Let me start by saying that although I am “Discouraged and frustrated,” I don’t plan to stop working out or anything. I’m just looking for a little advice or additional motivation, I guess.
I’m not sure where to begin. I’m 30 years old, 5’-9" and weigh 187lbs. I’ve gained about 20 lbs in the last year and a half or so. I suppose most of it is muscle because while I haven’t lost the 16-ish% bodyfat that I carry, I definately havent gained more.
I’ve been in the 185-189lb range for at least 7 months. I’m stuck. I think I’m losing some fat, or building some muscle, or a combination of both, though. I definately look a little bigger than I have in the past, and I’m definately stronger. Friends that I dont see often notice the difference, which is cool. But I feel like I’m missing something.
Without getting into too much detail, I lift for 40 minutes in the mornings (hard) Mon, Wed, and Fri on an A/B split. A=Vertical push/pull and deads, and B=horizontal push/pull and squats. Tues and Thurs I do medicine ball core work and sandbag work. (Just got a tire, too, for pulling/pushing and sledgehammer work.) I switch the reps/sets each workout. For example, last week was ABA, where A was 5X5 heavy and B was 4X10 less heavy. This week, BAB, where B is 5X5 and A is 4X10.
I think my issue is diet… I dont think I eat enough, but I can’t figure out how to eat more. I get about 2700 calories a day: Fat 132.9, Carbs 145.3, Protein 227.1. Fats from olive and flaxseed oil, fish oil, avocado, etc… carbs from mostly oatmeal, fruit, and milk, and protein from whey, meats and eggs. I dont eat like shit… i just dont eat enough. I work all day, and as it is I’m the only person at the office that blends shakes, has a stash of canned tuna and chicken, keeps jugs of protein and quaker oats under his desk and has Outlook reminders for my snack schedule.
In principle, I feel like I am doing everything right, but I am not growing like I feel I should. What do you guys think?