I thought this would be a good post. It has to do with nutrition AND lifting. I decided to post it in here and not the bodybuilding section because I am now an "in shape" guy, lift only three times per week with TBT or upper-lower splits, and follow a rather ordinary, softcore diet (3 square meals and 2 snacks).
I've spoken on return versus investment before and would like to know where others stand on the matter. Like I said, I gave up hardcore for "in shape" living because the return on investment was interfering in other areas of life, especially time in the gym and NEVER or SELDOMLY wavering from the schedule. Well, eating and preparation also interfered, but not as much.
For an example, now if I miss meals or workouts (which really doesn't happen as much as I might portray here), I DON'T get pissed off. If I have to see my friend who I haven't seen in months after work, I go see him. If I have a date during the week, I miss the gym. I even hit some of my macronutrient needs with less-than-stellar sources now. I might have some baked potato chips or whole wheat pretzels instead of brown rice or potatoes. I might wind up having more cheat meals than I planned to because I was out having fun with people.
I would say right now my level of commitment and sacrifice is 7 on a 10 scale. Therefore, I get a 7 in results [return on investment (ROI)]. However, I'm now experiencing greater satisfaction in other areas of life. Example: I am willing to give a 10 in investment to work, social life, a woman, and recreation, but not in the gym, track, on the road, or with my diet.
My current practices are (repeat: NOT!!!) recommended for people want EXCELLENT results in the quickest time possible! I am simply starting an adult conversation with the more friendly and reasonable topic that I've pondered over for the past year because in this past year I've done a great deal of changing and maturing. NO, working out less is NOT maturing, but it was maturing that made me change priorities in life.
(I must emphasize words such as NOT and NO because some people on here are very sensitive and/or don't interpret writing sometimes)
I also think this is important to discuss because I've seen quite a few people come up with intriguing posts in which they discuss being dead broke or extremely tight with money, yet still ask us our opinions of whether to get cheaper alternatives or NOT buy supplements at all. Every time I see one of those posts that go something like this, "I have 2 bucks in the bank, just graduated school, got no job, but am wondering if Gatorade or juice is as good as Surge; I'm getting paid tomorrow, but I might blow a good amount on Alpha Male and Surge," I can't help but think to myself, "Buddy, when you're broke-ass broke, you don't think of fucking supplements - and maybe not even muscles!!"