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.

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!

Getting (Un)Settled

Pictured below, is what my apartment looked like when I first moved in.  Understandably, it’s gotten a lot more chaotic, due in no small part to the events of today.

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Today was a big day.  I got the gas turned over, the hot water heater fixed, and the internet was activated (mostly).  I was also able to procure a desk and chair for $20 total.  The desk is really small and flimsy but it keeps me from having to type on the floor for now.  Pictured below is my current setup.

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I still have a lot of progress to go on the apartment, but hopefully the movers will be coming soon so that they can drop off the rest of my furniture and I can actually start planning how my apartment is going to go together.  For now, I’m going to keep making due with what little I’ve got.

I was also able to finally go grocery shopping today.  I’m planning on starting my diet on Monday along with a decent workout routine but we still have a few intermediate steps before now and then.  I also need to make another trip or two around town because I wasn’t able to find all the groceries that I wanted, but overall most things we very simple to find which is great news!

Tomorrow morning I’m going to attempt to drag myself on a run and go check out the local college, so hopefully more pictures will be coming soon.

I Drank Water

Today, I made a decision that I don’t really take lightly.  Today, I decided to drink water.

Now, if you know me you might be saying that this really isn’t a huge decision seeing that most of the time the only thing that I drink is water.  In fact, I would say that I drank almost exclusively water until I was about 18 when I moved off to college.  While I was there, I continued to drink almost exclusively water, with one exception:  when I was home.

See, while I was away, my parents liked to buy bottles of juice and what have you to drink.  When I was home on holidays and the like, I would usually drink the juice because it was a lot more convenient than the water.  The problem is, though, that each glass of juice contains about 32g of sugar, which is a ridiculous amount for a drink.  I think that most if not all of the weight gain that I’ve seen over the past four years have been due to trips I’ve made home, and it’s all due to the decisions that I’ve made in my diet.

Over the past couple of days I’ve really noticed how bad the juice is, though, and I’ve tried to avoid drinking it by drinking milk or other options, but today I decided enough was enough.  Today I put down the juice and decided to drink water.