First, a little background -- I've pretty much spent my younger life around a gym...always reading articles, etc. 2 years ago we had our son and we just never made the time to go to the gym anymore. Anyway, right now I'm 5'10", 191 pounds, I'd estimate about 20% BF (ie. I look like crap with a shirt off, but great with a shirt on).
Well, a month ago, 11/14/2011 I started back at the gym, 3 days a week with a full body routine and occasionally hitting it 1-2 extra times a week for a late night cardio session and extra calf/ab work.
I've calculated my daily needs to be 2950 calories to maintain (even if I choose completely sedentary, my needs were still like 2700)...so I've been eating a pretty clean 2500 calories a day for the past month. I've completely cut out soda (used to drink 3-4 a day), mostly all refined sugars (used to eat at least a pack of skittles a day, now the only refined sugars I get would be in a nutra grain bar or an occasional red bull), and been eating really good, mainly chicken, eggs, whey, oats, fruits, veggies, milk and calculating my calories every single day to be between 2400 and 2600...with about 160-190 grams of protein a day.
I have not lost a single pound, and in reality, I've probably gained 2 pounds.
As far as weights go, I've really been hammering them hard...I mean I still get sore when I leave...doing mainly compound lifts like deads, rack pulls, pushups, pull-downs, heavy t-bar or BB standing rows, close-grip bench, skull crushers, standing bb curls, the real meat and potatoes stuff. I've always been really in tune with my body when it comes to working out. I've cut from 20% BF to 10% in 3 months before about 5 years ago the same exact way.
1) Is it *possible* that I have some type of muscle memory and I'm losing fat and gaining muscle?
2) Should I cut my calories down to 2100? -- I REALLY feel like I'm on a deficit, and have all month. My original plan was to stay in a deficit for 90 days then continue to eat at about 100-200 calories above maintenance.
3) Should I give it another month at 2500 and go from there -- worst case if I'm not on a deficit, I am definitely building muscle. In this case, aim more for a recomposition over a longer period of time, say 6 months to a year?
4) Is it my age? I've read that once you hit 30, especially if you have a kid, your testosterone gets way jacked. My sex drive is not any different than when I was 18...my hair is just as full as ever..."everything" works just like always...I still FEEL the same as I did when i was 18, minus, of course, a few aches and pains in a knee or whatever every now and then, etc.