Hello to everyone! I'm back and have started this cut process yet again. A little background on me... In Feb '09, I was 262lbs, 32% body fat, depressed, frustrated, emotionally drained and could not recognize the guy in the mirror anymore. I decided to make a change in not only diet, but lifestyle, and after coming up with a nutrition and workout plan I got down to 225lbs, 21% body fat in August. A total loss of 37lbs and 11% body fat. As a result of some issues with a family member, I lost my mojo concerning sticking to the nutrition and workout plan and have only worked out sparingly since. Now that things have cleared up on the family side of things, its time to refocus and get back after it. This morning I came up with a nutrition plan consisting of mostly clean meals, in the 1700-1900 calories range with a 40/40/20 macro split. This worked well for me before so I think I'll stick with this plan. I will continue with the Stonglifts 5x5 program and started tonight. I weighed myself this morning and was 236lbs. My end goal during this cut (as it was before) is to get down to the 10-12% body fat range and about 200lbs, while maintaning and building lean muscle. With the Stonglifts program and diet, this worked really well for me last time and not only did I lose body fat, but gained lean muscle and strength. I'll be documenting each workout on this journal and want to thank you all in advance for any encouragement you give me and for following along with me in this journey! Take Care, Jasun FYI - "The Big Red Machine" was a nickname I was given by my strength and conditioning coach in high school because...well, I'm a redhead (ginger kid if you watch South Park ) and I tend to turn a little red when I do squats and bench So, "the return of the big red machine" to me is to get back to being the athlete I was before. Step 2 will be my bulk and I'll probably go through a few rounds of cutting and bulking until I am happy with where I am at and then do a maintenance nutrition plan and workout routine.