A buddy of mine that's a bodybuilder got me squared away with a new custom diet based on my body type and goals, and set me up with a new workout routine.
Basically – the new diet has me consuming probably 3x's the amount of protein I've been consuming for the past few months, limiting my carbs (no more excessive fruit in my shakes), upping my green veggies, and increasing my water intake. I've also got a nice little digital food scale to be extremely precise about everything.
Went shopping yesterday, bought 5 dozen eggs, 3lbs of ground turkey, 2.5lbs of ground ultra-lean ground beef, 6 cube steaks, oats, green beans, and canned tuna – this is enough food for almost a week (I'm not sure how long it will last just yet). My diet is now super basic and bland (I do get 3 cheat meals), but it should kick start my next phase of weight loss and help me put on some more muscle. I have to eat 5 times a day – no more than 3 hours apart. I can only go to the gym 5 days max a week (I'm required to take 2 days off), and I have to do a min of 4 days of cardio each week (since I won't be doing any on leg days). I'm also limited to 30 mins of cardio so I'm not going catabolic and consuming my muscle while I jam away on the elliptical.
Basically – I got a good dump of information out of him on Friday night – and I cracked open my Schwarzenegger bodybuilding encyclopedia again and got even more information out of it (if you don't have it, I recommend getting it – it's full of everything you could ever want to know about working out, nutrition, etc).
Today was my first day – eating 5 times every 3 hours is fucking difficult. Oh – and no diet coke, red bull, orange juice, etc…just…water. Let's see how this goes for the next 8-10 weeks…I'm already down 40lbs – what's 20 more?