Hmm, long time reader, first time poster (I think). Figured I'd try to make my own journal and stuff. First of, My real name or part of it is Marius, I'm a 28 (well 29 in a few days) year old Norwegian dude, living with my girlfriend in Sweden at the moment, who just recently (two weeks ago started working out again). This is what I call take two of working out, back 4 years ago I weighed in at 150-ish kg, wasnt the happiest of persons, marriage that didnt really work and stuff like that so I decided it was time for changes, I started working out, then got divorced, lived lifes happy days before I settled down and moved out of the country leaving my old family and my kid with his mother (was not a easy thing todo I tell you, but it's working out fairly good, I guess for those of you who are americans here it's basicly across a state in distance (1hour flight). Anyway the before and after of phase one: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v189/Sp33d/100_0243.jpg happy face is well pretty round :\ http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v189/Sp33d/DSC00690.jpg another one, showing of that nice hanging chin of mine.. Those are the "best"pictures I had from that time, 150kg, time to start progressing... So, what did I do? well as the geek I am internet was the solution and thats how I found one of those rare inspirations in life, John, I think the first think I saw was that gif image showing his progress, and soon started reading up.. got myself a stationary bike, a small old bench with some weights (it even had a pulldown part so I can work out almost everything) and started going (I later added a bigger bench, a bigger bar (183cm long one), the curl bar and well the preacher curl pillow thing) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v189/Sp33d/Pumpiniron.jpg thats me on the "bigger" bench, couldent find any pictures of the old thing.. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v189/Sp33d/Picture8.jpg me trying to "show off" my "new" arms http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v189/Sp33d/BaW_open_small.jpg thats the end result before things went abit downhill again.. The last picture is me weighing around 100kg, I did alot of muscle building compared to before (the myo-tape, I think thats the name, I bought this kind of thing on bodybuilder.com) showed a 4.6cm increas around my biceps atleast, from sloppy and big to firm and bigger I guess. So what is part two? Well like I said, I moved away from my family, my friends and all to a new country, money trouble happend (not the serious kind but hard enough) missing my kid combined with a new and more demanding work, a two room aparment (where we lived three people) didnt fit my old gym and motivation was at a all time low, so two weeks ago I decided enough was enough (and a weight of 140kgs aint fun!). At work we have a free gym so, heck time to take advantage of it! Dont have any current pictures but it'll come soon enough, 140kg was day 1, two weeks ago, today it showed 137kg, so it's steadily going there. My so far route is fairly straight forward. I warm up with either running or biking for 10-15 min (using the intervall program) then do a round of various weight things (lats, shoulders, chest and arms are the main focus as my legs are fairly decently muscled and I'll focus abit more on them later, I still do some squats, and machine based leg stuff). When I reach 130kg's and feel that things are getting better I'm thinking about hopping back on the maxOT routine I had, but any suggestions would be welcome. Guess thats the start of it, thanks for reading, sorry for my English, exercise english aint my strong side yet. Goals: - Be able to run 20 minutes on the threadmill => Achived 5th of october - Go down to 130kg in weight (current 137) => Currently 129kg goal reached late april -New Goal 120kg - Get back in to my 36" pants (currently using 44") --> Currently 42" Two new goals: - 150kg squats (currently 120kg) - 200kg deadlifts (currently 143kg) And again John, like I pm'ed you on the book of faces, thanks for the inspiriation you have given me!