Apr. 13th, 2017

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I haven't had fatigue in about 3 days now. I feel great.

I found out that I've been doing Stronglifts incorrectly. I've been plateauing/failing reps, and I'm supposed to switch to 3 sets of 5 instead of 5 sets of 5 when that happens. So I did that for Bench Press and Barbell Row today. Squat I can still do 5x5. I increased squat weight by 10 lbs. today, instead of by 5 lbs. next week, as I'd planned.

Another aspect of the program I didn't know about is the frequency of weight increase. One is supposed to add 5 lbs. every workout instead of every week, like I've been trying to do. Of course, there's no way I can progress that quickly at this point, nor have I been able to progress that quickly for a looong time. So I guess I'll be doing the intermediate level of the program (3x5, 3x4, and 3x1) sooner than larger people/men would.

To hell with this diet. Eating so little is messing with my gains too much. Or maybe I'm just not getting enough protein. I will be tweaking my diet once again next month. I decided yesterday to take calories down from the 1250-1450 I've been eating these past three months to 1050, which is what I ate the last time I lost weight. But, as I was failing a row rep this evening, it occurred to me that at least part of the reason for my lack of progress is insufficient calories. And I was so excited to increase weight again, that I think now I'd rather be strong and pudgy (for a while) rather than weak and lean. And I'm tired already of eating so little. I'm not having terrible hunger pangs, it's just annoying. So I'm having another meal tonight! I can loose weight slowly with a more moderate caloric deficit and heavier weight training. More weight on the bar, that's what I love to see.
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