First off: I'm not dead.
Just thought I'd share a bit about the new program I have devised, which is to do whatever the heck I feel like.
I am actually not joking. My life has changed a lot in the last year and I have had to respond to new pressures. Work is picking up and I may be told I will travel with 4 days' notice. Travelling tends to wreck sleep, diet, AND workouts, so I needed a program that can respond to unexpected missed days and lost sleep. Since work is important and I am happy with how it is going, this is a pressure I want to accept.
Second, dating is fun! Given the choice between a pretty face and the gym (plus making everything else fit) the pretty face usually wins. OK, so that's not a "pressure" but a choice but I'm sure you get the point.
So the "program" such as it is follows what I have learned from Stronglifts, 5/3/1, competition, having a trainer these past 2 1/2 years, and most importantly the advice here to find what works for you. It comes down to this:
1) Keep a log. So it's not really "whatever I feel like" but more like whatever has waited the longest.
2) Basically run through 5/3/1 but don't expect strict 4 days/week and just do the next lift (like the 3-day variation except it's really the however-many-days variation)
3) When the stars line up and the pressures back off it basically reduces to 5/3/1
4) When the stars line up the other way and I miss a week or more then I will combine lifts when I get back. For example, today it has been two weeks (OMG never thought that would happen!) so I did deads plus sumo and then OHP and a bunch of dips.
5) I had to swallow the idea that gains might not happen for awhile until I can adjust and stabilize. I think in this situation focusing on gains would be counterproductive -- it can lead to frustration that will actually keep me out of the gym. Very bad. That was probably the hardest mental hurdle to leap.
I don't think I really have a question lol, just wanted to say hi and get back into some discussions.