the unstoppable march of success!
Okay as you know I have been off line for a while, well I kept my journal on paper ready to post it when I returned, however I found my records used in a strange toddler paper shredding ritual last sunday so there is nothing to post.
That being so I decided to start a new journal when I returned by way of a fresh start.
First things first, a huge thank you to all those who contributed and read my journal - you helped me stay motivated and focussed. Being away has shown my how much of a support and help you were.
many apologies for the lack of pictures but without my laptop working I cant use my digital camera, at the mo I am using a desktop and cranking it by hand because it is that old. I will keep you informed best I can.
So lets bring you up to date.
Well, Friday saw my car pack up, which means gym work is off because I cannot get to the gym and back by public transport from my house in the time available. Neither could I walk. Bummer.
Secondly since going off line I have been ill, first a bladder infection and some post viral malarky. The upshot was and to some extent is a chronic loss of appetite. So although I wasnt dieting in a formal sense I was generally eating very little. Having been under the whether since the beginning of December I also feel really out of shape and loose.
However I have not lost my motivation, and I have worked out the basis of my plan of attack - the goal to compete this year. I am extremely grateful for the comments made on my progress pictures as they really helped me find the main focus points.
I will run through the essential elements as they stand.
1) Cardio is now HIIT on a stepper, at least 2x15 min sessions per day.
The aim is to make that 2x20 plus 1x15 by the end of the month.
2) No off days, and off meals by apoointment only (that is on social occasions only) So far this means, 8 feb, 18th march only.
3) Carb intake is being restricted to under 200g on all days.
4) Carbs will be manipulated 2 days of almost 0 carbs and 3 days of under 200, in a continuous rotation.
5) weight training will be 6 days out of 7. mon-sat.
6) fat loss is the number one priority.
7) fat loss supplementation on 5 days from 7 only.
I am also pledging to keep you all upon the mental side of the whole process in terms of how I feel and what my thinking is whne making changes.
Okay lets get the ball rolling
Motivation Score 8:
Motivated and keen today, really anxious to get rolling.
Progress Rating: 4
I dont feel close to my goal at all.
Sunday 18th January
50g whey, banana
50g pasta, tin tuna, sweetcorn a little mayo
25g rice, stir fry veg in 2 teapoons olive oil and soy sauce, 150g chicken
25g rice, stir fry veg in 2 teaspoons olive oil and soy sauce, 150g chicjen
Chilli: ground turkey, red kidney beans, baked beans, tomatoes, 25g rice. approx 100g turkey
8:00: raisins about 25g
Chilli - No rice.
50g whey, tablespoon of coconut oil.
I am also subsituting normal milk for soy milk in all coffee to remove hidden carbs and sugar is 1 teaspoon per mug (argh) to an allowance of 30g per day. (about 3-5g per serving). Yup its being measured.
This was a normal carb day where I missed my early 7:00 meal sleeping in. Normally I am up by 6:30 and would have 50g whey and 25g carbs of some variety.
To answer Trident's question. I would discuss gear, but there is nothing to say. I missed out the cycle last year and I am glad i did as it was an unmitigated disaster. I lost no lbs and gained no muscle in the 8 weeks I was on.
At this time all supplementation is restricted by budget, the best I could afford would be 1amp of sust everyother day with 25mg nolva everyday, and I would be running that right up to may if money permitted. That is on top of eph 5 days out of 7 at 50-100mg per day.