At what point do you determine whether or not you're on the right track?
For example, I first started going to the gym 7 months ago. September 20, 2011.
I started using weights for the first time at age 28 about 4.5 months ago. (December 2011)
Although I've made some strength gains, I have seen almost no physical changes, aside from losing about 6 pounds. (My primary goal is to add muscle, although I have a bit of a paunch that I'd like to get rid of too, so I don't mind losing a few pounds...I realize it's very hard to add muscle and lose fat at the same time...)
Have I seen no physical changes because I've been lifting for less than six months, or is it because I'm working out inefficiently/eating too much/too little/lifting too much/too little?
Part of me thinks I need to develop patience and just keep lifting, "it's been less than a year...", and in time the changes will come. But a part of me thinks there's something wrong with my approach (and so I need to make changes NOW!) and I could be in the exact same spot in another 6 months or year, you know? I just don't want to waste valuable time. I'll be 30 next year so it's not like I have years and years to get my sh*t together. It'll only get harder from here.
These are the sorts of questions always in the back of my mind and I don't know what the answer is.
(I can give a detailed breakdown of my routine and goals if need be)
Thread: Patience or ineffectiveness?