Weighing the Whey
Volume 1: Analysis Paralysis
I tend to believe that most of us view weight-lifting and other various fitness we engage in as healthy; both good for the body and for the mind. But ensconced somewhere in this hobby lies a darker side, a side that I often dwell in that blocks out the light of the rest of the world. It?s most easily termed obsession and over-analysis. Most people on the forums are familiar with me and my strange; lewd behavior. It was once even commented that I can?t drink alcohol without making a dramatic story about it. Sadly; for the most part this is true. I can?t remember the last time I ate a meal without at least thinking of the caloric intake of it; the last time I had a sip of alcohol without wondering if my interstitial cells will continue to secrete testosterone tomorrow; and that if my lutenizing hormone level rises in response to my alcohol-induced suppressive testosterone environment will I become a horny animal and give some real thought to doing whatever has two legs (And Joe dogs have 4 legs so can it). So much have I worried that I can say I?ve been in college for 3 years now and haven?t really given myself a chance to enjoy myself because I?ve been too worried about my meal-timings and my precious T-levels and body-fat percentage that I let it overcome me. I put it first in my life and because of that I didn?t make much progress because after awhile I would just crack. I would be strict for 3 weeks and then the stress would kick in and I would be gouging on donuts at 2am. This is not a formula for progression. But lately I?ve decided that maybe I need to stop worrying so much; maybe when I?m lifting weights I need to stop thinking about glucagon and insulin sensitivity for a moment and just lift the damn weight! Maybe when I?m outside the gym I can stop worrying about a few extra calories from a piece of gum; or even have a beer or two with a few friends? And lately I?ve tried that. The end result? I woke up one morning after having a bit of alcohol and guess what? My penis hadn?t fallen off and I still had two testicles!. I even had a cheat meal the night before at a buffet a few days after completing the Velocity diet and I weighed myself and actually weighed a half-lb less than the day before. So I guess that maybe we need to stop worrying so much; maybe it might even be helpful to consider some of the merits of being less stringent with everything. Maybe in the end we?ll even be able to attribute some muscular gains to our reduced cortisol levels or maybe we?ll be able to stick to something longer b/c we actually enjoy doing it. Overall what I?m saying is that we need not nit-pick so much. Granted the science behind what we do is sound; but we still don?t know anything for sure. Like how surprised were we all when we read Gourmet Eating and discovered that we need not cry if we ate over 10 grams of carbohydrates in a meal if it wasn?t post-workout? I still can?t even break that habit. I used to be so obsessed that I thought even stir fry broke Massive Eating guidelines! But in the end; it?s doing the best you can and doing what you can live with.