I hear you man. Sometimes life gets in the way and it sucks.
As for the Power Cleans, I would try looking outside of the gym for instruction. I know it’s hard to find people cleaning and snatching in a regular gym, let alone someone doing them properly and willing to teach them. In this regard, CrossFit gyms are far superior. People can hate on Crossfit all they want but at least they are doing olympic lifts and if you visit one you will most likely find a competent instructor who can teach you the basics. I’m not suggesting you become a crossfitter or anything but you could go and ask for an individual lesson or two. Just an idea.
As far as your diet goes, don’t stress too much about it. Try to keep it clean but there is certainly nothing wrong with a moderate amount of dirty food now and then, considering your goal right now is not getting super lean. So make sure you eat enough protein and keep it cleanish and you’ll most likely be ok. If you see yourself gaining more fat than you are willing to accept, tighten things up a bit.
As for high protein snacks, I like Whey or why/casein protein powders because you can customize your shakes to adjust to your nutrient needs very easily.Protein powders are pretty inexpensive now a days and some of them taste very good. You can have a simple protein powder water shake or, if you want more carbs, you can throw in a piece of fruit or some oats. If you want more fat, add some nuts, some peanut butter or some healthy oil like olive or coconut. If you need to take it to work, get a shaker bottle and you’re good to go.[/quote]
That’s a great idea about the crossfit gym, never thought about that.
I have a protein/carb blend protein powder that I use post workout, I will probably take a shake or 2 for “in between” meals at work, along with a banana and almonds.
Thank you for the helpful input!