Hello - A little about me.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Hello, Sparkers, my name is Ryan. I just wanted to extend a greeting to all of you who may or may not be lurking around; which I don't think is many, seeing as my only Spark buddy is my girlfriend. I guess if I add a lot of people later you can all come back, read this, and consider it a retroactive hello.
My fitness history, at a glance, is pretty simple. I steadily grew larger as a teenager - most of my growing lent itself toward my rather robust mid-section. In my mid 20's I got interested in nutrition. I studied it day in and day out. I ate (literally), breathed, and lived by my new nutritional standard, applying all of my accumulated knowledge. I went from 220+ to 150; and, as you can imagine, became exceedingly thin.
As a result of having met the love of my life, however, I became lax and lost all semblance of better judgement when it came to food. The yearning to eat and savor delicious meals is much harder to resist when you have a partner there to share the joy. Also, when growing that close to someone, you have little reason to hide anything (like a belly) so you let down your guard when it comes to overeating. I began to put on weight again, like a giant yo-yo on its way back up.
Fortunately, the very partner I mentioned earlier was there to snap me out of my chinese-buffet addled state of mind. I am not opposed to exercise, yet I have only enjoyed nominal success at best when going at it alone. With her as an inspiration - not just her own success and weight loss, but the daily determination in the face of constant temptation - I was finally motivated to begin my own reclamation of a more visually appealing physique.
I was reluctant to join Spark People, seeing as this is primarily weight-loss-centric community, but finally gave in at her insistence. You see, I'm actually trying to GAIN weight; albeit weight of a more pleasant kind. I'm trying to build lean mass in the form of pure muscle. Yes, I hope to lose a percentage of body fat and watch my belly dwindle away; but my overall weight doesn't concern me as much as the gains in strength and the acquisition of a lean, muscled shape.
Currently I am supplementing with a multivitamin, glucosamine & MSM, fish oil, creatine monohydrate, L-Arginine, and Hydrolized Whey Protein Isolates. I consume a macro nutrient spread of roughly 40% protein, 40% carbohydrates, and 20% healthy fats. I try to eat OVER my average BMR to stimulate muscle growth, though I may be burning more than I consume with my increased work load. I exercise three times a week - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I work out at night, and generally go to sleep for 8 hours+ right after. I follow a Rippetoe workout, focusing mainly on compound movements, high weight, low reps.
If any readers have any questions, comments, or concerns - please let me know! Thank you for reading, and I'm glad to be a part of Spark People.