I've been following your progress and efforts closely but waited to chime in.
You've got the mentality thats going to take you all the way FINALLY!! Its not about how fast you get there or even really getting there Al, its about the journey. Taking each step properly, not letting yourself succumb to pitfalls like pride or impatience.
This thing we do is a personal journey. Its different for all of us. You have FINALLY hit your stride and it warms my heart to see it! I know you've struggled and I know you've wrestled with disappointment and frustration but you've overcome.... and THAT is the REAL gift this endeavor of ours brings.
Keep it up man. You're an example to all of us of how, if we let ourselves, we can find our way inspite of the hurdles life throws at us. Very proud of you my friend!!
Thanks Mike. Your words mean allot to me. If I would have met you and the other people on this board many years ago maybe I wouldn't be the physical wreck I have become, but we will never know that for sure. Like I said on the phone terminology like "total muscular failure" and "break it to make it grow" took on a different meaning in my Finish mind. It's safe to say I lack nothing in will, determination or pain tolerance but maybe I was a bit behind the curve in common sense in the weight room!
But as we have discussed 100 times (you talked and I ignored) in the last 6 months these "hurdles" are teaching me more about the game than I ever learned in any book, magazine or video. My moto used to be "Pain is weakness leaving the body" and with my "more is better" mentality I became my body's own worst enemy. The very thing I was trying to nurture became that which I all but destroyed. That and the fact that I am no respector of age.....
Let's just hope there is enough left in the tank to get healthier and slowly move back into a little bit more weight! We all have pride or we would have never gotten into this insane life style in the first place.
I'm off to do a llght leg workout!