2014-09-01 training log

Not quite sure what to make of today.

Overall it was an alright session. But I feel like I’m stuck. Is the protocol not working (e.g. I need to switch to model 2?)? Is it because of the diet and I’m just not progressing? Or maybe because I did push much harder during the initial sets that I just didn’t have it left in the tank towards the end? Hard to say right now. But today was what it was.

I know during my bench sets I was pushing faster, more explosively than I had before. So I know that took something more out of me. And when I did the BHP’s, I decided to increase the weight when I was planning this session but looking back I should have backed off on the weight given how the benching went. I did that on the curls and it was about the same tho as last week so… that’s why I wonder was it actually my work? or am I perhaps treading because of the diet? It’s just going to take some time to determine.

Speaking of diet. I hit my first plateau. I’ve been losing at a rate of about 1 lb. every 3-4 days, and I didn’t change weight between this past Thursday to Sunday, so Nick @ RP made a small adjustment that drops me down by about 500 calories a day, which is about right. Basically dropping my fat intake on my off days. All makes sense, and I expect I should be back on the losing train.

I’m having good days and bad days on the diet. Basically it’s a willpower issue. But again, the way the RP diet is set it’s helpful. I mean, the ability to have fruit is a godsend. And with no micro-management of things like artificial sweeteners, yeah, I’ll have a Diet Hansens soda now and again. Some artificial sweeteners give me a headache (tried a couple Coke Zero’s back at the old day job and it never ended well), but the Diet Hansen’s are working well for me. It’s still an adjustment to not eating “a lot” of food, due in part to eating more frequently (thus you need smaller meals) but the lack of carb sources on the off-days also cuts down on the fullness feeling. Sometimes the food is getting boring too, but I’m looking for more ways to help with that.

Granted, this is a hell of a first-world problem. Still, relative to me it’s different and a challenge.

And while I got really down on it this past weekend, I spent some extra time looking at myself in the mirror at the gym today. I saw my shirt bulging where it shouldn’t bulge, and that I pissed me off. But I also saw such potential, like while curling I’ve got these pumped up pecs and delts and tris and bis, and holding dumbbells at your side, it really makes the arms and shoulders stand out. I can envision how awesome things will look — I just have to keep carving away the fat.

So… motivation. Determination. Just a matter of sticking to it.

Based upon Paul Carter’s Basebuilding

  • Bench Press (model 1)
    • bar x 5
    • bar x 5
    • 115 x 5
    • 130 x 4
    • 155 x 3
    • 170 x 2
    • 190 x 1
    • 170 x 8
    • 170 x 8
    • 170 x 8
    • 170 x 7
    • 170 x 5
  • Machine Flies
    • 85 x 10
    • 85 x 10
    • 85 x 10
    • 85 x 10
  • Behind the Neck Press
    • 85 x 10
    • 85 x 10
    • 85 x 10
    • 85 x 9
  • Hammer Curls
    • 25e x 10
    • 25e x 10
    • 25e x 10
    • 25e x 10

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