We’ve had a little think about the structure of SharedGains updates – the whole point of the blog was to share our journey step-by-step, so while we’re still planning to do full articles on specific subjects we have decided to do a regular weekly update every Friday to catch up on the events of the last week. It could be a couple of lines, or a lot more if it’s been an interesting or difficult week, but we’ll see how that pans out!
I’m just getting into a bulking phase, so I’ve been eating quite a lot of carbs. We had a meeting with our PT (Genna) on Sunday, so we both have a good idea of our direction for this phase now. For me, it’s lifting heavy, supported by a high carb diet and minimal cardio.
It has been a little odd psychologically, because I know I’m supposed to gain some body fat but controlling the amount and staying positive is difficult. But in general, though I’m really feeling the extra fat, I’m definitely seeing evidence of increased muscle mass, which helps to keep me in a good mindset.
I had a bit of time working from home early this week, so meal prep and gym time were a lot easier to handle for a couple of days there. I’m back on site now though, travelling about 180 miles a day now, so back on the prep routine! It has been quite a bit easier though, as I’m not on a set meal plan so I can kind of react to the situation a bit more.
I did have a bit of a setback this morning though, in that halfway through my chest session I pulled something in my upper chest/shoulder. Sadly that cut the session short and I’m still feeling it now. Crossing my fingers that clears up tomorrow – I’m having a day off training to try and help it along!
Next week I need to get it together with meal prep a bit more, and maybe find some time to experiment with a few meals if I can too.
I have been fighting my demons about weight gain for some time now. I have had 2 holidays, suffered illness and seen the return of my anxiety and depression which has put me off work and caused me to turn to my old friend food as a release. Unfortunately this has caused excess fat gain that I had not wanted or planned for and whilst I always wanted to gain mass I had hoped I wouldn’t gain quite as much fat and if my diet had been better I am sure I would have achieved muscle gains without the added fluffy fat mass! But looking backwards is not going to help me progress and I am now trying to focus on the future and be grateful of the muscle mass that I now have in comparison to last year.
My diet is more focused on higher protein medium fats and carbs and my training is weights and medium amounts of cardio. I have recommenced cardio classes into my routine such as bodycombat and spin. I used to frequent these classes too much in my skinny cardio bunny days and stopped them completely in January this year. But I have got bored of motivating myself to do cardio on my own and I think its always good to change things around every now and then so I am doing classes again and enjoying them, although I wont be doing too much…. 3-4 a week maximum!
Lastly I have had to get to grips with my increase in weight. After losing so much weight in the past its hard to see how much the scales have gone up. But whilst I know I do have fat to lose I also know that I look worlds apart from how I looked the last time I was this weight and despite being classed as overweight in terms of BMI I know that I have a higher muscle mass and higher bone density that most people which effects my weight on the scales and I am having to give up using the scales as a progression tool. It’s not going to be easy but I have to try to avoid weighing myself now as it can become an unhealthy obsession and if I don’t see the numbers going down despite working hard I know it is going to put me off my game so instead I will be using progress photos that I will take weekly to assess how well I am progressing.
We’re working on more subject-specific posts, and we’ll be back with another update next Friday!
Mr & Mrs C