WEIGHT 300 lbs
BODY FAT 36-40%
WEIGHT 188 lbs
BODY FAT 11.8%
I was the guy who kept unconsciously tugging on his shirt to hide belly fat and the contour of my love handles. I remember the day when my mom tried to convince me to start a weight-loss program with her. That hit me hard and awakened my unconsciousness to how bad my weight was. My health was really turning into an issue. The day I changed, I looked in the mirror and was disgusted at what starred back at me. I stepped on a scale and it tipped right below 300.
Working out is a big part of my life now. I'm passionate about it. Since I started and became dedicated, it has rubbed off onto family and friends. My friends started working out, and some developed a strong desire to change their lifestyle. It's uplifting and gives me more reason to push because I know the people closest to me support what I believe in.
Friends usually call me a "gym rat" or consider me overly obsessed. I hate hearing my friends complain about how much money they spend going to clubs and bars every weekend. I don't look down on it; I recreate my own clubbing excitement at the gym.
Working out gave me a confidence boost to push harder in life. It's not just about changing your body and watching your physique transform; it's the discipline and ambition that you develop; the mental barriers we tear down and surpass. I used to tell myself that I wasn't able to complete a workout. I wasn't strong enough or fit enough. Now I push myself past what I think I can do.
I didn't know where to start or how to work out besides doing push-ups and bench press. I started running and doing sets on a flat bench. Shortly after, I started reading magazines and online articles to pick up demonstrated exercises and find resources to build lifting routines.
I changed my eating habits and tightened my diet. Being of Asian descent, it's hard to tell your parents that you don't want rice or noodles. I gave up most of my favorite foods and started eating clean. I started monitoring what I put in my body and ate nutritious food.
It was discouraging when I started working out. I gave up many times and told myself I wasn't going to do it. The first morning I attempted to run wasn't pleasant at all. 300 pounds pounding on my knees was excruciating. I had to pace myself and work my way up slowly. I started slowly jogging, then jogging faster, and eventually jog-running.
My friends who played football and lifted weights were inspiring. They were in good shape and I wanted to look the part also. When my family and friends went swimming everyone took off their shirts but me. I let those memories and thoughts fuel my fire to push for a strong body.
The biggest aspect that brought me to where I am now is God. I have Philippians 4:13 tattooed on my right arm, which reads in the Bible: "I can do all things through him who gives me strength." Throughout my life, I ran into tough situations and always turned to that passage to give me strength to complete what I felt like I couldn't.
God blessed and gave me endurance to push through anything. I use my experience to help others and motivate them to keep pushing in more ways than working out. God is faithful and I give him 100 percent credit. I wouldn't be able to achieve my results without his help.
The most challenging part are the mental barriers. I had many doubts and wasn't used to working out. I was comfortable finishing a set when I got to a certain number. I gave up when it got hard, but now that changed and I continue going above and beyond.
I'm never going to stop working out because progress has no finish line. My future plan is to enter a competition, keep progressing, and improving my overall physique. I'm not satisfied and will continue pushing myself to the next goal.
My current weight is 188 pounds and my body fat percentage is 11.8. I never thought I would lose weight, but I lost a total of 112 pounds and 24.2-28.2 percent body fat. Keep persevering, learn about your body, and learn what you need to do and do it. Walk the talk. If a regular guy did it, you can.
When it gets hard, don't give up. If living healthy and getting fit was easy, wouldn't everyone do it? Fight for it because it's worth it. You'll have much more energy and you'll live life like never before. It's a good way to motivate family and friends.
Transforming your body has to be one of the toughest accomplishments. It takes time, discipline, drive, and hunger. I believe in you. I was in a position of despair at one point and I'm still working hard to make more improvements.
If you need help or a boost, message me. I'll make time and be of assistance to help you as much as I can. I hope my transformation gives you the motivation to work hard for what you deserve.
Bodybuilding.com provides me with resources to improve. I always scope through the Forums for workouts from other members. I browse other's meal plans and contribute my experiences as help and assistance. It's an awesome online community to meet other members who have a drive and passion for the lifestyle.
Bodybuilding.com motivated me to strive hard in the gym. Pictures of phenomenal men and women inspire me to work hard because I know they're not superhuman. They weren't born that way; they worked hard and earned their physique.
I'm always on Bodybuilding.com reading reviews on supplements and workouts, and checking for cool workout shirts. Bodybuilding.com made an impact and I thank you for the site and for working hard to publish new articles.