Shugart has an article about two types of people: those who train like maniacs and ignore their diets and those who have every potion known to man and don’t really train. I’m in the first camp.
I never quit lifting after high school, but IÃ¢??m one of those guys who did the same shit for like a decade and a half. Never did any cardio until about 3-4 years ago. Never watched what I ate.
Then I discovered REAL squats and deadlifts, etc. I decided that I wanted to be stronger, and it worked.
For the last two years, I’ve volunteer trained high school athletes at a small school. I never wanted to be one of those fat-assed, dickhead coaches that scream at their kids to “suck it up,” while they themselves couldn’t do a pushup or a situp. So I pretty much follow whatever program they’re on.
During the last 4 weeks I did a semi-GOMAD because they’re in “get huge” mode and I wanted to get my squat up to 3x5 at 405 and keep up with the Joneses. Check. (Of course, then I see that 47-48 year-old on this site who posted the video of 425 x infinity here and thank you- now I know what a puss I am. But hey- I donÃ¢??t use a belt or wraps, so there.)
About half way through the semi-GOMAD, I just started feeling FAT. So I cut way back, switched to skim, etc.
IÃ¢??m a carbo-hog. IÃ¢??m sure I donÃ¢??t get nearly enough protein. I get most of it through milk or a protein supplement. I really don’t get the urge to have meat but every couple weeks. I drink 3 cans of Pepsi/day (used to be 2L/day). It’s been impossible to quit and stay off, but I’ll just eat an ibuprofen every 4 hours during this diet and choke down some peppermint or green tea.
To drop weight, IÃ¢??ve run 20 minute IT’s on the treadmill so hard that I feel ill for a few hours afterwards. My hip would hurt, and I developed some kind of bone deposits in the ball of my foot. I finally quit once my plantar fasciitis made it hurt to walk. I figured if I have another 40 years to live, I didnÃ¢??t want to live it in that condition.
Then I switched to jumping rope, which I use to improve conditioning in my athletes. One session last week we did 30 15’s (15 seconds on/15 seconds off) and I was at 40 reps and above for every set. I can out-jump any of these teenagers, but I started to notice that my gut was bouncing up and down more than the rest of me was.
For the last few weeks, IÃ¢??ve just felt like IÃ¢??m all gut, and it’s just disgusting.
There needs to be less of me, and I need to set a better example for my students of what healthy should look like once you leave school and get “old.”
IÃ¢??m not sure exactly when it happened, but I’ve just gotten fat-ugly. I used to be relatively good-looking but the fat me is just gross.
It looks like I’ve got a ring around my neck, and it’s like one of those things where you look and say, “HowÃ¢??d I get to be such a fat fuck?”
IÃ¢??ve finally surrendered to the realization that no matter how hard I train in the gym, or how strong I get, or how badly I kick my own ass on treadmill intervals, or whatever the fuck I come up with next to distract myself from the core issue, it doesn’t mean I can eat whatever I want.
I’m 41 this month and after reading Dan JohnsÃ¢?? glowing reviews in “Never Let Go,” I decided that this was the one true path for me. I really like the idea of just getting it fucking over with, and the taste bud modification sounds good- man I hope it works.
This is going to be straight V for me, nothing fancy. I figure just the Pepsi should be good for about 3.6 pounds all by itself, but as I said, quitting that has been just plain hard. So I figured I’d try to overcome that by making it even harder. If you’ve never tried quitting something you’re addicted to, that last sentence will make no sense to you. But when your entire being is consumed with just one substance, I figured that broadening the scope would be something to try.
Here are my stats:
Height: 5’ 9"Weight: 219.4 lbs
Shoulders: 53 Â½
Chest- Upper 47
Chest- Lower 44 Â¾
Waist- 40 Â¾
Waist (largest)- 41 Â¼
Hips 42 Â¼
Upper Arm L- 15 7/8
Upper Arm R- 16
Upper Leg L- 25 Â¾
Upper Leg R- 25 Â¾
Lower Leg L- 17 Â¼
Lower Leg R- 17 Â¼
My lifts: Squat: 3x5x405 Deadlift: 3x5x455 Press: 3x5x150 Bench: 3x5x235
One other observation: I’ve read these logs where people who are on this thing and they start looking through recipes. That seems like a stupid thing to do. I’m going to pick out my meals this week, in advance, or have my wife do it for me.
I’m hoping to lose 20 lbs on this.
Photos already done… I’ll post when I find out where my wife hid the camera.
BTW, I started yesterday (Monday).