It's not really a problem, but she wants to cook sometimes, and I plan all my meals ahead of time, and she never knows what I'm planning on eating. I guess I could post my daily meal plan every morning, and that way if she's home and wants to make dinner she can, and if not I'll make it when I get home. But it's not anything that will put any kind of serious strain on our relationship. I don't mind getting fresh veggies, in fact I prefer them, but I have a problem with not cooking them, and then they spoil. I hate that. Plus I don't buy things like asparugus and snow peas, but I can get them in those frozen veggie packs. I'll look into getting them fresh though. I would like to find a good recipe using eggplant. I really like eggplant, but I've never cooked it. Plus, there are things that I eat all the time, that I'm really getting bored with. You have seen examples of my diet. It basically looks the same everyday. I can't eat cottage cheese and flax everyday like Tryska. I have to have some variety man. I'm eating tuna for lunch tomorrow and orange ruffie for dinner, but I ate so much of that a few weeks ago, that I got really tired of it.
Just out of curiosity, what do you have against wheat bread?
How can it be that wheat isn't good for anyone? Hasn't it been a staple in man's diet for thousands of years?
Wheat as we know it in the millennia of this era is not the same as it was at the very beginning. The genetics of wheat show that its development is very complex. Today's grain has developed from three naturally occurring groups of wheat. Through natural crossings, mutations, and natural selection these have evolved into all the many varieties of wheat grown worldwide.
In essence, the 'hard wheat' that we eat nowadays has a protein content as high as 13%, versus the more ancient wheats which had a protein content of, at most, about 2%. Increasing the protein content has had the effect of making wheat a viable source of protein for many people around the world, but has also increased the allergenic (gliandin, gluten and lectin containing), pro-inflammatory and metabolic-blocking portions of the plant almost seven-fold.
Aside from the under-investigated metabolic effects of wheat lectin, classic hypersensitivity to wheat is found in many infants and adults. Reactions are often localised in the GI tract. In a study of asthmatic patients, 46% (children) and 34% (adults) were found to have IgE to wheat as tested by Pharmacia & Upjohn, Diagnostics CAP System. In another study, specificity for wheat allergen using the same system was 98%. Wheat allergy was found to cause a persistent food hypersensitivity in atopic dermatitis patients (75% remained intolerant). In 102 grass-pollen allergic children, 12% were found to be allergic to wheat.
To add my own 2 cents in...
- we all eat too much wheat anyway; it's an insidiously common part of the American diet
- I feel better when I don't eat wheat
- wheat products (bread, pasta, cake, etc.) aren't that great for you anyway; there's more fibre and more nutrition in many other grains and food options. Wheat is simply more ubiquitous.
Comments: Had a pretty good session yesterday. Was running a little behind, so I didn't get to do my stationary bike warm-up like I usually do. Didn't necessarily feel week during check routine, but felt tired. I'm pretty weak anyway.
M1: (7:50) 3 Eggs, 1 Cup Grits
M2: (10:30) 1 Cup Mexican Rice
M3: (1:30) 6oz. Lite Tuna, 2 Tbs. Fat Free Mayo, 2 Tbs. Pickle Relish
M4: (4:00) 44g Whey, 2 Cups Whole Milk
M5: (9:30) 8oz. Orange Roughy, 1 Tbs. Olive Oil, 1 Cup Wild Rice
Side Bends 25X20X3
Leg Raises 20X3
Knee Tucks 20X3
Inclined Situps 20X3
Swimming 20 minutes
That's All Folks!
I have been eating lots of wheat bread and been losing fat at a good rate. But then again everyone swears that milk halts fat-loss and I drink around 6 cups of milk per day. At least. :cool::cool:
I don't drink quite that much milk, and before I started tracking my diet I didn't drink milk at all. I mean rarely did I even have 1 glass per week. The irony is that my fathers owns a dairy farm. LOL! Now, I'm getting 1-2 servings of milk per day. I don't eat much cheese, although I love cheese. Maybe 1-2 servings per week. I really feel like I'm doing great this week. I was down in weight (223) on Sunday.
M1: (6:30) 2 Eggs, 2 Waffles, 1/4 Cup Syrup
M2: (10:00) Oatmeal, 2/3 Cup Milk
M3: (1:00) 10.5oz Orange Roughy, 1 Cup Wild Rice
M4: (6:30) 44g Whey, 2 Cups Milk
M5: (10:00) 2 Eggs, 1 Cup Grits
Military Press 85X10X2
Lateral DB Raises 25X10X2
Front DB Raises 25X10X2
Upright Rows 80X10X2
Overhead Extenstion 65X10X2
Straight Bar Pushdowns 140X10X2
Good to see that oatmeal in there, blu. Keep up the good work.
Also: 2 separate lateral raises for delts? You can achieve most of the same result with the Around-the-World raises (see my journal for a desc) and then you can substitute Arnold Presses instead of raises.... Military Press is a good exercise, but I think Arnold Presses are one of the best shoulder exercises you can do . . . plus they're named after Arnold, so they are by definition COOOL.
I saw the around the world lifts in your journal, but they looked a little to complicated. I take another look at them. I've never done Arnold presses, so I give them a shot too. Thanks for the input. I feel like my diet is really clean this week, but I'm still hanging around 223-225. I wish I could just get over the hump.
I just finished my lunch, and damn if that wasn't the best baked Orange ruffie I've ever had. I've found that this is a very versatile fish, as far as ways to prepare it. I've eaten it grilled, fried in olive oil, breaded and fried (bad), poached, smoked and now baked. I would have to say baked is by far the best. Believe it or not I baked in in my toaster oven this morning before work on about 400 degree for about 35-40 minutes and it was perfect. Highly recommend it.
Comments: This is becoming very frustrating. I'm still stuck at the 223 mark. I've been here for about 3 weeks. I really can't explain why I'm stuck here. My diet has been perfect for the past 6 or 7 days. I should be losing wieght, but I'm not moving at all. I'm feeling stronger, but my body doesn't seem to be changing. I revised my diet, and lower my caloric intake to 2000 cals per day, but it hasn't seemed to help. I've stepped on the scale 4 days in a row, and it's measured the exact same thing. It's very depressing.
M1: (8:00) 3 Eggs, 1 Cup Grits
M2: (11:00) Oatmeal, 2/3 Cup Milk
M3: (1:00) 6oz. Tuna, 2 Tbs. Mayo, 2 Tbs. Pickle Relish
M4: (5:00) 44g Whey, 2 Cups Milk
M5: (9:00) 11.5oz. Orange Roughy, 1 Tbs. Butter, 1 Cup Wild Rice
Lying Leg Curls 90X10X2
Leg Extensions 130X10X2
Calf Raises 140X10X2
Preacher Curls 75X10X2
Hammer Curls 30X10X2
Cable Curls 90X10X2
Reverse Forearm Curls 95X20X2
Try taking Xenadrine or something, blu - maybe it'll be the extra bit you need to get over the hump.
I went from 235 to 223 on ~ 3000 cals/day, taking Xenadrine and only doing cardio twice a week. Dunno if you can get the same results, but I managed to gain muscle and lose bf at the same time.
Then i swapped to my current routine, of 3-4x week cardio (intense, 45 minutes 3x week, plus active on weekends w/ football, other stuff) and 2 days of lifting. I'm hovering around 215 now and almost done my bottle of Xenadrine, which I will stay off of for a while when I'm done -- with summer approaching I don't need any extra help being warm (thermogenic effect of ephedra).
I really wanted to try that Xenadrine, but it's the ephidrine I can't handle. Currently I'm on a prescription medication for allergies, and my aunt (a nurse) told me not to mix the two because my medication already has some ephidrine, and combining it with a fat burner could cause an overdose. I got to a little sticking point before, and Tryska had be increase my caloric intake from 2000/day to about 2500/day. Believe it or not this worked, and I almost immediately lost 10 pounds (withing about 3 weeks) According to my schedule I should be weighing in at 216 this week, but I know I'm not going to make that. I wanted my weight to be down to 210 by June 8th (wedding date), but I really don't see how I can lose that much that fast. I'm thinking about increasing the amount or cardio I do, for instance I'm pondering going to the pool in the morning and swimming before work, then lifting in the afternoons. I have to do something, I'm working my A$$ off, and I'm not seeing results. I was doing so very well for a while, now I'm just stuck! It's very discouraging!
What about going to a lowcarb diet?
Myself I dont like 'em but some people really have success with it. A friend of mine dropped 20lbs for his wedding on one of those things. Lots of people here use ketosis-based diets for cutting as well. Might be an option.
Can you tell me more about the Ketosis based diet. A friend of mine suggested that I might be burning fat and building muscle, but at a rate that caused my weight to remain the same. Could this be possible?
I dunno... try a search on 'ketosis diet' on the forums; you ought to find herds of stuff. Or ask one of the more knowledgeable members for advice directly.
When I first started lifting/dieting in mid-january I was eating less carbs, 30% instead of 40%, and I did pretty good on that for a while. Then I changed my diet to 30/30/40 (p/f/c) and added about 500 calories. This also worked for a while. I'll search on the ketosis diet. I've got to find something that will work, because I'm running out of time. I have to say, I'm happy with the improvements I've made, but by no means am I where I want to be in the end. I had short term goals set for June 8th, and if I don't fix this soon, I'm not going to make it.
Comments: Well, I finally did it. I weighed yesterday and I was down to 220.8. That's the least I've weighed yet. I'm not going to get too excited, but I can't help being a little pumped. Had a great session yesterday. When I left the gym my arms were so pumped that at couldn't touch my shoulders.
M1: (8:00) 2 waffles, 1/4 Cup Syrup
M2: (11:00) oatmeal, 2/3 Cup Milk
M3: (1:00) Skillet Sensation, 1 Cup Rice
M4: (8:00) 2 chicken Breast, 1 Cup Green Beans, 5 Beers
I know that's kind of low in calories, but I'm sure I'll eat or drink something that has cals in it, and I'll have to come back and edit this tomorrow. You know how it is.
Comments: Had a pretty good weekend. Drank a little on Friday night, but didn't have any beer for the rest of the weekend. I'm trying to be really good this week, because next weekend is a long weekend because of Memorial Day, so I know I'll be partying pretty hard. Did an ab routine, and ran 1.4 miles on Saturday. Felt pretty good.
M1: (7:30) 3 Eggs, 1 Cup Grits, 1 Tbs Butter
M2: (10:30) Oatmeal, 2/3 Cup Milk
M3: (1:00) 6 oz. Tuna, 2 Tbs. Mayo, 2 Tbs. Pickle Relish
M4: (4:00) 44g Whey, 2 Cups Milk
M5: (8:00) 2 Cups Beef Stroganoff, 1 Cup Mushrooms
DB Bench Press 70X10X2
Incline DB Bench Press 55X10X2
DB Flyes 45X10X2
Cable Crossovers 40X10X2
Bent Over Rows 95X10X2
Cross Bench DB Pullovers 50X10X2
Wide Grip Pull Downs 90X10X2
Comments: Had a pretty good chest session yesterday. Pressed 70lb DB's for the first time. They were heavy, but it felt really good. Diet was right on yesterday.
M1 (7:30) 3 Eggs, 1 Cup Grits, 1 Tbs. Butter
M2: (12:00) Oatmeal, 2/3 Cup Milk
M3: (1:30) Strogonoff
M4: (4:00) 44g Whey, 2 Cups Milk
M5: 2 Rice Cakes, Hot Pocket
M6: (9:30) 1 Chicken Breast, 1 Cup Green Beans
Running 20 mins
Comments: Diet was pretty good yesterday. For some reason I struggled with hunger pretty much all day. I was always looking forward to my next meal, because I was hungry. Didn't do my ab session yesterday. When I finished my run I was really tired. I went home and rested before my softball game.
M1: (8:00) 3 Eggs, 1 Cup Grits, 1 Tbs. Butter
M2: (11:00) Oatmeal, 2/3 Cup Milk
M3: (1:00) 6oz. Tuna. 2 Tbs. Mayo, 2 Tbs. Pickle Relish
M4: (4:00) 44g Whey, 2 Cups Milk
M5: (8:00) 1 Chicken Breast, 1 Cup Green Beans, 2 Cups Squash and Onions
Arnold Presses 35X10X2
Around the World Lat Raises 15X10X2
Upright Rows 85X10X2
Skull Crushers 65X10X2
Straight Bar Pushdowns 140X10X2
I noticed ya tried the ARound the Worlds.
How do they feel? Can you feel it in the front and side delts both? If not, slow it down a tad.
That is possibly the hardest exercise I've ever done. I thought I was going to be tough and just grab some 20's and do them. Not quite! I struggled with 15's. I did feel a definite burn all the way around. I really enjoyed the Arnold presses. I think they helped a lot. My shoulders don't ever really get sore, but they get tired.
Are you doing the arnolds standing or seated? with or without back support?
My recommendation: Perform them seated, with your back against a padded backrest. This will minimize the amount of 'cheat' you may involuntarily do by swaying the body. It also prevents you from overbalancing backwards.
As you progress in weights with the Arnold Press, be careful at the top of the motion that you don't overbalance backwards with the weight. I did this ONCE... it hurt enough that I paid bloody good attention to balance thereafter.
Also, if you can get 2 sets of 10 at that weight, up the poundage, baby!!!
I did 2 sets of 10 last week, but I have a problem cheating when the weight gets really heavy. I guess really even if you cheat you are still working the muscle, you just open yourself up to injury.
The way I was doing the around the world raises was starting with my hands behind my back, palms in, and raising slowly up and over my head until I get about 30-45 degrees above my chest. Is this correct?