I just finished reading Chris Shugart’s article about the missing ingredient. I like the concept, and I’ve been thinking about trying to keep one for a while now. I think it would be easiest and probably best to plan a week ahead of time, and that’s what I’ve seen that most of you guys do. Unfortunately, I have a small problem. My problem is being 18. Teenagers, unfortunately, do not live by schedules, particularily during the summer. Let me try to explain my problem with a few examples of regular activities for a dude my age, and I’ll specify what I can easily change:
- Ma cooks the meals and the ‘rents determine what’s in the fridge - I could cook my own meals, regular healthy food(oats, tuna, chicken, veggies) ain’t hard to cook, and do my own shopping(they aren’t to expensive either). 2) Shifts at work are upwards of 5 hours - but I could bring preplanned meals there.3)Quite common(like daily) to go to restaurants with the boys or hang out with em, playin’ b-ball or whatever for a number of hours, I can’t count macros at restaurants or bring tupperwear to the courts?! 4) Gotta spend time with the girl too, and I’m not about to pull out a foodlog and open a can of tuna in front of her. 5)As much as I hate to admit it, drinking is a regular activity too. I realize the negative impact this has on the physique, so I keep it to a minimum - I guess I could be the DD to bars, but that’s no fun(I think most dudes can hear me on this one, I CAN’T dance with out liquid assistance)? What about parties? Do I tell everyone that those 12 pints just didn’t fit into today’s meal plan? These problems aren’t just occasional things, they happen daily, so a foodlog will be difficult. But I’m willing to make reasonable sacrafices for the body I want.
I know it will make the difference between lookin’ like a t-man or just training and trying to eat like one. My message here might have seemed a little long-winded, but if any of you folks can help solve my problems, I’d appreciate it. I respect what y’all have to say to the greatest extent, puh-lease help!