So I'm 33 years old, and I've always been the skinny guy. Even my HS track coach called me "stick man". Regardless of how skinny I was, I was a great athlete. I was good enough to get an athletic scholarship to the University of Alabama to be a decathlete. I was 4th at the conference championships in Gainesville, FL in 1998 despite my tiny physique. I got tired of other athlete's fathers coming to me and telling me how good it was to see guys my size doing so well in the decathlon. Being the smallest guy competing by 20+ lbs wasn't exactly the biggest confidence booster.
I was 5'11" and 132 lbs at the beginning of my freshman year in college. The coaches immediately put me on a lifting routine and a couple supplements. I noticed some good gains in the first few weeks, and jumped up to 142 lbs. And that's where I was stuck for the next 8 years of my life. 142 lbs, no matter how much I lifted and no matter how much I ate. I couldn't get any heavier I only got stronger. After track and field I had a short bout with MMA until I tore my ACL training. Without insurance I was unable to have the required surgery until almost 3 years later. When I eventually did have the surgery, I was so far out of shape that any sort of exercise was just too difficult for me to do. Then I Started to lose muscle and put on fat.
Up until about 4 years ago I was around 165 lbs, but this was not a healthy 165 lbs, this was a chubby gut of 165 with skinny arms and skinny legs. Slowly I regulated my eating and beer consumption to get down to around 156-158 lbs, which is where I am now. If there's one thing I can do well that would be to eat!
I joined a recreational softball team 2 years ago and after a couple games I realized that I was horribly out of shape. I had so many injuries that first season that I was getting discouraged. I tore a quad, separated cartilage, strained both groin muscles, and both hamstrings. Last year was a little better with the softball, but I was still getting injured and still horribly exhausted after every game. This year I vowed to get into shape, not only to save myself from injuries during softball, but I'm also tired of being the little guy. I've changed my diet around and been lifting for about the last month or so. I'm already seeing small improvements, but I am changing my routine and taking some supplements so I'm hoping for some more visible improvements. I am going to post some beginning pictures and post new pictures every month so I can track my progress. Comments are always welcome no matter how critical or encouraging. I know this forum is full of really great people and information and I hope to take advantage of those things.
So here we are, month 1 beginning photos.
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