First, greetings everyone.I have been very impressed by the knowledge, commitment and determination by the folks on this site. I need to admit that I have been lurking for the past several months and now its time for me to come out of the woodwork and post-up I will try to be concise but thorough. I seemed to have stalled a bit and need everyones help. Background:
Starting point: 1 January 2008
Height: 5ft 9in
BMI: 46.8 (ugh!)
January: Exercise began walking 1 hr daily. Diet: Dropped all alcohol, began to eat more fruits & vegetables, reduce consumption. Began lurking and reading TMAGNUM Forums.
February: Continued walking every other day, alternating days 45 minutes random weight lifting. Weight on 1 March: 298
March: After much reading began serious program. Diet: Eating clean: 6 meals daily, 40% protein, 40% Carbs, 20% Fat as target. Total daily calories: 2200 to 2300. Exercise: Began structured weight lifting & cardio workouts: Day 1: 45 minutes hard walking; Day2: 45 minutes upper body work out; Day 3: 45 minutes hard walking, Day 4: 45 minutes Lower body workout; Day 5: walking , repeat cycle.
Upper body routine:
Dumbbell bench press: 3 X 10
Dumbbell bench row: 3 X 10
Dumbbell upright row: 3 X 10
Dumbbell preacher curls: 3 X 10
Cable bent-over triceps extension: 3 X 10
Cable upright center pushdowns: 3 X 10
Lever chest press: 3 X 10
Lower Body routine:
Dumbbell straight leg dead lift: 3 X 10
Dumbbell squats: 3 X 10
Dumbbell lunges: 3 X 10
Dumbbell side bends: 3 X 10
Inclined sit-ups: 3 X 20
Plain Crunches: 3 X 20
Cable lying leg curl: 3 X 10
April: Continued March workout & diet program; began taking supplements: chromium picolate, omega3 oil, and glucosamine and chondroitin (for knee joints)
Weight on 30 April: 288
May: Same routine as April
Today: Weight: 268
Thats it. So I have been making some pretty good progress (if you ask me!) but feel its time to start some serious tweaking especially with my exercise routines. I follow this website regularly and have information overload. Should I switch to HIIT? Ripptoes Starting Strength? Chad Waterburys 10 X 3? Etc, etc?
Please give me some advice. My main objective is continued fat loss. All of my exercise and diet programming should be aimed at maximizing weight & fat loss.
Thanks in advance I appreciate observations from everyone!