You know guys, call me sentimental, but i honestly just wanted to drop a major "thank you" to all the seniors/information circulating out there.
Before i started, we'll say when i was 16yrs old, i was 5'5, 220lbs of pure fat. At that first time, all i did was watch Arnold movies like Conan, and wish his body. I would emotionally tear myself apart, yet i was too young and ignorant to do anything about it, just hoped some magical force would "fix" me. Then the first car entered my group of friends, and that was great 'n all, up until a few months down the road where we got into our first car accident. I was put into a coma for a week, had a collapsed and pierced lung, and was nearly blinded on both eyes (as the inch scar above my left and below right eye will testify to). When things got straightened out and my days were no longer hazy from the drugs i was on, i looked in the mirror and was completely disgusted. I decided to change something...
Later that week, i tried to go for a run, thinking 'hey, if i run, ill be lean and buff right?' I made it about 30yards and collapsed, my lungs had absolutely no capacity. At this point i was about 240lbs also.
Since then, i have dedicated my life to getting bigger, and stronger. I have studied training methods, diets, bodybuilding methodology, internet sites, bodybuilding books, etc. I am now 22yrs old, 230lbs with 15% BF, My bench and squat are over 500lbs, and my Deadlift is just about there(i didnt do DLs for a huge portion of the beginning because they honestly scared me) and im not satisfied. And thats where this site comes in.
I found this site not too long ago, and felt like a kid at Christmas. Before this site, i didnt really have anyone to talk to about this stuff, to ask questions and ACTUALLY take something they say. I only had friends who didnt understand my desire, my NEED to grow, or family members that questioned my life style, wondering if i "really wanna get that big." I often describe a solo bodybuilder's struggle as a constant uphill climb, where you can look down and see how far you've come, but you can never see the top. The snow gets thicker the higher you climb, the air gets thinner, it gets increasingly more difficult, especially when you're alone.
Which is why id like to drop a 'Thank you' to everyone out there. I've been reading many posts, many threads, trying to increase my own knowledge, to further my climb up this mountain of greatness, and although im new, and although i may get flamed (btw kiss my ass), Thank you to those who i can actually draw some knowledge from, you guys are making things a lot easier.