Haha, thanks dude. I'm really glad I made it happen, who knows where I'd be today.
Training history - nothing until senior year in HS. That picture was taken my sophomore year I think, around 320 lbs or so. My heaviest was 348 or so my freshman year in college. Anyway, I had gotten really into Dance Dance Revolution in high school so I at least gained a bit of "athleticism" by doing that. I played some football in eighth grade / freshman year, but got some bone bruising in my lower back which made me have to stop playing football.
Senior year I started doing some bullshit weight lifting. Got a bench for Christmas, started benching 3-5 times a week or something, retarded. I went from bench 115 x 5 to like high hundred's or so for a few reps (really can't remember,) but thinking back I was also eating a SHIT load of food every day so it was easy to get strong, chest grew a lot too. Unfortunately, that's seriously like all I did. I didn't really like curls or anything else so eventually I just started spinning my wheels, obviously.
Fast forward to college, and I go through every retarded fucking work out routine I'll reach in a certain Muscular-inspired Fitness magazine (ahem.) The New Years' of my freshman year I weighed in at 348 and said "holy fuck." Getting out of breath as hell walking to a class 5 minutes away, not being able to climb a flight of stairs without being piss out of breath, etc. It was horrible.
Lucky for me I stayed in a really nice dorm complex that had a shit load of stuff inside, including a cardio room (not full-on-gym, though.) Started riding a bike a couple nights a week listening to Rocky music. Stopped eating so many pop-tarts and 1/2 Hot Pockets before bed, lolz. I'll get more to that later though.
Anyway, found T-Nation around this point and started reading way too much and getting super confused about everything. Blah blah blah fall year of my Freshman year I made it down to 245 or so. That was zawesome, losing over 100. I was content with this for too long.
Switched schools that summer, and moved home. Lost even more weight and by February of '08 I weighed like 197 or so, and I was really goddamn weak. At that point I had gotten a program from C_C to try, and did my first real bulk. Then, things have slowly evolved from there. (Sorry for the lengthy response on this one.)
Lemme give you a hypothetical high school day, and a hypothetical college day:
7:00 am - 3-5 bowls of cereal (skim milk) OR nothing
~1 pm - French fries, "main course" (pizza, burritos, etc) gigantic cup of some kind of cream soup / spagetthios, milk, sometimes a desert-type food
3-4 pm - anything in the house. Frozen pizzas, hot pockets, ice cream, etc.
6-7 pm - dinner. not unleathy, usually meat + carbs (noodles, etc) + veggies
anytime after that - whatever I felt like. Sour gummy worms, frozen pizzas, dessert foods, leftovers from dinner.
Wake up (fuck 8 am classes) - nothing
12ish - BIG FUCKING MEAL. "Main courses" (pizza, burgers, awesome actual foods like prime rib and mashed potatoes and gravy, deluxe paninis and stuff, etc) fries + nacho cheese, big glass of pop (diet!) or juice (boo,) a huge bowl of creamy soup, and then usually an ice cream cone or two.
5-6ish - Same as 12ish, except usually bigger
(We'd go work out soon after that)
At night - 1/2 hot pockets, pop-tarts, lots of cream corn (We had a little store in our dorm complex that you could buy foods with "flex" dollars from tuition. Was basically like free money, awesome.)
So, you can see why things got bad.
Haha, thanks dude, but I regret not staying in better shape. That's why I'm getting legitimately lean now and re-doing things. I'm not going to get ultra-conservative but I've learned my body a lot better so I won't be so soft all the time, lol. Live and learn I guess.