Its been a while. From my registration date, you can see that I was here a while ago, but I've been away and not worrying so much about my exercise and eating.
Like most here, I was inspired to a great extent by John. I kicked off and spent a good year and a half with a very successful cut and a not so successful bulk that ended with an injury. In that little journey I dropped 30 pounds of fat and got down to a measured 8%.
Like many, many, many people that take up fitness as a new years resolution, I eventually turned my attention elsewhere. However, my resolution wasn't a shortlived fad. I stuck with it for over a year, and now its time to get back into it.
Why in the world did I stop? Good question, I don't have an absolute answer to that. I stoppped the upperbody lifting mainly because of bum shoulder (better now, btw). I was still doing cardio, but too many nightly workouts got canceled because we were building a house and that is when we met with out builder. Late evenings were my workout times. I guess I just let my priorities of family, building a new house, and other recreation take over. I knew it as it was happening, but it was okay with me at the time.
Now the house is done, daughter number three is on the way (due late March), and here in the Michigan winter, its time to get this body back in shape.
I'm starting off the year at 204 pounds with a 36" pants waist that is not going to fly. I need to get back to those 32" waistbands.
I'm going to employ three days of lifting and six days of cardio. On top of structured cardio (combo of HIIT and slow, long cardio) I'll keep walking my mutt at 5:45am for a quick mile.
In the past I've always worked out at night after the kids are in bed. I'm planning to change that radically, and start going to bed at 9:30pm and waking up for 5:00am workouts. Not sure how this will effect the mutt's daily walks. Might serve as a daily cool down. Tonight will be the first night of the early bedtime. I'm not sure I like it, but I'm committed to trying it for two weeks. Long enough to start enough a new habit, but not long enough to be considered torture!
Man this is getting long. I'll speed it up. I use a heavily modified version of John's old food and tracking logs. My gym has two cheap cardio machines, a stepper and an elliptical. All of my weights are dumbs. I'll continue to build it as I see fit.
Happy New Year!