Hey there, guys and gals.
I have been lurking around here for the past couple weeks, but this is my first post, and hopefully there will be many more to come.
I am not quite sure what information you folks will or will not want to hear, so I am just going to jot down everything I can possibly think of. I suppose you are all old enough to decide what you care to read and what you do not care to read.
22 years old
20% body fat, according to the calculator I found here...
Bench- 195 1rm
Squat- 260 1rm
Deadlift- Not tested
I played baseball in high school, and I have never been in better shape than I was during those 4 years. Before then, my diet and exercise habits were shit, and my body showed it. After I graduated, and made the (very bad) decision not to play in college, I put far too much emphasis on partying, and far too little emphasis on my health. Although I have never been the best-looking, most buff guy, things really went downhill for me at that point, and I ballooned up from an average-looking 200 lbs to a disgusting 290 lbs.
About a year and a half ago, I decided to start a completely misguided attempt at getting in shape. I had absolutely no knowledge of how to accomplish this, so I made a couple terrible decisions. I bought a copy of Muscle & Fitness, and I went to GNC to buy some supps. I guess somehow I thought "supplements" were a "supplement" for hard work. As you might expect, this course of action led me to nothing but disappointment and frustration. It did not take long before I put the supps in the cupboard, put down the weights, and gave up altogether.
So, 8 months ago, a girl gave me the motivation to take another run at improving my physique. She loved/loves me just the way I was/am, and I appreciate that a great deal. But she is a beautiful, sexy, intelligent, wonderful woman, and I think she deserves better than she has right now. She does everything necessary to maintain her body, and she looks fantastic...So, I want to do everything I can to make sure she is with somebody who looks as good as she does.
I got started on my road to a better body, but I left the supplements in the cupboard. I made simple changes to my diet, and started adding some cardio and simple lifts. In the past 8 months, I have lost 55 lbs to go from 280 to my current weight of 225. Up to this point, however, I have had absolutely no structure to my nutrition or training, and I have been using absolutely no supplements. About a month ago, I started checking out the message boards on M&F.com. Around the time I realized that there was not much to learn there, I noticed a couple posts which described T-Nation as a much more hardcore environment. That sounded good to me, so I checked it out, and I like what I have seen so far.
I have not been following any kind of strict diet. My progress has simply been a result of making simple healthy choices in place of the past horrible choices. But, since I know I am likely to get at least one person asking to see a sample diet, I will type up an average day for me...
1 cup orange juice
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 cup pineapple
1 can water-packed tuna
1 hard-boiled egg
2 cups mixed greens salad
2 tbsp vinegar/olive oil dressing
8oz chicken breast
1 cup brown rice
2 cups fresh green beans
Sunday- 60 mins cardio
Monday- triceps/biceps followed by 30 mins cardio
Tuesday- chest/back followed by 30 mins cardio
Wednesday- legs followed by 30 mins cardio
Thursday- shoulders/traps followed by 30 mins cardio
Friday- 60 mins cardio
Saturday- 60 mins cardio
These are the items I have available to me right now. Save for the tub of protein, fish oil, and the Carnitine caps, all of these items were purchased over a year ago...When I was completely ignorant about every possible aspect of training, nutrition, and supplementation. Clearly, I am not exactly a pro BBer right now. But, at the time I made these purchases, my supplement knowledge was limited to what I "learned" from the Ads in Muscle & Fitness and the salesman at GNC.
Six Star Pro Nutrition Whey Protein Plus "Elite Series"
-52g protein per scoop
Nature's Bounty L-Carnitine
Spring Valley Omega 3 Fish Oil
Nutrex Lipo 6 Black
-Thermogenic Fat Burner
GNC Pro Performance Amplified Creatine 189
-1250mg Creatine Hydrochloride
GNC Mega Men Sport Vitapak
-TONS of ingredients...I will list them if necessary
GNC Lean Shake Meal Replacement Shakes
Why I'm Here...
I'm looking to find several different things during my time here, including, but not limited to...
-Advice on improving my nutrition to promote fat loss
-Advice on training to improve my aesthetics and overall strength
-Advice on Supplementation to aid (not replace) my hard work and clean eating
-Motivation to stay on the right course
-Friendly, interesting conversation with individuals who share common interests
Also, if anyone is interested in seeing my progress thus far, I have (reluctantly) posted a couple pictures in my profile....Please don't be tooooo harsh.