My asspiration - (really has nothing to do with the thread)
His reputation is expanding faster than the universe.
He once had an awkward moment just to see how it feels.
He lives vicariously through himself.
He is... the most interesting man in the world.
A brief background on myself: I've been fat since 1st grade. I lost some weight in 10th grade when I ran cross country and was in decent shape throughout the rest of high school. However, things went down the shitter when I entered college and became best friends with booze, hookers, and drugs (okay, not the last two). I consumed vast quantities of alcohol, ate like shit, and hardly exercised. I was too busy studying and having fun. I couldn't afford to waste my time doing unproductive things like working out.
Fast forward 3.5 years, and I had ballooned from 160lbs to 195lbs (I'm 5'7"). Sure, I gained strength throughout the years from my sporadic workouts, but the majority of that was fat. It wasn't until I danced close to the 200lb mark that I realized I needed to do something about myself.
Last month I decided to go on the V-Diet to put my ass back into gear and break some bad eating habits. Today is day 25, and I'm about 10lbs lighter and considerably stronger. In 3 days, I'll be done with the diet, but I'll still have 2 weeks of transitioning to get my body used to eating whole foods again.
Once I'm completely done with the V-Diet (incl. the transition phase), I will plan my nutrition around John Berardi's Precision Nutrition principles while following Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength program (8-12 weeks). When I first read about the program, I thought it wasn't for me since I considered myself an intermediate lifter -- I had lifted on and off since 2004. However, I soon realized that my strength really wasn't up to par, and a program like Starting Strength could help me get on my way. Once I have a solid foundation, I'll then start laying down the bricks to build a house. Over time, I'll renovate it until it turns into the Playboy Mansion.
Here are my strength goals (1RM numbers, in lbs):
Standing Press - 135 (bar + 2x 45)
Bench Press - 205 (bar + 2x 45/35)
Back Squat - 275 (bar + 2x 45/45/25)
Deadlift - 315 (bar + 2x 45/45/45)
Power Clean- 195 (bar + 2x 45/25/5)
Standing Press - 165 (bar + 2x 35/25)
Bench Press - 275 (bar + 2x 45/45/25)
Back Squat - 365 (bar + 2x 45/45/45/25)
Deadlift - 435 (bar + 2x 45/45/45/35/25)
Power Clean- 265 (bar + 2x 45/45/10/10)
I know y'all can do math. The weight distributions above are just for my own reference.
I am slightly below my beginner numbers, but I'm not too sure as I haven't done 1RM's in a long time. Ideally, I'd like to hit my intermediate numbers by year end. Hopefully I can make some significant progress following the Starting Strength program.
Comments are more than welcome. I will post my starting stats and pictures as soon as I'm done with the V-Diet.