Journal Entry 205 – Getting Stronger

Missed my normal blog post time this week due to a trip to Virginia Tech. Nutrition wasn’t on point this weekend, but luckily I didn’t really miss a workout. Haven’t had a chance to weigh myself in awhile, but I estimate right around 173-174lbs.

My workouts have been very good and I’ve been looking forward to every single one of them. My strength, especially on bench has increased by a good 5lbs each week at least. Today I repped 185lbs for 4 sets of 8 reps. The bar felt light to me. I know in the past 185lbs felt heavy while on a low carb diet. Talk about stagnation with a diet like that. Again my goal with nutrition at the moment is simply to hit maintenance and its an approximation. I dont obsess about hitting every single calorie correctly. I weight most of my foods, but do not track everything I eat. I’d say I’m within a 2-300 calorie window of my maintenance each day. I also make sure to get a good amount of walking in everyday. I usually go for a morning walk of 1-2 miles, then do a mile jog before lifting or if its a rest day I’ll go for another walk around midday and then one additional walk in the late afternoon/ early evening. Since I’m unemployed at the moment, I have time to do this. I’m also studying at the moment and walking can help refresh the mind from too much cramming.

Macro averages for the past 7 days were 151 protein / 250 carbs / 59 fat and Calories at 2470. Based on my bodyweight and activity this is just about right. I’m in a mode where I feel good, not changing overall weight that much, but my strength is going up very quickly, so I’m not going to change a thing. The only thing is if I’m very inactive due to just being busy, I simply drop my calories by a few hundred to make up for it. Also I’m trying to emphasize more carbs while keeping fat and protein adequate but not excessive.

Below is my last 3 workouts:

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I replaced goblet squats with 45 degree leg presses. Feel these really well and very easy to progress without a ton of back stress.

Some pics from the week:

BBQ chicken Fries 1 roll

BBQ chicken
Fries
1 roll

Rice Stirfry

Rice Stirfry

Pumpkin Quest Bar Very good, but tastes more like cotton candy than pumpkin

Pumpkin Quest Bar
Very good, but tastes more like cotton candy than pumpkin

Same

Same

Mix of stuff

Mix of stuff

Guiness Stout

Guiness Stout

Cabo Fish Taco

Cabo Fish Taco

Rice Stirfry with meat, veggies and imitation crab meat Crab rangoon

Rice Stirfry with meat, veggies and imitation crab meat
Crab rangoon

Pasta with chicken meatballs

Pasta with chicken meatballs

Rum and fat free redi whip

Rum and fat free redi whip

Breaded Chicken Tenders Special K Chips Imitation Crab Meat

Breaded Chicken Tenders
Special K Chips
Imitation Crab Meat

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