After thinking long and hard about what my goals were, I finally decided (as of this morning) what I wanted to do. As Michael (digitalnebula) put it, in one of the last posts of my old journal, I'm looking to "shred up" just in time for the end of summer! My bulking/cutting cycles never seem to follow ideal times where you would want to be cut up or bulking up... so why start now? I guess I do whatever I feel like doing rather than trying to look good for others at specific times of the year when you might do the most "showing off" at the beach or wherever which is odd since I'm self-conscious about how I look. Anyway, enough of "finding myself" mid-post, on to the program! In order to shred up, I was looking through programs upon programs (nowhereman gave me a 34 page Waterbury encyclopedia) and I wasn't getting anywhere. All I was seeing was numbers and exercises and reps and percentages. I couldn't figure out what the heck would work best for me until I got to page 22 and found "Lift big get big" or something like that. Well, I went to go read the original article to see if it was inline with what I wanted to do - and I never found it. Instead, I stumbled upon something I had thought about doing a looooooong time ago - The Waterbury Summer Project. After reading through that article, I realized that that program was exactly what I was looking to do. Not just from my overall goal's standpoint, but because I have been wanting to get cardio back into my routine. This includes a LOT of HIIT and I'm excited about it! I know for a fact that when I lift weights & do cardio, the fat melts off me. It's what works for me, yet I haven't done it in so long since I've been following the "all you need to do is lift weights" school of thought. While some folks thrive off this, I felt something was lacking, and so I've decided to work it back in the loop. Of course, the work out routine alone won't do you much good unless you have the nutrition plan to back it up. I've decided to try and follow the recommended diet plan for this workout routine - T-Dawg 2.0. While the name of the diet is lame as hell, the plan itself is pretty good, IMO. I may substitute some things here and there, but I plan to stick pretty close to the format of it. Everyone is different and it's up to you to notice positive and negative effects of whatever it is you do, diet included. So using T-dawg as a baseline, I should be pretty well dialed into a diet by the end of the first week/early 2nd week. For supplements, I'll be continuing the whey protein shakes but cutting out the creatine for now. I'll also be taking my standard multi-vitamin every morning as well as working in fish oils more consistently than ever before (those capsules are just so damn big!). I'm looking to get a BCAA supplement going as well, but until I either get some recommendations or spend some time to do the research myself I won't be taking them. Lastly, I need to put up some starting measurements. Since I'm starting the plan today - I should have them sometime this afternoon. I should mention that I've pretty much let myself go for the past 2-3 weeks and so I've probably put on a couple of pounds here or there and lost a bit of strength. But I don't really expect it to take that long to get back into the swing of things. Here goes everything!