At the beginning of my junior year of HS I was about 275lbs at 5'8-5'9. I was pretty much a huge blob and was pre diabetic. I decided to cut the fat off of me through starvation and cardio (I had no idea what I was doing at the time). From about October of 2008 to late March of 2009 I dropped down to 165. Thats when I discovered T Nation and learned about nutrition and what to do as far as training.
While being the fat ass that I was, at one point I ended up putting on about 50lbs of fat in one summer. Once I dieted down I noticed my skin in the lower abdomen area was a bit loose. Nothing too bad IMO but still loose. So a little over a year later I'm training hard and solid nutritionally.
My goals are: To get bigger and stronger without becoming a complete fat ass again. I know that to make solid gains both in the areas of strength and size you have to gain fat. That does not bother me, I just don't wanna see myself be obese again lol.
The thing is, I'm not sure if I'm ready to embark on my pursuit of beastliness without first leaning out more. I may already be lean enough but its hard for me to tell. Abs are not a huge thing for me but if I am going to put on fat while I get bigger wouldn't it be better to be relatively lean before I start? I have upper abs and other signs of relative "leanness" in other areas but I keep going back and forth with myself. Once I start eating for mass I'm not going to stop for at least a couple of years.
As far as loose skin, I know it's there because when I bend down it hangs a bit. I could be wrong and the case could be that I simply hold fat differently. If it is loose skin, I don't really care I guess I can fill it out by getting bigger. If it's fat then thats good too I guess because it can be dieted down.
Tell me what you guys think, critique/comment or tell me I'm a dumbass haha. I don't wanna seem like the other skinny guys that come on here scared to lose their pretty six pack to put on some real size and increase their numbers.