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    Default Quit Career to start SS, advice sought to make the most of it

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    Good Day SS,

    Note that I have resigned from my career and as such I have 90 days to fully dedicate towards improving health

    3 years ago I began crossfit after a 34 years of poor nutrition and bad exercise advise.

    For the time, CF was good to me: through tracking macros/micros and 3 days/week CF I dropped from 227 pounds down to 167 and an estimated 15pbf (male). It also allowed me to put on a small amount of muscle, and I no longer spend every day in chronic pain due to weak glutes/hams/etc.

    By the time I reached 167 pounds I switched from a cutting diet of 200/148/33 (protein/carb/fat) to bulking. My ego felt great at this point, however I was obviously lacking some very important muscle development.

    Where CF was good for shedding fat, it has failed to train any noticeable strength gains / muscle mass. Despite running a milk bulking diet of 172p/243c/52f all Ive accomplished the last 9 months is to jump up to 195 pounds and 20-25pbf.

    My question for you fine folks is, do I stick to a maintenance diet of 2,300 calories while I recomp: 195p/244c/59f and then scale up to the bulking diet (below) as the linear workload grows and recover fade/fatigue sets in...

    OR do I run a at 45% ABOVE my TDEE bulking diet of 3,307 calories to get close to the book recommended 3,500: 200p/439c/84f


    I have a bunch of food issues (genetic) so meat, beans, and veggies are it. No dairy, soy, eggs, or grains I am afraid. This I have down to a science (along with weighing foods, and tracking via MFP).

    And a side comment it feels very odd to be starting at phase 1 without cleans or chin-ups.

    Thanks folks!
    Land

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    Picture from October 2018 and lowest pbf & November 2019 and no noticeable strength gain in last 9 months from CF.
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    20190903_071304.jpg

    And a correction
    "milk bulking diet"
    should say
    "muscle bulking diet"

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    Thanks for posting. You will want to be somewhere in between. How strong are you?

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    Thanks Robert,

    I was horrid weak 3 years ago.
    Now I'm at the upper end of weak:

    1RP Max
    Bench 165
    Strict press 115
    Back squat 225
    Deadlift 275
    Clean 145

    The SS book has already provided some small pointers which have improved my lifts (hand positioning on pressing for example)

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    You need to keep pushing those lifts up and eat at least 3000 calories with the higher carbohydrates/higher protein ratios. How much do you weigh now?

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    Thanks Robert. I weigh 195 today (the 20-22pbf pic was from earlier this week)

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    Height?

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    Thanks again Robert.

    5'11"
    195#
    37.5 yr male
    41 chest (under arms)
    37 navel
    39 hips
    14.9 r bicep flexed
    22.2 r thigh flexed

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    Definitely eat the 3000 and get stronger. You are in a good spot right now.

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    starting strength nutrition camp
    Awesome, will do & much obliged. I just re-read the book again. First day of SS is tomorrow

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