That's right. I've had 3 open heart surgeries in my life time. 8 months old, 2 years old, and 11 years old. Was a birth defect. Main trunk in the heart was combined when it should separate as a child's body grows but mine didn't. Anyway, it has been a set back growing up but really not so much as I'm this age now. I still need surgeries in the future but I gained a lot of weight in my early teen years, not exercising a lot and such. My bones and heart probably weren't in the best condition yet either. They've gotten a lot better though as I've gotten older.
Okay so it started maybe about 14 is when I really gained a lot of weight. Mostly from a lot of junk food and playing video games obviously. Probably depressed a bit too because my mom had relapsed on alcohol my freshman year so it was tough on me. I lived with her and tried to help her a lot.
So this was at 225lbs 34% body fat
I had been lifting weights on and off the first couple years of HS but nothing serious really. I mean wasn't losing weight. Never did cardio. Used my heart as an excuse. I really did. I was also scared too I think though. My mom died when I was 16 and she was in my arms. I found her after her heart gave out from a mix of oxy / anti depressants. Was a very hard time for me. I was a mama's boy definitely. My dad has always been around though so not like he's a dead beat. So I went to go live with him.
This basically kick started motivation for me to better my life. In a sad way my mom was kind of holding me down. I loved her with all of my heart but I was doing so much and no one that age should be doing. My best friend was a wrestler and I asked him for help because he was in really good shape. So we started going to the gym together. He would push me so hard. We would be lifting weights then go to cardio. We would do at least 40-60 mins of cardio. Mix it up from bike to eliptical to incline walking. Eventually after about a year or so of learning diets and such. I dropped down to 145lbs!! Which was actually too small for me people started saying. I didn't have a lot of muscle yet but was still glad to be skinny!
That has been about 3 years since those pics. After that I started lifting hard and heavy. Honestly didn't watch my diet all that much. but gained some weight here and there. Mostly floating around 160-170lbs. Could never really get a full 6 pack or even manage to stay lean. I know it was the diet for the most part. But I also do not like how wide my hips are, at least without much muscle in those pics.
As you can see I still don't really have abs in this picture either. Idk what it is. Maybe the weight that I was carrying around? I had gained it really fast in the younger years.
That pic was taken about a year to a year and a half ago. When I first started MMA. Been doing it almost 2 years now. Love it. Really helped me develop triceps that were non existent before. Recently I've started the IF diet and really doing a lot of calisthenics. I'm not at my goal physique yet but I think I am getting much closer than where I was and especially for the struggles I've gone through to get here because I've had a couple minor operations for my heart I forgot to add. These are the most recent I have which last month or two. I plan on taking some within the next couple of months when I hopefully hit my goal.
Thanks to anyone who read this whole thing and I'm open for questions or comments. Just thought I would post this some where that people might actually want to hear my story! I would love to know how to get abs and be lean and stay there! I'm hoping that the combination of Intermittent Fasting, Calisthenics, Some weights, and my MMA training will get me there!