Rocsteady wrote:What is it you find difficult with diet? Just getting enough protein/calories in? I had to tailor mine a lot as I'm a natural ectomorph and since being diagnosed with crohns I've had to pile the food in.
Nah man just pleasure only lift on business trips and when backpacking for a long amount of time. Normally like to go crazy the last few weeks before a holiday and use the time away as deload time but hasn't worked out like that this time.
Managed to keep myself from going tonight, no point in overworking and strawberry floating up my health for the holiday just to stay in shape. As i probably won't get a decent session in for a few weeks now i took a couple of shots, bit less muscle mass than i was packing before and the terrible lighting removes all definition but still think I'm looking decent. Come back with a tan and within a month of lifting I'll have surpassed it.
When I was really into T25 with dieting I got down to 11st 9 at my lightest and had really defined abs but not much upper body and most importantly I felt gooseberry fool with no energy (same thing happened when I was 19 Thai boxing, got down to 11st 5 but had no energy at all, could barely get through 3 rounds). I've found that around 12 stone 7 is my ideal weight but although I'm happy with my shape I struggle to get reallh defined abs. It's probably a worthy sacrifice because I love eating. All very first world I know, must be really tough having crohns.
Looking good man. You're going to Thailand right? Worth having a go at a Thai boxing gym if you fancy killing yourself. If the weather is anything like it was when I went you'll be able to eat and drink whatever you want as you'll sweat a couple of pounds every day.
What height are you hime? I’ve not weighed myself in so long I can’t even remember my ideal weight, I think at around 13st I feel good. Still light enough to be mobile while looking pretty big.
It’s not too bad, used to be absolutely awful but weed/cbd oil has pretty much sorted it out. Did look into doing that as I thought it’d be cool learning over there, no chance the couple of mates I’m travelling with would be into it though.
I used to be really anal about counting calories and protein when I started, but I started out weighing about 8 and a half stone so I felt like I had to track that gooseberry fool to make sure I was gonna progress. I’ve lifted for so many years now that I don’t really bother and eat what I want to an extent, I know roughly what will keep me in decent shape but eat dark chocolate most days and a few pizzas or whatever else junk food a week, etc.
My only method of tracking progress has ever been my memory. Not really one for keeping a diary or similar.
Felt like I was about to pass out a couple of times but thankfully my chest still feels quite clear, will find out tomorrow if it was a terrible idea or not.
This is the longest time since I started training (around 12 years ago) that I've not been to the gym. I think it's been around 5 weeks, simply down to everything that goes along with a wedding. I'm going tomorrow, as long as I stop strawberry floating drinking right now, and I cannot wait for the pain I'm going to experience in the following 3-5 days .
Had my first muay thai fight yesterday. It was a slightly gimped version, 3 rounds with elbows and knees disallowed, still quite the experience though.
Was paired with a French guy in his mid 30s. Towards the end of the first he hit me with a straight left that i saw coming but couldn't dodge in time, landed flush on my chin - never been hit like it. Started seeing hazy colours all around the edges of my vision. Was so tempted to retire at the end of the round but though I'd come that far already.
In the end he won by decision which, looking back at the video my friend took, I feel was fairly harsh. I think I was the more aggressive fighter and landed the better blows while using some of my slightly greater strength to keep him at decent range. He was a speedy strawberry floater though and pretty adept at landing on the inside.
Kicks from both of us were limited, I have no experience in them so literally only threw punches. Probably counted against me. He landed a flat blow on the side of my knee which I barely felt at the time but is now a monster bruise.
Feel good about doing it despite the loss. I'm still getting adrenalin rushes thinking about it, similar to when you first start getting regularly laid as a teen and it consumes your mind. Can still see that left jab coming towards me, my left pushing his head to set up distance for a right hook and forcing myself to keep pressure on as the urge to vomit from exhaustion was rising.
Might try it again tonight but not certain. Professional fighters are strawberry floating mental.
Awesome man, I didn't even know you were training. Yeah I'd say not throwing any kicks definitely counted against you. I think MT judging does look for that and will score negatively against you for not using kicks. At the very least throw a few teeps just to get distance!
Combat sports really gets into the blood like that tho. You get fixated on that gooseberry fool, I still constantly relive rolls I've had in BJJ all the time just thinking about gooseberry fool I could've done differently or the rare time I did get a submission and gooseberry fool. Upload your footage if you can I'd love to see it! Oh and yeah professionals are nuts. I can't imagine the balls it takes to do that gooseberry fool for a living.
Let me watch the footage again and I'll see if it's worth uploading
There were a few times I thought about kicking but I was still adopting a traditional boxing stance out of habit and could feel my balance going whenever trying to manoeuvre round for a kick.
My footwork most disappointed me, when boxing consistently a few years ago it used to be my strongest aspect. Was lighter back then so didn't have as much power but could avoid blows and control the ring much better. Think I'm just out of practice but my footwork the other day was dire, couldn't manufacture the right space between us at all. He knew his reach was shorter so stayed in my face the whole time but I could've backed off more effectively and set the range much better. There was one uppercut in particular which I think could have ended the fight had it landed but I slightly misjudged the distance and came up a couple of inches short.
It is harder too when he used kicks to bridge the gap between us, not used to that at all.
Totally agree about the fixation though, as you can probably tell
Moving in to a different flat when back from Thailand in a couple of weeks which is reasonably close to a boxing gym which has produced a couple of recent world champions.100% getting down there and getting my skills up. Think my muay thai days are over, spending the rest of my time here partying
Did you actually fight a Thai bloke in Thailand for your first ever foray into MT?? Thats madness! Fair play to you tho man, not many people would have the balls to do that. The little bit of MMA sparring i did was enough for me to know that im not too keen on getting punched in the face! Enjoy the partying, you earned it
Feeling like a fat gooseberry fool here myself, because of the snow i couldnt get to the gym, and then after that iw as on holidays last week, so another week of no gym and eating like a pig. To cap it all, my gym fees are due and ive just spent a week in Copenhagen, super strawberry floatin expensive city, to come home and find my cat got his ear completely strawberry floated up in a cat fight, so thats more money. But i cant NOT train... gonna have to put it on the credit card or something til next month. And on top of it all i want to go back to jiu jitsu too but thats another 50 quid i can ill afford. Being an adult strawberry floating sucks.
Nah I'm not quite that mental! was a French bloke instead, figured that'd be a bit easier
It was a heavy first day's introduction to muay thai for real though, my nose still feels out of joint.
That is rough man, I find personally that eating well and sufficient amounts cuts crazy amounts into my budget too. Definitely not always the cheapest of hobbies to stay in shape. Like you though training long term's not an option, training/food is basically the last thing I cut back on when rough on money.