Neil's Journal - Starting June 07
Hi, my name is Neil. I'm 31 and live near Nottingham in England. I've been reading this and other forums for a few weeks in the hope that I can gain enough information to help me turn my current sorry excuse for a body into a fit and healthy one. I'm one of those people who can eat anything without putting any weight on, well until about two years ago when my 34" waste went to a 40" almost overnight! The problem is I'm 6'4" and carry it well so most people guess I'm only a 34" waist or less in some cases! Until fairly recently my diet was awful. It consisted or chocolate bars, chrisps, fast food and most other nasties that you shouldnt base your whole diet on! As of a month ago I've only had one chocolate bar a week and not eaten fast food in nearly two months. My overall food intake has been alot better.
My goals are the following:
Improve overall fitness and stamina.
Get waist down to at least 36"
Gain lean muscle/cut fat to attain an athletic physique.
Keep living a heather lifestyle!
I've not measured myself, besides my waist and weight. I'll get the other measurements ASAP.
I started my journey on Tuesday (5/6/2007) when I went to the local gym with a friend. I managed some basic weight exercisers and some cardio but had to stop as I was getting dizzy. I'll list down my routine later on. I also went for a run last night (7/6/2007) and managed about 1K around the local park, running on the grass. Didnt go too badly, however my breathing was all over the place. So I'll have to work on that.
Here's my planned workout over a 3 day split:
flat barbell benchpress
incline dumbell bench
seated dumbell shoulder press
barbell curls (ez?)
bent over rows
lat pull down (or chins)
Its fairly simple at this stage as I don't want to overwork myself. Hopefully it should cover most of the areas I need to work and give me a good foundation. I'll be working out on Tuesday/Thursday and Saturday most weeks.
1. If I eat a fairly healthy diet but don't really tailor it for building muscle will I still see gains?
2. Does the workout routine look OK. Should I change anything.
3. When lifing how do I figure out what weight I should lift?
4. I usually lack motivation if I don't see a benifit to something. Please keep my spirits up until I get going :)
I'll leave it at that for now. I'll add my measurements later.
Thanks for reading :)