Protein is the 50%. I would say my problem lies in convenience. Being that I am in the military (you know how that is), have a wife and two children; time is a luxury. I also go to sea twice a year for 2 1/2 months at a time with little to no workout equipment; therefore, I sometimes force myself to overbulk in the not at sea time. I really just need to gain control, like you said earlier. The issue though is changing my “only weak bitches worry about their abs” mentality. I appreciate the conversation, it helps me put things into perspective.
To the second response: The problem does not lie in me being a vagina. The problem lies in the fact that I have a conscious fear of not getting stronger (or getting weaker and thus becoming a pussy). I have never hit a plateau with this lifestyle, regardless of the program I use. I am 23 and currently bench 412, squat 587, and dead 617 (all raw mind you). While I do appreciate your “tough” attitude, I think you are off, maybe thats just my opinion though.[/quote]
He was off…but just about everything “texasguy” writes is off. Look up Leo Ingram. He is also Navy and in one past article in Flex wrote about how hard it was on him when he was deployed at sea for months on end without the ability to train. He did the same thing as you only he took it to an extreme was once over 300lbs and pretty “hefty” at one point before he started competing again last year. It makes sense because if the choices you have are “eat more to maintain and grow” vs “eat less and lose everything you have because you can’t train during those periods”, most of us would eat more if the goal was truly more overall size.
I think you need to just take it in stages and slowly drop any foods you are trying to avoid without making drastic quick changes. Unless you are trying to compete, I don’t see this as that large of an issue considering there is no impending short coming time limit you need to meet.
Your statement above is also wrong. “Only weak bitches worry ONLY about abs or allow abs to hold back any other progress they make”. You can diet down, assuming you aren’t obese, in much less time than it takes to build large amounts of muscle in the first place.