Hi Folks. I’ve got a few minutes so I figured I’d start my 2019 thread intro with starting pics to follow 1/1/19.
About me: I’m 40 years old and I love the iron game but I’ve gone through too many periods of inactivity. I’m about to get married in February (in Vegas) and I’ve got 3 step kids (15,13,12). I only played golf in high school and wasn’t very active after that so I missed out on all the easy young man gains.
Around age 25 I started to get interested in “going to the gym” (ha) and I thought Men’s Health was the shit. Then I discovered T-Nation and everything changed. I think it was 2006. I still focused on things that didn’t matter (what’s the best way to ramp?) but I remember posting here on Thanksgiving about being thankful for T-Nation. Thankful for not being on the Men’s Health forums worrying about eating too much turkey and realizing there’s no such thing as too much turkey.
I was making some nice gains but somewhere along the way I screwed up both my knees pretty bad. I think it was bad form on deadlifts that did it. I discovered years later I also have bone spurs on both kneecaps and they think elbows also. I only recently, several years later started squatting again along with some DL’s, rack pulls, trap DL’s etc, however I will never do a lunge or step up again and it still hurts to kneel on anything harder than a bed. I also have tendonitis in both elbows.
Around 2013 I was in the best shape of my life, but for whatever reason I got too comfortable after meeting my fiance and stopped working out. After seeing myself in our Christmas pictures last year I wasn’t happy. I had gotten up to 204 lbs and had way too much belly fat. I’ve been serious ever since and the transformation has already been amazing. (pics to follow)
I’ll leave it here for now. Looking forward to everyone’s 2019 logs. T-Nation rules.