16th June 2010
Hmm this might be a bit long. I will break it down best I can.
September 2008 - Decided enough was enough and hired a personal trainer to help me lose weight. Did a lot of complex type stuff, step ups and HIIT in my garage and by the end of 2008 I think I lost somewhere between 10-15kgs. Dumped the PT at this point and kept going on my own.
Jan 15th 2009 - Got a gym membership. The goal was still to lose more weight. I REALLY wanted visible abs lol. So I picked up a training split from a friend, randomly picked some exercises and went to town. Super low cals and a scoop or two or whey a day and I thought I was on my way to abs galore. Unfortunately I had plenty shoulder problems so all direct shoulder work was cut out and I didn’t train legs because I was a lazy shmuck. I didn’t think to fix the problem but rather I just avoided everything that hurt which were most delt and tri movements. Often I would just try to push through the pain but that just made it worse. I did grow though… somehow.
6 months later - I changed gyms, worked on my rotator cuff problems, started reading Tnation articles and thought “screw abs” and decided to bulk… dirty… real dirty! I gained fast, it was great but I got pretty soft too. I tried to “cut” 5 weeks before Christmas but didn’t get far.
2010 - Back to bulking! Again, it was dirty. FILTHY!!! Did that for a few months until I realized just how soft I’d gotten when I saw a picture of myself compared to me a year before. From there I started dropping carbs slowly and from there I tried to maintain weight on low carbs (although I gained 6kgs during this) and as we speak I am trying to get down from 259lbs to 220lbs by late October.
I’ve put on 77lbs from when I was at my lightest mid year 09. My arms were 14.5 early 09 and are now 18.2 inches. My goal right now is to get down to 220lbs by the end of October. I’m sitting at around 20-23% BF.