Hello everyone, New to the threads and I know I am not over 35 but I will be 35 in January. So I hope you dont mind me starting a workout journal.
Here is a little History - Past 5 years I have had two back injuries, Herniated disc L4-L5, L5-S1. Operated on the L4-L5. Have had numerouse Cortisone injections about 15 in the past 5 years.
After the Surgery I was scared to do any lifting at all even bending over was scary. I started using my feet to pick stuff up off the ground. And I would use only my arms to get up from bed or Chair (push and pull).
I went from 190 lbs pre injury to an unbelievable 270 lbs.
Doctors always told me I wouldnt be lifting again.
Last December 2004 I decided that if I couldnt lift or run anymore I was going to just do Bicep and tricep and dumbell flys. So I started lifting.
I lifted like that for about a year and then I had a flare up. Went to the Doctors got test done and blood work. Found out I not only had the same disc bulging again but that I had high cholesterol, and border line high Blood pressure.
And So his answer was Statins since i couldnt realy work out or run.
Never took em But I decided to start a routine again. cardio and weights.
First all I did was walking, and the circuit weight machines.
after about three months of getting back in to the gym it was time to move on to the free weights and try running again. I started walking about a quarter mile and then jogging 3 quarters. and would then hit the weights. I did a basic weight lifting routine nothing to heavy just 3 set of everything didnt really split it up at first. Did that until January 2006.
Now it was time to get a bit more serious. I started doing 5 day splits. running i dropped from 5 times a week to three times a week and moved it to after my workout so I could save my energy for weight lifting.
I startded dieting. high protien, good carbs and water only. Started supplementing with vitamins, EFA's and herbs.
I decided to bulk up a bit so I could have some muscle to show when I lose the fat.
I cycled running from three times a week to 5 times a week every two months. Now If i dont run 2 miles a day I feel like i forgot to do something.
And I started Power lifting again. Havent done that in 7 years.
It feels Good to be back in it. Its funny doing power lifts at a gym where only a few people do them. You get some strange looks.
Okay so Now to finish the history I will say that My back feels 100% better and my spirits are high and my cholesterol and blood pressure are all normal.
I think it can only get better from here on out.
I will definitly post every day keep it simple and try to add progres pictures because i think that will give me more motivation.
thanks to any and all who have given me advice on these forums the support helps alot.
My goals are to lose 20 pounds of fat by Febraury. And 4 inches from the waist line while maintaining Muscle Mass. Not trying to lose fat fast is a main goal. Rather Slow and steady.
current stats : 5'10" 243.5 lbs ,Navy BF24.53%, YMCA BF 19.61%( i like this one better)
waist at navel -40"
waist above hips-38"
Thigh - 27"
calve - 17"
neck - 17"
goal Feb 2007 weigh in at or below 216
and have fairly good muscle tone.
So wish me luck>
Here is a starting picture. the two on the right were taken last night.