I'm going to give this journal thing a shot! My main goal in all of this is to find my abs again as soon as possible (reduction of bodyfat with no loss in LBM or even a slight gain) and say adios to the love handles.
I'm 26, 5'5", 157 lbs at present. I've lifted off and on for the past few years and have a decent amount of LBM leftover from that. I don't know what happened (probably finding IM!) but something in my head just "clicked" that it's time to get serious and I won't find those abs without CONSISTENCY!
As far as weight training, I plan to hit each body part once a week, 3 exercises for major muscle groups, 2 for minor muscle groups, 3-4 sets per exercise, 6-12 reps per set. 3 weight training sessions per week. PS - Please don't laugh when I list the amount of weight I'll be lifting! lol I'm a rookie, have mercy...
On the cardio front, I just started sprinting today. WOW! Learning to run fast again believe it or not is going to take some work! Today for instance, I did 8 all out sprints of 10 seconds each with 2 minutes of walking/jogging between sprints. I was going to do 10 sprints but my hammies started tightening up so I'm going to ease my way into this one! ;o) I'll do some kind of HIIT at least 3x a week (bike or running).
Nutrition: I recently read a book called The Leanness Lifestyle and really liked what I read. Two weeks ago I was at 160 so I've lost about 3 lbs since implementing it's suggestions. I'm sure some of it may have been water weight though. To lose a consistent 1.5 lbs per week with 240 min of training per week at my current bodyweight, I will need to consume about 11440 calories per week. This will create a 5250 weekly calorie deficit. I'm going to stagger the calorie totals for each day to keep my body more or less guessing. Sundays will be my day to kind of "let go" but I will still be sure to keep the overall calorie deficit in effect! I'll do my best to divide it into 5-6 meals per day considering I'm going to school and working full-time right now!! Oh, and I'll be consuming around 1 gallon of water daily and taking multi-vitamins and extra Vitamin C to speed recovery from the weight training. If I'm missing anything, let me know. Fitday.com is the shizzy by the way!
If anyone has any suggestions or input (or most of all - ENGOURAGEMENT!) please feel free!! This is an awesome forum and I can't wait to get even more insight from you guys!
Take care everyone,