I started out at 5'9", 230 lbs of almost pure blubber. I had some strength due to the work I did back then, but nothing impressive for my size.
I got sick of it and dropped down to 180 lbs pretty rapidly. I didn't know about T-Nation and had no idea about training, so muscle gain was minimal. I'd just as soon go swimming as train with weights in those days.
I've seen some pictures here of people who have started out skinny and built themselves up to an impressive physique, but are there anyone who started out as a 260 lbs fat ass and is now 230 lbs of lean muscle?
Did you find you had to get down to a very lean condition before starting your first bulk, a thing that is often recommended on this site?