Ok, so it might not be a pleasure cruise…
I’m on a mandatory vacation courtesy of the US Govt. I get to live the life out here in Ramadi, Iraq. So, I figured, what better to pass the time than to drink your diet? Life’s a beach out here… There just isnt any water worth swimming in.
My name’s Greg, and I started this thing today, all my stuff was waiting for me when I showed up to work today, and figured I might as well just start this thing now, not like I’m going to be missing out on anything spectacular @ the chow hall, I get the leftovers whatever they cooked for supper, and my ‘dinner’ is breakfast.
I’m not missing out on much, although the food isn’t horrible out here most of the stuff they have when I go eat is fried, or some kind of fish. I HATE fish, and apparently so do all the people who eat dinner here dont like it either or else they wouldn’t try to reheat it and give it to me at midnight. I guess it’s a blessing because I’m not going to have the temptations to cheat on this thing that a lot of other people have.
My starting stats as of this post are fairly incomplete. I’m going to tape myself tomorrow when I leave for the gym to go walk… But here’s what I have as of weighing in as of lastnight.
Weight: 230 in my workout attire (sweatpants/tshirt/shoes)
BF%: ~20% According to me taping myself and some strange thing they had at the gym.
The other measurements will have to wait for tomorrow, and possibly pictures if I can find someone with an iPod attachment, as they’re on my phone.
As for my goals, I’d like to just lose as much fat as I can so I go about a clean bulk without having to worry about my weight and waist blowing up (214 is max for my height). I am finally back in the gym after about 2.5 year hiatus from heavy lifting. I used to powerlift before I joined the service, and when muscular guys go to boot camp they shrink. I went in with a 365x1r max bench at ~250lbs and came out struggling to push anything above 185 @ 205lbs (not anymore, finally) and lost all the hard earned muscle from the years prior.
Add to that I re-injured my shoulder, was doing less pullups, and my knees developed some kind of tendonitis from running so damn much, playing hockey and skiing competitively for my years before I enlisted. So much that I didn’t run for about a year, and couldn’t lift heavy stuff in the gym because of my own stupidity and always hurting myself (mainly from crashing things, or sports injuries).
I’m finally healthy, relatively knee/shoulder pain free and I’m ecstatic. Add that to the fact that I dont have organized PT, no boots n 'utes runs, no stupid humps, no ‘combat conditioning’, all shit that when I’m finished I can barely walk up stairs. I can finally squat again!
I did my 1st workout, I’m doing the advanced program, it was fairly easy but I had a hard time with the overhead squats at first, I think I have the form down for next week so I can up the weight, that was some strange stuff for me.
Bent Over BBrow (I pulled my back recently doing deads so I started a little light to test it):
135x5, 185x5, 205x5, 225x5
Ab Rollouts (knees):
Workout thoughts: Easy, but that’s what a lot of people say about day 1. We’ll see how much my shoulder likes these OH squats and ab-rollouts next week. I injured it playing hockey in high school and it was not happy with me, it’s never happy after shoulder workouts and usually lets me know about it. NEPA is incredibly boring, and I walk around base everywhere so I’m probably going to stop around 30 minutes of boredom on the treadmill. I’ll add weight to the dips next week, probably only like 25 lbs or so.
Well, I think I covered most of the bases. Time to get some sleep.