So I'm finally taking the plunge and starting a log. I struggled with whether or not to put this in the contest prep section since I don't have any particular shows lined up. Although, I do plan on competing in the spring of next year, so I figured I might as well go ahead and start my log here, since I consider myself prepping at this point.
A brief rundown of my training background. I really didn't play any sports growing up. My buddies and I played bball a lot, but not like organized ball (I did play in middle school, although I warmed the bench for most of my career lol). I was a fat kid, always the slow one, shy with low self-esteem. I turned to food for comfort, and had no concept of a proper diet.
I didn't start working out until Jan 03', a few months before I turned 21. I had just gotten dumped by my HS sweetheart, I needed something to occupy my mind. A buddy of mine decided to get in shape as his New Years Resolution, I figured I might as well join him. We had a running bet as to who would be the 1st to get a six pack. He quit after about 2 weeks, I became addicted.
My training has been fairly consistent with a few lay offs over the years. The longest one was from the fall of 05' to the spring of 08', I barely worked out at all during this time. I dropped out of school, was in a volatile relationship, and was doing a good bit of heavy drinking and binge eating. I tried to pull everything together, joined the Marines and married my then girlfriend (I was 24 at this point).
The marriage was doomed from the beginning, the relationship was already damaged, getting married never fixes that lol. So at this point I was hating life, I hated my job, I hated my marriage, I was about 40lbs overweight, and my only comfort was coming home to eat, drink, and play with my dog lol.
It wasn't until the spring of 08' that I decided to make a change. I was just looking at myself in the mirror and i didn't even recognize myself. I was only 26yrs old and I was already talking about how I used to be in shape "back in the day" in college. I just stared in the mirror, my eyes filled with tears, disgusted with myself.
It was at that moment that I decided to take control of my life. I got up right then and went to the gym, I didn't know what I was gonna do, I just knew I had to take action. I went and bought a food scale, started tracking what I ate and got right back on it. My ex never supported my working out, she felt that it competed with the attention I gave her. It wasn't 2 months after I started getting back in shape that we had already split and got started with the divorce (best day of my life).
I ended up dropping around 40lbs and 8" off my waist. people around me couldn't believe it, I didn't tell anyone except my ex, I just took action. I gotta tell you, it felt pretty good to not only get back into shape, but to surpass my previous best.
So I took some progress pics, gotta start somewhere, right? Just took these 1st thing this morning, weighed-in at 182.6, probably around 16% BF I'm guessing.