Hello all, My name is Steve, or Red for short.
I am beginning this log as a means to track my progress (i hope i progress) in my upcoming attempt at rebuilding the body, strength and liveliness i once had.
But first, some current info about my person:
I am 19 years young and six foot, one inch tall. I have experience lifting for the better part of four years, although i have spent a great deal of that time learning and spinning my wheels. as of today, I sit at a whopping, but extremely lean (4-6% bf), 160 lbs, having just come off of a long period of severe depression and disordered eating. In a matter of a year and a half, i had managed to lose forty pounds from my frame. I used to play football in highschool, and was a healthy, energetic, 200lb powerhouse of a linebacker. However, due to a number of issues, i now resemble a skeleton and do not posses the energy, strength or physique i once had.
Rather it just be spring time, or things are finally going just right enough in my life, but i feel an overwhelming urge to bust my butt in the gym and rebuild what i once had. I no longer wish to feel puny, drained and weak. If i can work hard enough and eat enough, i figure i have a shot at increasing my metabolism to what it once was and regain some spryness, for i have not felt highly energetic for a long time. Even if i don't reach my goals very quickly, at least i will be in the gym again, which would do me some good i think.
My goals are to at least match what some of my lifts were in high school (i am more in it for power lifting than body building), which, as best as i can remember are: Military press: 135 x 5, Bench: 250 x1 (i have long arms), Leg press: no number, but i used to push the entire stack at my high school with little effort. All of this was at a body weight of around 200 lbs.
Currently, i am taking the weekend off from the third week of my first cycle of 5,3,1. I am following a four day split: Monday: F. Squats, Tuesday: Overhead Pressing, Wed: off/ cardio, Thurs: Deadlift, Fri: Bench, Sat: off, Sun: cardio.
For quite some time, i was just going to the gym and doing whatever i felt like (spinning wheels) and it has been nice this month to follow a program. In addition to this, i am following wendler's boring but big for assistance to try and build up some mass so i can move some heavier weights again.
The hardest part for me will be the eating aspect for gains. I have just come off a long period of deprivation, and i am sure my stomach has shrunk. It has been difficult to eat a lot, but i am working on it, and hopefully won't let it stall my progress.
The way i have come to see it is: I am nineteen years old, and enjoy being active. I am not very active lately because i have felt like crap and my body has basically been eating itself down to the stick figure i am now. I don't want this anymore, so i am going to take advantage of my young age, free time (college Student) and know how to fix that problem.
I thank the moderators for allowing me to keep a log on this forum in order to help track my progress and keep my accountable on my journey to rebuild Big Red (was once my nickname, i am a ginger).
To those of you who have taken the time to read this, cheers! and wish me luck.