I've been briefly looking at the forums for a bit and decided to just take the red pill. I like these posts because, unlike other bodybuilding forums, when someone asks a question everyone seems to do their best in helping out. On other forums someone asks a question and the first reply is someone ripping them for asking and then 5 pages about the chastising.
I had always been super skinny as a kid...probably about 120lbs at 5'4" around when I was 20 years old. I stopped growing when I was 13, I guess. ha! no but I did stop. My diet my whole life consisted of McDonalds, Taco Bell, pizza and Hamburger Helper. After having a desk job for 6 years and many Red Bulls and honey buns later, it definitely caught up with me. Before I knew it I was 155lbs and never wanted to do anything but watch TV on the couch. That's after I moved to Austin and had been here for about a year or two (and also discovered Tex-Mex). I took a picture of myself from the side for a tattoo I was drawing for my arm and that's the picture that did it. I thought that I needed to do something and didn't know where to start, really. Then a co-worker told me about P90X that she was going to start doing that it was quite intense, and if you wanted to get in shape, it was the way to go. Deciding I couldn't start with something that extreme, I did Power 90, lost about 15lbs and then moved on up to the main event. I ate better and upon completion, was (as everyone who completes P90X says) in the best shape of my life. Feelin' great! Some injuries set me back a while so I couldn't do much (or lost the motivation to do anything) and gained some weight back.
Then I watched Food Matters and Hungry For Change. I started eating better, watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, bought a juicer (haha) and started feeling better. then I watched Vegucated and became vegan. Thanks, Netflix. It's all good, though.
I'm not one of those "LOOK AT WHAT THEY DO TO ANIMALS" vegan, I guess I'm more of a "I don't want to participate in what they do to animals" vegan. This is coming from a meat and cheese lover who still doesn't like vegetables, but it's all good. I make it work. Juicing and Shakeology help me with my nutrition that I lack. I do eat a ton of spinach and try to eat some kale with every salad.
I've done, in order, Power 90, P90X, did 1 month of P90X2 and injured my ankle from running, Insanity and now I'm in the middle of Body Beast, which I love. Afterwards I plan on doing P90X again completely, then maybe P90X3?
I love working out, nature, going for hikes and staying healthy (I don't really care about body fat, just being healthy!). I'd love to get into Crossfit, but it's a little too pricey right now. I've read (and love) the Thrive book and am currently reading the Engine 2 Diet book. That's probably more than anyone will read about me haha but there you go! I look forward to being part of the community!
Stay healthy, my friends.