aascrompn 42M
6957 posts
5/31/2006 7:06 am

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Now that I've completed 4 weeks of my routine, I'm on my high horse. I want to tell you something that is so true, and yet nobody wants to hear it.

The biggest problem that people have with getting into shape is their nutrition plan. What people don't seem to understand is that you do not eat because you like the taste of something. We eat, because it fills our bodies with the required fuel the body needs to sustain life.

When I first started working out years ago, I was only fifteen. The changes that I saw were pretty good, but they weren't physique changes. They were just changes in strength and endurance.

When I got out of the Army university that I was attending, I was gaining weight pretty quickly. I got used to running many miles a day at the school and was still eating as if I were running. I must have put on at least 15 to 20 pounds during this down time. When I started to lift weights again, I couldn't make any gains. I couldn't understand it. I was waking up early and running every morning, and going to the gym right after work. What I didn't want to admit, was there are three areas that you HAVE to do in order to make any changes. 1. Lift Weights 2. Cardio (Preferably HIIT program) and 3. Nutrition. If you lack nutrition, you won't gain.

About two years ago, I'd had it. I was coming to the end of a relationship that wasn't going anywhere, and I knew that I had to be ready for the inevitable breakup. I got back to the gym. This time, I promised myself I was going to do it all correctly. I really was nervous about eating that many times during the day, but I had to do something. So, I lifted weights, ran, and ate correctly. At the end of 12 weeks, I had lost close to 24 or 25 pounds. That was the key element.

So far, in my current routine, I've done next to zero running. Although I don't look a lot thinner, I can assure you that my strength is higher than ever before. I'm growing and I'm feeling great. Again, nutrition is the key to this strength gain. I'm eating close to 2,200 calories a day and am still able to maintain weight, while growing in size (my goal).

What we need to really understand is that we SHOULD eat to fuel our bodies, and not just because we like the taste. I'm at the point in my routine now that I pretty much never cheat on my diet. I really have no desire, since I'm eating 6 times a day. The food that I'm pulling in, is hight quality food and next to no junk. Don't get me wrong, I did have about 4 slices of pizza over the weekend, but I don't continue to have that craving all week long like I did before.

Just my thoughts

rm_gerson42 52M
2419 posts
5/31/2006 7:19 am

I concur with your thoughts. Before I broke my ribs, I was doing something similar, although I was doing some cardio also. Gotta hit that protein shake within an hour of the work out, muscles need something to work on. Keep it up.

aascrompn replies on 6/1/2006 7:49 am:
Thanks! I hope your ribs heal quickly for you... How did you break them?

SweetDarlinAngel 39F
2996 posts
5/31/2006 8:23 am

Very good point Aas. I am going through similar arguments right now with my familay in regards to my own diet. They all want my to eat more, but I only eat when I am actually in NEED of food and fuel not just because they think I should. some stereo types are difficult to overcome.


aascrompn replies on 6/1/2006 7:50 am:
I agree, but remember it's better on your blood-sugar levels to eat more frequently (small portions).

rm_PurryKitty2 48M/49F
9753 posts
5/31/2006 11:10 am

How true! I eat 5 - 6 small meals a day.

Purry {=}


aascrompn replies on 6/1/2006 7:50 am:
Good for you!! Most people stick to 3 squares a day... that's so bad for them.

Phuc_Buddy 46M

5/31/2006 1:19 pm

AAS - how right you are. For nine months I have been working with a personal trainer and a nutritionist. My main focus was to 1) Build strength and 2) remove the spare tire that was starting to form. The nutrition part is so important and sometimes the most difficult to stick with. Now that I have added running to the mix I'm hoping to lean down a bit and get to where I want to be.

Thanks for the post.

aascrompn replies on 6/1/2006 8:13 am:
I'm sure by adding the running, you will acomplish that! Check out the High Intensity Interval Training... They have a great model, for free, at body for life com...

alphuctup 40M

6/1/2006 3:08 am


First, I didn't know what HIIT was, but I googled it and it would seem I already do that, happy days!

Second, have you got any good tips on what to eat, I tend to go for grilled chicken, rice and salad as a meal after exercsie, but I struggle to find stuff that is both healthy, substantial and conveniant enough to fit in when at work.

aascrompn replies on 6/1/2006 8:24 am:
I love HIIT! It's really the only way to burn a shit load of fat without tapping too much into the hard earned muscle you are trying to put on!

What are your goals? Are you trying to bulk up, or slim down, or both (please don't say this one...) lol - I love the ready to drink shakes that you can pick up at the grocery store... I, too, have little time to prepare too much when I'm at work. I make my sandwichs the night before. Post workout... I can answer this once I find out what your goals are... Feel free to email me with more questions.

cathy20076 47F

6/2/2006 7:42 pm

Nutrition is everything in getting your body where you want it. You are really tuning in to getting what you want! I am a walking testimonial for fine tuning your nutrition. I've been on the junk and paid the price in the past... Keep goin it's worth it.

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