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So I've been doing a lot of thinking lately and I've decided to dedicate myself to something for the next year (53 weeks to be exact).
October 13, 2011 will mark the 10th anniversay for my wife and I and we are doing something special; we are going to a Sandals Resort in the Carribean. We are not too sure which one yet but all of them are beautiful and we are definately excited to go. So, I've been lifting for a little over a year now and while I've made progress, I am still unhappy about my overall physique and apperance. This is where I get some help and dedicate myself.
My goal for the next 53 weeks will be to eat and train at a level in which I haven't before. I will set goals for all aspects of my training whether it be a body weight goal for the next month or a long term lifting goal. I will push myself to growIn the end, I want to, scratch that, I WILL BE in the best shape of my life and truely enjoy my anniversary with my wife.
Who's helping me? I've enlisted the help of friend, co-worker, and Natural Pro Bodybuilder Paul Revelia, aka fltallpaul. He will help me with my training and diet and make suggestions/changes when necessary. We are taking a practical approach to the next 53 weeks realizing that Holidays, vacations and the like are part of it so we will do our best to work my diet around these times and re-adjust as needed.
If there's a downside to any part of this plan it is the fact that I will be training alone most of the time. I will try to meet with friends from time to time but 95% of my training will be done alone due to my work schedule and family life.
We've set some tenative goals for the next 53 weeks and I'm hoping I can reach or beat these:
Currently, I do not know my bench but I would have to guess it's about 225 or so, not much more. Squat is about 250 and Deadlift is about 330. I think these are reasonable and attainable goals. We are also targeting 5-8lbs of lean mass gained in this time. I know it doesn't sound like a whole lot, but I don't want to gain too much fat during this time and have to do 7 days of cardio, AM and PM in the end just to slim down. Slow and steady is the name of the game.
Training will be a Power/Hypertrophy program that Paul came up for me. I won't go into details of it but will post my workouts here for people to see. We will basically set 6 week goals and try to improve on those each time. I'm excited to start the program this evening. Paul is working on my macros at the moment so once I get them I will post them for a reference. I will start off with no cardio and add it as needed or directed.
Scivation Whey (both flavors)
Scivation Xtend (almost all flavors)
Scivation Quake 10.0
DAA (on and off)
I will post starting pictures tonight and do my best to post progress pictures, videos, etc. throughout this journey. I have a strong feeling that at the end of 53 weeks I will be lean and posed to make a decision whether or not to lift for another year and compete. I'm a long way from competing but this next year will help me see how my body reacts to training and if it's something I want to do.
It's time for me to grow. I'm ready to do this.