I've been lurking on this site for some time, but this is my first post.
I turned 30 this year. Ten years ago, I got out of the Army (82nd Airborne!), weighed 175 pounds (all muscle) could run ten miles in just over an hour, and could do push ups and situps till the cows came home. I have never lifted weights before (I have a gym membership, but the lifting I have done on the rare occasion that I went was rudimentary and probably ineffective).
Fast forward to now. I worked my ass off after I got out of the service, and fell out of fitness and activity in general. I worked for years at a brokerage house (very high stress). Recently I've been working as a consultant, and it is much better on the nerves. I was addicted to stress and had to break out. Now after a year working in a more normal job, I am starting to be conscious of my surroundings again. All I focused on for the last ten years was making green.
In my years at the bank I took up chain smoking, subsisted on a diet of coffee, cigarettes, red bull, fast food, donuts, screaming, yelling, drinking, and not sleeping. Basically my body was decaying, but I didn't pay it any mind. I could always prop myself up with some substance and keep the brain working, and that was all I needed to get by.
I look in the mirror today. I'm 30, the hair's thinning, but still there. I weight 220 pounds. I have ED occasionally (and I can't go two or three times in a row anymore - recovery time is way long). I get winded going up two flights of stairs (although for sanity I do occasionally run, and somehow can still knock out a few miles at around a 9 minutes pace - pathetic compared to before, but I miss it sometimes and just go). I get a cut, and it takes like a week to heal (it used to take a day or two for that). My testosterone is in the crapper. Unless I go a few days without sex, I simply don't even think of it. I still smoke, but a bit less than before, and I don't drink, yell, or scream (well not everyday) anymore.
Worst of all lately is even my brain is getting a bit hazy in the afternoon. I used to be able to bang out a report for work in no time, 30-40 pages, no problem. Now I'm getting all fogged and having trouble concentrating.
My diet is better lately (my wife's a vegan, so when I'm home I eat well, and she's cool if I cook up a steak or something for myself), but still shit when I'm travelling for business.
I pretty much forgot what living was. I was happy when I was a soldier, and now I'm usually just .... I don't know, satisfied...complacent maybe. The only I pleasure I have is in my work. Everything else isn't bad, but kind of grey.
I want the vigor back. I am way to young to feel like I'm 60 years old. I am going to quit smoking, clean up my diet, start running a few times a week, and I really want to take it to the next level and do some bodybuilding. I know the basics of technique and safety and such (we occasionally hit the gym in the Army, but it was usually calisthetics). I've seen numerous workouts on here, supplements, etcetera, and I was wondering if you all had any decent recommendations as to a starting program. I'd also like to try some of the supplements...only problem is that they all sound good to me!!
I'm fat, low testosterone, sleepy during the day, whatever...pretty much pick your ailment, I could take everything Biotest makes (not that I'm planning on it) I was checking out "Spike" to perk up a bit at work, maybe "HOT-ROX" to kick start the fat burning, and "TRIBEX" to maybe give the sex drive a bit of a boost. Is it safe to combine them? Is the TRIBEX better than the Alpha Male?
So the root of the problem. I am a disaster. I am going to fix it, because I want to enjoy my life again.
WHERE TO START? Diet first? Weights? Running? Supplements? Quit Smoking (OK, I will probably start with quitting smoking, I don't want to keel over)....
I'm familiar with the writers here after reading a few articles, if anyone could point me in the right general direction, I'd appreciate it. Also, for anyone who was a wreck like me, and pulled out of it:
Did you start off by cleaning up everything at once, or did you take a stepped approach and fix one thing at a time?
Thanks for any thoughts on the subject. Perhaps I'll get the nerve to take out the digicam when the wife is sleeping and take a before of myself so I can do a cool comparison six months from now.