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    In need of a life change

    Hey guys. I originally posted this under the new poster section, but I figured I'd just copy and paste it here.

    I'm 24 years old. I have a strong history of lifting weights in being in great condition. I started researching bodybuilding/powerlifting/kinesiology at age 15. I've read tons of Dave Tate, Joe DeFranco, Louie Simmons, Mark Rippetoe articles. It seems that what I have taken a better understanding to is advanced techniques for getting stronger and hypertrophy.

    I used to be around 180-190lbs. I was benching 300, squatting 350 and deadlifting 400. I know those lifts aren't phenomenal, but much better than the shape I'm in now. I'll explain my downfall. I know this is going to be long read but for those of you that take the time to help me you'll never know just how much I appreciate your help.

    I got laid off from my job requiring manual labor, which was helping keep me in shape. The only thing I could find that comes close to money is a job as a security officer due to the extreme hours at a decent hourly rate, which is around 60 per week. The job has given me the "security look" though. I sit in an office building in the air conditioning all day, have my own refrigerator, microwave, spend a lot of time by myself and work from 6am-6pm, so I stay pretty tired. The only thing that keeps me awake usually is to eat. Since this job, I'm now at a terribly high 245lbs. Anytime of major movement causes me to sweat profusely, I have a big gut, double chins and look awful. When my wife and I got married I was a pretty attractive guy in good health and she's a very attractive girl and in great shape. I know her and our son deserve much better than what I've become. Since I started working here I've gotten tachycardia, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, sleep walking, severely loud snoring and often times people say I'm snowing while I'm wide awake due to me breathing so loud. I have absolutely NO energy at all during the day all I ever want to do is just lay down. I know I need to change my life because I'm way too young for this shit. I've got a lot of water weight which is pretty noticeable in my hands, face, belly and feet.

    I have a weight bench, squat rack, pullup rack and etc. that I haven't used in years. I know I'm going to have to get it back and start lifting weights. Right now I'm concerned with some goals and how I should start off being I'm in such TERRIBLE health. I want to include hill sprints, boxing and general weightlifting. Here is the program I plan to use that I have found posted on a few other sites.

    Monday - Upper Body, Horizontal Emphasis, Vertical Maintenance
    Bench Press 3X5
    Barbell Rows: 3X5
    OH Press: 3X10
    Pullups: 3XF
    CGBP: 3X10

    Tuesday - Squat Emphasis
    Squat: 3X5
    Lunges: 3X10
    SLDL: 3X10
    Weighted Sit Ups: 3X15
    Hanging Leg Raises: 3X15

    Wednesday - Cardio & Conditioning
    Push upsX10, Sit ups X 10, Pullups X 5, repeat 3 times with no rest between sets (tabata type)
    3 2 minute rounds of boxing on the heavy bag
    Hill Sprints...we have a hill that is about 100 yards long...I was going to sprint up it as fast as I can then walk back down it and repeat...maybe only 3 times at first...

    Thursday - Upper Body, Vertical Emphasis, Horizontal Maintenance
    OH Press: 3X5
    Lat Pulldowns: 3XF
    Bench Press: 3X10
    Barbell Rows: 3X10
    Barbell Curls: 3X10

    Friday - Deadlift Emphasis
    Power Clean: 5X3
    Deadlift: 3X5
    Front Squat: 3X10
    Hanging Leg Raises: 3X15
    Weighted Sit Ups: 3X15

    Saturday - Cardio & Conditioning
    Push upsX10, Sit ups X 10, Pullups X 5, repeat 3 times with no rest between sets (tabata type)
    3 2 minute rounds of boxing on the heavy bag
    Hill Sprints...we have a hill that is about 100 yards long...I was going to sprint up it as fast as I can then walk back down it and repeat...maybe only 3 times at first...

    My goals are to drop from 240lbs to 180lbs (60 lbs in weight loss)...I want to improve my bench press from whatever is now back to 300lbs for 1Rm....squat 425lbs 1RM....deadlift 475lbs 1RM....I want to improve my conditioning significantly and get my blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. back down.

    I know the biggest step in this is going to be diet...I can whenever I want while I'm at work...I just can't go very expensive because having a 1 year old and the bills that we have are pretty expensive....any tips and diet suggestions as well as motivation or comments about my program in terms of constructive criticism is welcome. I just need to get my ass in gear. I used to post way too much on forums, but damn they kept me motivated before. Now I'm just a fat bastard that might as well be a 60 year old man.

    I know this was long and you guys have way better shit to do than read my problems but I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to help me.

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    It sounds like you've been grounded down in to the shit system which we call society and that it caused you to quit something you love (sounds like). You seem to find the need for money more important than your enjoyment of life, society made you believe that so you're just another clog turning in a machine. My advice is do what you love before die knowing you wasted time being over weight and enjoy what you love. Money isn't key to happiness, no matter what anyone wants you to believe as you'll always end up worse. As far as your lifting goes, I wish you well, stop being tired at work and do the things you love. Peace

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