So, since I spend most of my days fighting off insanity due to immense boredom, I figured I could start a journal. Let me start off by saying that I have a lot of time on my hands lately. I'm a casual longshoreman for the Port of Tacoma. A lot of people ask what a longshoreman does, well we unload container ships and drive cars off ships that are being imported from Asia amongst other things. Lots of different stuff, but that's what I'm doing at this point in my career. As a casual I'm not guaranteed any working hours (it's pretty much show up in the morning and if there's enough work, you have a job that day). Lately I've been working only one day a week, but I'm up at 6:30 and know if I'm working by 7:30. So from 7:30 on I have nothing to really do except go to the gym and run a few errands. I typically spend 60-90 minutes at the gym and right now I'm doing 3 fullbody workouts a week. Every other day I run 2 miles for cardio, and I've been playing handball (similar to raquetball only harder) two to three times a week for 60-90 minutes.
My diet growing up has been...well, lets just say that I should be 100 overweight with the shit that I grew up on. Steady diet of McDonalds, Taco Bell, nachos, chips and dip, mac and cheese, you name a shitty food I probably ate it. Thankfully I've also been involved in athletics my whole life so my weight issue is too far out of control. I'm just under 6'1" and currently weigh 225lbs. My primary goal is to drop about 15lbs of fat and see how I look/feel.
My diet now is much better, but not optimal. a typical day:
6:30 2 cups Vanilla Almond Special K cereal
1/2 cup skim milk
10:30 two slices of flax bread w/ reduced fat peanut butter
1 cup skim milk
11:00 Monster Energy drink on the way to gym.
12:30 Protein Shake
ATW Isolate Cinnamon Bun 1 scoop
1 cup skim milk
1:30 2 Chicken Breasts
1.5 tablespoons of BBQ sauce
6:00 Either Salmon, Halibut, Chicken, or Scallops
8:00 1 cup of lowfat ice cream or my wifes lowfat dessert of the week.
Gym regiment for past 5 weeks has been as follows:
lifted yesterday, skipped legs (as usual). I know that I should be doing them, but I've been suffering from back pain the last few months and I'm scared to death of doing squats or deadlifts. The massage didn't help nearly as much as I hoped seeing as my hips are tighter than ever. Seems no matter how much I stretch, they don't get any better.
Today I was planning on competing in a longdrive contest at a local course, but seeing as my back and hips are out of sorts I'll have to skip this one.
Thinking about switching up my routine. Possibly a push/pull or upper lower. I'll probably start on Monday, need to change things up a bit. I am very pleased with the 3 full body workouts a week though.
So here's what I'm thinking for a new workout:
Day 1 Chest-
incline DB press 3x8-12
pec deck 3x8-12
decline BB press 3x8-12
cable flyes 3 to failure Tri's-
pulldowns 3 to failure
Day 2 Legs-
ham curls 3x8-12
leg extensions 3 to failure
calf raises 3x15 Back-
Dead lifts 3x8-12
lat pulls 3x8-12
low cable rows 3x8-12 Bi's-
BB curls 3x8-12
hammer curls 3-8-12
preacher curls 3x8-12
cable curls 3 to failure
what's funny is that since I've been doing incline press, my shoulders have become more developed than ever. I stopped doing them when I started fullbody w/o's. Now that I'm doing splits again I'll probably throw them in.
leftover sirloin (6oz)
pomegranate energy drink
homemade protein bar
Monster energy drink
so after I ate the tacos, I threw the leftovers out because I felt guilty. This seems to be my problem...rather than not eat the shitty food to begin with, I eat it and then feel guilty. I just need to remember what Wrath says in "the journey": "everytime I see a piece of food, I'm asking myself, am I building up or am I tearing down?"
it's 8:00 and I'm without a job again! Yeah, another day full of nothing considering that it's my off day. I'd go do something at the gym, but I'm really sore from the past two days. I do have a softball game in 10 hours so I guess I have that to look forward to...
just got back from the gym and I gotta say, it was one of my hardest workouts in a long time. I've never had such a pump in my chest. My tri's are just annihilated, and my shoulders are still burning. Anyways, here's my #'s for the day:
hammerstrength bench to failure
reverse pulldowns (single arm)
17.5x12 superset with laterals 17.5x12
Not today. There wasn't a lot of work at the port. I'm going out of town tomorrow, so I'll try again on Sunday. It's funny, it sounds like I'm unemployed when really, I have a job....just not very often.
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