Well, it's been a while - but I'm back!
A quick overview of my progress so far and how I came to be back at PB HQ...
I was 210lbs (5'3", 42" waist) in January 2009 following a couple of years inactivity through knee injury - I dropped 10lbs just by "watching what I ate" and going back to the gym, but was stuck for about 6 months. Enter PB and I dropped to 183lbs in about 40 days, keeping my carbs in the 50-100g sweet spot, walking a bit and lifting weights.
That's when my eye was caught with other lower carb approaches and I tried some other things. They were pretty extreme but got me to 170lbs and my strongest lifts (325lb bench press, 410lb deadlift and so on).
Somewhere along the way, I dropped all forms of cardio - be they informal or otherwise - and just lifted weights. All my goals became strength orientated and I was successful with them.
Thankfully, my physiotherapy studies snapped me out of it when I did a sub-maximal V02 max test and - despite looking the fittest (read leanest and buffest) I have ever looked, my score was at the bottom end of average for my age (29).
I hate being average at anything - especially physical things.
This test was a couple of weeks ago and since then I have managed to get my hands on a mountain bike (kindly donated by my girlfriends dad) and discovered that there is a mountainbike trail centre that some friends of mine go to every weekend - and a couple of simple trails by my house.
As with everything, I threw myself into the mountainbiking and began researching diet for the sport and, so, for the past 10 days have been higher carb (200g) mod protein and low fat. I feel soft, bloated, ill and sluggish.
Why do I do this to myself?
I found something that worked (PB) - it was still working when I left (despite already having lost 16lbs, I was still losing 1.5-2.5lbs a week) - and I liked the food.
Oh well... I'm back now, and will start a 30 day challenge again to get myself back into it. Reading my first challenge, it took about 7 days before I couldn't face eating lots of carbs anymore, I hope the same thing happens here.
I'll post my basic training and eating template later (re-familiarising myself with the book) along with goals for this 30 day period.
All comments, suggestions, pointing-and-laughing are welcome here!