Figured i would throw this up here, as this section seems to be slow..lol
First i want to start off saying while this transformation may not be "super" impressive, there are some things to consider. I have been for the last year+ fighting a SLOW thyroid(tsh +5.0) and pretty low natural test(325-400) So it has really been a battle for me.. I have not had a cheat meal, missed a meal, strayed from my diet, cardio, missed a gym day, etc in probably the last 6-12months if i had to guess.
A little back story. In the winter of 07 i got back into the gym after a 3+ year lay off, and was basically starting from square one. After a few months of hard training, i was making some good gains, when one "intoxicated" saturday night i broke my middle finger completely threw the bone, which required emergency surgery.
I basically lost all my gains again. I got back into the gym around 6/07, at a FAT 200lbs with very little muscle. Over the next 2-3 months i dieted down to about 184 or so, hitting the weights hard, and trying to get back into shape.
Around October of 07 it was GROW time. I began "bulking" following the Anabolic Diet.
Pic 1 4/16/08- I made it up to 198lbs. I had gained a bit of fat, but also packed on some much needed muscle.
I have always been a front delt dominant presser, which left my delts far over shadowing my chest. It was at this point i made it my goal to bring chest up. I really focused on keeping my shoulder blades pinched back, chest high, etc. I also got very careful with my exercise selection.
At this point it was time to start shedding fat very slowly, while trying to preserve/gain muscle.
Pic 2 5/23/2008 In this pic i was at 195. At this time i hired Skip Hill at intense muslce to help me with my diet. My training stayed the same(DC). Skip is the man. It was one of the better investments i have made IMO. I am pretty good at putting together my own diet, but i love to learn, and see different approaches, and why things get done a certain way, so didn't mind shelling out for assistance. Better then spending money on supps that do next to nothing IMO.
Pic 3 6/26/08 Here i was down to 191. In this pic i am looking pretty flat, as i believe it was on a friday, after a week of no carbs.
Pic 4 10/20/08 In this pic i am at 186, and finally have brought my chest up quite a bit IMO.. I am also a good deal leaner. I am holding a bit of water as it was the Monday after a Saturday reefed.
Goals over the next yr are to continue to lean down to about 9-10%, i would think i still have another 5-7lbs of fat to drop to get there.. Once i hit that point, i will try and stay between 10-12%, while adding muscle. Over all i would like to get to 190-195@ 10%.
I weighed 181.4 this morning, so i am actually a bit leaner then even in that pic, but very flat(tomorrws refeed day!!:donut
Thanks for looking!