Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions. It does mean a lot.
That's exactly my thought (recomping). So I really hoped the experienced people on here would be able to help me out a bit. I know it may be a silly question for some, but everyone starts somewhere.
I haven't really thought about physique or being a bodybuilder, considering my age and my interests may change. But I started going to the gym because it has helped me a great deal with aggression/anger and stress. When I train, I'm in my own world. I love the feeling I get when working out. That's why I have asked for some nutritional advise, because, dare I say it, (I hate the word)! I feel "Over-trained" because there are times where I do not recover. But I still train regardless because I love it so much. It's the only thing that keeps me positive.
The goals I set myself like many, was to get "big and strong". But because i'm in it for the long haul, I don't mind if the changes to my physique take time. So I have a few numbers I wan't to reach with some movements. But I also have a clear image in my head of what I want to achieve in my physique.
Just in my opinion, I personally would like to feel happy with my physique year round. (obviously have times where you get a bit blurry in places). But other times in the year where you are a lot leaner. I have never wanted to get to a ridiculously low body fat. But low enough to see a few cuts and to actually have some visible abs. Because I personally believe I will feel a lot more confident in myself, which will help me in other areas in life also. Also it will let me know I CAN diet/recomp successfully.
I am going to gradually up the calories now and see if it makes some changes to my body/mood. Heck maybe I will sleep better, that would be nice for once! I just don't really like the idea of gaining more body fat when I'm already well over 15% and feel unhappy in myself.
But yeah, I apologize for the long winded reply, think I got to the point eventually!