At 17 I was a rugby, football and cricket player working out with weights 3 days per week and training or playing sport 3-4 days per week depending on the season. 5 11 tall, 220LB, 34 inch waist, strong and fit. Oh and I worked a manual job.
Then I went on a dreaded hiking expedition, smashed my ankle to pieces and ended up limping and sometimes on crutches for the next 4 years. Virtually all of my physical activity ground to a halt.
Added to this 3 years at University, a vicious cycle of regret (“I could have been a contender” and all that bollocks) and stupidly turning to food and beer for comfort, I ballooned up to 308… Ugh.
By then I had hit rock bottom and pleaded with my consultant to undertake a risky op that could have led to the joint being permanently fused if things didnt go well, I was ready to take the gamble.
To cut a long story short it went better than expected (thank God) and I started rehabilitation and got my nutrition in order.
2 years after the op Im down to 238LB, hitting the weights hard again (never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to squat again!!!) and back working in construction which I love. My goals are to lose another 18LB, get stronger and start playing my sports again.
Just thought that might be helpful to anyone reading who feels low about where they are at the moment. You can change, its a long and hard frickin road at times but you can do it with determination, perseverance and knowledge.
You are reading T-Nation so the knowledge is right here in front of you, now find the determination inside yourself and just do it. I swear it will be worth it.
Some wise men said,
“We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and you must win.”
“Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”
And most importantly…
“Stop making excuses for why you don’t have certain things, don’t look a certain way and can’t do this and can’t do that. Get off your lazy fucking ass, grow some balls and go make shit happen. Create your own destiny and use the most powerful thing you were given since birth - free will.”
Gotta go to sleep now. Tomorrow im building a roof, attacking some weights and starting a V-Diet cycle… gotta make that shit happen!