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I’m off and running: 1st day bulk report.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

September
30
2008

My first day of bulking could not have gone better! I had to pay careful attention to the time all day yesterday because I’m still not adjusted to the new meal plan. Some of the food items (such as brown rice and sweet potatoes) require a fair amount of cooking time, and I have to be on my toes to make sure everything is ready on time. Thinking far enough ahead to make sure I have my proteins defrosted is another adjustment that takes a little extra care. In a few days the new diet will be second nature and won’t seem like such big deal to keep up with.

While I’m on the subject of my bulking diet, I’d like to add that it’s a good thing I enjoy the foods I’m eating so much. I really had to force myself to eat yesterday, and it would have been much more difficult if I didn’t care for what I was eating. It’s interesting to note that my caloric intake was just a little over 3,000 calories, and I was totally stuffed all day long, yet I was eating that many calories in popcorn and snacks in a single afternoon of watching movies without batting an eyelash. It’s amazing how much “clean” food it takes to make up just 3,000 calories.

As for my workout, in a word: AWESOME! I made a small change, and decided to start this week off with the “intensity” workouts instead of the “core” strength workouts (Training splits & Principles, actual workouts). There are two reasons I decided to start with the “intensity” workouts: first, I’ve been training for strength recently, so shifting gears sounded like a good idea; second, I really felt like doing a high-intensity, brutal workout yesterday. With the switch from lower volume, heavy weight training to a very intense, higher rep workout, this morning my legs and glutes are, as expected, already quite sore.

This would have been a 3-day split week, but because I’m doing the “intensity” workouts it’s a 4-day split. That means later today I’ll be roasting my chest and triceps. I can’t wait!

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