First post...going to try to not make this a super long , and definitely don't want to turn it into a pity story.. just want to share a pretty cool transformation and show you guys how bodybuilding/weightlifting in general is pretty much the reason i'm alive and well today.
I'm 18 years old, just graduated from high school last summer... All my life growing up I was pretty overweight and my brother was always super skinny and could eat whatever he wanted and i envied him. I definitely wasn't a sensitive kid, just extremely self conscious and when i got to high school I was about at my heaviest, (don't know exact weight) and my friends started to make fun of me and talk about how fat i got over the past couple years. Bugged me so much that i decided to take action and start running and restricting my calories in order to lose weight. Well the more i cut my calories the more i lost weight and i loved it because i had literally never been skinny before in my life. Well it got so bad to the point where i was eating less than 500 calories a day some days and still running 2-3 miles a day. dropped down to about 116 pounds at 5'11, depressed, starving, ended up being admitted to the hospital, doctors said they were extremely worried about my heart and that if i didn't eat it could fail.
fast forward a couple months later after eating a little more and being taken out of the hospital, my brothers friend who was a pretty muscular kid came over and put on pumping iron on my tv, fell in love and started going to the gym the next day. and basically how i ended up here. been about 3.5 years since i was in the hospital, gained about 60-70 lbs...not going to say it was all muscle and definitely know I'm not the biggest kid, just happy to be alive