Anyone who has muscles will be able to back me up on this… a body is built with 80% kitchen and 20% gym. So, like I started out saying when I started writing this column waaaaay back, if you aren’t eating right then you might as well stop trying to lift weights so hard because you’re spinning your wheels.
As I write this, I am in the middle of the holiday season and preparing to ship my wife off to our new home early. That means my cooking for myself begins and since I don’t care if I’m eating the same thing over and over and over again, I plan on having a butt ton of broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, rice, chicken, and soup. My diet is going to be 100% solid. My supplements will be 100% working for me. That will mean I can put 100% into lifting weights again AND seeing results quicker.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that my wife is the reason I’m not eating well… it’s totally on me. I just want to have fun with her while she is still here and that means we don’t watch what we eat too much right now. In fact, she’s been 90% of the reason I was eating healthier before.
The first 30 days she is gone I’ll be doing a “generic rotating routine that works all muscle groups”. I want to get back into the swing of things by doing squats, deadlifts, and some benching to get built up into the habit of bodybuilding again. After that 30 days, it’s time to change things up and do the muscle confusion thing by entering right into the 5 day workout plan.
What is my 5 day plan? Monday: Shoulders and biceps. Tuesday: Chest and triceps. Wednesday: Rest. Thursday: Back day. Friday: Leg day. Sure, Wednesday being a “rest day” is in there, but I’ll still be doing cardio twice a day.
TWICE A DAY?! Yes, twice a day. Go back and read my Flex Lewis Philosophy column. I plan on doing cardio twice a day, every week day, and once on Sundays and Saturdays. I plan on being a workout machine because there’s no reason for me to go out and do anything more interesting.
Living alone for a while will get me focused. I don’t have to worry about pets. I don’t have to hang out with friends. I don’t have to sit around and do a whole lot of nothing. I can work out, sleep, eat, and do the whole thing over again the next day. This is a limited time thing but I think that I can get a nice jump start on my progress in the few months I’ll have.
When I get to our new home, I’ll have a routine already established. I will get back to an actual gym and break down my workouts even further, making them more extended concentrations on muscle groups and really developing anything that is lacking. Leg day will be killer at the gym.
All in all… I hope to be much thinner when I leave North Dakota.