Posts Tagged ‘eating’

The diet is very important, especially to natural athletes like myself.  If you don’t take your diet serious, you can forget about building a 6-pack and you will never burn off your extra body fat.

But, is it worth living if you never get to eat?

Overall, I am pretty strict with my diet but recently I have learned to loosen up a little.  I don’t mind dying 2 years early to enjoy a juicy steak or a bowl of ice cream when it is 96 degrees out in NYC.

I am also going to eat when I am on vacation.  When I am in New Orleans, I want some gumbo, jumbalaya and I am probably going to drink more than I usually do.

But, I don’t think the answer is moderation.  Moderation is a cop out.

I think the key is to just choose your battles.

I had a really hard week of training last week.  I hit the gym 4x and I also did 4 days of cardio, beating my 21 minute 3-mile goal for the summer.

Yesterday I woke up for work and I was barely able to move.  In the same week I did 495 lb shrugs, 17 chinups, 245 bench press for 8 reps and I ran hard including playing basketball on Sunday.

My workout in the gym on Monday was lackluster, I just wasn’t feeling it.

On Tuesday, I wasn’t feeling great either.  I did some legs at lunch and some easy cardio after work.

When I got home Tuesday night, I decided to eat a little.  I finished my dinner in 2 seconds and told my wife that I was still hungry.

I couldn’t hold back and I tore into a bag of hummus and chips.

Sometimes you just need some extra calories and some extra rest.  Especially if the extra calories are going to help you train harder.

Tomorrow I am back to my super strict diet and I plan on hitting the gym twice for weights and cardio.

Next week for Father’s day, I want some beers and hamburgers.

I don’t believe in moderation, just choosing my battles.

-John

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I officially started my winter bulk up last week and I am enjoying the extra calories that I am allowing myself to consume.

After months of near starvation and long cardio workouts, I am eating like I was just released from prison.

Although I haven’t weighed myself in about 10 days, the last time I checked I was up at least 10 lbs from my summer low of 149.

Whenever I loosen up my diet after a long season, I always gain a decent amount of weight almost immediately.  In a couple of weeks I am going to have to slow down and start eating a little cleaner, but for now, I am taking in a ton of calories.

I have to be honest, I really don’t miss the cardio.  I have been sleeping really well, I feel more energized during the day and I feel that my work performance has picked up.  I believe that cardio is important for getting cut, but I’m not convinced that I want to keep running outside long-term.

Another benefit is that my strength is also starting to return pretty quickly.   I benched 235 for 7 reps pretty easily last week and my shoulder is finally starting to feel better so I can lift heavier.  Once I start bench pressing over 300 lb’s again I will start to see a large increase in mass.

Overall, I am excited to get back into the heavy lifting and my body is really enjoying the extra calories.

I plan on going heavy for the next couple weeks and then I will reintroduce some light cardio towards the end of the year.

How is everyone else doing?

-John Andre