Dieting For A Student And Weightlifter

As a student taking five classes during the week, and being a competitive weightlifter, my time has to be calculated by the minute. I have to plan out when I am going to eat at a specific time, to avoid the embarrassing stomach growl in a quiet lecture that I’m sure we have all heard or experienced. I have had a few of those, and I apologize to whoever is next to me when I haven’t had my protein bar and banana before class.

I plan my school schedule to accommodate my weightlifting schedule. I also coordinate with my coach what my training schedule will look like, and whether I prefer to workout three to five days a week. I used to workout five days a week before my first meet, Iron Cat, but after that schedule, I dropped it to three days during the week for school.

Breakfast and Snacks

For breakfast, my diet is usually the same.

  • Half a cup of egg whites
  • One English muffin
  • Deli ham or sausage patty

I will make this pretty much every morning, and then pack a snack to eat before my 11 a.m. class begins. My snack will consist of a banana, protein bar or yogurt if I don’t have a protein bar, and after my class is done at 12:20 p.m. I will come home and eat lunch.

My lunch varies from time to time, but if I were to pick my favorite that fits my macros that would be.

  • 3-4 Ounces of chicken
  • 2 Cups of spinach
  • Half a cup of black beans
  • 3 Tbsp of salsa

After lunch, I have about an hour or two before I have to go to the gym, so in that time I will try to get a head start on assignments. I will eat a snack again that will either be a high carb snack like an apple with peanut butter or another English muffin with cheese.

I will get to the gym at 5 p.m. and stay to about 7:30 p.m. depending on my training schedule that day. After I am done with working out, I complete my diet with my remaining macros, so for dinner, I will eat the following.

  • 3 Ounces of chicken or ground turkey
  • 2 Wheat tortillas
  • 3 Tbsp of salsa
  • 1 Cup of spinach

After I have eaten and completed my assignments for the day, I finally lay down to go to sleep by 11 p.m., and then I wake up seven hours later and do it all over again the next day. My friends and family ask me why do I do all of this? Honestly, if it wasn’t for CrossFit and Weightlifting, I would not have the willpower to push through these assignments and tests. We all need an outlet to get away from school, and Weightlifting is mine. I study for tests and complete assignments at all hours of the day, and think to myself,”this is cake compared to the workout I had to do last night.” That drive and commitment that I have for this sport follows to other aspects of my life, so without it, I know it would be ten times as hard to get things done.

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