First post, but long time follower of the forums. I've been training for just under 2 years now and have seen impressive results but need some help getting to the next level. Foreword: I'm NOT the guy at the smoothie bar in too-tight beach board shorts and a compression shirt after trying miserably to do db curls on a bosu ball with one hand and leg tied together or something equally as dumb, so hear me out!
I started at 165 - 170lbs in June 2009, weak as can be. I'm now 200lbs with my max bench, squat and dl all hovering over/around 300lbs. For the last 6 months I had my butt handed to me by a trainer in school to get me ready to run a police officers physical abilities test. There was a lot of anaerobic stuff and not a lot of time spent on the weights. Now that I'm done classes I am back following the program set out in Eric Cressey's Maximum Strength book (I went through his 16 week program before school started). It has a focus on building strength (and thus mass) vs. trying to follow a watered down body builder program from the 80's without the drugs. I'd like to think that with what I learned from my own evolution in the gym and research, along with what I learned from my trainer and my powerlifter brother that I've got the basics covered.
I need help with nutrition. Even though I've gained a healthy 30lbs (I've always been and am still fairly lean), I'm sure any of you with the knowledge will understand the complexity of finding the right nurtitional balance. I eat healthy, but lack the motivation to eat properly. By that I mean I have no idea if what I'm eating is helping or hurting me after all the hard work I put in at the gym.
Here is a sample of what I ate yesterday:
7:00am - 3 whole eggs and 3/4 egg whites, 2 pieces of whole grain bread w/peanut butter
10:00am - 30g whey powder in 1 cup of skim milk, 1 cup of oatmeal
11:00am - workout
12:30pm - Surge Recovery drink (2 scoops)
1:30pm - 1/2 cup oatmeal & 25g whey powder
4:00pm - 8oz sirloin steak, whole grain pasta & steamed brocoli
7:00pm - 1 cup of raspberries, astro-zero yogurt, 25g whey & an apple
9:30pm - glass of skim milk and 2 pieces of whole wheat bread
Like I said, I think I eat the right types of food, but lack the extra knowledge about tweaking my meals and portions in order for them to be effective. For example, an hour after my Surge I'm suppose to eat a P/C meal with 33% protein and 66% carbs but really don't know what that should consist of. I have a basic understanding of low/high GI, starchy vs other types of carbs etc but need help bringing it all together.
So, if anyone wants to dive in and give me their 2 cents...