Back under the barbell this week! Super psyched to be training again, though I am sore as FUCK from all the volume I’m doing. Oof. Walking, getting out of bed, and sitting on the toilette have never been so difficult, haha!
Straight-flexin, pumped up, duck-faced selfie!
Training for Dec 6th, Sunshine State Powerlifting Competition
August, Week 1 Day 1:
Squats: Worked up to 4×8 @ 75K (165#) – This was super duper easy, but I had a hella quad pump by the end of it. I worked on keeping my chest up high and my abs tight and activated the whole time
Deadlifts: Worked up 15 very easy singles at 95K(210#) – focused on big lats, and improving my grip strength by doing all the work with a double overhand grip. I decided that since I am so impressed by lifters (and attracted to men) who lift with a double overhand grip in competition, that I should try and train to be that awesome too. We’ll see how far I can take it 🙂
Accessory: 2×16 (8 each leg) walking lunges. 2×8 ab wheel (abs were fried from weighted ab work on Saturday so I kept this light and simple)
August, Week 1 Day 2:
Bench: This was like the volume day from hell. SO MUCH WORK. I was burnt after my first 3 work sets and still had a zillion more to do!
Towel Press: 3×3@45K, 8.5RPE. My arms were so fried after benching that I could barely do this and was wining and moaning about it the whole time. Also, it was the first time I’ve ever done this exercise so there was a little bit of a learning curve to get over as well. I MAY have gotten pinned under the bar on my first set. Womp womp.
Accessory: 3×3@pull ups (with a little jump at the bottom… gotta get rid of that thing!)
2×8 overhead press with just the bar…. couldn’t handle any more. Arms were busting out of skin at this point.
Diet & Nutrition
So… After an AMAZING couple weeks of eating an abundance of fresh produce, locally raised meat, and delicious Philipsburg local fare, my husband and I got our shipment of … Soylent. Do you know about this?
Well, it’s basically powdered food… space-food if you will. My husband is SUPER into it – he doesn’t really like eating food or cooking (other than making bread), so he is having a blast. He’s even managed to lose five pounds since he’s switched over (which he is excited about).
I thought I might as well give it a shot for a week to see what I thought. I’m about 5 days in and NOT loving it. I’ve only been doing 2 meals a day with it and I am basically going insane wanting to eat everything in the world now. I am having some sort of “real food” withdrawal, and I hate it. I decided today that today would be my last day of trying to make it my primary source of food… I’m just not into it.
I can see why people would like it, and if I was a bodybuilder, a poor college student, or if I didn’t have the luxury of working directly next to my amazing kitchen, I would be ALL ABOUT IT. It’s pretty decent for macro’s, it’s got all the required vitamins and minerals, and it doesn’t taste bad at all. It’s honestly a pretty good choice for situations when there isn’t a healthy food option available. But, personally, I think it’s pretty lame to eat the same thing for every meal. For someone who LOVES cooking and eating, it just doesn’t make sense. My life is more awesome when I am making extravagant meals three times a day 😉
So yeah, anyway, that’s that. I’m going to go back to my veggie loaded, home-made, lifestyle tomorrow and I’ll only drink this space-food on days that I am in a rush and can’t find time to cook.
P.S. I made 10 pounds of sausages last week with a lot of the pork I butchered. It rocked.