Turbulence Training W4D2: Feline Integration Issues

Food was decent yesterday though meal 5 turned into a serving of seasoned dried cuttlefish/squid at my mom’s house instead of the planned chicken salad when I stopped by to drop off some food for Storm Shadow (the white cat we adopted a few months ago).

Stormy has been fostered at my parents’ house since last Wednesday because Chris and I were worried about leaving him alone in our house with my two older cats. One of them, Slinky (he’s the one lying down on the right at the top of my blog), is very jealous of the newcomer and keeps ambushing him and starting fights. Since Slinky is 14 lbs and Stormy is only a 9 pounder, it’s not a very fair fight. Stormy spends a lot of time hiding under tables and scampering around with a worried, anxious look on his face in our house. There are numerous healed scratches on his poor nose, too.


He gets along a lot better with my Mom’s 11-year-old kitty, Snoopy, and my dad is totally in love with him. (So is my sister in Boston, who was visiting last week and got to spend a lot of time with him before flying back up to the frozen north.) I’m hoping that my folks will take him permanently. We love the lil’ guy–he’s the most user-friendly cat in the household–but it’s been months now, and we are still worried that Slinky is going to really hurt him one day since we won’t declaw our furry kids. He deserves a home where he can actually let his guard down without getting bullied.

I did get in my bike sprints last night at the gym. It was packed with the usual Monday night crowd, but no one was on the upright bikes, so I was able to knock out cardio in under 20 minutes. What joy it is to pop in, pedal like crazy for 19 minutes, and wobble back out to my car in a pool of sweat! I love HIIT.

This morning’s training was a dumbbell shoulder circuit with Ashley. TT workouts are full body, so I haven’t worked just shoulders in a while due to the cruise and Atlanta road trip. I had a nice pump by the end of the third and final circuit, but I have to admit that it’s not quite as motivating to see my 20% bf winter bulk image in the mirror as it is to see a sub-18% bf summer cut image.

Psychologically, it’s just hard for me to accept fat gain, even though I am doing it systematically and with a definite purpose. I knew I had to get my metabolism fired back up after spending most of this year at a deficit, and I knew I wanted to add a little more lean mass, but that doesn’t make it any easier to see the numbers go up on the scale and feel shirt sleeves and the thigh area of favorite jeans get tighter.

I think I must be vain.

You Are 40% Vain

Okay, so you’re slightly vain from time to time, but you’re not superficial at all.
You are realistic. You know that looks matter. You just try to make them matter less.


I believe I have bumped up my TDEE level to around 2000 calories or so by now, but I am going to follow John Berardi’s individualization guidelines and stick to a clean 2000 cal/day with 90% adherence for the next two weeks while tracking my weight and body fat to make sure. I have set my upper weight limit at 145 lbs for this bulk. If I start to go over that, I am bumping up cardio a bit and re-evaluating my intake.

Today’s Workout:
– Shoulder Circuit with Trainer

1) DB Seated Shoulder Press (3×15 @ 20 lbs)
2) DB Lateral Raise (3×15 @ 10 lbs)
3) DB Front Raise (3×15 @ 10 lbs)
4) DB Straight Arm Kickback (3×15 @ 10 lbs)
5) BB Upright Row (3×15 reps @ 40 lbs)
6) Lateral Arm Circle Sequence (3×30 sec.)

Today’s Planned Eats:
WO Shake: 1 scoop vanilla Dymatize Elite whey protein, 1/2 banana, 4 strawberries, 1 c. Diet V8 Splash
1: 1/3 c. oatmeal, 1/4 c. raisins, 3 egg whites, 3/4 c. raw carrots and zucchini
2: 4 oz. chicken breast, 1/4 c. (dry) quinoa, 1 c. broccoli, 1 T. spicy brown mustard, 1/4 t. Creole seasoning
3: 1 T. all natural peanut butter, 2 rice cakes, 1/2 c. raw carrots and zucchini
4: 1 scoop chocolate ATW whey protein, 1 banana, 1/2 c. raw carrots and zucchini
5: Free meal (1 of 4) – Sonny’s BBQ
6: (Optional-if hungry) 2 whole egg/4 egg white omelette with 1 c. spinach and 2 T. salsa

Water: 16 cups
Supplements: 3 capsules Digest-All, 6 capsules fish oil, 1 multivitamin, 1 calcium 600 + D
Calories: ~ 1628 (46% carb/31% pro/25% fat) (Through meal 4)

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