Here I go once again, on the road to get in shape. Iíve been lifting for several years and I will admit that my work habit has depleted in the last few years. Well, that ends now. Sure things are easier when youíre single I paid rent on an apartment, I drove a beat up truck, and my only bills included cell, gym, and rent. Now that Iím married I have a house payment, two new car payments, utilities, cell, and plus the daily upkeep of a house. In addition, I went from a job where I clocked out and stayed out. Now that Iím teaching it, take work home with me every day. Then on top of all that, Iím completing my Masterís degree. The pressures of this new life required some life changes that affected my training. Not to say that I regret anything, but itís been an adjustment that has taken time.
Iíve been on a break since January due to shoulder surgery required repairing damages from years of lifting and manual labor. The strength on my right shoulder is minimal and half the battle will be gaining strength back on my shoulder. In addition, I have chronic back pain from Level I
spondlyothesis, scoliosis, wedged vertebrates from a previous fracture, and bulging disc with a tendency to slip. Over all Iím screwed up, but I plan to work through it as much as I can. I cannot squat, dead lift, run, pull, or jump. Iíve been very strict with these rules up to now, but as of now, I plan to run. Iíve bought a back brace, shoe insoles, ice packs, heating packs, Motrin, and a camel pack. Camel pack is important; where I live it, the daily highs are in the 110+ degrees.
Me before starting working out in mid June 6 months post surgery at 185lbs
I started lifting a little less than a month ago, I weighted 185lbs, and I had minimal strength. My goal has been to eat, lift, eat, and sleep. Iíve been eating everything under the sun and my goal has been to gain size and strength. So far, strength is coming along, but Iím taking it easy on my shoulder, size has been satisfactory Iím up to 200lbs. Iíve been supplementing with ON whey protein, carbo-load, glutamine, Six Star Creatine, and Body Fortress NOS. Funny, but the Six Star and Body Fortress, which I bought at Wal-Mart for under $20 has worked better than the more expensive supplements Iíve tried in the past.
Tomorrow I will begin my running program and I will report how that goes. My goal is to get my cardio out side of my house and I have other options if that does not work. I will begin a slight cut and a full cut starting on Monday and supplement with NxLabs Methy Ripped. I have a source in here in California that will provide me with ephedrine, but itís pretty pricey so Iíll give this a shot and if not Iíll resort to some income adjustment to obtain the good stuff. I'll post current pictures hopefuly tomorrow.