I find myself posting today for a few reasons, but before I get started I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself. Hopefully it will allow you to get a better understanding of who I am, where I am coming from, my goals etc. and will allow you to give me better advice.
My name is Eric; I'm currently a 21-year-old junior at Penn State studying finance. All through grade school I played my fair share of sports - Soccer (7 years), Football (3 years), Lacrosse (2 years). Near the end of high school I slowly began to just tire from constant commitment of sports. It's honestly been about 4-5 years since I have truly been "active".
Last summer I did have a little something going, but when school began I didn't adapt. I find myself slowly but surely beginning to spiral.
I'm a very humble person, and I'm a realist. I understand that I am probably one of the fattest people to have posted on these forums. "If you can't beat them, join them." -- I carry that mentality to these forums 100%.
I've been reading T-Nation for about 6+ months now, and I believe that there are many people here who have a greater understanding of health, exercise, and just overall lifestyle then myself. I also understand that working out is a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix to solve a problem.
It takes hard work, determination, and effort to achieve something. At the end of the day, you just have to do it. I find myself making a lot of excuses and I'm just sick and tired of it. Not sure how many readers have had a chance to read any of the transformations, but every time I need motivation I look at the "Transformation of Bartl". I as well as him am just growing angry and fed up with myself. I'm ready for a change.
Now that we aren't 100% strangers, let's get to some facts.
Body fat %: ~28 (I'm not 100% sure on this, but I would guess higher then lower, probably between 25 and 30% BF)
Years training: In my later years of high school I worked out every day for a strength and conditioning class, mostly focused on upper body (yes, high school boys are ignorant and dumb when it comes to working out properly). I did actually max out at 300 when I was a junior in HS. I weighted about 220 give or take at the time.
Aside from that if you can even call that training, I had about a 7 or 8 week little training program I put myself through last summer. You will be able to see a picture of my workout sheet. All things aside, compared to most people on this forum, I'm as amateur as it gets.
What are my goals? Honestly, I'm not here to be a bodybuilder. Hopefully that doesn't upset anyone, but I'm not going to lie to you. I'm here because nutrition/exercise/health is a science. I'm out of shape dumb beginner who needs some advice and direction. My goal if I had to give you an image would probably be of Chris Bartl's after picture (from the transformation) seen below.
This leads me to my next question. Currently I do not have a membership at any local gyms or recreation centers. I currently have this in my basement.
Aside from that, a bicycle (I ride bike everyday for class and fun), and a few jump ropes. Will I be able to create an effective spreadsheet like I had during summer?
It helps me a lot to go to the gym with that piece of paper. I then just start going through the workout one by one, helps for me to see what I've done. Some people just go into the gym and wing it; I'm as far from that as possible. I would also like to be able to build an Excel sheet like that for food intake.
I really need someone to tell me what to eat, when, and how much and I'll do it and can mark it off as I go. Call me OCD or whatever, but shit just doesn't get done if I don't map it out.
All that being said (hopefully I didn't drag on too long, I wanted to take my time and be as in depth as possible) - maybe it's any indication that I am very serious. What advice can you give me, what should I do, where should I go from here?
Also I know nothing about supplements. I read through most the transformations, including Bartl's day-to-day log. He was on a few supplements/vitamins etc. I am very uneducated in those, and when I try to read about them most of it goes over my head anyway.
PS: Is it worth signing up for the Physique Clinic Bartl went through?? I'm hesitant to do so.
Thanks in advance.
And I appreciate any effort/help you put into helping me.