Weather: 82, cloudy during the day and rain during the evening.
While everyone is out partying and celebrating the end of their July 4 th weekend, I’m at home meal
prepping with my wife. I don’t know if it was the excitement of beginning my journey or the fear of
failing, but today I was energized. More so than I could last remember. However, it didn’t really go as
planned. Not really a bad thing but let me explain.
My original plan was to have the following 5 meals:
1. Breakfast: 3 boiled eggs w/mixed greens
2. Snack 1: 4oz ground turkey w/ sautéed broccoli and zucchini — 1 pear
3. Lunch: 6oz baked haddock with broccoli and 1 cup of brown rice
4. Pre-workout: 4oz Ground turkey w/mixed greens and ½ sweet potato
5. Dinner: 6oz baked haddock with greens
Total Target Macros: Protein 213g; Carbs 115g; Fat 54g; Calories1800
I didn’t meet those targets. I was actually under my target. Instead of 5 meals, I had 4 meals and I’m
not all that bummed out about it. I know how important it is to keep fueled and not drastically reduce
calories because it can do more harm than good, but I couldn’t really fit it in. Oh, I failed to mention
that I was also intermittent fasting, so my window to consume all this was between noon and 8pm.
After work, I had Meal 3 at around 4:45pm, which I considered my pre-workout. It was definitely,
without question, the worst meal. I suffered. Forcefully shoveling the haddock and brown rice down
the hatch, as it was dirt filling a grave. The brown rice I didn’t mind, nor the broccoli, but it was the
haddock that irked me. It was dry and the seasonings that I applied (garlic powder, onion powder,
lemon and herbs) didn’t do it any justice. In the end, what seemed like hours, I threw in the towel. I
was able to finish the haddock, but left half the brown rice. I was full and not hungry, so I guess I can
call it a success.
Total Macros Consumed: Protein: 135g; Carbs118g; Fat 56g; Calories 1501
After an hour or so of digesting, I was ready to hit the gym. It was back-day and I completed:
- 4 sets of seated rows
- 4 sets of lat pull downs
- 4 sets of bent over rows
- 4 sets of alternate curls
- 3 sets of hammer curls
- 3 sets of seated curls
I felt fantastic. Immediately my arms and back started to feel swollen and that feeling of machismoism
took over for a bit. I didn’t perform any supersets or anything, but I did increase the weights after each
set with a dropset.