This is my first post on T-Nation but I've been lurking/reading/searching for quite awhile.
Great site with a wealth of info...sometimes pretty funny too!
I'm 31 years old 5'11" 195 lbs at the moment...I've been lifting since I was about 15 yrs old.
Thoughout high school and my early 20's I was in pretty good shape...not probodybuilder shape but I could take my shirt off women would comment on my hot body. I believe I'm a natural mesomorph with decent genetics. I've been working as a landscaper for over 12 years...my job includes a lot of manual labor and often times in spring and early summer I work 12 hour days-6 days a week. I got married and had 2 children and due to time constraints I took a sabatical from lifting for 3 yrs. Those last three years my weight seasonally flucuated during my off time in the winter-when I stay home and watch the kids. I would gain weight and shed weight once I went back to work. I deceided a while ago this winter would be different. I got a membership to a local gym and have been training hard and eating what I think better.
My daily diet usually consists of a cup of coffee with 2 packs of oatmeal - I hit the gym for an hour (20 min cardio warm up, 40 lifting) Drink a protein shake (52 gram protein) have another cup of coffee. Typically lunch would be a Turkey Burger/boneless chicken patty on double protein wheat bread. Dinner is a wildcard as its the only meal with variety but I try to stay sensible. usually I'll eat something a couple hours later like a tunafish sandwich or have a hard boiled egg. I take a daily vitamim thats all for supplements.
My main goal honestly is to look good with my shirt off as I'm always outdoors whether at work, the beach, the boat or on my motorcycle. My wife says I look good now but just a little more muscle would set me off.
So my input I seek regards,training,diet and pharma.
First is plan wrong? Is it unwise to bulk when I'm not completely cut the way I want to be this summer. I figure I'm eating for mass but I not really interested in putting on huge amounts of fat as well. Or should I just be killing it on the treadmill and pretty much diet hardcore no protein shakes-with lifting taking a backseat to cardio or not lifting at all. Second would be timing of cycle...I would like my peak physical condition to be at the heart of summer- mid-June/July.
My best guess from the searches I've done are to start a 8 week cycle April 1 st of 500mg of Test of some sort, not yet deceided what kind I can actually get - co-ordering with a buddy online and I'm going through him. I am sort of prone to acne, my skin is clear now but I'm half Austrian and half Filipino, the latter contributing to oily skin to begin with. So I'm looking for obviously low side effects. I would consider about any cycle I guess...possibly something small to see how my body reacts.Deca/Anavar -Test/Deca-Dbol/anavar-anavar/winny....etc- Well thanks for reading my post...feel free to roast me if I'm way off base and need a reality check, I'm not the sensitive type.