My name is Joel and I am a father to seven children. I also teach economics at a local college in my spare time.
As I have posted once before I lost my 23 year old son, and two of his friends, this summer to a drunk driver and to say the least lifting has been helping me work out some anger issues.
I am doing the contest in order to be around for my kids as I have gained a lot of non-muscle weight in recent years.
Well enough about me to some pics and my info.
Gender Male (I think)
Age 39 (40 next month)
Height 5' 10"
Highest Weight: 310
Starting Weight (1/1): 300
Current Weight (1/9): 294
Goal Weight: 225 (ambitious) with little loss in strength (unlikely)
Waist (largest) 52"
Waist (smallest) 50"
Current Body Fat (a lot); getting a Dxa Scan in a few weeks to know
Weight Watchers (no laughing, the wife wanted me to do it with her)
I use carb cycling, with Skiploads for 3 hours a week.
My biggest impediment to progress is that I f'ld up my metabolism a few years back by quitting the Dew (Mountain that is) cold turkey and simultaneously cutting out all sugars and unhealthy food. I in essence cut 2000-3000 calories a day cold turkey at 240-250 lbs. Over the last few years I have engaged in eating very little most days and some days eating enough. All of this while lifting and with a lot of stress and frustration. My calories would fluctuate from 1250-1900 calories a day and a few times a month I would eat like a normal person.
This was problematic since as a teen/young adult I was a hard gainer who ate 10,000 plus calories many days of the week. I was also a competitive gymnast and coach in multiple sports. Somehow I took an awesome metabolism and am now afraid/unable to eat. So, I am working on that.
I realized the problem when I was back in AZ with my grandmother for a family funeral for a week. I did not workout, ate out at a casino buffet 7 times and was force feed German food and desserts by her for the week. I averaged 3000 or more calories a day. In that week I lost 15 lbs (the most ever). Since then I have noticed that when I eat like a man I lose.
My lifting strategy is to use a five day split (still working out issues with layout). I use a lot (too much volume). I lift on the minute or two minute mark in order to keep the heart rate elevated. On accessory lifts I often take less then a 30 second rest.
Cardio will be added as weight loss slows. I lost 6lbs the first week, so no cardio yet.