| AGE 15
WEIGHT 286 lbs
BODY FAT 42.2%
| AGE 16
WEIGHT 180 lbs
BODY FAT 18.5%
It all started a year ago when I realized I weighed way too much for my age. My friends let me know by teasing me with names that made me feel below them. I never liked the feeling of being below anyone. I liked being equal to others because that's how it should be.
Basically, I got sick of being at the bottom of the food chain. I knew I had to change and I was the only one who could change my body. My friends didn't believe me when I told them I was going to change for the better. I always used to say, "Watch out, I'll be bigger than you in no time." They never listened.
When I actually changed everyone was surprised. It was a total transformation that was ridiculously noticeable. It was so noticeable that friends from school who I don't see often didn't recognize me until I talked. People started paying more attention to me, and I enjoyed how people looked up to me. It was a total 180.
Now, my life completely opposite from what it used to be. People ask me for advice to lose weight and how to eat healthy. It really makes me happy because people look to me for guidance.
I had to attack my eating habits first. I was a horrible eater. Anything that's unhealthy, I probably ate it. I started by attacking my diet, which was the hardest transformation aspect to convert. I knew I had to get moving. I was a big into Call of Duty, and no joke, I was good. I'm not even being cocky about it. Knowing that Xbox swallowed my life, I got rid of it, which helped me get outside and move a lot more.
Of course there were days I thought about quitting. Everyone has those days. If you don't, you're not human. To keep myself on track, I used my mirror. I'd go in the bathroom and look at who I was. I'd ask myself, "Is this who you want to be?" Every time the answer would be "No." It gave me the "Let's do this" attitude.
Anybody can look up to the pros for inspiration, but how long does that inspiration last? I used myself as inspiration. I didn't care what pros achieved. I cared about what I achieved. I'd rather do something incredible myself than watch someone else do. I want to make people say, "How did you do it?" That was enough to get my ass up every morning and chisel myself into shape.
I only took the supplements I could afford. Mommy and daddy never bought me supplements. For me to spend a lot of money, I researched it first. I started with whey protein, and moved to multivitamins, fish oil, creatine, and amino acids. I never depended on pre-workouts or thermogenics for a training boost. I used them, but I never had a good enough feeling to buy them.
Stick to the basics. I usually ate until I was full, but they were foods that made me full quicker; usually vegetables. Veggies were a life saver because they're quick, filling, and low-calorie.
I stuck to full-body workouts because they burned the most calories. I added variety with barbells or dumbbells to give my muscles a change every two weeks. I avoided cable machines and liked free weights because it was a more natural movement.
The diet. If you are not eating what you should be eating it will screw you over. I knew I had to stick to it, and it was very hard.
I want to compete. I still have awhile before I'll be in good enough shape to compete, but I believe I'll make it there one day.
- Don't give up.
- Every day is a new day.
- Anything is possible if you're dedicated.
- The feeling of becoming a better person is the best feeling in the world.
- People can't change you. You can change you.
Bodybuilding.com was my survival tool in the fitness battleground. Any questions I had were answered on Bodybuilding.com. When I was curious about something Bodybuilding.com elaborated on it. I suggest using Bodybuilding.com to your advantage.
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