Ok first off I would like to make a few simple statemets.
I am not a doctor. I will not diagnose any health issues in this thread. Nor will I tell you what to do. Even something as simple as a sprained ankle...I WILL NOT tell you what to do to cure yourself or help. Although I have experienced several diverse injuries, I can merely state what I did to help myself.
When in doubt...ASK. there is not benefit to being unsure about an exercise or dietary strategy, and continueing or doing it anyways...I have seen shoulder tears in men who bench 500 whil warming up with 185lbs. Why? Because they felt like their form was bad but figure ill be fine.
I am NASM certified...for those who are unaware it is one of the top personal training certs offered and specializes in stability and training for more everyday benefit (as opposed to some certs that focus on high levels of fitness such as elite athletes)
I am not a dietician. I am studying nutritional science. I do "officially" know a good amount from my NASM cert. Any advice I give is just advice and in no way a "prescription" or anything of the like.
I am opening this thread up because in my last several visits I have read several threads in which improper advice was offered. Advice telling someone to try certain programs that could lead to injury. Advice recommending improper dieting tips. Advice that lead to a complete waste of time and ultimately this will lead to discouragement for your goals.
Now I do understand and expect criticism from people. And brandye if you read this I want you to know I am not going try to stick my hands in thinks I do not know. I am simply going to help people with their fitness goals because I do know that many people are embarassed of their bodies and wish to be better for them or their significant others.
If this thread dies so be it. I will check in on occassion to see if anything is posted.