It's about time I did this
I've posted a few times on the forum, and have thoroughly been slapped for not eating enough, so I wanted to start up a log to show training and daily intake, so hopefully I can keep myself honest and find out where my weak points are. I'm tired of being the 166 lb 6'0 scrawny guy. To top it off, I don't even have the skinny "ABZ", so I'm not even getting those benefits either!
These are my previous two "questions" in the beginner forum:
From a 3 point caliper test, I'm at 7-8% BF.
In my opinion, my biggest problem is the food. I grew up in a family that has had little restraint from eating whatever they want, so I have a few members of my family that are very much overweight. Diabetes is also showing up. Therefore I am extremely caution about pounding burgers and milkshakes on a daily basis.
I've bounced around from program to program, thinking I wasn't giving my muscles the type of workout they need. Again, I now realize that's really not the problem. I've switched back to the basic Stronglifts 5x5 program to try and ramp up the weight and put some friggin muscle on this scrawny frame o'mine.
I will be posting daily (assuming internet access is available) to keep myself in line with my goals, and would appreciate any advice that is thrown my way.
My current bodyweight goals:
Bulk up to ~230lbs
Attempt to maintain <15% BF
After reaching weight goal, cut BF to 7-8%
I realize that I will never look like several of the lifters that are featured on the website. I do not want to resort to using any type of supp beyond protein and perhaps creatine. I am also aware that looking at my family, genetics are against me for my goals.
I would like to reach these goals by the time I am 30 years old. I am currently 26, and have been lifting on and off for several years, but never seriously. I found this website about a year ago, and attempt to soak up as much information as possible. I know a lot of you started in late teens, but unfortunately for me I didn't even really care about seriously working out until recently.
I will warn any readers that I will probably use profanity when describing my workouts, as when I cannot add weight to the bar, or when I am not able to lift as much as I did in a previous workout, I get extremely pissed at myself.
Again, I know these logs are for me, but I would appreciate some input a long the way.
The biggest changes I have made to my diet in the past few weeks in attempt to add more calories are:
1) Adding gatorade to each of my workout shakes to promote insulin spike. Before I used protein only. Also adding a shake during my workout. These changes have increased the calories from my shakes from 440 to 895 (+455)
2) Reading Chris T's "Clean bulk" article, I have added about 3-4 shots of olive oil per day in my diet. (+ ~950 calories)
I work out in the morning before work from 5:00-6:10am. I will keep track of my food intake throughout the day, and post my results at night. I've attempted to use fitday, but the problem is that we cook so much exact calories are rarely known.
Anyway, enough talking from me. I will be posting workout results from D1 of Stronglifts tomorrow night.