I started a program of nutrition and weight training five weeks ago. Before beginning my program, I was 6' tall and 129 lbs. Yeah, you can say it. I was rail skinny. One day I stumbled across an article about about a guy much like myself that embarked upon a program of nutrition and weight training and literally morphed his body from that of a freshly-kicked-sand-in-the-face 'kinda guy to a stud. So, I spent countless hours researching nutrition and weight training and came up with a program.
One of the first things I learned is that if you want to get big, you have to eat. There's no way around that. Secondly, you have to eat the right stuff. When I looked at my current eating habits it became apparent to me that much of the reason I was skinny was because I simply didn't eat! During the course of a normal day, I would typically take in about 1500 calories and that's barely enough to sustain me, let alone see growth. So the first thing I did was establish a diet. My current diet provides between 3500-4000 calories a day and looks like this...
1. One-half gallon of milk a day.
2. Potatoes, eggs and some form of meat for breakfast.
3. Whole wheat bread, lean beef and/or turkey, cheese and mayo for lunch.
4. Chicken and rice, pasta or potatoes for dinner.
5. Fruits and veges thrown in the mix randomly but with every meal.
I don't feel the need to "mix it up" that often because I actually like everything I have listed above and at this point in time, eating is more of a means-to-an-end as opposed to something that is actually enjoyable. The *biggest* problem I have in terms of eating is that I sometimes hit the wall. By this, I mean that time rolls around for my next meal and I'm simply not hungry. Not even in the least. When this occurs, I try to at least force a part of my meal down my mouth. I don't know but I'm thinking that my body simply isn't used to eating this much but in time it will relearn? Any thoughts on this?
In terms of my weight training, I train Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I work each and every body part every training session but I emphasize a different body part each training session. For instance, yesterday my emphasis was on chest so I threw in a couple additional training regimens for my chest. There seems to be a lot of controversy about working each body part each training session but it *seems* to be working for me and you know what they say about making a happy baby happier. Your thoughts?
BTW...after five weeks, I have gained six pounds and *definition*. Mind you, I'm definitely not where I want to be but I wouldn't expect to be after five weeks. My goal is to gain a pound a week. If I achieve this goal, I will have gone from 129 lbs. to approx. 154 lbs. in six months. Is this a realistic goal? I'm sure many of you are thinking that 154 lbs. 'aint **** but coming from 129 lbs. it will make a *dramatic* difference in my appearance and self-esteem.
I'd appreciate any input you might have *including* pep talks from guys who are coming from a situation similar to mine. It's not always an easy rope to tow but I'm in this for the long haul.