Adding my doodling hobby into my training!

As well as lifting (& well I really should include eating), I’m a creative wee soul. Art was easily my first love and passion in life, I’ve always loved designing and creating new things and it’s been a lifelong dream to have it feature in my career.

In recent times my painting, sketching has gone more to graphics and doodling and with my desire to take Gains, Trains & Appetites further; there was no tine like the present to have a go at designing some merch! 

So now I have the First sample of the new tank design (hopefully one of many in future), I need the grey font much darker but otherwise I love it! 😍 I’ll be adding it to my webstore soon though! 

Here’s a couple of photos (I’ve just finished an Olympic Lifting session so next time the photos will be more enthusiastic)!

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#GetReal -“Leg it”: The Holiday Mode downfall

So I’m 4 weeks into the new training plan but admittedly I’ve experienced my first set back: I went on holiday…
Now it was an awesome holiday (I recommend Croatia for holidaying) but my willpower folded at the first dinner. The food was AMAZING (and all good clean food) but I ate far too much of and I am now paying the price (I’ll post my recovery efforts another time).

So with this in mind my stats are not really a good indicator of my efforts this time

Current Stats:
138lbs / 62.6kg
15% Bodyfat
20.25in  Leg

Current Leg PB’s:
Press: 90kg
Squat: 52.5kg
Romainian Deadlit: 45kg (never tried to go higher as was perfecting technique/form first)
Deadlift: 87.5kg

So worth noting that my leg measurement has gone up a teeny wee bit so there is progress and my lifts are increasing each week. In fact yesterday was my first post-holiday leg day so there are some rather powerful doms today!

So we’ve got some gains (although mostly in the wrong place due to my being greedy) but now with all that good holiday grub behind me I can push on and work it!

The Protein Bar Chronicles: Grenade Episode 1

I have yet to find a Carb Killa Bar I don’t love, long may it continue!

Grenade Carb Killa Bar – White Chocolate Cookie:
Cals:214  Protein: 23.3g Fat: 7.9g Carbs: 13.5g (Fibre: 6.7g  Sugar: 14g)
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Verdict: 10/10 – Honestly I would pick this over any standard chocolate bar they are that good. The fat content rates a little higher than some but the pay off is that you are tasting actual chocolate and not some chocolate flavoured coating. The texture again just like any other chocolate bar (so not quite the jaw workout you get with other brands) so the main issue here is trying to remember that if you buy them in bulk, eating them all at once isn’t healthy (even if it is more macro friendly than a mars bar)…
Where to get them: http://www.musclefood.com/high-protein-snacks-1/protein-bars-1/grenade-carb-killa-bars.html

The Protein Bar Chronicles: Quest Bar – Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

It’s always felt there there’s a lot of hype around Quest Bars so I finally got me a taste of the action

Quest Protein Bar – Peanut Butter & Jelly:
Cals:220  Protein:20g Fat: 10g Carbs: 21g (Fibre: 16g  Sugar: 2g)
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Verdict: 8.5/10
It’s not the most attractive thing you’ll eat and it is a bit of jaw workout but I wont lie, this is gooood. At my first bite I thought I wasn’t going to like it, but the flavour just suddenly developed and by the end  was loving it. Certainly the peanut is the main flavour you taste, but there is a little underlying sweetness from the jelly flavour. Another bonus here is that I recognise everything on the ingredients list (this is a rarity among protein bars) so I’m feeling somewhat less guilty about stuffing it in my face (probably doesn’t make it ok though…)

All in all it’s tasty, fairly natural and with 20g protein and a whopping 16g fibre it’s packing some pretty decent macros!

Where to buy them: http://www.musclefood.com/quest-bars-peanut-butter-jelly.html

The Protein Bar Chronicles: Combat Bar

The first of many protein bars to try out from my Box of Protein, here’s how it went!

MusclePharm Combat Bar – White Chocolate & Raspberry:
Cals: 210 Protein: 20g Fat: 7g Carbs: 25g (Fibre: 12g Sugar: 5g)
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Verdict: 7/10 – it was nice but a little sickly sweet for me. There’s a bit of a whey-ey after taste but you sort of get used to it by the time you’re a few bites in. It’s a nice texture no effort at all to chew so I’d be keen to try some other flavours as I think it’s just this particualr flavour that doesnt appeal to me (in fact I can see cinnamon crunch and Peanut Butter cup flavours so definitely want to try those!)
Buy it from: http://www.musclefood.com/combat-crunch-white-choc-raspberry.html