A couple of people have encouraged me to get on this board so here goes. Background -- 50 years old, weighed 115 at 18 but always thought I was fat (ugh). Got married, had 2 kids, and struggled with weight my entire life. Divorced the husband, went to grad school and moved around a lot the past 10 years.
Through it all my treadmill was my best bud. I bet I clocked thousands of miles on that thing. I was also big on walking outdoors with friends. At 5'2" my weight peaked at 187 last year (as you see, I did ACTUALLY get fat).
Last summer I was in the shower, realized my ass wasn't getting any firmer, and in fact was sooo squishy, and that wasn't going to resolve on a stupid treadmill. Joined the gym that day.
Two weeks later had my Phoenix experience (horrible) and the gym trainer called shortly after to offer my 2 free sessions. I knew it was a sales thing but I said sure. Turns out he gets it. He follows Cressey, Gentilcore, Robertson, etc. He pointed me to T-Nation for some complexes to use on my off days from training with him.
Last time I weighed I was at 150. My goal is 130, although I'm going to adjust that as we get closer when I see how my body looks, how I feel and how my strength is. As of my last assessment I've lost over 40 inches. I'm a size 6/8 and have never been that in my adult life. Heck, when I was 18 I was a size 10.
I'm getting an assessment today -- body fat, strength, etc. I will post a chart with my starting numbers and today's numbers. I've been at it for 8 months and I've had very slow, very steady progress (this is no Biggest Loser thing going on here). There aren't any women at my gym with my strength goals and I've been checking the women's logs here and I like what I see.
Here's to good numbers today -- I'm shooting for 200 on my deadlift. I hit 150 at my last assessment but have been doing 135's for the past 5 weeks. I think 200 will be easy to hit for a PR.