I was a wimp most my life. Last year a powerlifter friend introduced me to lifting. That was a big improvement, but overall I was just his gym bitch. Since I didn't really "own" my workout program (he did all the planning, scheduling, etc.), I had very little motivation, and lifting was a big chore.
Then I got a girlfriend and vanished from the gym for a good half year.
Now, I'm getting back into lifting, but this time it's different. This time I'm going solo, I'm doing all the scheduling, all the planning, all the studying, all the research, all the diet... consequently, I'm *amazed* at the motivational difference.
I was worried I wouldn't have the self-discipline to lift without a friend pestering me. Instead, I'm so motivated about it, that now it would take more self-discipline *not* to lift. I've even been getting lifting cravings late at night when the gym's closed, even though I already lifted that day!
Right now I'm on day 12 of a 30 day self-imposed challenge to workout every day. To avoid overtraining, the workouts are very light: half an hour of lifting followed by half an hour of treadmill. I have two "days" which I switch back and forth:
day A: squats, dumbbell rows, deadlift, crunches etc., treadmill
day B: dumbbell bench (flat), curls, hyperextensions, crunches etc., treadmill
The "crunches etc." are new, I just recently resolved that I want a sexy sixpack.
How did I pick this particular program? Well, it's pretty much arbitrary and random. My plan, to ensure I don't neglect certain muscles or unbalance myself, is to only keep something in the program until I plateau on it. Once I've been on a plateau for a few days, I'll switch it out with something similar (eg. dumbbell bench flat --> dumbbell bench 30 degrees).
Overall, though, I'm mostly trusting that my own body will tell me what I need. I don't know if that's really wise... if I overtrain, that'll just be a life experience.. I could get someone else to write a "perfect" program for me, but then I wouldn't own it, and I'm afraid my motivation would go to 0 like before.
Anyway, this is just kind of my way of saying hi and introducing myself to the board Hope to chat with you all and learn from you and someday even give some value back
-Glowing Face Man