Greetings everyone. I'm stepping out of the lurking shadows to start a training log to document a voyage to I'm not sure exactly where, except to a stronger, healthier, bigger me. A couple of the requisite facts:
Height: 6 ft 4 in
Weight: 202 lbs
After visiting the local pool in August, my wife commented that she couldn't tell the difference between my body and the body of the 53-year old I was talking to, who I would describe as quite out of shape and skinny with a big pot belly. I didn't believe her, and made her take pictures of me in a bathing suit. Never has my illusion of reality been shattered so completely or swiftly. I had fooled myself into thinking because I still weighed as much as 10 years ago, I was trim and fit. However, I was a guy with skinny arms and no chest with fat concentrated front and back between my nipples and waist.
Embarresment is a powerful motivator sometimes. I did one cycle of P90X to start getting back into shape, and slowly and gently overhauled my diet to increase protein intake and get rid of the crap. I liked the weight days and hated the cardio days, so decided to start lifting. I remembered my friend and classmate was a big proponent of the site, so started to read the articles and visit the forums. I got hooked.
I am starting the Starting Strength workout regimen this week, following Rippetoe's lifting program. My primary goal is to do SS for 6 months to build strength, then assess where I am in 6 months. I am going to stick with his program, ramping up over the first two weeks to get my form down.
The title is based on my occupation as an engineer, and I figured it would allude to the fact that a better me would have to be built by me.
Tomorrow is the second day of my squat/bench press/deadlift day, I'll start the lifting numbers tomorrow. In the meantime, thanks for all the advice and knowledge you all unknowingly passed on to me.