I have had a bunch of questions about Cristi's current diet and training. She was kind enough to expound on it some more.
I’ve always said I wanted to have one summer where I was super lean; abs like biscuits (like wearing a undersized t-shirt and my abs showing through my shirt, just bulging), shoulders like giant boulders, quads that hang off the side of my leg, and a back that is as lumpy and rocked out like the Colorado Rockies.
October 1, I sat up with Steel and we shared multiple rounds of some great beer, Double Dog, it was great. But little did I know that this would be the last time I’d be drinking with my buddy for many, many months. The next morning the guy was on a contest diet, like um, where in the hell did that come from? He went from 0-60, literally at the drop of a dime and FINISHED what he sat out to do. That is some admirable shit. Then, a few months later, I was watching the movie “The Avengers” the other nite with a group of friends and was completely amazed by the Hulk. I mean he is the man, he is strong as all get out, ripped to shreds, and he just does not give a shit at all. He goes all out and I love that. Needless to say, all of this inspired me. What did it inspire me to do, go on an expedition to finding “the shred.”
“220g of Protein and unlimited veggies(cabbage, green beans, spinach and such) “ said Steel in response to what do I have to eat to get down in weight?
That’s a lot of meat, I thought, because at this point, I HATE protein shakes. I don’t mind the meat, I actually love it, but damn. My diet has always been pretty “clean”, never been a fast food person, always cooked at home, always loved meat and veggies, never a big pasta or bread fan, but, my vice, cookies and vodka. Oh my, literally can not get enough of either. I love it so much, a nice cold vodka on the rocks with a side of cookie, oh yea!!!!
The next question: “What kind of cardio can you handle?”
My response: “I hate any type of cardio for long duration.”HATE IT! It drives me nuts. I feel like some kind of gerbil and its not fun for me. What I like is, going hard for as long as I can and getting some incomplete rest and then going hard again. That is where it is for me. So, Steel said HIIT is what I will do.
So that is my plan to get to “Shreddedville”, 220g Protein a day, carbs at an absolute minimum, and HIIT training 7 days a week. Not so bad.
Day 1- 191
Day 25 (today)-185.2 Rowdy.
Food: Day 5 and 6 of this diet, was pretty bad, I felt like crap, I just wanted to sleep all day, but that was the only crappy part thus far. The food part is easy in the sense that I don’t get bored with it. I’ve utilized an intermittent fast approach. Basically, I wake up, have coffee, sometimes black, sometimes with cream, just depends on my mood and I don’t eat until post training. Typically, post training, I have some variation of a protein and a fat, usually no more than a 400 calorie meal, or I grab some nuts. I work all day most of the time from 7am to that evening, so I am busy and not thinking about food. This protocol works for me. When I get home, its feeding time!!!! This usually consists of loads of meat (16-25 ounces) and loads of vegetables (1lb-2lbs). If for whatever reason I am not satisfied with the copious amounts of food that I have ingested, I will snack on boiled egg whites, or more vegetables. If I have some sort of crazy craving, diet coke, diet green tea, gum, or powerade zero usually takes that craving away. My goal with the liquid is to get so incredibly full that I could not put anything else in my mouth and if I did, I’d lose it.
Weekly, I have a clean carb up consisting of potatoes or rice usually at about Wednesday, then on Saturday I get to act foolish and eat/drink what I want. For the month of January, I made a bet with one of my friends that I would not touch any type of sugary dessert or any sugar basically. This has worked out well thus far, only 8 more days til I consume, cookies from the finest bakeries, and ice cream from the best ice cream parlors .
Reps. Reps. Reps. This is going well. I cant really complain about it. I am thoroughly enjoying achieving a pump. Its fun. It’s a different challenge than pulling heavy singles. Basically, I am having an affair with bodybuilding training, ha.
What gets annoying is doing the HIIT when I am sore, don’t have the energy, not feeling like going hard or bored with the ways that I do the HIIT. I push sleds, play basketball, do intervals on the bike, and sprint. The bike seems to be what I do 60% of the time and sleds 30% of the time, the other 10% is basketball and sprints. I just have to feel like I am doing something or else I’ll find a way not to do it. So far, the HIIT is going well, so I am sticking with it.
As far as my strength goes, it has diminished slightly but not by much. I can tell sometimes in my squat (some days are better than others), my bench is probably off my 10-15lbs and my deadlift, may be off by 15-30lbs. It doesn’t bother me that much that my numbers have dropped because it is not what I am training for. I am training to achieve “Hulk Status.”
I don’t have a desired weight I am trying to achieve, I just want to be shredded. There is not really a deadline set quite yet, but my plan is to stick with this until I get where I want to be. If I was 196 at some crazy low body fat percentage, I wouldn’t care. I don’t care about the weight, I just care that my abs are like biscuit, rock hard biscuits and that my triceps hang off the back of my arm.
That is all for now, I will keep you posted on my road trip to “Shreddedville.”
What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a year...it's for life. Whether its training or your family or your job...it doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.