I only got serious about lifting 10 months ago. I did it 20 yrs ago in college, but didn't know how to put together a good routine or how to eat. I have always been on the tall side and I worked my ass off just to break 190 lbs on the scale back then. I am 208 now, and stronger and heavier than ever in college, and I'm now 43 yrs old.
Anyway, I stumbled across WBB last fall, and lurked for a month or two. I decided in January this year to being doing the WBB 1.1 Routine. I ate far more protein than ever before. I saw encouraging beginner gains, and my enthusiasm grew.
However, what I have discovered over the last 6 months or so is that when it comes to weightlifting, your mind can be your best motivator or your worst enemy. I have a long range goal of bulking until next Feb or March, and then cutting for about 6 weeks or more for summer.
Here comes the brain-is-your-worst-enemy part.. I've been eating like a monster and the lifts are going up, although much more slowly than last spring. I own both a scale and an Omron BF tester. I have seen BF percentages range from 17% down to 15% over the summer. After stalling for a few months, I got serious about eating again, and the weight has gone up. BUT.... The old Omron showed a BF % of a whopping 18.3% yesterday morning, and suddenly I find myself fretting over fat. Damn you, brain of mine...
I think I need someone to say "Quit being a schizophrenic about it, and stay the course." In fact, I KNOW this to be true. But the psyche can really short circuit the process if you let it. So.... Having said all that: Where's my protein shake...?