f=ma, I reckon you would like carb cycling... Feels great to load up on carbs training days and then cut them back on off/cardio days - just seems like an appropriate use of carbs and I definitely feel better for it.
I did a bit of soul searching over the weekend. I haven't been happy with a lot of things in my life recently and a lot of it comes down to lackluster levels of motivation and also I have been procrastinating in most areas of my life. I guess it just feels like I have been bumbling along and it makes me feel crappy because I am naturally someone that likes to be focused and achieve good things.
So I spent a lot of the weekend re-mapping out my visions for each area of my life (fitness, financial, social life, learning etc) and also I planned out some realistic goals for the rest of 2010 which should get me fired up.
That won't do it alone though - I've always set goals and at times procrastination and laziness gets the better of me. So I need to change about how I attack each day if things are going to change.
Some things I am going to change:
- properly plan out each day before I start
- cut right back on random Facebook/email checking
- tackle the boring/difficult jobs first to get them out of the way
- start the day earlier and put in some hours in the evening
- eat my meals on time, even if I don't feel like it (delaying them normally means I slip)
You get the idea, basically just be more effective on a daily basis.
Today has gone great - I have done everything already that I wanted to get done (its 16:35) and already had a good gym session. I can nail another couple of hours of work and feel good about going out with a few mates for a social one.
New training program from this week also which should shake things up. We're switching from a 3 day full body spit to an 4 day upper/lower spit - 4 exercises each session.
So my routine will look like this now
Mon - upper
Tues - lower
Weds - cardio
Thurs - upper
Fri - lower
Sat - conditioning
Sun - off
Progression works like this:
Week 1 - 3 x 8-10
Week 2 - 4 x 8-10
Week 3 - 3 x 6 (up weight)
Week 4 - 2 x 6 (back offish)
Todays session went like this:
Incline DB Press - 2 x 10 @ 22.5KG DBS, 1 x 7 @ 22.5KG DBS
Barbell Row - 3 x 10 @ 50KG
Floor Press - 3 x 10 @ 50KG
Chin Ups - 3 x 10 @ blue band
Nothing was super taxing, so should be able to up the weights nicely over the next few weeks. Felt great to do an upper body workout, I actually felt pumped.
Kinda sucked doing chins on a blue band, I am stronger than that but I am aware of my elbow and I want to keep the weight off it for now, but just get a bit of volume going through me at least.
Diet has also been great today. I am saving some calories for tonight though as a few of us are popping out for a bit of food for a friends birthday.
I ate my first 4 meals of a high carb day as normal:
50g x Quaker Oat Packs
300ml half fat milk
0.5 x Granola Bar
1 scoop Nitrean (mixed in water)
1 x Apple
Novus Protein bar
Chicken Breast (100g)
Rice (125g) + 2 x Rice Cakes
1 cup Veg
1 x Results
1 scoop Nitrean (mixed in water)
That leaves me with 90g carbs, 65g protein and a bit of fat to play with tonight which should be doable.
Oh, I've also decided to stop working with Shelby for a bit. Nothing he has done, he is an awesome diet coach and I owe my weight drop to him, but with buying the new house I need to cut out unnecessary costs and to be honest it should just be a matter of 2 high carb, 1 med and 4 lows per week through till summer. If I slip on the consistency and want to dial it back its just a matter of running no highs for a week and if I don;t gain, I can replace lows for med and highs. Consistency is the thing I have to work on.
Phew, sorry about the long post - just needed to get that out!