When I graduated from high school in 1998, I weighed about 120 pounds. I considered
myself to be a hard-gainer, but found out that I played so much basketball (30
hours a week at least) that it didn't matter what I ate. While in college in
2001, I found a Web site about building muscle. I followed the advice on the
site and by the time I was out of college, I weighed 175 pounds and had a wrestler's
body, although I did get fat in the stomach.
In 2005, I began working as an independent contractor selling library books and spent most of my time driving, so I was no longer doing manual labor. I was still drinking heavily and eating fast food to save time. I would eat a double cheeseburger, large fries, large soda, and eat the same thing three hours later!
It hit me July 2005 when I was at my uncle's house eating some barbecue. I stood on the scale and was at 190 pounds at 5'6" and a small frame to boot. My fairly muscular cousin who's 6'2" stood on the scale and weighed 180. It hit me BIG time! I gotta lose this weight!
I lost some weight by just eating Subway and drinking water or tea. I got down
to around 175 by Christmas, but it wasn't good enough for me because I wanted
to be lean and at least somewhat muscular.
I lifted weights three times a week for 45-60 minutes each session. I ate six
meals a day following a 40/30/30 ratio for my daily consumption.
For example, I was 173 pounds with 23 percent body fat. 173 x (1-.23) = 133 pounds LBM x 12 = 1600 calories a day. On lifting days, I had 2000 because I consume a 400 calorie recovery shake immediately after I'm done lifting weights. NO TRANS FATS EVER!
Here Is My Progress
I find a lot of support through our online community.
My only setback was an injured shoulder from too many reps in one setting. I was out for only three weeks so no major setbacks have occurred.
NOTHING is going to stop me from reaching my goal and keeping my goal!
Brett F., Texas