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 Post subject: 2007 to 2010.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:50 pm 
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Was time for me to take some progress photos to gauge my progress since I got sick a few months ago and started from scratch, thought I'd share. I probably could have flexed better or taken better photos but you get the idea. Enjoy, and ignore the poop bag. :psycho:

2007. 140, skinny fat.
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10 Minutes ago. 133, around 10% body fat.
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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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I have to ask - what's on your stomach?


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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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Dallas wrote:
I have to ask - what's on your stomach?


Ileostomy. Got no colon so I poop out my side.

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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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Really impressive gains!


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You've made some great progress!

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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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Thanks, It's interesting how my weight hasn't changed much besides distribution, but I can tell you back in 2007 I was fighting with 75lbs for my bench press and I'm 1 RMing 175 now.

I'm 5'5.5 btw. Bite sized.

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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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Nice work!

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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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Very interesting!

You don't see many before/after pictures of people working away from being skinny fat.

What was your overall strategy? Clean eating, lifting weights and cardio?

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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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beforewisdom wrote:
Very interesting!

You don't see many before/after pictures of people working away from being skinny fat.

What was your overall strategy? Clean eating, lifting weights and cardio?


I've tried TONS of different approaches and I've screwed up and floundered so many times. You can read all the muscle mags and articles you want but genetics are tailor made and no one is exactly the same.

As an omnivore starting off I was just eating tons and tons of food and got pretty strong quickly, but I was lifting sporadically, skipping days, eating tons of junk food, and got fat. Think 175lbs fat...yeah.

Then I went in the opposite direction and was restricting calories while lifting and not making any gains, sticking to the same program, not experimenting much, not pushing myself, I was even running long distance....

Then I just gave up and did body weight stuff for a while on a really healthy but calorie restrictive diet, then I went back to the bulking mindset and hovered around 150 for a while, not making any gains.

Then I got really sick, lost all my weight and strength and got down to 120ish and became a vegetarian, now vegan, found Buddhism and meditation, and finally unlocked the perfect storm for muscle growth for me.

4-5 Days a week of weightifting at 60-90 minutes a day on a heavy low rep program, I just don't respond to sets over 6 reps. Only low intensity cardio like walks or bike rides a few times a week. Lots of calories from TONS of carbohydrates, 50/25/25 is what I am doing. It's why veganism works so well for me.

Three things I should have never done was eat so much crap for calories and be lackadaisical at the gym, and crash my metabolism by going under maintenance so much. Because two of the most important things I need are lots of calories and lots of heavy weight for long periods of time to grow. The third is running. My CNS shuts out muscle growth if I do long distance high impact stuff.

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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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Is that really the same guy in the first & rest of the photos? :D Great work!

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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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Sorry, I meant that for another thread. I had several tabs open and pasted my message into the wrong tab.

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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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beforewisdom wrote:
Sorry, I meant that for another thread. I had several tabs open and pasted my message into the wrong tab.


Haha, it's ok.

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 Post subject: Re: 2007 to 2010.
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Great progress! Really impressive. Stay strong! :boxer:

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