About 4 months ago, I decided it was time for me to get into shape. As this is the first physical undertaking I've done which hasn't been accompanied by a letter grade, I'm the definition of "beginner".
I've definitely been doing my homework and reading up (I think I've read through at least 4-5 books on this topic now, not to mention all the articles here), but I was looking at pictures I take of my progress and got a little discouraged.
While I can definitely see some progress when I flex (I have a tricep!), and I'm wearing regular fit jeans for the first time in my life, not much progress is showing up in the pictures (which I've attached. So, I'm here to ask for some feedback on areas which I could improve on (of which I'm sure there are many).
First, I'll give the basics of what I've been doing:
I bought the Men's Health Home Workout Bible a few months ago and have been following that. I moved onto the intermediate section in early April. Basically, my routine is divided like:
Fri: Lower Body/Midsection
Tues: Chest/Upper Back
(Works better for me than doing Mon/Wed/Fri.)
- Meal 1: 4-5 Omega-3 Eggs, orange, 1 cup 2% Milk
- Meal 2: Protein shake containing apple, flax seed, oats, nuts, low-fat yogurt, creatine, and whey protein (recipe from John Berardi's The Metabolism Advantage)
- Meal 3: Turkey burger on whole wheat bun (w/ low fat cheese), potato, low fat yogurt (on non-workout days I'll usually do another chicken breast and side)
- Meal 4: 1 can tuna, salad (w/ 1 tbsp fat free Italian or Ranch)
- Meal 5: Large chicken breast, 1/2 large green pepper
- Meal 6: Whey protein, 1-2 oz. mixed nuts
- Fish Oil Pill (taken with each meal)
- ON 100% Gold Standard Whey
- Higher Power Micronized Creatine 1000
- Multivitamin (taken with first meal)
One of my concerns is I don't think I'm getting enough calories. Going by Fitday, I average between 2100 and 2400 calories. I'm 5' 10" and about 168lbs. However, as you can see in the picture, I definitely could use to lose some more fat, so I'm a little apprehensive of kicking it up too much.
And, if I do, I'm sort of at a loss where to add more. It's harder than I thought getting more calories in my diet (something my sister gives me an evil eye over every time I bring up) while eating healthier food.
I've also noticed I've been really draggy lately. I figured that once I started exercising and eating better, I'd get more energy. Unfortunately, there hasn't been any. I've been considering trying some sort of energy product. Any recommendations? (I think I'll also be making an appt. with my doctor to make sure there isn't something else going on.)
Anyways, any help would be greatly appreciated.