John’s Blog: Happy New Year!by John Meadows on January 2, 2016
Happy New Year everyone! I am celebrating the New Year eating cod and doing diet specials. Don’t feel bad for me though, as I had a lifetime supply of my favorite food, pecan pie, last week. I can still taste the calorically dense bolus of goodness…
Well it is official. I am in the Arnold Classic!
This has been a lifelong dream to me. Many times, winning a state title seemed out of reach, placing at a pro qualifier, placing in a pro show, actually competing in the Arnold or Olympia….it has all sounded far-fetched to me at times, but I just kept working and as long as I get better, I have kept improving and competing. People ask me all the time when I will retire, and the answer is simple, when my body starts to go south. I will not be like the past his prime boxer who continues to box despite rapidly eroding skills. Once I start showing signs if aging (saggy chest, lack of quad sweep etc.) I will retire gracefully. Until then, I am going to go for it.
This being said, I am going to document my diet and cardio regimen through the entire prep so you can follow along here.
I found out Tuesday that I was in and started my diet Wednesday. Here is my starting point at 9.5 weeks out.
Meal 1 – 3 whole eggs, ½ cup of dry oats, a teaspoon of coconut oil
Meal 2 – Chocolate Coconut food bar (Best Bar Ever) and a coffee
Intra – 3 scoops of Intra MD
Meal 3 – 40 grams of whey iso, ½ cup of cream of rice (dry), 1 tbsp of nut butter, 0 calorie choc syrup
Meal 4 – 8 oz od cod, ½ cup of oats, 1 cup of green veggies
Meal 5 – 6 oz of cooked chicken, 2 cups of white rice
Meal 6 – 8 oz of cod, 1 cup of white rice, ½ cup of black eyed peas, hot sauce
Breakdown – 241 grams of protein (32%), 383 of carbs (50%), 62 of fat (18%) = 3054 calories
Super Bio Curcumin 1 cap in am and 1 in pm / Life Extension
Super Omega 3 2 caps in am and 2 in pm / Life Extension
Vitamin D and K w/ Sea Iodine 1 cap with meal containing fats / Life Extension
Citrus Bergamot 2 caps in am / Jarrow
Q-Absorb 1 cap in am / Jarrow
P5P 3 tabs in am (150 mg total) / Vitamin World
Enteric coated Aspirin 1 tab daily 81 mg
Partition MD – 2 caps per workout and 2 caps before bed / Prime Nutrition
Intra MD and Intra MD EAA / Prime Nutrition
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** If you want to try the Food Bars use code PM10
Cardio will start on Monday. I will likely do a slight incline walk on treadmill at a moderate pace.
My weight is at about 227-228, and I am not that fat. Look for update pics on my Instagram and Facebook later next week. Just a few days in, I already look much better.
I am also documenting my training and that will be built as my next training program – not sure what to call this one….any suggestions?
Until next time – keep cranking!