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Training and Diet Log for Wednesday, January 26, 2005


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Awake at 1PM

Meal 1 (2:00PM):

  • Omelet with Onion, Tomato, Mushroom, Ham
  • Roast Beef Sandwich with Lettuce, Onion, Mustard on 12-Grain Bread
  • Bowl of Mixed Fruit (Orange, Pear, Watermelon, Peach, Cantaloupe, Pineapple
  • One Glass of Orange Juice
  • One Glass of Skim Milk
  • Minimal Amount of Pepperoni Pizza Slice

Meal 2 (6:00PM):

  • Veal Parmesan
  • Potatoes
  • Bowl of Mixed Fruit (Orange, Pear, Watermelon, Peach, Cantaloupe, Pineapple)
  • Vegetable Barley Soup
  • One Glass of Orange Juice
  • One Glass of Skim Milk

Meal 3 (7:00PM):

  • Bean & Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice

Meal 4 (12:00AM):

  • Bowl of Oats
  • Chicken Breast
  • Potato
  • Protein Shake (23 gram)

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Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Press 5 15, 12, 10, 8, 8
Plate Front Raises* 5 12
Standing Military Press 5 10, 10, 10, 8, 8

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Just so you know - I am not a vegetarian. There are many vegetarians who bodybuild, but you will hear of very few who compete at the professional level and remain vegetarian. Albert Beckles is one such example of a bodybuilding who has become extremely successful while remaining a vegetarian throughout his long career. On a side note - although Albert's age has been debated many times (all anyone knows for sure is that he was born between 1930-1940), he still competed in the 1991 Mr. Olympia at an age between 51-61, which is incredible. He also beat Milos Sarcev that same year at the Niagara Falls Pro Invitational.

Back to the original topic - it is extremely difficult to get in the required protein while bodybuilding if you are a vegetarian. It is possible, but it greatly reduces the overall variety of food choices. If you are a vegan - it is even worse. Beans and lentils are both excellent sources of vegetable protein, but there isn't a whole lot more quality sources out there like that, and that reduces variety a great deal (not fun). For me, I am not a vegetarian, but I want to eat a moderate amount of meat. That is - if I can find good vegetarian alternatives, use them. If not, throw some meat into my diet. Key in this case being "some". I would like to keep my meat intake to a minimum

The weather here in Thunder Bay, Ontario is absolutely disgusting! It's plain horrible and makes even walking from my house to the car or from the parking lot to my university a nightmare. The weather here is pushing -50 degrees celsius (-58 degrees Fahrenheit) with the wind chill!! This makes it VERY easy to become dehydrated and lose water weight. The result of that is obvious - less water weight reduces the fullness of the muscles but also makes it a lot more easy to get injured. Water is exactly what your joints need to stay lubricated for heavy workouts. I find myself in situations where I don't want to lift as heavy as I know I can because I don't want to risk a needless injury to put me out for a couple of months. Bodybuilding is in large part about longevity. Unless you are a competitive bodybuilder, making needless risks is not something you should be doing. Another point - because the weather is so incredibly cold, even when bundled up I find myself burning a lot of energy just to keep warm during my five minute walk from my university to the gym. I don't like that either because I find it has an effect on my pumps while working out.

Now onto my training for the day...

* First off, I should explain what plate front raises are. They are exactly like front dumbbell raises for shoulders, only instead of raising your arms forwards with two dumbbells (knuckles up), you simply raise a plate during your sets. For example, you could start with a smaller plate, then gradually work up to heavier plates. This is just a slight alternative to the front dumbbell raises because I wanted to switch things up a bit.

Secondly, you might be noting my set scheme and consider it weird - again, I'm just trying to switch things up again. I kept things incredibly basic before, but from now on I'm going to try new techniques when it comes to sets and reps. So I can't really say I have any particular pattern for the time being - in the future I may have a pattern, but for now I don't. When I settle in to something regular, I'll mention it on here, but until then I will be shaking things up a bit.

One more thing I should point out - my sleeping schedule is still all over the map. Although I am getting a consistent 8-10 hours of sleep each night, I am going to sleep at all sorts of odd times and waking up at all sorts of odd times as a result. The only consistent part of my sleep schedule is that nothing is consistent! It's not too cool, but hopefully I'll be able to fix that up shortly. As I mentioned in another article, I gave my my hounours thesis the axe in fear of not being able to graduate on time (due to probable delays caused by ethical approval). So I'm going to analyze data for another professor at the Lakehead University Psychology Department and I won't require any ethical approval for the project since he already obtained it. Well - I need to meet with him tomorrow...and at 8:30AM. So hopefully I will be able to get right back on track and be back to waking up in the mornings and going to sleep at night - something I haven't really done since high school quite frankly, but something I really should be getting back into.

Take care,

Matt Canning

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