Happy New Year! I wanted to start this year off on the right foot, so I made sure to get up and go to the gym early in the morning. I'm fortunate that my gym is open normal hours on New Year's Day. I was afraid that the gym might already be packed with new people starting on their New Year's Resolutions, but it was surprisingly empty this morning. Or, perhaps it's not that surprising, since I think the new year doesn't start until Jan. 2 for a lot of people.

I'm going to be switching my exercise program focus a little in 2019. I'm switching gears to focus more on weight loss for the first half of the year, with a goal of dropping to around 150 pounds by July. Once I reach that goal, I'll switch to a fairly aggressive Push/Pull/Legs program for three months with an eye on bulking up to 165-170 lbs. From there, my plan is to settle into a more balanced maintenance program that's a mix of running and weight lifting.

I started off today with a pretty standard 5x5 lifting routine, followed by 30 minutes on the elliptical. I'm switching to lifting twice a week, and running five times a week during this cutting period.

Today's lifts:
Squat: 5x5 @ 105lb
OHP: 5x5 @ 70lb
Deadlift: 1x5 @ 145lb