Dear ladies and gentlemen,
It's been many moons since I've posted here on the site. I come by and check things out and read articles and see how people are doing semi-often, but I rarely come to post. When I do post something, I really do ask for your help - because I do need it.
By now I've done a lot of reading, learning, motivating, you name it. I originally came here to the forums at 300 pounds, and I am now ~230. I took a lifestyle change down to 220 by eating well, and working out very hard. I accomplished all that in half a year's time, and I've kept off the weight since. I've put on some muscle, and put on a little fat.
Let's be honest here folks, I'm not nearly as strong or as fit as 95% of the people on this site, most of you live, eat, sleep, die, and breath weights and fitness. My knowledge is very limited in terms of weights/routines/splits. I fancy myself as knowing the basics and guidelines. I'm here today because I need your help, plain and simple - I'm starting to lose focus, lose motivation, I'm out of a routine, and I am off track.
First thing that comes to mind - my metabolism sucks major ass. I feel like I eat 1 Oreo and I gain 2 pounds. It is my basic understanding, that in order to increase metabolism, you must increase your overall muscle mass to keep the body (I think of it as a wood furnace) burning at all times. You must also eat smaller portions, many times a day (5-6), to keep the body in burning mode, otherwise it goes into starvation mode, or any excess just gets stored if you eat too much in 1 sitting etc.
Before I dig into some of my goals I'd like to make myself clear. Honestly, I'm not here to be a bodybuilder. Hopefully that doesn't upset anyone, but I'm not going to lie to you. I'm here because I simply don't know any better, and I consider most of you guys expert enthusiast. I want to improve my fitness and physic as a whole, in a healthy way. I don't plan on doing any competitions or showing off, I am doing this for me and my health.
Increase metabolism and overall muscle mass. I would like to turn into a calorie burning machine and a lean piece of granite from head to toe. I don't want to be bulky, and I don't want to be a twig (I've never ever been a twig in my life) so I don't have that to worry about.
Overall athletic performance improvement. I'm no stranger to sports - all through grade school I played my fair share of sports - Soccer (7 years), Football (3 years), Lacrosse (2 years). Most of you guys/gals would laugh at me for saying this, but I've been quite serious into road biking for a while now. I joined collegiate triathlon club before graduating, picked up a nice road bike and have been training since. I'd like to become a better athlete, no matter what sport it is, but they all boil down to have good core strength and development. Most great athletes are lean and muscular.
Develop a rock solid routine and workout schedule. When I go into the gym, I need a piece of paper that keeps track of my results, and tells me what to do. I don't want to think, I don't want to do anything but follow the instructions/next exercise on a excel workout sheet I've typed up and track results.
Day 1: Exercise X, Y Reps, Z Sets
Day 2: Exercise A, B Reps, C Sets
You get the gist, I'd like something laid out that is tailored to my goals.
Now that you have a little bit of an idea of where I'm coming from, and my interests/goals, I do ask that you please help me get back on the right path. I know what hard work is, I know what it takes, and I have been there and done that. Don't take it easy on me, critique me, and put me through hell. I remember reading an article a while ago - The burning phoenix. Lives, Burns, Dies, Reborn a bigger better stronger animal. Let's make no joke about it, I'm here to build muscle, get lean, get fit, and improve my health x100. I'm under no illusions that I am any of that, and I know most people on this site are. I'm pissed.
Thanks in advance for taking your time to read and possibly help me. Share any insight/opinions/routines/workout plans you have. I'm all ears.