  For one, I think that I’m going to cut down on some of the fat.  I know that this is supposed to be a bulking diet, but I feel like my body can’t take that much fat intake.  I think I’m going to cut the number of avocados down from two a day to one a day and see how that goes.  I’m also going to change the cauliflower over to broccoli.  Not that I have anything against cauliflower, I just like broccoli better, though I may bring it back for some variety at some point.

Additionally, I’ve determined that my scale is in fact broken.  After weigh in this morning, I had lost nearly 3 pounds from yesterday, so either I am dying or the scale is off.  I’ll try the scale at the gym tomorrow and see if I can get a more accurate measurement.

That’s is for now, but I’m sure that by the end of the week I’ll have some more tweaks and changes that I need to make to the plan.  At the end of the day, if my body isn’t happy with something there’s no way that I can continue it, and right now my body isn’t 100% on the new plan, I’ve just got to work with in until we find something that is beneficial and sustainable.

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Food Prep and Weigh In

Yesterday I didn’t really feel up to the task of running, which is understandable because I haven’t really been in about a month.  Instead I used the day to kinda go through some math and figure up how I was going to meal prep for the next few weeks since I’ve never done it before.  What I came up with is that I plan on cooking for the next two days at a time.  That means that tomorrow (Sunday) I will be cooking for Monday and Tuesday.  On Tuesday I will cook for Wednesday and Thursday, and on Thursday I will cook for Friday and Saturday.  Sunday is going to be a free day where I plan on mixing up my diet a little bit with some red meat and more greens.  I’m going to have to do some planning and research so that I don’t mess up my macros too much, but within a week or two I should have Sunday down pat.

Right now, this is my diet plan

  • 7:00 A.M.
    • Protein Shake
    • 1 Grapefruit
    • 1/2 Avocado
    • 1 Banana
  • 12:00 P.M.
    • 1 Chicken Breast
    • 1 Cup Brown Rice
    • 1/2 Bag Broccoli
  • 4:00 P.M
    • 1 Chicken Breast
    • 2 Cups Brown Rice
    • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 8:00 P.M.
    • 1 Tilapia Fillet
    • 3 Cups Couscous
    • 1 1/2 Avocado
    • 1 bag Cauliflower
  • 10:00 P.M.
    • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
    • 8 Slices Wheat Bread
    • 2 tsp Peanut Butter

My macros should come out to approximately 180 gr Protein, 530 gr Carbs, and 90 gr Fat.  I’ll try adjusting as we go along to see what works best for me but this is a start.

This morning I got up and went for another run.  I could tell a mild improvement, since last time I ran a mile and a half at about an 8:30 pace but today I ran the whole two miles at the same pace.  I’ve still got a little ways to go to get back to where I was before my month off, but by the end of next week I’m hoping to be back to about three miles.  When I got back I weighed myself.  My scale said that I’m starting off at 190.2 lbs.  I feel like it might be off a little,  but we’ll see how it holds up this week as I’m planning on trying it everyday this week just to get a baseline.

Tomorrow morning I’m planning on starting up day one week one of my workout plan.  Right now my plan has me in the gym four days out of the week.  It calls for four days on back to back and three days rest back to back, but I decided to alter this a little and go two days on, one day rest, two days on, then the weekend off.  That means that Wednesday will be rest/stretching and maybe some cardio.  Same goes for Saturday and Sunday.

I’ll try to plan to upload my workouts as I complete them that day, and let everyone know how the progress is going.  I also need to make note to get a body fat scale at some point, that way I can make sure I’m gaining the right kind of weight.

On a final note, thank you to everyone that has supported me so far in the quest and especially to those of you who have reached out to me!  I haven’t really had much time this weekend to get back with you guys like I should have but as things are settling down here and I’m working into a grove I promise I’ll get better about that!