Ok, it's finally time to post a journal and make myself more accountable so I can get to the next level.
First a little about me. Very happliy married 25 years this November. Two boys, 19 and 16 years old. Auto Master Technician, painter and airbrush artist.
Having what I saw as a full plate as well as a loving wife and family, why take care of myself, it was everyone but me I am concerned about. I kept making excuses, too busy, too tired, too old, I like pie too much, why should I sacrifice all the bad foods I enjoy... the usual stuff. I had gone thru my time in the gym as a young man and it was in the past. Now I am a family man.
Then one day at a party, I was looking around, surrounded by over weight, out of shape people, stuffing our faces with beers, chips and later on cake and ice cream...then more beer. When someone at the party came over and started comparing our big bellies and the small crowd gathered around had a good laugh, hell I laughed too, it was pretty funny.
The following monday my buddy at work said, "when are you going to come to the gym with me and start taking care of yourself?" I thought about it a night or two and realized just how tired I was of being just another fatty in the crowd. I am not afraid of hard work, so why am I so out of shape I asked myself? Where my excuses valid, NO. Was there an hour, or maybe and hour and a half I could spend at the gym a few times a week, if I REALLY wanted to, YES.
When my journey started on August 1st 2010 I was just tickling the 206 mark on the scale at home, with some muscle, but WAY too much bodyfat for 5'8"ish, maybe 28-30% i'd guess, maybe more? No pictures of that mess with the shirt off. The before pics in my BB profile are after losing some weight and feeling some progress, maybe at 195 or so. Once I realized this was going to be a transformation, I wanted it recorded as my first accountability file and proof of what I came from.
I started off just "working out" 45 minutes on the machines and doing some cardio on the ellyptical machines for 20(then 30) minutes. I did this 3 times a week, M-W-F. I started to cut out some sugar and some bread/pasta/potatoes and lost some weight pretty quick. I wasn't gaining muscle like I had hoped after about 4-5 months.
Then some of the "body builders" at the gym who seemed approachable began to answer my questions and I realized I needed to get more serious with my "training" rather then working out and I also needed to dial in my nutrition a bit better.
I have learned a lot from those helpfull guys at the gym and from BB.com, as well as my own research and I am seeing steady gains on my way to my goals(small and large), but I have a long way to go.
I hope you will follow along, if only to keep me accountable. I'll try and be as thorough as possible as my schedule allows. I'd also welcome any input, critique of my nutrition, or training schedule. (As long as posts are done by grown ups, lol)