Thought I'd bite the bullet and post in the best damn forum here!
I just turned 41 March 8, and have been lifting hard for two years solid. Long story short- lifted and was a competitive natural BBer in my early 20's, got married, stopped lifting, had 4 kids, got divorced from the bitch after 20 years, and hit the gym again.
I am 5'5", 175 lbs, hoping to get down to 165 (unless I've underestimated my BF%).
When I came back to the gym, I set a goal to compete again. I'm planning to enter a natural BB contest May 3, assuming, of course, I'm happy with my appearance. I have started this log to document my efforts and obtain the valuable knowledge of my fellow old timers.
Diet: Here's a typical day.
Meal 1: 7AM
4 whole eggs
Whole wheat toast
Meal 2: 9:30AM
Nonfat cottage cheese
Meal 3: 11:30AM
Brown rice (3/4 cup)
Chicken breast (4oz.)
Meal 4: 2:30PM
Salmon (4 oz.)
Meal 5: 5:30PM
Meal 6: 8PM
Lean ground beef (4 oz.)
This is my pre-contest diet, around 1800 calories on lifting days. Prior to this I ate very similarly, just more of it. My plans are to undertake the Velocity Diet in a few weeks, right up to the contest date.
I've been using CW's TBT for four weeks now. Before that it's been a 3-day split done M,T,Th,F (Chest & shoulders, Legs, Back). I haven't really decided if I like the TBT over splits, though I feel like I'm burning more fat following this protocol. We'll see as the contest approaches.
I have found I'm having trouble putting on lean muscle without piling on the fat. I posted here over a year ago and was down to 156 with abs, but skinny as hell. I topped out at 185 in January of this year but was not happy with my Dough Boy appearance. I was also NOT eating as clean as I indicated above- 3-4 cheats a week.
I bust my ASS in the gym. My strength levels have stagnated, but the intensity is still there. Bench has always been weak, but numbers right now: 260 bench, 425 dead, 375 ATG squat.
I realize now, 20 years too late, that the gains I could have made in my 20s are gone. Yes, I'm in better shape now than I was when I was 22, and bigger than when I competed then. I think maintaining or slightly improving is a realistic goal at our age, but I'm wondering if you guys have experienced a lot more than that and if I'm copping out on not making vast improvements.
I look forward to everyone's input, and thanks for reading my crap!