Thanks. I think you are confusing or misusing the words thin and lean. 185 pounds lean or ripped at 5'10" is not thin. It's actually heavily muscled.
I think one can get to a somewhat lean, beach-body ready and maintain this so long as they are not heavily muscled. A dude that is heavily muscled and going beyond lean with that composition is essentially a bodybuilder in prep/peak mode. So yes, I am saying, without being self-aggrandizing that I was carrying a lot of muscle in those pics for a dude with a medium frame.
As I said in the post to Stu, that picture shows the time when there were no more hiccups and fat started literally falling off of me and the sleep and mind went to the crapper from the overwork and hunger.
I'm curious what the diet was like when you got to 185. Because if you just got to a just a beach body (less muscle, more fat, not a bodybuilder) 185, it should not have felt like that if done correctly.
Sounds good! And I don't blame you from a realistic perspective. With the obligations of an adult--with a new one that will hopefully be upon me this coming year--I have no freaking idea if and when I will compete again, which is sort of upsetting considering I earned a natural pro card in my first show and I so badly want to compete against the best. For me, even coming in awesome shape (my best condition that is) and honorably losing to the best would be a thrill! And when I say honorable in the BB sense, I mean coming in cut to ribbons and heavily muscled but simply losing to those that are better than me.
Bodybuilding preparation and getting cut to ribbons is an ultimately unforgiving and merciless process (not kidding). I am not saying the end result is as important as someone putting their life on the line for society but in the context of the endeavor, I believe it is THE most stressful hobby or pastime or passion (or even obsession) out there. (Can we even call it a hobby?) So I don't blame anyone for not wanting to screw around for this time and emotion consuming endeavor! Its not exactly healthy or absolutely fun either . It should be done for he love of it ultimately, I personally believe. :@The_Mighty_Stu
So yes, do it for enjoyment and health and SOME cosmetic purpose.