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    A Couple Diet Questions

    Hi all... trying to start back up lifting again... i know never shoulda quit. lol. Anyways... my calorie goals are around 3000-3100 or so. My problems are 1.. Not much money for the right foods and 2... I work 10hrs a day mon-fri and 4-5 hrs on saturday. I do auto glass so I move around a lot and do a lot of climbing up and down on cars and lifting windshields lol. At best, right now I eat maybe 3-4 scrambled eggs with cheese in them with a little ketchup. Lunch consists of a couple of tyson chicken sandwiches with 2 slices each, a slice of great value cheese and mayo and mustard. Snacks in between are peanutbutter crackers or something like that. Dinner options: easy stuff pot pies, marie calendar chicken dinners, walmart chicken and rice burritos. I know im not eating near enough and the right stuff either. So what should I be eating especially with my busy work schedule in mind. I'm on camera all day also so unless i go mobile I can't do too much standing around to eat. Any suggestions? I'm 29, 5-11, weigh roughly 147 (as lean as i wanna be) i was at 170 but with this job im moving around so much i lost it lol. I work out at home outside after work usually around 7 or later. Have around 300lbs of weights straight bar, curl bar, couple sets of dumbell bars i can throw my weights on. My bench does incline, decline, and flat. Anyone is welcome to look at my routine im using if you cant see it let me know id be happy to post it with my current working weights. Sounds kinda dumb but without enough money for the right foods, etc... since ive started the glass job i have not been lifting in fear of im already eating way too little hence me loosing and lifting would be harder on me and would loose too much weight and gain no strength/size. Given if I can get the right diet going, I wanna get serious about lifting and need some help. Any help appreciated. Thanks. Wanna keep it cheap as i can got little girl to take care of and shes more important. Have six star whey also. Chocolate... yummm
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    First off, get to tracking your calories and not guessing. Grab an app like MyFitnessPal and see where you're at each day for a week.

    You'll be able to up the calories once you see where you're at. You likely are low on calories from what you mentioned above.
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    Already have myfitnespal and love it. Just wondering what cheap and portable foods I can eat to up calories. My calories according to myfitnespal is 3060. But like you say to get exact it's try and see.
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    I like the Tyson frozen grilled chicken breasts. I take two of these to work with half a bag of some sort of BirdsEye Steamfresh or Green Giant Steamers veggies. That plus Chobani greek yogurt is a typical lunch for me. It's only about 420 calories total. It's a quick thing to fix if you have a microwave. They make pasta varieties too. That will add some cals.

    For snacks I keep almonds, Clif Mojo bars, Zone Perfect bars around. At one point, I went through 3-4 Pure Protein bars a day (~20g protein each). The downside is that the GI tract isn't fond of that. I like the Clif bars because there's no artificial sweeteners which can irritate the stomach (if you consume enough).

    Dinner is a toss up. I usually know what it is the day of, but that's usually luck. That's the meal where the majority of my cals are consumed.

    Breakfast is typically steel cut oatmeal with walnuts or almonds and berries.

    For cheap whey, I like Body Fortress Whey Isolate. $20-30 for 2lb and its over 80% protein per serving. I've taken many. Gaspari Myofusion is probably the best tasting. Currently taking MTS whey (5lb for $44).
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    Got a microwave at work but usually I'm so busy don't even get to take my lunch break so need REALLY portable stuff like sandwiches etc. Could take cans of tuna too good with hot sauce lol do you think my routine looks Ok?

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    I'm guessing your goal is to get bigger (aka "build mass"). If that's the case, then I think you need to rework it. Start by looking at this routine: [URL]http://www.jefit.com/routines/workout-routine-database.php?id=2909[/URL] Be sure you read the forum post that's linked there. It's simple and effective.

    You can thaw out the grilled chicken breast I mentioned above. Throw it on some bread, add some cheese, and you're good to go. The veggies are the same way. You can eat them without reheating. Gotta get creative man!
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