In the process of losing the 60 pounds I’ve lost I became averse to appetite, by which I mean that when I got hungry I’d eat pretty good — you’ve seen the food porn — but hardly ever with a voracious or gluttonous attitude. I just really got out of the habit of eating a lot, or often. This was good.
What I’ve done is to gradually accustom myself to eating big…really big; for me. Today’s post workout meal, after nine days of rest from the gym — and eating less each day because — was records on deadlift, standing press, and seated cable rows. After that and a few other exercises I downed 1,420 kcal in a single meal. Yea, carbage was involved, but not huge.
Anyway, this is not the typical food porn, it’s fixed only for me (another factor), but it’s what I’m doing right now. You see, I have a specific goal and I’m going to attain it. It requires real attention to diet in a way that’s paleoesque but not necessarily how I would eat normally, short the goal I’m intent on attaining. (Click all images for hi-res.)
That was a post-workout "break-fast." What you don’t see is the cup of cottage cheese and the shake I downed for another big whack of protein.
Her’s a pound of roast beef, chopped & crisped under the broiler with a bit of beef stock for moisture.
And then I finished off the rest of the beef.
At first this was hard and I drank a lot of the protein needed to make the impressive strength gains I’ve made in the gym in a couple of months. How much protein exactly on workout and rest days? I can’t say exactly and I don’t really know "the formula" in any case if there even is such a thing, but should it be any mystery that lots of protein is needed to make really big gains? Maybe it’s not required, long term, but I don’t want to wait another three years. I want these gains in months! And plus, I’ve simply found that I dig lifting bigger and bigger. I just do.
This is very, very different from what was going on before, where I had respect from trainers other than my own. Now I get a bit of awe. This is not a body-builder gym by any means (…oh so far from it — it’s an old-fat-fuck, downtown-lawyer gym; they call it a "club") so some of them — standard cert-holder p-trainers — are quite interested in what I’m up to. Today one of the newer trainers came into the room where I was doing some post-workout intervals on the stationary bike and, having seen me do my DLs and standing presses earlier said, "Dude, you’re gettin’ strong!" Believe me: he’s 20-sumthin’ and I’m pushin’ 50. That’s music every day.
And I’m just getting started. A 300 conventional deadlift would have been unimaginable three months ago. Now it’s just a matter of a few weeks away and I taste it. Can I hit 500? That will surely take more time and serious effort. I’m not committed to that goal, yet, but I’m thinking about it.
I wrote earlier that I downed 1420 calories post workout today. I had a lot of roast beef, cottage cheese, mashed potato, cantaloupe and a big glass of coconut water. Here was my second meal, tonight.
Basic grilled grassfed burger & mash. The sauce was of my recent batch of bone stock — of which I have photos and may do a post on soon.
I dunno… Maybe it’s obvious. I suppose just getting lean is a great goal. It’s what I wanted to do and then I bounced 175-180 for a year and never got much stronger, or leaner. I still bounce 175-180, the difference being I’m hugely stronger and visibly more muscular and lean.
I’ll take it; and plus, I’m not finished.