Hey guys. I basically lurk the logs like crazy, looking at ppl like Bug, Delta, Ebomb, Gregron, Ashy, Hlss, ect, for information and motivation like everyday. So I figured I'd join in the fun, and maybe push myself even more, knowing others can potentially look at, and therefore laugh, at my lack of muscle and/or strength.
I grew up tall and lanky. Going into my junior year of high school, I was about 6'2" or 3", and a whopping 140 lbs (with RIPPED ABZZ). I played basketball my first two years, and ran track and XC sophomre and junior year. I'm naturally inclined towards endurance, my first year running I was able to get my mile time down to 4:49, but didn't really have a passion for it. Christmas my junior year I think, my parents got me a weight set, and I joined T-Nation a bit after, but there was only about 115 lbs of weight, and basically came on here and Men's Health (lulz) for 'circuits', becasue beig ripped was al I cared about.
My senior year I quit sports to get a job at Kroger, where I basically ran around the store all day stocking stuff or in the dairy dept. Having a raging metabolism and basically doing cario for 35 hrs of the week during work, at going to school 40 hours a week, I had to eat ALOT to get to a hyyyooogeee 190 lbs (lol) at graduation. My diet was atrocious, basically eating nothing but eggs and cottage cheese (like 6 cups a day, i stole it while in the dairy cooler), some days getting in 400g of protein, but less then 100 grams of fat and carbs! But I didnt know better, so whatever. Also around this time, I got a real gym membershi and a car. The gym was awesome, but as soon as I got there and saw all the fancy machines, I basically stopped using a Barbell, and went machines and Db's. Stupid
I went to college after that, and had a real nice gym, but first semester killed me. I wasn't use to the workload school wise, I lost a bestfriend of 6 years in a ridiculous argmument, finacially I had to live off 20 dollars a week, and my long-term GF and I had a horrible 'slump' in our realtonship. WHile I stayed consistent in the gym, and actually ate clean 90%, I went from a super energetic teen, to someone who basically lifted for an hour, then sat in his dorm sulking the rest of the time. The gym was the only thing that made me happy, and 'progress' to me was measured in lbs on the scale, not the bar sadly, and I got up to a soft 230 by that spring (soft as in between 15-20% bf. I know to some thats not crazy, but my whole like I've been very lean, always 12% under, and I always feel better in that range). I finally found an awesome job, and 'figured out' how college worked, and realized that I was fooling myself with the 'muscle' I had put on.
I found the LeanGains way of eating, and it worked perfect for me. I was able to get down to a lean 200-205 over the summer, so I guess progress WAS made (60 lb gain) in the last year and a half of good training, just not as musch as I could have. The picture shows a little snippet of where I'm at, just so ppl know I do kinda actually workout. lol