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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/03 09:29:53 (permalink)
Plans, plans, plans......
 
It's been a busy weekend and most updates have been quick ones on my phone.  Just got a spare 5 minutes at work to think about the next few weeks.
 
I've mentioned this briefly, but the America trip that was talked about months ago is now back on.  It's a sales meeting that I was needed at, then wasn't, now they've decided I am needed.  This is a great opportunity from a work point of view and also personal experience.  I have done 4 work trips to Chicago during my first year in this job but it's now been a year since I last traveled there so it's great to be there again.  
 
I say all this because from a diet/holiday point of view it's a disaster.  Not that my diet has gone well anyway.  So...... my plan is simple.  Carry on as I am.  It would be very easy to just give it all up now, but I might as well do what I can, even if that just means standing still and not getting any fatter.  2 weeks to stick to the diet, I will still enjoy my weekends and carb up on Sunday.  1 week in America, 1 more week to drop what I gain out there.  There will be no "end of cut" finishing pictures.  I will be way off my recent best of December last year.  Those finish pictures will remain as the best shape I got in before I changed direction.  
 
Then...... enjoy the holiday and draw up a new plan.  2 weights sessions a week (either full body or a push and pull with a bit of legs in each), more running, swimming, fitness classes and then eventually cycling.  I say eventually..... I don't own a bike and I could do without spending the money right now, but I am starting to think "life is too short" and I should just buy one so I can get some riding done before the winter comes.  This would all be done without much of a plan or goal, just to get into the disciplines, get fitter and lose a bit of weight whilst relaxing the diet.  I would aim for a Tri next summer with maybe a duathlon or 2 to get into it.
 
Diet is my main issue.  I want to relax it, I want to get away from the structure that's annoyed me for so long.  I want to remove the stress.  But I don't want to get fat!  I need to give myself some options and I will track cals to start with.  It won't be a free for all but will be more relaxed and random.  I want to enjoy my food but also eat foods that make me feel good and aid my training.  I will still have to plan and prepare, but when I don't have time it won't be the disaster that is sometimes is now.  I don't want to have to cook every Sunday.  It does need some thought.

So there we are, carry on as I am for the next 4 weeks (with 1 week out in America).  I say carry on, but I obviously am starting to do bits of new things.  I have already swam twice, I have signed up to spinning class next week and I will be buying a bike (I think!) after the holiday.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/03 19:20:10 (permalink)
Chest + Shoulders

Session after work. Shattered from the weekend. Eating, drinking and not enough sleep. With only 2 real weeks of training left and just 1 to recover after the holiday, motivation to progress has gone. For that reason I ditched the log book (well app on my iPhone) and just lifted by feel. Result was less weight than usual, few more reps but really just a tick over session. Not expecting to build any muscle now.

I'm shattered so working my week out to avoid AM sessions, at least tomorrow anyway.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/04 18:57:23 (permalink)
Back + Bi's

Session after work at the new gym, but this time the branch near my work. I would only use this on a morning because it's in the wrong direction after work but I don't want to go on limit time at 6am and not know where everything is.

The weights room is a bit bigger than the one near home. Got an average back session done but nothing amazing. Had a swim and steam room after. Well and truly ticking over.


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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/05 07:02:23 (permalink)
Legs

Morning session. Very steady leg session. 1 because I hate training legs anyway and with 2 or 3 session left I'm just ticking over. 2 because I've got a race tonight.

Weight is at last weeks weight so the weekend didn't do too much damage. Hoping to see a pound drop. If I can drop 2 more before America it'll do. Even though it'll go back on, just to achieve something from this diet.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/05 19:46:42 (permalink)
Out for a race tonight. The 3.5 miler I do regular (it's once a month through the summer). But tonight was a league race for my club and my 2 closest competitors were running.

I set off hard and clung on for dear life. I ran well and got too league points keeping my place at the top. I thought it would be the quickest I'd run that race but I was quicker 2 years ago. It shows I'm picking up again though.

Legs are shot from constant racing (feels like that's all I've done lately). Nothing lined up now for a while and I miss the next league race due to our holiday. It'll be nice to back off a little.

That said I need to get the speed and tempo work in to cash in on this fitness. And once the holiday is done, up the mileage to 10k's again. I've got some 10k's coming up later in the year and I wouldn't stand a chance right now.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/06 08:46:17 (permalink)
No training this morning and potentially non tonight.  We'll see, I may have plans.
 
Weight is down 1lb so I've finally dropped another pound.  Hoping to see that stay until at least Saturday morning
 
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/07 06:48:20 (permalink)
So this week is fast turning into a mess.......
 
Last night was supposed to be an empty night as my GF was at the theatre.  I was going to gym and do food shopping before I have the kids at the weekend.  Then run tonight in the 30 mins I have when I get home before the kids come.
 
Instead a place became spare and she wanted me to go.  So no gym last night, no chance of going this morning, no food shopping done.  I either do nothing at all today and write this week off and quickly go shop before the kids come, or do something (run or gym..... not sure which as I need both) and drag the kids shopping.  Which they hate.
 
The only good thing about last night (from a diet/gym point of view) was that I hardly ate anything and weight is low again this morning.
 
I know in a few weeks I will develop a new routine but I can't wait for this one to come to end because I've lost all motivation and I'm going through the motions for the sake of it.
 
 
 
Soooooo...... tonight we'll see.  I have gym kit in the car.  Right now I'm thinking of getting the food shop done before the kids arrive so no training at all.  Just write the week off.  Get plenty in before America, have a solid week when I get back then it's done.  I won't get a chance to train all weekend as my parents are away so no one to watch the kids (not that I normally do much, just the odd run)
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/08 07:54:33 (permalink)
Weigh in time 12st 5lbs - 1lb off last week and the lightest I've been on this diet.  Would be nice to hit 12st 4lbs before America as a finish weight.  Way off where I thought I'd be but better than nothing.
 
Waist - 32.5 inches - no change there.
 
This weekend will be relaxed.  I'll keep my eye on calories, but I won't be that careful, won't try to get my protein in and won't carb up.  I will have a pizza and a few beers.  Most likely tonight which will be a big high day.
 
 
Again, it is what it is now and I'm more looking forward to a new challenge.  My only regret in all of this is that over the last 2 or 3 years (since I split with my ex really) I've been in awesome shape.  Once in 2014 then again at the end of 2016.  Then I add a bit of muscle after the 2016 diet and only in the last month of the bulk do I mess things up a bit.  Then try to diet down with added muscle and it just doesn't happen.  So fair enough I've lost heart and I'm changing directions, but my point is after looking great twice recently I then will go on a summer beach/pool holiday looking crap!  To be honest, while I'm there I don't really care.  It would have been nice to have a few pictures of me with abs and a tan at 40 years old before I changed direction but we can't have everything.
 
The other annoyance is, I am convinced my new regime will actually leave me quite lean as a by product of lots of cardio type exercise.  And with 2 weights sessions a week, I bet I will end up looking pretty good, just less muscle.  After my holiday!  I suppose the good thing is, this will hopefully be a way of life and a condition I hold while ever I am training hard.  I'm sure I'll back off in winter and gain fat, then lose it in the summer.
 
Either way, it's time to relax a little and enjoy life a bit more!
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/09 19:13:44 (permalink)
Funny weekend of eating.  As I said yesterday, moderate then a big pizza.  Today was more a standard 3 meals.  Nothing good, nothing too bad.
 
Had a moment today where I took my top off in the heat, nipped inside and caught myself in the mirror.  Now of course it's the worst possible timing.  Day after a massive pizza, no weight training (or cardio for that matter) since Wednesday so no pump.  I don't look good and it just seems such a shame that I go on holiday like that.  I am getting over that, but today was a reminder how I've let things slip, or not achieved what I wanted to.
 
Anyway I'm ok with that.  My biggest issue right now is I've not trained since Wednesday, run or weights, and I don't think I'll get there tomorrow or Tuesday morning.  Then, as part of trying the new gym out I have a spin class booked.  Great for the future but that doesn't help my running or weights routine.  I can see next week being a crappy 3 weight week if that.  It is what it is but I expect to gain a bit of weight and the weigh in just gone being my best.
 
As I've said, I hope to drop fat after the holiday.  I echo my new goal........ aside from wanting to achieve in the sports I choose, I basically want a good body without trying.  I want to be slim, bit of shape and be healthy almost without trying.  By simply doing something I enjoy.  Sounds a bit far fetched but I can see it happening.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/11 12:07:42 (permalink)
So although it's 3 weeks until my holiday (but only 2 training weeks), it seems by coincidence and lack of motivation, my plans are totally fizzling out.
 
My issues more or less out of my control, I still haven't trained since Wednesday.  Probably the longest I've gone without training in a long time.  Yesterday was on diet except I missed a meal due to being busy.  Weight is right down this morning and I've almost lost another pound.  Issue is, today I'm starving.  I've ended up over eating a bit at lunch but I am training tonight so need the fuel.
 
This week, my GF has a bit of spare time and she is obsessed with us trying out stuff at the new gym together before my trial runs out.  So tonight I'm booked on a spinning class!  Good stuff as I want to do more of that going forward, although I know it will be hard.  It means I haven't done any weights so I hope to get there in time to squeeze a Chest session in.  It will be off plan and will just hit 3 or 4 movements then some Tri's.
 
Tomorrow we have a PT session booked in!  Again, more for the GF than me.  I will do some weights after no doubt. Then hope to run tomorrow.  
 
I am also off work the next 2 days so diet will be a bit slack.  I don't expect to now lose anymore weight but hope to stay sensible so I don't gain really.
 
There we are.  Off track altogether and I don't really mind.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/11 19:52:50 (permalink)
Sooooooo, as much as I would have liked to have seen this diet and routine out right to the end, I'm now basically just messing about until go on holiday. Diet is ok, will be a bit off the next 2 days, but the gym routine and it's structure has gone.

This week is a mess, then America and then I'll do what I can do for the final week.

But tonight at least I exercised. Basically, I booked on to a spin class. Wanted to try one out while I'm on this trial membership (although I'm now certain I'll sign up).

I got there 30 minutes early so did a basic chest and tri's routine. Decent workout though to be fair. Then into the spin class. Man it's hard work but I can totally see the benefits. Especially if/when I start cycling. And I must've burnt a load of calories.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/12 07:17:09 (permalink)
Just a quick update. Despite feeling like I over ate yesterday weight is down 1lb. Probably due to the sweat lost in spinning!! I'll be taking this at the end of the week.

Day off today including browsing for bikes and a joint PT session at the gym with my GF. I'll just go along with it. No idea what we're doing. It'd be nice to get a pull session done though.

Then hoping to run later but we'll see. Diet will be relaxed but sensible.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/12 13:25:43 (permalink)
So couple of developments on my day off today.

First of all I went bike shopping. Not bought anything just yet but got lots of info to make a decision.

Secondly me and the GF had a joint PT session. It was a HIIT based session with cardio mixed in with light weight (high rep) work. Not all that good for me but something different and it was hard work.

This leaves my routine non existent this week. I've got a parkrun Saturday, I'd like to get another run in before but I doubt it. And if I can get a Pull session in to complete upper body that would be great.

Then America, then a tick over week to keep some shape for the holiday.

Also, after a months trial I've signed up to the new gym for good now. So the old one will get cancelled shortly. I might as well keep it for a couple of weeks, get in there the week leading up to my holiday then it's done with. Sad as I've been going there for about 4 years now (maybe 5) and it definitely got me back into heavy lifting and has seen me profess to my best shape ever. I've hit the biggest weights I've ever lifted in there. But it's time to move on to other things.

Relaxed diet so far today but everything has been sensible.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/12 17:39:18 (permalink)
Keep the relaxing going mate. It's too late to stress about things at this point. Workout when you can and when you feel like it and don't go wild with the food. Give yourself a little space before you concentrate on your goals after your holiday then you will be fully focused. If you don't chill then I fear you will be stuck in no mans land for a while.

On bikes. Go for the best frame you can afford. You can upgrade groupsets (gears) and wheel sets later but you are stuck with your frame. I bought a Giant Defy 1 a few years back and instantly regretted it. It was the best Defy at the time with the best gears and wheels but the frame was the same as the Defy 3 at half the price. I should have dropped down a spec regards group set etc and bought a better bike in regards the frame.
Don't go crazy on the bike as you will still spend masses on equipment. Look into cycle to work schemes and you can buy that way so it's taken out each month in your wages BEFORE tax so you save 20% basically. You can pay back over 12 or 18months.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/14 19:13:18 (permalink)
Thanks mate that all makes a lot of sense. I am relaxing about it all now. New plan once the holiday is done.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/14 19:16:06 (permalink)
Crap couple of days eating after a day off work and then a BBQ at work today. But it is what it is.

Some good new, I got to the gym to train back, bi's and abs today. And I will be doing a ParkRun tomorrow. First run in over a week!

So that's 2 weights sessions and 1 run this week but then the spin class, PT session and lots of walking yesterday.

I'd be amazed if I get any exercise in America next week although I will take my running stuff. Then hope to smash a few sessions in before the holiday and get some running done that week.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/15 11:32:23 (permalink)
Weigh in time - 12st 4lbs - as seen mid week
 
Waist - 32.5 inches - same.
 
Now that has gone up a little but I decided to take my lowest weight as that's as low as I'll go and I see this cut/diet as over now.
 
I won't be tracking weight like this in future.  I will still weigh myself and probably log it in MFP, but I won't log it in here as it doesn't relate to my goal.  
 
I expect (and want) that to fall after the holiday once all the cardio stuff ramps up but we'll see how that goes.
 
Doubt I'll exercise now for a week or so, then aim for some fat loss and pump the week after before the holiday and that's it.
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Re: Mr Brittas's Journal 2017/07/22 08:31:12 (permalink)
Back after an amazing week in America.  Lots of fun with the sales guys and a great experience from a career point of view.
 
Plenty of eating and even more drinking!  No exercise at all.  Even if I wanted to, I didn't really have an opportunity.  Not without getting up really early which would have never worked after a few drinks.
 
Last week was the premature end to my weights and diet routine so I'm not obsessing with weight anymore.  I will keep a check and I have gained 4lbs over last weeks low weight.  That's not bad at all and I don't look too bad.
 
1 more week until my holiday.  I don't care what I look like, but I want to get active again this week and have just that 1 last week of hitting weights.  More importantly I want to get running again as it must be 2.5 weeks now without a run.  I'll get one in this weekend.  It'd be nice to drop a little fat and get a pump on for the holiday, but then it's down to 2 full body sessions per week.
 
I also hope to order a bike next week, this weekend if I get time.  During my time on the plane last Sunday, I did make some notes on my next goals.  I'll firm that up during my holiday.  It's pretty basic...... be fit, healthy and active.  And my training and diet will reflect that.  2 weights sessions to keep a bit of muscle and shape and improve performance.  Diet will be more relaxed, less protein, hopefully needing more calories with all the activity in the longer term.  I do want to look good as a by product of all this but it won't be the focus.  End goal will be to start taking place in biking events alongside my running then do a Tri next year (after some winter duathlons).  I want to enjoy it all too and not be slogging my guts out for nothing.
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