Thursday, November 19, 2009

Making Progress

(pictured left, Jamie - my role model in fitness)

SO, after an evaluation of what I've been eating, I seem to have found the reason for my lack of progress in the gym. I've revamped my diet and boosted the protein content dramatically while, at the same time, kicking my workouts up a few notches and I'm already seeing the difference.

Seems that a 120 lb person needs between 120-160 grams of protein a day to build muscle. With all of that protein, I'm finding I don't even WANT to eat much else. I supplement with low-carb protein shakes (23 g of protein per shake), Greek yogurt (14-16 g of protein per serving), hard-boiled egg whites, cottage cheese, tunafish and beans. I also eat a tremendous amount of veggies including spinach, asparagus, green beans, mushrooms, onions, peppers, tomatoes and some peas and corn. Sprinkled in the mix is some avocado, nuts or olive oil for my good fats and I don't crave ANYTHING besides another workout.

I know my hard work in the gym is working because I'm beginning to get an ass. You heard me right. No more flat ass here, all of my deep walking lunges and sled work are paying off. I've also added some plyometrics into my workouts to keep my heart rate pumping. This includes a variety of heart-thumping exercises such as anke hops, line jumps, box jumps (single and both legs), as well as push-ups, pull-ups and dips.

I'll post my workouts separately, but I wanted to give an update first.

Stay tuned and keep moving!

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