As you know by now from my most recent posts, I’m officially OFF my competition diet and back to the land of peanut butter and nightly Arctic Zero.
After the competition I got right back into the gym, but my diet stayed on vacation. I didn’t track anything for the whole first week; if I wanted it, I ate it.
I was surprised to find that after several days of that, I was longing for the structure, simplicity, and nutrition of my cut diet. I thought I’d eaten enough fish and asparagus over the course of the past fourteen weeks that if I never had to eat it again it would be too soon.
But as my depleted muscle bellies filled back up and my stage-shredded appearance faded away, I started to notice a couple of things. First, I felt STRONG in the gym again. Workouts that had tested the limits of my willpower a couple of weeks ago suddenly felt good again. I could feel the strength of my muscles contracting with each repetition and it was amazing.
The second thing I noticed, though, was that my other internal “stuff” wasn’t feeling all that great. My trusty Fitbit started reporting that my sleep was restless. My resting heart rate started to climb. And *ahem* my digestive system was less than pleased.
So after a week or so of unrestricted face-stuffing bliss, I started incorporating my clean veggies and lean proteins again. Not only did this immediately start to correct those problems, but I also realized that it will go a lot further toward my off-season goals.
Check out my latest video here to hear me talk about them. I also got some footage of a great lineup of back exercises!