Hey-I'm Matt, and I'm new to the forums, but not to T-Nation. I've been following the articles on here for several years, and lifted for a few years as well before I got injured. I pulled something in my hip about 3 years ago, and never quite got back into regular training. I'd always start for a few weeks, then just fall off the wagon after a while.
So I continued to be stupid and eat like I was training, and managed to balloon up to 345lbs as of Christmas. Since then, I've managed to drop about 10lbs, and would like to drop a total of 150lbs by the end of the year if possible. I'm also trying to avoid a repeat of my performance in the October 2011 Tough Mudder, where I injured my leg coming out of the second obstacle, and had to drop out. I've got another 'Mudder' scheduled in May, and I'd like to be able to finish this one.
As I mentioned earlier-I'm coming from a de-trained status, my nutrition has been pretty crappy, and my sleep schedule has been shot to hell. Typically I'm falling asleep around 0500-0700 and not waking til mid-afternoon, but I'd like to be able to be getting up around 0700 instead. No job at the moment to schedule around, though hopefully that will change soon.
I'm trying to work my way onto a 1/2 carb paleo-zone hybrid a la Robb Wolf's performance menu article. I'm trying to get back into lifting regularly as well-I've got a decent home gym setup, barbell & power rack, but no bench. I've also got a pullup bar and a few other goodies.
I've read on here that it's better to tackle the lean-down portion first-would anyone recommend a 'strong' day to bring my lifts back up to a reasonable level, or should I stay away from those for now? I'm assuming basic hypertrophy would be the rep range I'm working towards, correct? As for cardio, I've got several options available-just a matter of getting out and doing it.