Yesterday I completed a year long journey in which I went from obesity to taking the stage for the first time ever. For over 25 years I dreamt of being a bodybuilder and have now fulfilled that dream. I began at 274 pounds and now weigh in 179 (6 foot tall). It was a long road and wasn't always easy. I proudly did it drug and stimulant free. I am unable to have caffeine or any fat burners. Much thanks to all of you on AM for your motivation and knowledgable posts. I refer to this forum daily and will continue to. I hope to now inspire others who like myself, are fed up and need a change in their life. Don't EVER give up on yourself or your dreams. Don't listen to others when they say it isn't possible, anything is attainable! Set goals and go after them! One meal at a time, one workout at a time, one day at a time!