Yesterday, it was brought to my attention that I had a major problem with my fitness program if I wanted any major gains. I need to make some massive dietary changes.

I didn’t realize it until it was pointed out, but my diet has been below or around 1,000 calories/day. Now, based off an online calculator, I should be eating around 3,200 calories a day, but I’m not really comfortable making such a drastic change when one of my reasons is fat loss and the other is muscle gain.

That being said, I have decided to shoot for a more structured meal plan with a lot of meat and protein, most likely hitting 2,000-2,500 and I can adjust from there.

Morning

I woke up a little after 04:00 without an alarm clock after going to bed around 23:00. I didn’t hit my bedtime goal, but I was close enough that I’ll count it.

My legs kill right now. Good thing today isn’t leg day! Other than that, my shoulders (and back) are primed and ready to lift, and yesterday’s muscle groups aren’t feeling sore (at least not yet).

Weigh In

(Note: All weigh ins occur in the morning before I have a change to eat/drink or do anything)

Today: 178.2
Yesterday net: -2.6
Starting net: -6.8

It’s official, I’m definitely losing weight with my workouts!

Workout

Since a kind lifter on the Ruby on Rails Link Slack was commenting on my workouts sounding rather long, I decided to time this one. It was about 56 minutes long. Usually shoulders and back seem to be my shortest workout, so I’ll have to time the others.

Maybe I just lost track of time and it was all shorter than I thought.

Overall, workout went rather well. Legs are sore so I stretched them a lot.

Work

I did more research on handle.net and the request cycle. Turns out the NYU has a dev instance in use, so I will use that.

I’m reading some of POODR before bed then getting to sleep around 2230 or 2300, hopefully

Final Days Comments

I could barely walk all day. My legs kill. It sucks driving a Miata when your legs hit DOMS. I am hoping that tomorrow on leg day, they don’t feel as bad. At least working them out again should help with the soreness.

Meal Log

  • 1373 mg Fish Oil Softgel
  • Multivitamin
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • 1.5 grams Creatine HCL
  • Oikos Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Scoop C4
  • 1 Scoop BCAA’s
  • 1 Vitamin B12 (pill)
  • Quaker Blueberry Oatmeal
  • 1 pound BBQ Lime Chicken (BBQ Dry rub + lime zest)
  • 12 oz Starbuck’s Refresher (can)
  • 1 scoop Soylent Powder
  • 30 grams protein, 2.5 grams Creatine monohydrate with a few other minor supplements from Powder mixed in almond milk

Soylent Powder (Version 1.8) Review

No directions for scooping?

The Powder comes in bags of 5 servings. On the box, it explains to dump the entire bag into the pitcher and add water. I didn’t want to mix a whole bag. It also came with a scoop but had no reference to the scoop in directions. After a bit of doing math, turns out there are 5 scoops per bag, which means 1 scoop = 1 serving. I should have figured, but you never know.

Making a single serving

I put a scoop in and scooped some out. It was a substance similar to and protein powder drink. I dunked the scoop in to my Blender Bottle® and thought “Dang, I always do this… I should put the water in, then the scoop so it won’t stick to the bottom”. After putting water in and shaking vigorously, none stuck to the bottom like protein powder typically would. There was a few dots of residue along the side after shaking it, so I was worried it’d be chalky.

Drinking the Soylent

My first impression of the Soylent was “Hey, this kind of tastes like milk and that crescent dough you get from a can” it wasn’t chalky at all. My second impression was “Well, this isn’t amazing but it is tolerable”. You kind of have to go out of your way to want to drink this plain. Afterwards, from the odd flavor, I had very slight nausea.

Conclusion

Over the next few weeks, I will be trying some rather obvious mix-ins like chocolate based items, some less obvious things like fruit juices, and some workout powders like BCAA’s that are flavored to be rather fruity. I will report on what seems like the best solution to make the plain Soylent tolerable.