Well - I think I've finally done the research, crunched the numbers, and spent the money necessary to get myself into a serious plan. I am a small dude, and I have always hated it. So, I have picked a program to do the impossible - get strong and get big. Starting tomorrow, I'm on the 5/3/1 program with a 4x/week split. I am sure I'll have to slide the actual days here and there occasionally because of my current situation, but by and large I should be able to maintain a 4x split, at the least, a 3x.
Height: 5'8" (I thought I was 5'9 until I went to the doc a few days ago)
BF% - Between 8 and 10%
*All of these maxes are adjusted training maxes according to Wendler's formula. I calculated them off of estimated maxes from the ebook.
Squat: 190, rounded from 188.973
Military Press: 100, rounded from 99.7375
Bench: 180, rounded from 178.1838
Deadlift: 220, rounded from 218.66355
In terms of weight lifted, I don't have any specific numerical goals. Steady progress is what I'm after. I want to focus on form and function of the program before I start saying "I want to lift xxx by yyy." Some distant goals are 300lb deadlift by the end of the year and to be able to bench press 225 for at least 3 reps.
My primary goal right now is body mass. I want to weigh at least 150 pounds by May 29th. I am in on of my best friends' wedding, and if I could be heavier and stronger than I've ever been, it'd be a huge boost for me.
For a long time I've been into excuses and the "easy way." Not so much any more. I'm not as young as I used to be and I've learned that it takes work - on the weights and on the diet.
On that note, my diet has been a crippling factor in previous attempts. I just "ate more" rather than "ate smart." T-Nation has really helped clear up the diet picture for me. Now, I have targeted diet goals with nutrients I know I can get.
Rather than worrying about "Exacts" in terms of nutrient numbers, I just work in "at leasts."
Protein: 150 grams
Fats: 90 grams
Carbs: 300 grams
I figure if I can hit these numbers I'll be in good shape. That isn't to say I'll be slamming back cheeseburgers once I get them in, but I can worry less about a particular meal once I know I'm in my diet range. Tomorrow, since it's Sunday AND my first day of the program, I'm going to try and post my full meal schedule and my training numbers.
I'm obviously hoping for success, and I'm sure I can get there if I knuckle down. We'll see how it goes. Hopefully I'll be able to get some photos and videos up to go along with my plans. Questions, comments, snide remarks, and general heckling is always welcome.