I'm a newbie on this forum but I find these online training logs to be very helpful so I thought I'd jump in with both feet and start one up. A bit of background is in order I suppose. I first went lacto-ovo veg in 1998 as a young teenager for ethical reasons. I've always been big, as are the majority of my family members. Fast forward to 2004. I had hit 200 lbs (I'm 5'11") and knew I had to do something. I was living on my own then (I was in my fourth year of university) and ate pretty poorly...very processed carbs and lots of cheese on everything. It wasn't uncommon for my dinner to consist of a box of instant potatoes (which I would melt cheese on). I hardly ever ate vegetables. No wonder I was big. Anyway, I started eating less (and healthier I suppose compared to what I had been eating previously, still very carb heavy and not many veggies). I did some workout DVDs at home most days of the week. Over the span of a few months I was down 30 lbs and I was pretty happy.
In 2005 I moved and started graduate school. During this time I also became more and more interested in weight training. I read a lot and started to up my protein intake quite a bit (mostly with whey powder...at this point I didn't really care if my food was heavily processed or not). Even though I started out as a weakling, over the next year I gained quite a bit of strength. My physique didn't get to where I wanted to be, but that's because my diet wasn't always spot on, which I like to blame on grad school, but we all have our excuses.
Fast forward to fall 2006. I had some pretty harsh personal problems and stopped training. I also developed an eating disorder during this time. I dropped to 140 lbs which isn't a dangerously low BMI, but I was pretty thin and I looked awful (no muscles whatsoever). I eventually dealt with these issues and moved on. Still didn't get back into training though. Which of course I also blamed on being really busy with grad school.
Not much happened until Feb 2008 when I became vegan. It just clicked one day (after almost 10 years as a lacto-ovo). Another thing that coincided with this is that I discovered I love to cook. Up until that point I had relied on convenience packaged foods. It's not easy to find vegan convenience foods here so I had to learn my way around the kitchen. Turns out I love it. Great. Now I was eating better, but my diet still had sugar and white flour and caffeine. Then I read Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman. This totally changed the way I view food. I'm happy to report that I now eat pretty darn healthy most of the time...about 75% produce. I try to only eat whole grains, no refined sugar, and no more coffee.
Is grad school any less busy now? No. But I'm tired of making excuses. I miss how good I used to feel after an awesome workout. So here I am, back on the wagon. It hurts my pride to have to basically start at square one again (strength-wise), but I really have nobody to blame for that but myself.
So my goals are to drop about 10-15 lbs body fat by eating clean, doing cardio, and lifting heavy weights. I also do yoga a few times a week. I'm really inflexible and have mild arthritis and I find that yoga helps a lot. Oh, and I'm also getting married in August so of course I'd like to look great for that.
To help me ease back into weight lifting I am currently doing a three-day/week full-body routine. After about 4 weeks or so I'll switch it up as there were a few splits that I used to really like and saw great results with previously.
I'm not sure about my weight. My scale needs a new battery. I was avoiding weighing myself as sometimes I find that causes me to obsess and I really don't want to be in that head space again. However I think that if I limit my weigh-ins to once every 2 weeks or so that should be okay.
Wow, this turned out to be quite the novel. Anyway, I'm so ready for this.