"Quick" intro. Reading it isn't necessary so if it's too longwinded for you no worries
Some of you guys may remember me. For those that don't I was a 275+ sub junior lifter in the IPF's Ontario branch. At the time when I was posting frequently my life revolved around lifting and getting bigger and stronger. My peak was late 2009, best lifts being 505/330/495. Life's thrown a few curveballs my way in the last year or two. I started seeing a girl steady back in December 2009, and my focus really turned away from lifting. Problems in school continued despite her helping hand and I ended up a drop out. Summer 2010 we had a pregnancy scare and I scrambled to find full time work. Found a job with the local hardware company, delivering drywall. This beat the **** out of me. Plenty of overtime and busy, exhausting workdays ensured that I had little time or energy for training. Unsurprisingly my gym performance went way down, but nevertheless I think this was the best thing to happen to me. Few months into the job I was in great shape, developed A LOT of "functional" strength, and my weight was down quite a bit, to 260 from 330. Once I got accustomed to the heavy workload(and the seasonal work slowed down a bit) I was able to eat like a pig, put some of the lean mass I lost back on, and while my bf% was still relatively high, it had improved greatly from where it was and stayed that way. Once winter came along I had the chance to really hit hard in the gym and get my strength back. My lifts had dropped, but not all that much considering the lack of consistent training. 420/315/445. Plenty of room for improvement but not horrible. From then to now I didn't bother with any real programming, just did what I felt like. As long as I walked into the gym and busted ass I was happy. Got my numbers up a bit, 470/345/475. In January I proposed to my old lady and, luckily, got the answer I was looking for. My priorities shifted again, but I still trained consistently. I was laid off in March, and with my source of cardio gone I started flabbing up again. In light of this, and to help support my girl in her weight loss journey, I decided to start shedding the weight and get back in top shape.
(Not so quick hahaha)
I've been (relatively) strong, I've been functionally fit. Now I want the best of both worlds. I want to be in good enough shape again, and I want to be as strong(and stronger) as I was in my lifting prime. The dieting aspect is irrelevant to you all and I won't post any of it. The strength/conditioning is the subject of this log. I figured Wendler's 5/3/1 would be an appropriate choice for these goals, and the simple, baby-steps approach would help give me direction again.