After lurking around here for a few weeks I've decided that now is the time to start my journal... I was contemplating all sorts of names and, nearing the big 50, most of them centred around the words 'Mid-Life Crisis'.... Anyhoo I decided against it and went for something simple and straight to the point!
I'm English, I'm a Gent, it's 2012 and it's my journal....
I was going to start my journal last Monday, 30th of Jan, but a fall of epic proportions at ice skating on Sunday evening meant that I had difficulty lifting, my wrist hurt like hell on push/pull exercises, and so this week has been more about recovery than anything else. If all goes well I'll be back to lifting next Monday. Hopefully through this journal I'll get the support, motivation (and the occasional kick in the @rse as and when required) that I need to succeed!
A bit about myself....
Height: 6ft 2"
Current Weight: 216 lbs
Current Body Fat %: 21.5%
I started working out/eating clean the 1st of January and my starting stats were 222 lbs and 26.5% body fat; so I'm pretty chuffed with the journey so far! Alongside this on Christmas Eve 2001 I decided that after 30 years I'd had enough of smoking and quit; I've gone cold turkey and not touched a cigarette since.
As for goals well I suppose you could say they're pretty generic....
1: Lose fat and gain lean mass (not necessarily in that order)
2: Get fitter, stronger and enjoy a better quality of life
3: Get into a pair of Wrangler jeans that have been collecting dust in my wardrobe (34" waist!)
4: Look f@cking awesome naked!
I will be setting myself some training based goals but these will be set per workout around volume, 1 RM on the big lifts, time vs. distance on some of the cardio activity etc
So how am I going to achieve this.....
I'm going to be training using different phases of lifting; ranging from full body workouts, upper/lower body splits and whilst rep ranges will be changing I will be aiming to keep the total volume high
Cardio will be a mixture of elliptical xtrainer, road running, road cycling, ice skating, inline skating and tennis
I'll be trying various approaches to my diet/nutrition based on the training phase/goal at the time; however as I do the cooking in the house I try to stay away from processed foods and I like to eat fresh and organic whenever possible
Well that's about it for now; I do have some 'before pictures' but I'm going to wait for a month or two before I post them.... I'm wanting some decent after pictures and I don't want to scare anyone away so early in the game!