I have been reading T-Nation for about a year now and this site has changed both how I live my life and my outlook on life. I am 19 and just graduated high school in 05.
During most of HS I was the weird fat funny dork who played dungeons and dragons and made armor in the corner. About first semester of senior year I was weighing about 260 of pure fat plus I had been doing taekwondo for about 6 months at that time. Pretty sad huh
Then I looked at how I was living my life and decided a change was nessercary. In about 4 months about july of last year I had dropped 70 lbs just from eating right and doing a little lifting and cardio in addition to tkd. I was starting to look pretty darn good in comparison to what I had come from.
Since that time I have only been improving. I do competitive MMA (muay thai, boxing, and submisson grappling) now, with lifting of course. Everytime I run into people on the street at least once a week or so that know me they are amazed and alot of people hardley even reckonigze me anymore. Everyone wants to know how I did it, my answer is "Alot of FUCKING hard work". I broke my collar bone during grappling last oct. so that has set me back a bit.
My current goals are to continue my traning in mma and hopefully compete in about a year. And I took a year off of college but I am going to hopefully become a history teacher, and get cpt and cns degrees.
All in all I would just like to introduce myself to T-Nation. And say thanks for giving me motivation when I could not find any. You guys are great (mostly) and T-Nation is the best website ever period.