That being said, As I approach a "normal weight" I am am starting to ask myself, "what is after the weight loss?" Maintenance? That doesn't sound like what I am about. I want to be strong and have muscle. I don't want to be a thin Mike, I still want to be Big Mike. Not in a "holy crap that guy just downed 5 burritos" kind of way. I want to be big in a "wow, that guy could pick up and throw that fat guy eating all those burritos" kind of way.
While following through with the current plan, until the end date I committed to, I will be changing it up after that. Allan's plan works to lose weight. I am changing to align with goals I have set for myself in the future. I will still be maintaining a 1200 calorie diet but the foods I will be eating will be more protein based and will include a regimen of supplements. While this may sound contradictory to my recant post when I said ...
I suggest, at least at first, NOT using meal supplement plans. Slimfast and the like are not a sustainable way of living in my perspective of things.
I have been doing a lot of goal evaluating as of late and found that I am no longer driven by the image of a slender tender Mike. I am driven by the image of built, stacked, UFC cage-fighter Mike. I like to eat. I also like to go to the gym. The idea of "maintenance" makes me uneasy. I like the idea of pushing myself constantly. Weight lifting and body building seems like it would fulfill that vision. Don't worry, I don't have any crazy idea of eating like I used to AT ALL! I will be following my own plan. Basics include:
- 1200 - 1500 Calories a day. This gives me some slack to modify the plan as I learn and make some changes. Low sodium and sugar, no carbination. I will be learning the principals of food composition I have learned so far.
- 5-6 days a week exercising. This is the intense commitment portion of the plan going forward. 3 days a week will be cardio (elliptical & treadmill) and the other 3 days will be a weight lifting regimen that mirrors what my college football brother in-laws are training with.
- Supplements will include protein shakes, a multi vitamin and Creatine.
- Enough water to drown an elephant with.