Progress & Goals
LEAN BODY MASS
My Workout Philosophy View My Full Workout Philosophy
A former team member and UFC trainer beat me into shape with this workout in the past. This time around I used it to blast through plateaus!
My Nutrition Philosophy View My Full Nutrition Philosophy
I Love Food!
For the 12 weeks of this program I utilized a myriad of nutrition programs that my wife and I have experimented with over the years. First I have to say that it is very hard to eat healthy while traveling from base to base and village to village all throughout Afghanistan. Using a scrutinizing eye, I have managed to plow through MREs, box foods, 10lb bags of jerky and MEU style tray rats to uncover the lean potential in all of them.
-As I was saying, my first 4 weeks (Feb 1 to Mar 1) I ate massive amounts of meat and vegitables. After a week of low energy I realized that I had to add carbs or I would not stick with it. Oatmeal & fruit in the morning, rice with lunch and half a cliff bar before and after my workouts. My intake ratios floated around 350g Protein, 200g Carbohydrates and 40g of fat throughout the day. I also maintained a weekly cheat day to spike calories and keep my metabolism guessing! Yes, this did slow my fat burn for the first few weeks but I was depending on muscle memory to grow me into my potential. By March 1st I reached 175lbs, my overall weight goal for the deployment, in just the first months of being here.
-So came March 1st, 175lbs and my predetermined point to start cutting. Luck me, I landed on a FOB in Helmand Province where I can opt for a self made omelet at any time of the day or a British cooked meal at the cook house to escape Afghan cooking when they don't have my lean interests in mind! I continued my oatmeal in the mornings with a 9-11 egg omelet (2 yolks only for metabolism - ty 4hr Body), the cliff bar before and after the self-haze fest and dropped the rice. Now I consume 175g of protein, 100-150g Carbohydrates and 25-30g of fat throughout the day. Each evening I enjoy a pre-bed shake containing cinnamon, 1 scoop of protein (whey because I am Casein unprepared), low-fat milk, 2 raw eggs, water and vanilla extract. This scrumptious delight keeps me satisfied into the wee hours of the morning where I return to my daily schedule!
-I have a little over 3 weeks left until judgement day! I have decided to juggle my workout times pushing weightlifting to the evening and add a little more cardio in the morning. I think this should have me on target. No sauces, no grease, minimal butter (sometimes there is no choice but to starve) and no desserts! Wish me luck!
My Supplement Philosophy View My Full Supplement Philosophy
Think functionality, not gimmick!
I have never really considered Protein powder as a supplement, more of a meal, but since it is widely accepted as such I'll list it. I recently came into a 10lb tub of Innovative Delivery Systems (IDS) Vanilla Whey and I'd have to say it mixes well with my cinnamon and vanilla extract! I have tried their Belgian Chocolate and loved it but didn't go back. I just finished a tub of Optimum Nutrition (ON) Cookies and Cream and am awaiting it's replacement... that one will be a repeat offender! ON Casein has been a part of my regimen for years.
-Morning has me waking up to a Multi, Low-dose Bayer, B-Complex, Fish Oil, D3, Potassium, Alpha Lipoic Acid (APA), Green Tea & Garlic.
-Pre-Workout/Mid-Day consists of the Green Tea, Garlic, APA, D3, Fish Oil (& every time I think about it!), Niacinamide, Chromium Polynicotinate (glucose regulation), Pre-workout also involves a choice of Neurocore, BPI's 1 More Rep or Muscle Pharm's (MP) Assault.
I scarf down an ON Amino 2222 3-5 times a day mostly with my shakes.
-Evening/Before bed I gobble down some Huperzine (to maximize deep cycles), Garlic, APA, Potassium, D3, L-Lysine and a melatonin every other night. I've added MP Sleep Armor to push my recoveries faster!
My Motivation Philosophy View My Full Motivation Philosophy
A lot to live up to!
So, I just happen to have the best family on the planet. My wife and three young boys, although the source of a welcome exhaustion, are the singular driving force for me. And I know that many people say it, and I do not doubt them, but my family is the center of my aperature and they mean the most to me. I mean that in the most selfish way possible!
Oh, and I would not be able to conduct any of my amazing feats without a good sound track! From the riffs of As I Lay Dying to the brutal messages of Bury Your Dead; heavy metal is the key to my daily intensity! Stay \m/ Metal \m/