This is the beginning of a periodic ranting for me to document as time goes on. Well it has been a few weeks since I finished my final transformation and I had plans of really starting to up the weights and getting ready for a serious bulking phase. Well I guess my body has told me now to take a couple of weeks off, I have still managed to do a compound session last monday and this monday but this mondays workout was a bit discouraging. I ran out of gas and did not perform as well as hoped well deadlifts were up but that was it. I have had for the last two weeks a bit of a chest infection/bronchial asthma and a nasty raspy cough I also got some gastro with stomach cramps and fever, headaches etc.... It seems every 1-2 years I get this chesty thing and for the first time in a year or so I actually had to have an inhalation of my asthma medication. I am starting to feel better and am fighting the urge to get out there and do some running and compound sessions but I feel I really have to listen to my body and give it time to recover. It is quite hard to do. It is actually funny that the catalyst for my final transformation was a 3 month battle with a chest infection/bronchial ashma. Everytime I get it I look forward to my multicoloured puss coughing sessions in the shower no intention to gross those out. I got so pissed off and angry about it and everything else in my life I channeled that into enormous amount of dedication and zeal. So coming down with it again after achieving so much can be a bit daunting but because I have learnt so much about diet etc I am not getting to stressed about it. Out of interest my calories have really come up a lot and especially carbs on some days. I average 3000-4500cal a day with up to 400g carbs eating pretty clean but with some comfort food as I am feeling under the weather a bit. I have been working 12hr shifts at my 2nd job so I guess that helps use up the calories. Makes me ravenous at night and I have to stop myself from eating everything in sight. I had a big bowl of miso soup with about 500g of tofu to curb the hunger beast before bed and that helped. I have thickened up a bit and am looking a bit more solid no where near where I want but better than nothing. My weight has stabilised at about 79-80kg 174-176lb it does fluctuate a tad. I have not done a bodyfat reading but am still holding decent definition. I was going to train this morning but feel I have to still take it easy for a few more days and listen to my body. I really want to train monday no matter what and do some cardio before xmas as there will be plenty of food and some alcomohol in moderation of course.