This is directed specifically at body size & other fitness goals, but really it generalizes to other aspects of self-improvement. When you post a question on this board, you almost always need to tell us about your goals (that is, your MOTIVATION), and to a large extent, the more specific you can be, the better. this does not always mean giving numbers, though this might include your CURRENT numbers: height, weight, caloric intake, max lifts, etc. BUT most of the numerical goals you guys approach us with are nonsense: i want to weigh 200 lbs. lean, i want to gain 40 lbs of lean muscle in X number of months, i want to lose 4 lbs per week, i want to have 19 inch guns. whatever. set aside that some of those goals may be realistic for some people under certain circumstances (and not for others). these aren't real goals. real goals look like this: - I want to be happy with how i look in street clothes. - I want women to stare & insecure men to get jealous when i take my shirt off. (this is often erroneously stated as wanting to look like bruce lee or brad pitt in fight club) - I want to be the biggest muther****er I can be, and I don't care how big that is. - I want to take about X inches off my waist, b/c that will give me a hip:waist ratio that is healthy and attractive. - I need to make weight for my favorite sport or activity. i'm not endorsing or criticizing the specifics of these goals -- you may be pursuing all or none of these. notice any numbers given are usually incidental to the overall goal, which is usually something about health and/or appearance. what do they have in common? this list is primarily qualitative, not quantitative goals. if you know what you want, qualitatively, and you know where you're at in terms of numbers, we can give you some numbers to shoot for in the short, medium, and long run. but the real key here is this: what is your motivation? some guys will tell you that there are good and bad motivations. i don't care, because i know that most of the time we couldn't change your motivation if we tried. i just want to know what your motivation is, and i'll tailor my advice accordingly. and, if i think your motivation is really stupid, i'll tell you that, too. we're good at that here.