I've spent a lot time at home in bed due to my condition (Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis). One winter I even stayed inside (mainly in my bedroom) ALL winter because I could barely walk. A few years ago I got into nutrition and started eating better, and the attacks (periods of weakness) became less frequent. Eventually I could walk around like normal people and go up the stairs but I was still really weak.
I spent a while in physical therapy, and they noticed that light exercise helped get rid of the mild attacks. After that, I kept up with my exercises they gave me but I still had the 'skinny gamer' look and I was still weak. Deep down I knew that arm rotations wouldn't make me strong. I started simple body-weight exercises and now I can jump, run, and do pushups now. I started eating and gained 9 lbs. It's time to hit the weights, no more being weak! I can't stand being weak!
I've already been watching squatting seminars and practicing with a 10 lb bar, and today I felt good. I wanted to see roughly how much weight I could safely squat today. I recorded myself to see if my knees were below parallel, they were but I could still go deeper.
Today's workout: 7/8/11
Weight: 146 lbs
Squats (wide stance):
10 lb (bar) - 5 reps. 50 lbs - 5 reps. Scared to get under the bar, but I dug deep.
80 lbs - 5 reps.*110 lbs - 5 reps.* I remember not even have the strength to walk, this is a big deal for me.
120 lbs - 1 rep* 130 lbs - 1 rep*
140 lbs - 1 rep*145 lbs - 2 reps.* BODY-WEIGHT! Didn't think the first rep was parallel, but it was.
`135 lbs - 7 reps.*
Stronger than I thought, but still. Struggling to squat body-weight is depressing no matter how you look at it. I want to be athletic and strong like you guys.
*EDIT (8/5/11): After watching it over, these were NOT parallel. My idea of parallel was WRONG.