I suppose I should take a moment to explain the dramatic changes I’ve undergone.
As a child from the age of around 3 years till I was around 9 or 10 I had a kidney disorder and was prescribed regular doses of some kind of steroid, I’m not actually too clear on what type it was but it really affected me negatively.
My whole body puffed up badly and I was in pretty sorry shape.
I was always ‘the fat kid’ in primary school and went through a bit of bullying as a result, never really having any friendships until secondary school.
I leaned out a little after coming off the steroids but towards my mid-teens started putting a lot more weight back on, then I started smoking weed around the age of 16 which for me means uncontrollable munchies.
So for several years I was a fat, lazy, lethargic stoner.
I pretty much never exercised and when I did it was usually a half-assed attempt at a jog where I’d give up because my joints couldn’t take my weight and I’d end up feeling nautious; coughing and hacking all over the place.
My girlfriend at the time and I would get high and literally lay out all manner of filthy treats on a table in front of us, cakes, chocolate, cookies, candies of all sorts and we’d just let rip.
I don’t have a topless photograph from this period (when I peaked at 220lbs or so) because I was so damn self-conscious I couldn’t even bear to have my girlfriend touch my stomach and sex would always be with the light off! heh
This is the abridged version (believe it or not) so basically my diet naturally changed somewhat and I started gradually losing weight without really making that much of an effort but I was still categorically ‘overweight’ (instead of being ‘obese’).
About a year ago I became more and more conscious of my health and started running regularly, embracing the pain of my heart breaking out of my chest, the aches, the soreness, the nausea and headaches.
I was weak as hell but stumbled upon some little 10lb dumbells, I ended up doing silly sets of like 50 reps of bicep curls and various tricep exercises.
My intentions were good but it still wasn’t enough, although it did give me an initial degree of stamina, strength and a foundation from which to work.
My fiancee whom I had been with for nearly 3 years left me in December and I really stuck my head into near-obsessive exercise.
I started doing heaps of bodyweight exercises everyday, worked out an ab routine and even discovered HIIT which really made a difference.
Looking back now I think the exercise acted as a refuge from the emotional side of her leaving me but well, I think it’s about the best possible form of escapism I can imagine.
So I’ve been absolutely dying for just a simple weights and bench set up and finally got my wish granted a few weeks ago.
I’ve over-zealously read dozens of T-Nation (and other) articles on nutrition and different workout programs and been totally indecisive but I think I’ve finally started to find some focus and direction.
This site has actually been a major help and is my first stop for any questions I need answered.
I sat and read about 70 pages of the original Anabolic Diet thread which convinced me to try it out and… well, this is where I am now.