Intro: It's appropriate my first post here will be to begin a journal. Currently 27 years of age, and been lifting for two years now, other then the little bit I did for H.S. football. Joined a gym in Feb. 2000, and weighed 264 lbs with a height of 6'1". Was "cutting" up til last Nov., where I reached 225lbs which was my initial goal. Little did I know it would take me almost two years to get there. Sigh
My gym closed down, so I figured I would take a break. The break lasted from November until February this year when I finally forked over the money to join a new gym. Needless to say, I really took a break, so ballooned up to 243 lbs. It's just a tad easier for me to gain then lose! Have now been back into the swing of things for four weeks and down to 237 lbs while doing a CKD diet, eating 5 meals a day normally 1,500-2,000 calories a day. BTW, have learned a lot from these boards, just haven't posted since don't know enough to contribute. Anyways, now finally over my initial soreness again, and diet is under control.
Prior Supplementation: Use protein drinks on occassion, sometimes protein bars as well. Have tried a number of ECA stacks, and currently using Ripped Fuel as cheaper then most and works just as well for me. Also just started taking some ZMA although haven't noticed a difference. Once took some Twinlab Creatine chewables but never noticed a strength increase, just a little more fullness. Obviously fullness isn't what I need so haven't taken creatine since. No prohormone experience. Oh and using some glutamine pills that probably don't contain enough glutamine to matter. Shoot, forgot, I did a bottle of CLA from EAS once and noticed no difference on that either. Needless to say I'm skeptical when it comes to supplements, so will see if ONE works.
Reason for using ONE Well, my strength is pretty pitiful for my body weight, primarily because I've always focused on losing weight and never tried to bulk. Also feel that my testosterone must be on the low side. I have no factual reason to say that other then my figure looks like a womans with my huge love handles My estrogen must be pretty high I guess, that's why I decided to just go with ONE. Yes, I should go see the doctor, but I figure my test would have to be insanely low before a doctor prescribed me any. I may actually go after using ONE as it will no doubt initially lower it further. But goal is to lose my fat while retaining all the pitiful muscle that I can.
Planned Suplementation I have decided to keep most of what I'm doing the same, that way I can decide if the ONE really helped me or not. Don't want to change to much in my diet or training as then who knows what variable may have lead to my success. I usually only lose 1 lb a week max when hard dieting, and it's probably more like 1/2 lb a week. Will use ONE for two weeks initially, four weeks off, and then use up the remainder, which could be 2-4 weeks worth I figure.
Reason is I have a road trip for about 4 days where I can't train so won't do me much good to use it, and would like to see how it effected me over 2 weeks before going all out.
Will stop supplementing with ZMA until after ONE cycle. Continue to use multivitamin, and perhaps ECA stack Not sure, some people seem to think it's alright to use while on ONE others don't. Pop a few glutamine pills too, like it matters. Oh, and I take two spoonfuls of Flax Seed oil a day, and occassionally some metamucil during weekdays due to low carbs. Oh, and a cup of green tea a day with a spoon of honey in it, which is primarily my only carb intake. Drink some crystal light sometimes at home.
Planned Diet CKD, 5 day low carb, high fat & protein. 2 day high carb, low fat on weekend. Will probably add a 6th meal however immediately after workout. Which will be an awful tasting protein shake. The other 5 meals will consist off actual food since I hate protein shakes. Calories will likely be in the range of 1,700-2,500.
Training: Mon - Chest, Tue - Back, Wed -Cardio, Thur - Arms, Fri - Shoulder, Legs. Will keep this the same as I've been doing. May get rid of the 40 min cardio on Wed and do shoulders there. I do 10 min cardio warm-up on other days. Abs done every night. Sat. & Sun. off.
Weight goal 220 lbs after 8 weeks which will be 17lb loss. That will be hard for me to get based on my past weight loss, and be the lowest weight I've been for 7 years. Then only another 20lbs to go
Strength goals Sigh, I suck so no need to tell me. Will list my current lifts and my all-time "highs". Would be happy to just keep my current puny lifts without losing any strength while losing fat. I do a lot more exercises then this, but vary a lot, so will only list the ones I do consistantly:
BB Bench : Cur - 5x155 PB - 5x185
Deadlift: Cur - 10x185 PB - 10x185
Squats: Cur - 8x185 PB - 8x225
DB Curls(incline) Cur-6x35 PB - 6x35
As you can see, I've never tried max but keep reps between 5-10. And man does my chest strength suck, always has. Like I said I vary some of my other lifts too much to really compare them.
Will post some pics of my fat@ss later tonight, as soon as I get them taken. If you happen to know me in rl, just turn your head when you see me and don't let on that you saw my girly figure on here. Doing this to keep myself accountable, and my 30 day trial of Crosstrainer just ran out, and if I post it on here I can update it at work