WEIGHT 210 lbs
BODY FAT 27%
WEIGHT 165 lbs
BODY FAT 9%
I was used to being overweight. The jokes, the teasing, it was all normal. In fact, I tended to make the jokes about myself so other people wouldn't. Luckily, I started to grow up. As I matured, I realized there was something I could do about it.
My dad was into working out, so I began tagging along with him to learn what I could. I started reading whatever I could from reputable sources about the best ways to lift and workout. Eventually, I managed to amass a decent amount of muscle.
However, I still wasn't eating right and was overweight. Finally, I decided enough was enough and that I was going to be in shape for the summer after my senior year of high school. I started in early March, and by the time summer arrived, I was in better shape than ever.
It really affected those around me. People started asking me for advice on lifting and nutrition. It was nice to be respected and I was more than happy to help anyone who asked for help.
My life is substantially different today. I'm infinitely more confident, happier, and healthier than ever before.
The biggest measure I took was changing my diet. I ate like crap previously and knew it wasn't going to cut it, so I started cutting out junk, stopped skipping breakfast, opted for egg whites and fruit on most days, and eliminated late-night snacking.
I also ate lots of grilled and boiled chicken to up my protein intake without taking in unnecessary fats or calories. I started eating brown rice for energy and nutrients. My diet was overhauled.
I added a one-mile run to the end of my workouts and 45 minutes on the elliptical to burn extra calories. There were days I considered quitting, but I looked at it logically. I knew if I quit, I would be happy for a few minutes and unhappy for much longer. It simply wasn't worth it.
As I got further in and started seeing real progress, I became less temped to cheat or quit. My inspiration stemmed from the desire to be happier, healthier, and more confident by achieving a physique I desired.
The diet was the hardest part for me. It was hard to stay on a strict diet for so long, but it was worth it in the end.
I plan to stay in shape and add muscle slowly. One day, I hope to become a certified personal trainer for a side job. Helping others is something I enjoy.
- You have to start somewhere.
- Trust the system; it will work if you commit.
- Don't let one slip-up ruin many days of hard work.
- If you do happen to slip or cheat, don't give up.
- Don't count on magical supplements to do work for you; you must do the work yourself.
- It's worth it in the end, no matter how hard it is to get there.
- Learn as much as you can.
- Make a routine that you can realistically stick to for a long period.
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