“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.”
~Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin
Well, it's 2003 and it is time to put the learning phase of my training behind me and take things seriously.
I have taken lifting seriously in the past, but it hasn't been until recently that I've established a solid foundation of knowledge in both diet and training.
Now, those experienced folks who know of my test with 1-AD will say I tried it too soon and should have waited until I had more experience under my belt, but I have lifted for 2 years now and I felt it was what I needed to move to the next level. This turned out to be a very good decision on my part.
1-AD helped me focus in on what is needed in terms of focus and commitment while helping add 10 pounds. Granted some of that was fat, but my strength had a substantial boost and it gave me the mental confidence to break out of my fear of squats, dead lifts, and heavy bench. Don't expect the stuff to add gobs of mass, but mentally it has its advantages and it did increase my strength levels.
"The end of the Beginning" refers to this movement away from simply learning to concentrating on going into the gym, mentally focusing on the weight at hand, and pushing/pulling iron like a madman.
I have not updated my 1-AD journal lately but that is in part due to the holidays and the inability to record my diet and training. I will post after pics later because I am currently taking 6-oxo while coming off of my 1-AD cycle. Some would have taken their pictures at the conclusion of the 1-AD, but I feel that to get a true reflection of any progress one must wait until after the 6-oxo (should it be taken). 1-AD causes water retention and a larger pump of the muscles, so I want to record my progress once these factors are less substantial.