A photo of me when I was 23 years old, and only around 97 pounds. After a very close call with death, I changed my whole lifestyle around and decided to actually take care of my health for a change. For comparison here's me now at 31 and 170 pounds:
Of course I'll answer this question I was abusing myself by not eating right and putting work before anything else in my life, and it caught up to me. I ended up emaciated and almost died during this period in my life. I knew I had to change something drastically and i turned my whole life around
I would say its awful to hear what happened previously in your life (which it is), but that because of those events which inspired you to change your life into something which you now seem to so much enjoy, well, I cant be anything but happy for you.
I'd love you know your training regime, it must be a killer!
Thankz! Yes, the biggest tip I can give for people wanting to make a change like this is to really just start out by re-thinking the way you live. Get on a diet that give you plenty of protein. Also don't be afraid to put on a bit of weight if you're worried about being skinny (like I was in this time period). You need weight to be able to excursus properly. And the most important part, donb't ever feel nervous about working out at a gym, or in public places. Everyone there is doing the same as you want. We're all working to get a beetr body This is a good place to start!
Right on. Yeah, like you a (judging from a previous post), I've always struggled to put on weight. Having an overkill metabolism has it's perks, I guess, but not for weight building. Did you just start into a general workout or did you have a specific routine?
AHH! Yes a very specific routine. The single largest issue was my weight. I lose weight very easily and it was VERY hard to gain weight. My first step was the whole "protein up". Eat a meal, and no matter how full I felt I was, I'd take a protein shake. EXPANDING my stomach was the TOUGHEST thing. And here's the big one when it comes to working out. LIMIT cardio exercise if ya wanna get "big". Go straight for the free weights. I only do cardio 1 or 2 days out of the week. That's good for staying slim, but If ya wanna get "buff" or "big" go straight to lifting
Ha, you're the first person whose told me to cut out cardio. I tried the protein shake for awhile and loaded 'em up with peanut butter, but burnt out on them after drinking way too many. It did seem to help though. I definitely need to get back into lifting , I've been doing a shit-ton of pull/push-ups and they've been making me more lean, not less. Props on following through with a major life-change, it's a damn tricky thing to do.
Yeah, it's totally helpful too. It makes sense when ya put the science behind the cardio as well. You burn off the energy most with cardio, so if you begin a day with cardio and then go to lifting most of protein has already been burned with the cardio So definitely go straight to lifting. At maximum I do 2 days of cardio It worked for me so far You'll pumped up big time very soon!
Yup this is me when I was 23. I had been like that for my entire life (severely underweight), So even up till now, when I look in the mirror, I still see THIS version of in the reflection (the emaciated version)
What an inspiration you are to others who are going through troubled times in their lives. It speaks volumes about the strength of character you have that you have turned yourself around from a sad, troubled and obviously lost young man into the person you are today. I wish I could give you the biggest hug in person but it'll just have to be a cyber one - :
Wow, I never realized how skinny you used to be. Now you're all muscle! Crazy. I'm glad you started taking care of yourself, man. I'm close to the size of you in this picture, but I'm 45-50 pounds heavier and 4-5" taller. I guess that makes me underweight still... I've always struggled with maintaining a healthy weight and diet though.
Me too! My weight has stayed the same for years. I can gain a few pounds if I really try, but turn around in lose it within a few weeks no problem. Lifting weight at work and walking 8 miles a day definitely helps!