Last week was the good, the bad, and the truly ugly. The good was I managed a four pound swing to 196. The bad was trying to diet with five house guests who were constantly eating a vast array of sugary goodness and happiness in my home. I normally could care less about sugary goodness, but it has been six weeks of restricted intake. The truly ugly was that I missed a workout and a yoga session.
My strength is still pretty high. i am getting to the point where I am getting less comfortable with heavier weights, which tells me I probably broke the 10% line. My body usually lets me know I am getting there by sending little pains into my joints on heavy lifts. So my training will probably start involving more super sets, giant sets, drops, and less rest to keep intensity high.
I am not usually a big supplement rah rah person, but since ephedrine is no longer legal I need a new boost during hard workouts when I am out of gas. I have found two supplements that I like for this. The first is Plasma Jet, a great supplement. I feel good when I take it, which is really only about once a week. The other is No Explode. I had taken No Explode previously before morning workouts and it always made me throw up so I swore it off, but now I am getting some real benefit taking it during afternoon workouts.
Posing practice was yesterday and I can see that my posing is improving. I am really shy about posing, so I am forcing myself to pose more in the gym and am no longer allowing myself to wear a shirt during Bikram. The goal is to be more comfortable with myself on stage. I was a fat kid so I always have a body image that I am the fat kid with the gross body. So extra work on posing and the additional time seeing myself in the mirror should help me get more comfortable.
Diet remains constant. 2000 calories a day with a bump every few days to 2400. The fat is coming off nicely and I should be contest ready right on time. Next week I should start cutting back on protein supplements since they cause me to retain water a little bit. I want to get down to middle weight and the only way I can do that is to make certain I am dry as a bone when I get on stage.