Thanks for the feedback gents.
Jeez Cav, you make it sound as if the only way I'll achieve anything is by pouring gallons of protein shakes down my neck and if I don't I'm doomed, LOL. I've always been a firm believer that countless great physiques were built long before supplement companies existed and controlled the strength training industry the way they do now. I think much the same results can be achieved with real food, although I admit, less conveniently.
As I do most of the cooking (and all of the cooking for the last 5 weeks since my wife broke her thumb!) I can manipulate how much protein, carbs and fats I eat and even add an extra evening snack if necessary, but an important part of my relationship with my wife is cooking and sitting down and eating together. Her sitting down to a meal and me chowing down on skinless chicken breast and a shake is not gonna fly.
Anyway I don't think getting extra calories 'in' is going to be my problem.
Kraken - While losing bowel control does sound really appealing, I don't think Sheiko's what I'm looking for right now, but thanks.
mbv8 - Thanks for that. I REALLY do like the idea of over-reaching. Going at it like a madman for 6 weeks because you know that if you can survive it that you have plenty of time for recovery afterwards. I wonder how much volume we could cope with if we knew that it was only for a short time?
BN - Yeah I definitely will have to get something organised for on the road too.
Joe and DCA - Ha ha. I was actually thinking down the same lines spits to get rid of foul taste in mouth. Running would be a bit of a problem right now though, the grass around my gym is saturated and muddy and I'd have to walk at least a 100 yds from my gym to run on the road and the road is unlit, really pitch dark (no light pollution), but I do have a decent exercise bike so I could stick a minute on the bike inbetween each set. Maybe if I did a Crossfit crosses chest variant and used the bike (rather than a BB type routine) to burn the calories, I could use a lower rep range (4-8) maybe?
Sounds like a plan. Better learn to 'kip' and powerclean like a retard then!
I feel like we've all shared something really sordid between us. Let's never speak of this again.
James - I've been weighing and recording everything I've eaten today (and will do tomorrow) so I know where I'm starting from. You're dead right I need to tighten up my diet while upping the volume. I'm pretty much sedentary right now apart from my lifting so I need to start burning some serious calories. I'm going to weigh myself, take some before photos (which I may put in my log at the end of 6 weeks, or if there is no discernible difference, chuck in the bin) and get started tonight. Looking forward to it.