I didn't want to make the original post too long and vear away from the subject too much.
3 years ago was when I was at my best lb for lb. Shortly after, I got married, had a baby, got very lazy and stopped working out, while pigging out on all the wrong stuff.
I lost a lot of muscle and ballooned to 180lbs, and around 24-25%bf (and much weaker than when I was at 148lbs).
I got so sick of myself about a year and a half ago and got back into working out and eating better, but I'm still learning and had a bad (lazy) winter since, where a lot of my work in the last year and a half was lost.
All in all, I've been most consistant the past 6 months or so. Coming from 180 and weak as hell to 165 and almost as strong as I was at my best.
When I was 148, I was using mostly my 4RM in just about everything I did, and was also riding an elliptical machine for 45 minutes a day, 3 to 4 days a week and also competed in 5K runs in 21-22 minutes.
Now I'm finding that I shouldn't have been doing so much cardio (the 45 minutes was at a high heart rate the whole time).
At the time that I was at my best, I was on a tiny island called Diego Garcia, while in the Navy and had tons of time to work out. I was also using Creatine, a Whey protein powder, a vit/min supp., and an ECA stack.
Okay, I think that fills in the blanks pretty well. I was also always fat as a kid and have never come close to where I was before the 3 years ago when I was at my best. That was also the first time I've ever seen my abs, and now I can see a '4 pack', wich would be the second time ever seeing my abs (though not as much as before).
Sorry for not giving the whole story, but I thought the post would be too long.