I'm in a slump too TJ... I can't workout due to surgery. It's amazing how beneficial exercise is to sleeping. Last night, I hit the bed just before 10:30p.m. and didn't get to sleep until almost 3a.m. I KNOW it's due to my inability to exercise and hopefully I won't look like Christian Bale in the Machinist by the end of this recovery... I've already lost 5 or 6 pounds in a week and a day.
I agree with you, Infamous, that the protein shakes can be bad in some ways. I definitely don't recommend them unless someone's objective is bulking. I stopped drinking them as much earlier in the summer because I wanted to enter more of a leaning and conditioning phase... it has worked very well.
Now I have to get strong for the season...!!!