Tracking – Eating – Lifting – Striking – Goals
198# Lean Mass
315# Total Mass
I’ve done extensive tracking, and testing of nutrition, workouts, timing and so on over the past 3.5 years to figure out how my body responds to various input.
I track ketones and blood sugar using a blood meter.
I track calories burned, heart rate, workouts and my sleep with my Garmin.
I work to live mostly in a state of nutritional ketosis. For quite some time I didn’t, and it turns out I don’t feel real good in many aspects if I am loaded with carbs.
I have a cheat day every 7-10 days currently. But I also don’t have any aggressive goals. I’ve basically just been having fun lifting, getting a good pump, and hitting the heavy bag till I die.
I’ve found that if I take in too many carbs over a couple days even, my mood and general disposition will decline if I don’t use them effectively.
I love me some food. I think donuts are probably my favorite food.
If i’m not eating for pleasure, I don’t much care really what the hell I am eating if the eating serves a purpose.
I have done all kinds of things from eating 12 meals or more a day, to fasting for 14 days.
I’ve also just binged, and eaten whatever I want whenever I want.
My point is that when I have a particular goal, I am able to move towards, I will do what is required.
Currently my macros are generally as follows:
Fat: 100 – 200
As I approach a consistency in ketones I will be able to back off on fat intake more extremely. However my body has to be more adapted to consuming fat first.
Once I am a fat adapted mofo, my body goes straight to eating calories from the fat I’m wearing a LOT more readily.
All that being said, if I have a cheat day I tend to follow it up with HIIT to roast the glycogen stores and put me back into ketosis fairly soon. Sometimes a day, sometimes within a couple hours.
I did one experiment when I was training for 100 mile bike rides. I carb loaded 600g from a completely 0g carb load previously (fasted for 2 days, and made sure my blood stats were solid).
It took me 2.5 hours of riding to burn through that at an avg heart rate of 145-150 ( forget exactly)
I have been an athlete of some kind or another most of my life.
I was a state wrestler in school, and did multiple martial arts. Then i joined the Marines.
After the Marines, I continued training hard for quite some time.
No real goals, just did it.
I eventually fell into pure strength training and just got as strong as I could.
I TRIED body building at that point but when I was told that I would have to ‘cut’ and that in doing so i’d lose a lot of the strength I had built… I said fucking hell no. I’d rather be fat and strong.
Then I got into strongman. Got hit by a semi.
Recovered somewhat from that, and started getting strong again.
Got hit by a truck. Right down town minneapolis. Both of these were hit and runs. My lower back still hurts sometimes after a heavy back day, but other than that, no real issues with those.
The issue came from getting severely depressed because all of my goals that I had been training for were destroyed and I ended up getting real fat.
420 pounds was the highest the scale would go, and that’s only after I found the courage to actually step on one.
These days, I have found my roots.
Lifting + Martial Arts.
I haven never been a vain person, but I have chosen body building for a whole host of reasons.
The most relevant ones being a pair of very simple concepts for me:
- If I am lean, it is VERY easy to see when I become NOT lean. It is insurance against becoming a fat fuck again.
- I feel like I deserve to LOOK as strong as I FEEL. It is a confidence boost, and self-esteem fuel. I don’t care how strong I am, I know I’m strong. I want to look in the mirror and see the efforts of my labor and have them be OBVIOUS.
I have never really lifted with other people much. I used to have a home gym at my old house and upwards of a dozen guys and ladies would come and lift there. But none of them worked out like I did. Strongman, or just plain… super heavy lifts. which was fine.
I mention this because having a lifting / body building coach is a brand new thing for me.
Plain and simple, I grew up having to fight since about kindergarten. Joined wrestling and martial arts as a sort of natural course of action.
Short story: I love the art of fighting, its fun. Live action chess. I plan to be dong a couple amateur fights in 2021 when im back down to a proper fighting physique.
- Body conformation to match my efforts and my strength
- Grown in physical strength proportionate to my capabilities but not to overdo it and injure myself
- Learn how to fine tune my workouts to produce optimal muscle growth (precise movements, nutrition timing, etc)
- How to improve my recovery time