After reading the Programming chapter of SS I’ve been a bit put off. He recommends up to 6000, though I think that might be excessive for my goals. I’ve dropped down to 125 pounds (my height is 5' 11"). I do no physical activity whatsoever at the moment, and I generally feel like shit and have no focus in my life. My clothing fits like shit. My goal weight is 70kg (154 pounds). I don’t know, maybe if I reach that I’ll realize I’d look and feel physically better with even more, though right now all I want is a little more. So does starting at 3500 calories and maybe, half a gallon of milk, sound like a waste of time? I don’t care if it takes a bit longer. I’m hesitant at going from < 10% BF to > 20% BF. I know what Rip would say: “YNDTP”. It doesn’t help that my horribly low self-esteem, general anxiety, along with recent unemployment, is probably clouding my judgement. Maybe I’m just being a pussy. I’d get hammered if I posted this on SS forums that’s for sure. Also, say I hit the 70kg and I’m happy with it: is it going to be difficult to maintain that weight without continuing to lift weights? I’d like to take up swimming some time (just laps), though cardio at my current weight is out of the question. Also, lifting thread? I couldn’t find anything when I searched.