Hi guys and gals, Let's see..a little about me. I am a former Marine of 4 yrs. when I got out of the Service I weighed in at 180 with about 10% body fat. Got out and went to school for my bachelor's degree and got a nice sit down job at the same time, exploded....and not in a good way =(. Got up over 300 lbs, someone took a photograph of me and it nearly made a grown man cry. So, about 8 months ago I started at one of the bigger gym chains down here, I've lost approximately 67 lbs. But, I am not anywhere near my goals yet. I got tired of the big name and big price of the chain gym and about 4 weeks ago I joined this little whole in the wall gym, two weeks later the whole in the wall got condemned. So, now I am going to a community center gym (very cheap). I like it there I think better than the other places I was going just for the fact that there isn't much socializing it's all business.
I don't really care what I weigh to tell the truth. As long as I feel comfortable at the beach without a shirt. I do want to see some hint of a six pack (so, I have to lose much more body fat!). I want at LEAST 20"Arms (Currently they are about 17") and a well proportioned chest(still working on a reasonable measurement goal). Also, I don't want to be one of those guys at the gym that have a huge upper body and toothpicks for legs so I work them just as much as I do any other part of my body.
I am very restrictive on my diet at the moment this is an idea of what I am doing:
Oatmeal(I add two tablespoons of reduced fat peanut butter and about a tabelspoon of honey for taste).
Granola Bar (usually homemade with some Oatmeal, egg, peanut butter, and Whey Protien, will post the recipe later)
Starkist Tuna Kit (consists of like 6 whole wheat crackers a little can of tuna and some reduced fat mayo)
Chicken or Beef, a green vegetable, and a starch
After workout (time can vary)
Whey Protien Shake (no specific brand, not really knowledgable on the differences in the brands)
Just before bed
Oatmeal prepared just like at breakfast.
I work out 4-5 times a week cardio at least 3 times a week. When I workout I am using about 75 - 80% of my 1RM for 3 sets of 8 per exercise, per group I usually hit anywhere from 3-5 exercises depending on the muscle group.
Anyhow, that's me and I am looking forward to sharing successes and knowledge with you guys, and learning all I can from you as well.