Ok so the intermittent fasting, is over.
I gave it two weeks. I'll tell you why I have decided to drop it, and what I'm doing instead.
As the days went on, I found myself drinking more and more and more diet coke or diet whatever, in order to stave off hunger. To the point to where my co-worker said to me last week "man, why are you drinking so many cokes?"
He sits beside me and notices everything so I knew it wasn't just me. One day I had 6 diet cokes between 8:30 and 11:30.
I am absolutely fatigued by nighttime. I mean, I'm in bed by 9:00 P.M. every night. I actually don't know if this is a good thing or bad thing, but every entire afternoon and evening I'm already out of gas.
I also can't get used to the dry mouth. I have dry mouth 24/7 no matter how much water I drink. It could be from all the diet drinks, however on the weekends, those have been mostly cut out.
On the weekly training day, I do not train well eating all of those carbs before hand. I do enjoy training fasted a lot, and the weekend training has been awesome. But I have to get a weekday training session in and that one was terrible both times. I felt like I was going to pass out (that evening fatigue).
I will be switching over the the Carb BackLoading protocol. This seems to go hand in hand real well with what I was doing before, but with a little more structure. It also spoke to what my instincts had commonly told me, but people told me not to do. Eat a shit ton of food after I was done training, and even if it was junky, it didn't matter.
I actually think if I could have trained at 11:30 or so during the week, I probably would have remained on IF for a lot longer time. But that in conjunction with all of the diet drinks I have been scarfing down like Pookie in a crack factory, makes me think my body is altering my eating/drinking behaviors in order to overcome the fast. And I no likey.
So as everyone saw, I was at the Strength Guild this weekend doing deadlifts for reps. My lumbars and traps are completely thrashed this morning. And yesterday I napped for over 2 hours and then was still tired last night. This is one of the reasons that I don't think that deadlifts are something to build a mass building routine around. The dead is a movement that takes so much out of you, so doing it all out like that isn't something that is going to give back like it takes, on a regular basis. It tends to move best based on singles, doubles, and triples. And there's not a lot of time under tension with those kinds of reps, so I have begun to leave it out of my mass building templates, and focusing on rows, shrugs, and chins instead. You know, basic back building. However most guys want to still pull big, so it's a case of pulling every other week for a few singles or a triple, and that's about it. That's also enough to at least maintain your pull, while building the mass base around it.
The 500x12 was a PR for me. I've hit 10 many times, and honestly, I should have gotten 13 but I rushed it a little bit, and I also didn't get a big enough air which caused my mid-section to collapse a bit on the last rep. So I'm not counting 13, but the strength was there for it, I just made a couple of technical errors. The next time I head out to Topeka I plan on smashing 12 and hitting 15, at least putting a little pressure on Phil to do more. 500x20 is doable within the year I think. As Wendler told me, if I can just maintain my bench, I'll be sitting on top of 500x20 and 315x20 within the year, giving me two of the WCS standards at around 240 pounds. If I can clean 315, I also think in year that would be doable as well. God damn this excites me.
Even more exciting to me is the progress Hannah is making. She's aiming for 135x20 for our next visit, and I don't know if she can make that kind of progress between now and then, but I know her work ethic will get her closer to it. Phil was blown away by how quick she could turn on that "switch" and go into beast mode to get after it. I didn't want to be "that parent" and talk my kid up, because she's been like that since day 1 with me in the weight room, but it was very emotional for me to see her inspire people with how hard she works. That's not an exception for her, that's the rule. She's like that day in and day out in the weight room and she has been a great training partner.
So The Avenger's is already getting stupid good reviews. I mean like, makes Ironman look shitty type reviews. I am now at "piss my pants" excitement mode for this.
Jamie and I did CnBYE-3 last night. I laughed for far too long about our conversation about "the beetus". I also want to ahead of time, that in no way, shape, or form am I laughing AT people with the beetus, it's just that the word itself makes me laugh. I have no idea why, but it does.
Since I am starting the carb backloading plan today, I have to do the 10 day prep period. Just for an FYI I was 248 pounds this morning. I won't even begin to tell you what I ate Saturday and Sunday. Let's just put it like that.
I hope everyone has a shit Monday because that's how it's supposed to be.