I have been at this for only a short while, hell I have no idea half of the stuff I am reading!! Still, I’m catching on fast and like all the info. I do have one question, as I am not seeing the results that I want at all! I have been doing alot of upper body and for lower I have not been lifting a lot, starting out slow due to lower back issues. [/quote]
Why not just try something proven that a knowledgeable coach figured out instead of doing your own programs: Have a look for Big Boy Basics or Total body training by Chad Waterbury and follow them exactly as written.
Another hint: if you are not gaining any muscle mass while training hard, you are eating too little. You lost a whole lot of weight, which means that you are (were?) in a negative calorie balance. It is very difficult to gain significant lean mass at the same time.
Focus on either losing fat or gaining muscle, not both at the same time. Whatever you choose is up to you and how you want to look.
Actually, I recognize myself a bit. You look like I did after losing a whole lot of fat. I chose the continued fat loss path, which I regret now since I wasted valuable time where I could have built muscle instead. At last I realized that I was more undermuscled than overfat and started to work from that point. That’s not always easy to grasp as a former fat boy.
Losing fat is really easy, gaining quality mass is not.