During challenging times, it’s helpful to have friends who can empathize with your challenges.
This guy—my favorite kitchen companion— has been pretty supportive during my muscle-building phase over the past few weeks. When I’m feeling particularly piggish, I hang out with none other than… a pig.
Awrr, kidding. In all seriousness, eating for muscle growth has made me feel less like a pig and more like a beast.
Orrrrrr not. (I’m still trying to master my game face, but can’t help but laugh every time I try to take a photo of myself in the gym!)
Consuming more carbohydrates, in particular, has given me the energy to push myself farther in the gym than ever before. Yesterday I set a new PR on my back squats — my first PR since last July!
I’m giving full credit to yesterday’s first meal, this glorious breakfast.
Chocolate. Peanut Butter. Vanilla. Oats. BOOM.
Monday night, I combined the following ingredients in a huuuuuge bowl:
1/2 cup oats
1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (this is optional, but adds nice thickness)
2 T. PB2
1/2 T. cocoa powder (next time I’ll use a full tablespoon)
Stevia to taste (or other sweetener)
The next morning, I added an extra dollop of peanut butter, a few slices of banana, and dug in!
Overnight oats: So 2010. Slightly soupy. Still super. I don’t cared if I’m waaay behind the trend on this one. Good food never goes out of style.
I also enjoyed my last Christmas Blend Via. Next year, I need to buy more of these!
Coffee and oats powered me through the aforementioned workout, which looked like this.
It was a doozy! In between sets, I sipped on Fitmixer BCAA fruit punch aminos, which provided an extra boost to power through.
I would nurse this stuff all day, if I could. It reminds me of the Hawaiian Punch I used to love as kid! However, because it contains caffeine, I have to cut it off after noon.
On my way home from the gym, I stopped at Rite Aid to do something I’ve been postponing for weeks.
I finally did it—I girled-up and got my flu shot. You see, I am deathly afraid of needles. I’ve passed out in the doctor’s office more than once, and as such, haven’t had a flu shot since high school. However, given that the flu has already spread to epidemic levels along the east coast, I realized I had to overcome my fears this year.
I rewarded myself afterward by buying a bag of these.
They were calling to me.
By the time I got home, I was ravenous, so I quickly whipped up protein banana frozen yogurt in the Magic Bullet.
Sidenote: if you’re looking for a new whey protein powder, try MRM. It’s all natural, stevia-sweetened, and most importantly delicious. Sometimes I eat it on non-workout days. It’s that good.
Meal three came just an hour later. By this time, I was ready for some vegetables.
I’m not counting calories during this bulk, but I’d suspect I’m eating about 2400-2500/day. That means there’s not always room in my stomach for for bulky veggies. Fortunately, I did have room at this meal!
After running errands, registering for a new class, I headed to Starbucks to study my NASM materials. While I was there, I ate a mini meal four, which consisted of a new-to-me Quest Bar flavor: Banana Nut Muffin, as well as a grande cinnamon dolce soy cappuccino (in a red cup!!).
As I was munching, I couldn’t help but think about my muscle-building sister, who tried her first Quest bar yesterday.
By the time I got home, it was time meal five.
This sandwich. Oh Lord, THIS SANDWICH. I made the exact same one on Monday, and I’ll most definitely be doing a three-peat today.
I headed to Whole Foods around 7:00 to do a bit more NASM studying. While I was there, I took full advantage of the salad bar (the only salad bar meal in 2013 thus far! Ive been good!).
Around midnight, I sat down to meal seven, my favorite bedtime treat.
It never gets old!
Since announcing my muscle-gaining goals two weeks ago, I’ve received several e-mails from readers, asking for advice about overcoming fears surrounding eating sufficient amounts of food to support strength training. I’d be lying if I claimed it’s easy. Because it’s not. I still struggle, and have to push myself every.single.day. However, I assure you that it DOES get easier. And what makes it most gratifying, is seeing —and feeling —the results. Increased energy. Increased muscle mass. Knowing that I’m doing what’s right for my body. It’s exciting.
If I can do it, you can too.
Thanks for hosting this food party, Jenn!
As always, hugs!
Because you ARE.
p.s. on a completely unrelated note, has anyone else heard about the glow-in-the dark lipstick Stila is debuting this year (first mentioned on The Today Show yesterday)? Gentlemen (are you out there?), I’d love to know your thoughts about this one!
I want to know…
Do you limit your caffeine intake during the day? Do you have a coffee/tea cut-off time?
Do you take any pre or post-workout supplements? Which ones?
I always refuel with whey protein, but just recently added BCAA’s.
What is something you’re deathly afraid of?
I’ll add bees and black spiders to my list!
Favorite breakfast right now?