Hey all, long time reader of the site, but new to the forums.
I guess a bit of background is needed before I get into the meat and potatoes of the log:
I’m 19 years of age, based in Melbourne, Australia and have been lifting for 3 years (Properly for about 1 & a half). I’m 188cm tall (6’2ish for the Yanks) and 86kg (189lbs) in weight (I’ll try to provide both imperial and metric whenever I can remember throughout the log).
My diet could best be described as low carb, high fat and high protein; lots of meat, lots of nuts, lots of veg and lots of full cream milk :)I try to eat every 3 hours in order to spread my cals throughout the day.
In terms of supps: I take a blend of whey protein mixed in with my milk, a whey isolate Pre W.O/ with creatine Post W.O, a lot of fish oil (I have a few bottles in my house and I graze throughout the day) and a metamucil each night before bed.
Now for the big stuff. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, in September of 2008 and have had an on and off relationship (mostly on, as it is now) ever since. This has resulted in lots of chemo, radiation, an autologous stem cell transplant, a brand new to the market anti-body treatment (which I’m on now) and is all leading up to an Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant in Mid-March. I’m also on Prednisolone to control some of the symptoms of the cancer such as night sweats.
I like to think the weight training has played an important role in keeping me as healthy as I can be (Despite not getting rid of the cancer I think it played a major role in getting rid of my depression and social anxiety disorder). I have remained incredibly healthy throughout my treatment, never having to stay in hospital with infections or low blood counts, and have always been able to maintain my mental make up throughout it all.
However, with an Allogeneic transplant due in Mid-March, I will soon be, in the immortal words of Turkish in the film Snatch, “Proper Fucked”, with no training, massive weight loss and quite simply a completely ruined body.
The transplant is one of the reasons I’m starting this blog. Not only do I get the great feedback from T Nation in regards to my training, I have been told by the nurses that the psychological boost from summit like this is one of the best ways to stay sane during the transplant.
Therefore, with the transplant tentatively due in Mid-March I am going for broke in the lead in to the transplant, no need to worry about overtraining if you won’t be training for up to 12 months soon lol. This means that I am trying to be as strong as I will be able to be by mid-March, with a secondary emphasis on some weight gain because my docs have told me that that will help me with the transplant.
Anyways I’ll post todays session after this post, and any advice in regards to the program or form on the vids is appreciated. BTW, if you have a question or a comment please post in the thread and don’t P.M me, I’m bloody useless at replying to those