Weight: 280 lbs
Body Fat: 30%
Weight: 190 lbs
Body Fat: 14%
Why I Got Started
I was fat basically all my life. Every time I would gain weight I would say "220 lbs isn't bad, football players weigh that much," even then when I hit 250 pounds I thought "pro wrestlers weigh about the same." Once I got to 280 pounds I realized it was beyond crazy for a 17-year old to be that huge.
Basically I was in denial for a long time. So in May of 2007 my brother Joe Lampe (Njjoe) let me know that if I wanted to I could come and get his weight bench since he was moving to an apartment complex with a gym. So I got me and my buddy to drive to his place and pick it up.
How I Did It
My brother helped me out a lot. He has basically walked me through the whole process and had my back the whole time and was my motivation behind a lot of this. He set me up on a basic program doing sets of 5 for each compound exercise shooting for 8-12 reps each time, and then doing about 3 sets for the other muscles involved.
My diet was extreme at first, basically eating eggs and wheat toast for breakfast, eating a lot of tuna for lunch, and whatever for dinner just half of what I normally would. Since then everything has changed with my lifting and dieting. I'm currently doing the 5x5 program and loving it.
Thursday: Biceps & Triceps
Friday: Legs & Abs
Suggestions For Others
Honestly anyone who wants to get into weightlifting or bodybuilding I completely support. It changed my life. I use to be a video gaming fat kid. Now I'm looking forward to years of bodybuilding and trying to get into a fitness career. Losing weight is basically all determination and most of the battle is mental.
If you're on a program give it time before jumping off it. Don't buy into these fast fad diets, it needs to be a life style change. I took me 11 months to drop from 280 pounds to 190 pounds and I would do it all over again if I had to. If you have any more questions for me feel free to ask through my email or BodySpace.