Hope everyone had a good christmas. I had a good time, but stayed up too late and ate too much crap. It's time to get the diet back under control. It seem like lately I have using my "carb refeeds" as an excuse to binge on junk(lots of ice is no good, even when it is a high quality ice cream), and the waist line is starting to show it. The thing is, I do need the carbs, and more than just one day a week. I feel better in my workouts with them, and seem to recover faster. So here is the plan: on non-workout days I will stay on the low to moderate side, and on workout days I'll aim for 150-250 grams of carbs. I will just keep them to better sources. Today was a workout day, so I had a big bowl of rice along with some rotisserie chicken. i would guestimate that at about 150 grams. I may have some macadamia nuts later and bump it up a little more, but we''ll see..still kinda full.
Squats and deadlifts, a bunch of each.
Went a little lighter on the squats so I could go heavier in the deadlifts. It seem that 365 is a sticking point at the moment. I felt pretty good at 365 and thought I could do more. Did I try for 370 or 375? No, that would have made since. I decided to try 385. That was a great big nope. Sometimes I think my grip is giving out before my body is. I'm thinking of getting straps for the heavier lifts. I will still work on getting my grip strength caught up, but I don't want to stop getting stronger everywhere else. I will only break the straps out for the heaviest lifts. It doesn't help that now that I am back working out in the community center there is no chalk for gripping the bar(i guess they don't want the mess). I was getting spoiled with the out-of-town gym I was going to. At the community center I am quickly developing a corner of the gym that is mine. I clear a little area and deadlift. I don't think too many people do them in there. They also only have steel plates and no bumper plates, so I make a little noise putting the bar down. If it were a Planet Fitness, I'm sure I would have been kicked out by now.
So to recap:
1. lifting is good
2. I'd like a better equipped gym
3. Need a stronger grip and some chalk for the hands
4. Will be following more of a carb back-loading method, but with clean PB foods
more later as I think about it.