Ok, so, yes, cliche, here I come, start of new year, new years resolution, GET IN SHAPE!! More than that though, I want to get my LIFE in shape, my spirit, soul, mind, finance, body, relationships, attitude - I believe this is the sport to help with that. I honestly do, I have been reading a lot of bodybuilding and watching a lot recently and believe this is a lifestyle choice that will permeate into all areas of my life.
Now, I’m 32 years old. Ex 20 a day smoker (17 years) - Problems with Alcohol, Drugs and binge eating. I want to change, I AM going to change. But with all this information, and there is more of it than there I can believe. Where the hell do I start???
I would appreciate any input - I’m in need of so major bro love here!!!
I’m 32 - is that too old?
My lungs are shot to crap - as is my liver? Not too mention, probably the rest of my organs such as my brain!!
I’m on anti-depressants?
I know i’ve been stupid, I know I done damage. But I want to change all that and start contributing to my life and my family and my society.
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No man, you’re not too old. Not at all. I train two guys in their 50s and 60s, strong as fuck for their weight and age. Have one person with severe nerve damage to the left side of their body…still progressing, still working hard, still improving. Couldn’t do a damned bodyweight squat or lunge 6 weeks ago and now can now zercher squat 200 lbs and do clean walking lunges. Left side is improving nicely, so is his everyday walking and functioning. He’s super happy. It’s not too late, it’s just all about how much you’re willing to work and sacrifice for.
You have the right attitude. You have the right idea. Just realize you HAVE to stick in for the long haul, the frustrating days/weeks/MONTHS, the bad days you don’t want to go in and the good days you want to train for hours. You HAVE TO.
This isn’t a game where people who want the easy road do well. This game–long term success anyways–is solely and utterly dependent on strength of will and mental discipline. That’s not to say you aren’t alllowed to screw up or make mistakes–EVERYBODY does that, even big thick cut vets. What it DOES mean is that you’re not allowed to fucking quit on yourself and take the easy road that “feels good” and still get results. You pick yourself up and get back on the program. Discipline doesn’t mean we don’t fuck up, it means that over time we fuck up less and less because we improve on our willpower and focus on what needs to be done, not the excuses why it hasn’t been done yet or “can’t” get done.
You make the sacrifice over the year, you get results. You don’t…you end up the same as you are. There’s no magic fucking pill or magic diet or magic stack of steroids (and you’ve got a fucked liver anyways–although I hope you realized I wasn’t telling you to take prohormones or roids). NOTHING–and I mean NOTHING–but hard work and discipline. This game is one that really does teach you discipline and focus if you stick with it long enough. It’s fantastic.
I’ll tell you right now there is no perfect weight lifting program or “fitness” program. Anybody who tells you that is selling something. It doesn’t matter right now that you pick a “perfect” program–what matters is that you do something–anything–that you will stick to and enjoy some of the time. So pick something that sounds interesting, and stick it out for 8 weeks before changing. It’s not about the program it’s about the effort and time.
I don’t care if you start with only push-ups and sit-ups and bodyweight lunges at home, start today. Don’t fucking wait–that’s an excuse. That’s a deadly excuse. Follow Alexus’s advice, but in the meantime do SOMETHING on your own. Nobody cares how badly you start off, they care where you end up, or if you have the stones to get somewhere.
Alexus has excellent advice and I would follow it. I would say also that your lungs will improve the longer you work at this, even though they suck now. Don’t take a bunch of supplements, just some healthy vitamins and protein powder for workouts–and something to contribute to liver health.
Pick a program from one of the sticky threads here in the beginner forum, and do it. Doesn’t matter what, just stick to it and keep reading and learning. Ultimately the only thing besides discipline that will improve you is learning and educating yourself. Not reading infomercials mind you, but actual stuff.
Thanks bro - means a lot.