I'm back. I'm not exactly sure what happened or why I stopped. February 23rd, 2011 was the last workout I entered. I had recently moved in with a couple of friends, after living basically on my own, so perhaps I was having a bit too much fun.
So much has changed.
My job. I used to work random, crazy hours. Now, I work M-F, morning to afternoon. I am a high-level manager with my company, so really my work doesn't end when I leave the office. From a scheduling standpoint, it should be easier for me to get in a routine. My job is much more sedentary than in the past. Much of my day is spent at a desk, or in meetings, or on the phone. To mix things up, I'm going to start taking small walks throughout the day. Something is better than nothing.
My life. I've married the woman I was dating when I last recorded a workout. We've now been together for 10 years, married for 3 in June. I have a dog. He's the best and gets left alone when my wife and I go to work. I feel guilty for coming home, and leaving him almost immediately to hit the gym. For this reason, I will ultimately attempt to conduct workouts in the morning before work, rather than after. This is difficult for me because I am not a morning person.
My house. My wife and I bought a big house in the suburbs. It's a beautiful neighborhood, but the yard work seemingly never ends. I'm going to need to find a balance.
My weight. When I last posted here, I was around 205lbs. Now I am 245. I didn't gain muscle, just fat around my mid-section. My poor eating habits back in 2011 was that I ate too much fast food. That continued after I stopped working out regularly and it wasn't until my jeans stopped fitting that I realized what was going on. I stepped on the scale and noticed how heavy I was (245); since then, I've done much better with eating. Still not great, but better. Without really working out, my weight has plateaued.
My goals. I used to have a goal of looking like Ryan Reynolds did in Amityville Horror. Now, while my goals are still somewhat about vanity (who doesn't want to look good?), it's more about health. I'm 30 years old now and looking to start a family. Getting down to a muscular 205, with 10% body fat is my initial goal.
Looking back at my old journal, that lasted about 22 days, I saw a bunch of excuses. I've signed up for my local gym. I'm ready to do this again. No excuses. I don't know who reads these things, but if you have any advice as I go along, please feel free to let me know. I'm all ears.
This evening will be my first workout, at a brand-new, unfamiliar gym. It will be a feeling out process, but I feel that once I get my rhythm, I'll be hard to stop.
Edit:I should probably mention that I'm doing the HCT-12 workout with the A/B/A rotation to start. May possibly switch to A/B/A/B as I advance, but that's to be determined.