Long story short.... My first semester of law school kicked me in the mouth. I stopped my gym routine, starting eating bad, stress level went through the roof, starting smoking, etc. Nearly 2 years later, I have a little bit better handle on things. Just gave up the smoking (thank god), and I'm trying to plot out my return to a sensible diet and weight lifting routine.
My physical health has certainly gone down hill, but given the hell I put my body through it definitely could be worse. I'm sitting at a soft 150 (5'8) with a hint of a belly (for the first time in my life - 27 yo) down from a VERY lean 165. Also noticed yesterday (first day back in the gym) that I have gotten unbelievably stiff. My 6 rep weight on bench press has dropped 30 pounds from 165 to 135. Same for squats (approx 30pd drop in rep weight).
At this point. I'm thinking baby steps. My goals are probably nowhere near as high as many of yours, but I would very much like to have my abs back & the same muscle tone I left off with for starters. I was thinking of easing myself back into the gym and dieting with something similar to the abs diet complete with the 3/day week full body circuit training & 2/day cardio.
My primary point in divulging all this is really just to ask for a bit of advise about easing myself back into the gym. I plan on generally sticking to the abs diet & recommended exercises for now until I can build up some more stamina. After that though, I'm somewhat at a loss... The truth is, I didn't have to work very hard to pack on the muscle I had before and I ate damn near anything I wanted save for the fact that I did always make sure to keep my protein intake at the proper levels. Somehow I don't imagine it's going to be that easy this time. I was already lean before I ever started last time around, and a bit younger.
I presently don't plan to use any supplements beyond whey and perhaps a can of creatine in a month or two after I'm settled into something. Thoughts?