So, I’ve had a bit of an interesting journey so far. I’m a 31 year old dude from Denmark. When I was 25 I woke up one morning suddenly blind on one eye. This led to a longer period of tests and diagnosis that finally resulted in a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis when I was 28. I won’t lie. It sucks.
Apart from the chronic illness shenanigans, I’ve had issues with my weight for most of my adult life. After being a super skinny teenager, my metabolism came to a grinding halt as soon as I turned 20 and I rapidly put on weight untill I weighed in at about 100 kg (I’m 178 cm.)
About a year ago, I had some changes in my life, and decided that it was finally time to do something about the bit of my health that I -can- control. I have multiple sclerosis, but that doesn’t mean that it has me. So, I spoke to a friend who does lifting, and he started me on the Stronglifts 5x5 program, which I’ve been following since. I had two months of illness in December (I’m on immunosupressants for the MS, so when I get ill I get big boy ill) that prevented me from training and put me back quite a bit, but I started up again afterwards.
I was never a strong dude. When I started working out I couldn’t pull off a single pull-up. I do 25 a day now. This is helped by being down to 72 kg at last weighing. My lifts are still pretty damn puny, at a squat of 85 kg, a BP of 58 kg, a Row of 55 kg, an OHP of 40 kg, and a DL of 110 kg. I’ve been eating little enough to lose fat throughout, so I guess that has also gimped some of my progress, but I’m nearing a point where I’m happy enough with my fat %, and I’m happy with what’s going on in the mirror (For the first time in my life) which means that I’m kinda at the “What now?” stage, where I have to start looking at getting stronger and building more muscle.
I have some things with my condition that makes lifting harder. My balance isn’t excellent, so I struggle to go deep on my squats. I have nerve-pains, which vary from light cramps, to pain similar to that of a trapped nerve, to it suddenly feeling like someone put out a cigarette on my skin for a second. My symptoms are made worse the warmer I get.
I’d like to get stronger, and I’d like to build a better body, but I’d like to do so safely. Basically, I’d like to be the best version of me, whatever that means right now. I don’t know what I’ve got coming in the future, but I want to do all that I can while I can.