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    Progress - 2 years of lifting - Motivation

    This is a timeline of the progress I have made in the last 2 years. The following pictures are of me right before i started lifting:



    As you can see I was very skinny (135 pounds)



    I had no muscle. I decided it was time to make a change. I followed some of my buddies who had been lifting for a while to the gym every day. They taught me a lot and I started to gain weight and see results. I ate everything in sight. This next picture is of me after I had been lifting for a few months.



    The results started very slowly. As I saw my body change I continued to stay motivated. A few months later my chest started developing more...



    And then my back....



    At this point I had gained a lot of muscle, as well as some fat. I went from 135 to 170 pounds. I was eating everything I could. I guess you could call it a dirty bulk. I was probably around 15% body fat. Then I made my first progress picture about 15 months into my journey. Here it is.



    As I continued to gain size, I knew that eventually I was going to have to go on a cut a lose some of the fat. I continued to learn more and more about nutrition and started counting macros. I was bulking eating around 3500 calories a day.

    Then I decided that I had built enough muscle to do my first cut. I was nervous and didn't really know what to expect. I followed the advice of the people on bodybuilding.com. I read articles about nutrition and dieting. I even took a nutrition class at my local community college. I watched fitness youtubers and learned from what they did. Everything was in place. I dropped my calories down to 3,000 a day and started my first cut. This is me right before cutting:



    I was standing at about 182 pounds. I started to lose a weight and it took a toll on my mind. I didn't like that I wasn't filling out my shirts as much as I used to. I continued to cut regardless. I noticed that with a shirt on I didn't look as big, but with a shirt off I looked better. This next picture is me at ~ 170 pounds

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    I was losing strength for sure. What I used to lift for 8 reps I was only hitting for 5. It took a toll on my mind but I didn't let it get to me and I kept my eye on the prize. I knew that I was going to cut until I got as shredded as possible. That was the goal so I didn't stop. I kept slowly dropping calories and increasing cardio until for the first time I saw my abs. It was an exiting moment for me.

    I got down to 160lbs (where I am now). It was more weight than I intended to lose but considering it was my first time cutting I'll take it. Looking back at it, I made a lot of mistakes (unneccesary cheat days, increasing cardio and dropping calories at the same time, being impatient). All I can do is be grateful for the progress I made in the last 2 years and try to do better the next time I cut. So here is where I am at now -



    I had an opportunity to do a photo shoot with a professional photographer and this was the result :









    Looking back at my progress I am exited to continue my journey with fitness and bodybuilding. It is my passion and I am grateful to have the opportunity to pursue it. I am currently enrolled in the NASM self study program. I just finished reading the book and I am going to continue to study and take the test in August. I am a sophomore in college majoring in nutrition. My goal is to one day be some kind of a trainer / coach / dietitian and help people better themselves and change their bodies. My current fitness goals are to maintain this leanness for now and slowly work my way into a small surplus. I want to gain some more muscle in the next year without putting on unnecessary fat.

    Hopefully I have given someone some motivation. I didn't think that I would fall in love with the bodybuilding lifestyle. It just kind of happened. I want to truly thank all of you guys on bodybuilding.com for providing me with information that has helped me tremendously in the past. Without you guys I definitely wouldn't be where I am today.

    Any comments / support / questions are appreciated.

    Also, do you think I have what it takes to compete in physique in the future? Any advice is appreciated.

    Thanks.
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    nice job and good one maintaining a lean look. I reckon another 10lb and you will look fit as hell
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    Originally Posted by Gameover89 View Post
    nice job and good one maintaining a lean look. I reckon another 10lb and you will look fit as hell
    Yeah I plan to do a lean bulk pretty soon. Thank you.
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    good **** man... lookin diced.

    and you spoke about what I have been experiencing during my first cut, which I am in the process of right now. Not filling out shirts like I used to is a mindf*** and has sometimes made me second guess what I am doing. Ive made my fair share of mistakes as well (lowered calories too much).

    Also, I thought by the time I got down to my current weight (~170lbs) I thought I would be DICED. Not so - more fat/less muscle than I thought haha. Getting into the 160s is scarin me (at ~168 lbs now) I figure I came this far may as well finish the **** up. and get to the 10-12% I set as my goal. Id estimate im chillin at around 14% now...
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    Holy crap man you look awesome! I always get inspired when I see someone the same age as me (also 21) get into shape. I have pretty low self-esteem when it comes to lifting (I only started my first bulk back 4 months ago in Feb. and even then the first 3 months were committed to an at home program, only started going to the gym a little over a month ago). But I see this and I can see that it is possible! I hope that one day I can get to the weight you are at (I am currently just a few pounds lighter but obviously look way different haha) and be happy with what I see. Any advice man?
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    yea holy **** great transformation man! Results like this is proof that just because you are skinny doesn't mean you can't turn things around and achieve physique greatness. Keep up the great work!
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    Originally Posted by ambr0se201 View Post
    good **** man... lookin diced.

    and you spoke about what I have been experiencing during my first cut, which I am in the process of right now. Not filling out shirts like I used to is a mindf*** and has sometimes made me second guess what I am doing. Ive made my fair share of mistakes as well (lowered calories too much).

    Also, I thought by the time I got down to my current weight (~170lbs) I thought I would be DICED. Not so - more fat/less muscle than I thought haha. Getting into the 160s is scarin me (at ~168 lbs now) I figure I came this far may as well finish the **** up. and get to the 10-12% I set as my goal. Id estimate im chillin at around 14% now...
    Thanks man. Keep going. Getting into the 160's was scary for me too but then I started to see abs come out.

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    Holy crap man you look awesome! I always get inspired when I see someone the same age as me (also 21) get into shape. I have pretty low self-esteem when it comes to lifting (I only started my first bulk back 4 months ago in Feb. and even then the first 3 months were committed to an at home program, only started going to the gym a little over a month ago). But I see this and I can see that it is possible! I hope that one day I can get to the weight you are at (I am currently just a few pounds lighter but obviously look way different haha) and be happy with what I see. Any advice man?
    Keep going. Follow a beginner weight lifting program and continue with the determination and motivation you have now. You will see results it will just take some time.

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    yea holy **** great transformation man! Results like this is proof that just because you are skinny doesn't mean you can't turn things around and achieve physique greatness. Keep up the great work!
    Thank you!!
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    Excellent, you've made lot of progress when looking at where you started. Keep it up!
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    Originally Posted by counter15 View Post
    Excellent, you've made lot of progress when looking at where you started. Keep it up!
    Thank you!
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