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I'm using LoseIt app to track my calories. Aside from 90ish minutes at the gym, I'm pretty sedentary (desk job, long commute, just turned 30, current weight is 202) and my TDEE seems to be 2100. I make sure I'm over 2200 minimum, and do my best to eat 100g protein in that too with Vega shakes.
I'm about at my limit for my food budget though, shit gets expensive. And sadly, I'm lactose intolerant so GOMAD, whey, and creatine are out. I do take multi, eat lots of chicken. Costco is hella cheap for roasts, eggs, and chicken.
I started off with 4 x4 reps / sets, but for the last three weeks I've been doing 10-15 reps over 5 sets, sometimes six depending on the exercise. I rest 1-2 full minutes between sets.
My weights do constantly go up, which honestly is fairly motivational. Cable pec fly is 220, bench in the rack just hit 190. I cannot do a 'real' squat due to an old SI injury but I can leg press 410. I use Simple Workout to track my lifts, so I get fun little graphs and strength metrics.
I prefer to work with cables until I max them, because I feel more 'burn' when I do eccentric, controlled weight lowering on my last set, but I do work in a lot of free weight exercises too.
My routine is chest/arms, then leg day, then back/core and then I run every fourth day, rest one and repeat.
It could be that I'm still not eating enough, but if that's the case then I would expect to see much more definition, if not size - as remaining body fat burns off, like in a cut.
I'd be satisfied with starker definition as a close second to sheer volume, but I've only seen my fat mass drop by a few per cent over the last 4 months. I want one or the other, but I'm not trending in either direction.
I really appreciate everyone's help and input. I'm definitely not giving up, but... bleeah.
Pic related, this bro is Hunter Hobbs, google him. Buddy transformed himself in 3mo and I am insanely jelly.