I’m sooo glad y’all liked my pics from yesterday! The weekend was so much fun. I’m already looking forward to the three day weekend coming up– there’s lots more exploring I wanna do
Okay. Prepare yourselves for LONG post…
Now that I’m all moved into my apartment, settling into life in a new town, and getting into a routine, it’s time to get back on the right track to seriously putting on mass.
Initially, I wanted to find a trainer and hire them to help me. But at the moment, I just don’t have the dolla dolla bills. (insert my coupon-clipping, resourceful, and cheapskate college kid ways)
So what did I do? I got crafty.
First, I re-read some of my favorite nutrition/weight lifting books and calculated my needed calories and such. WHY DIDN’T I DO THIS SOONER?! Sometimes your best resources are staring you in the face.
Second, I went to local supplement shops and asked the managers/employees for tips. A few reiterated what the books said: increase carbs, lift heavy, and be patient. Others just tried to sell me weight gainer proteins that cost serious $$$$. One guy even said I had hyperthyroidism and wanted me to call a doctor immediately to get my hormones checked because I looked like death …it scared the living daylights out of me to say the least…
Third, I sat down and physically wrote some stuff down: my goals and factors that made me lose weight (so I can recognize what to avoid).
- Gain weight. While I would love it to be pure muscle, I know that’s just stupid and unrealistic.
- Make new PR’s
- Read the Bible every morning pre-workout to get in the zone
- Stop stressing over the frivolous things of the past or future and learn to appreciate and enjoy the present
- Random– find a cool internship for next summer or Christmas break (hey, gotta have one college-based goal )
Factors that made me lose weight:
- the EXTREME stress from my organic chemistry 1 and 2 courses over summer
- not fueling the right way because I was trying too hard to be strict paleo
- being super busy with hectic-ness of moving and flat out not having time (which is a crappy excuse i know)
So here’s the gameplan:
Training-wise, I’ll be doing the Body Scultping Bible Routine by Hugo Rivera. I did this one about a year ago and experienced some of the greatest gains of my life. This site has the basic split if you’re interested in learning more. The only thing I’m straying from in that plan is the cardio– I’m gonna try to keep that to a major minimum, with the exception of walking on campus and walking/exploring beaches.
Fuelage: I don’t want to focus on macros and calories and all that nonsense, but I do want to try to make my diet at least 50% carbs to help the bulking process. It’ll probably end up being something like a 40c/40p/20f bulk, but I’m not seriously tracking it.
I’m going to try to keep it paleo-ish since being grain free has truly saved my intestines. The exceptions: Ezekiel bread, peanut butter, cottage cheese, and the occasional tofu for pudding. I think Ezekiel bread is really gonna help on the carb front. I LOVED it pre-paleo and a girl can only live on so many sweet potatoes before she turns an ungodly shade of orange haha
Basically, I’m thinking it’ll look like the plan below. I listed some random meals as examples:
Pre-WO: C4 pre-workout, fat+protein (nuts and chicken)
Intraworkout: Xtend BCAA’s
Post-WO: Protein+fruit+fat*** (shake with banana, whey, almond milk and pb)
Snack: Protein bar
Lunch: Carb+protein+veggies+fat (turkey sandwich on ezekiel bread with carrots and pb)
Snack: Protein bar
Dinner: Carb+protein+veggies (large sweet potato, chicken breast, okra and broccoli)
Snack: Protein+fat (frozen nutty egg white dessert)
***Lots of bodybuilders don’t recommend having fats post workout since it “slows the synthesis of protein,” but I find it works a lot better for my body energywise. It’s all personal preference though.
And regarding snacks–I’m in class or lab A LOT, so I need something convenient and not stinky like eggs. The protein bars I have will probably be quest bars or homemade.
I plan on doing a weekly check-in over the next 12 weeks as I do this program with updates on progress, pictures, and any realizations. I’m so stoked to start this after being derailed thanks to pooptastic o-chem. :/
This is going to be a trial and error. Thanks to the struggles over the summer, I’ve realized that nothing is perfect, and for the first time, I’m okay with that. Living here and finally being genuinely happy has given me a newfound vigor for life.
This is a journey, not a destination.
This is a time for healing, both mentally and physically.
So, starting today, let’s DO THIS!!