I did the exact same thing you did starting out. Stupid light weights, only the three big lifts. My shoulder got jacked up during surgery so the press was off limits for a while. I tried going back at 5 months but I'd go one day and then sleep for 3 days. Finally, at 8 months I felt more like myself. On the bench, I also started out with 95 pounds but lifting it only a few times made me look like a deer walking across a frozen pond. After some of my stabilizer muscles came back, muscle memory took over. I jumped up to 315 in about 8 weeks. Surprisingly, my sternum hasn't hurt once. Keep in touch. I'd like to hear about your progress.
That's great advice! My education says what you are doing is the best for longevity, but my ego still thinks I'm 16. I still want to see how strong I can get. I'm not able to grow up like I know I should. I do want to know about your diet. I know competitive bodybuilders need to cut carbs before a show, but do you stay away from carbs regularly? I'm trying keto but my sugar addiction is worse than a heroin addiction. With cardio, I think running is boring. Do you do other types a cardio?
Thanks for your story. I appreciate you reaching out.
I've been following a vegan diet for 11 years now, and try to eat 1 to 1.5 grams of protein / 1 gram of carbs per pound of bodyweight each day - I weigh 165 right now. I was 152 pounds at the contests. About 4 weeks prior to contests yes the carbs got low, but I never felt unhealthy - a sweet potato, some rice, and the small amount in broccoli / spinach each day were all the carbs I would have. Sugar's tough I know; I have a cheat meal on Sunday's. Sugar, salt, saturated fat - life's been better without them. For cardio I use a heart rate monitor to make sure I stay in the 65% to 70% fat burn zone. 45 minutes jogging outside, on the treadmill, or Stairmaster listening to music, a podcast, or tv.
Thanks for reaching out Mary! I remember those 5-7 pound restrictions after the surgery and it really sucked. I went stupid light and very slow when I felt like it was time. I'm sure you will do the same.
I've never been on snow skis. It didn't make the bucket list after surgery. I will go deep sea fishing this spring, sleep under the stars in Colorado this summer, and walk my daughter down the aisle this fall. Skiing just scares the shit out of me!!!