My Transform Pics
- 03-24-2008, 06:04 AM
- 03-25-2008, 09:14 AM
I hate to be redundant but I had to chime in- WOW. That is Absolutely amazing. You are a true testament to what bodybuilding is all about. Very inspirational-I hope you can get some type of exposure- you can be an inspiration to so many people.
- 03-25-2008, 10:51 AM
03-30-2008, 04:34 PM
03-31-2008, 09:05 PM
04-02-2008, 07:32 PM
wow you looked like you stepped back in time i swear your before pics u look like your 45-50yr now i would easily put you at high 20's to early 30's!
04-03-2008, 05:50 PM
Thanks again, everybody.
You're absolutely right about my calves and leg strength generally. I carried around a **** ton of weight for so long, I just got naturally strong legs, the same way you guys have worked out for years and gotten stronger all over.
There are quite a few in my gym look at me like I'm kind of a freak when I work my legs. I just don't look like I'm big enough to do sledded hack squats with 675 on the sled for 10 reps, or leg press 1000 lb+ every week for reps. I always tell them, think of doing the treadmill and stairmaster with a 185 lb bar on their shoulders, 24/7 for a couple of decades. You'll get strong legs.
Then again, the looks may be due to the fact that most of them are show muscle lifters. Just two days ago, I was doing one arm T-bars with a chiropractor who's been lifting for 20+ years. I looked up from the first set, and there were 10 or more guys just staring at us as if they'd never seen it before. Sure, I do some "odd" exercise variations, like one leg calf raises standing on a free-rolling db or cable skullcrushers as a triple drop set. But, I get the same looks from them when I do goodmornings and even SLDL's. To me, and the long time serious lifters, those are near-foundational exercises. But, to them, they're totally foreign.
04-03-2008, 06:01 PM
I really do not see how what I've been able to do is anything remarkable. If anything, the remarkable thing was allowing myself to even get into that position. I should have never allowed it to happen, and all I've really done is try to fix it.
To tell the truth, I've kicked myself in the ass more than once for now starting when I was 16 or 17 like most of you. Wonder what I would have looked like now, with 10 or 15 years of lifting under my belt. I'll always be a little envious of you guys for having that time, and I'll always regret having wasted so many years sitting on my ass when I could have had so much more.
04-05-2008, 09:37 PM
05-01-2008, 05:23 PM
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05-14-2008, 03:01 AM
But after that I've worked out almost constantly ever since, 7 years now, with a few setbacks here and there, and yet, I don't look nearly like that, so, really, you did EXTREMELLY well, and my props to you!
Congratulations on a job extremelly well done sir!
05-14-2008, 09:24 PM
As this is my first post on this site, I'm glad that it was on this thread. I'm a fat older guy(early 40's) trying to not to be one any longer. So your "re-birth" is truly inspirational, especially to a guy like me.
I feel what you said about having "strength" from carrying around the excess tonnage for all those years. It's my first month in the gym and I feel my body responding very well to the weights & the training. It feels good pushing those 45's DBs around and knowing that next week you should try for the 50's.
You have the type of physique I'm chasing. Lean, mean with the right kind of "bulk" that's starting to pop out and do further damage.
Yeah, having girls half your age hitting on you should tell you that your on the right track.
05-25-2008, 02:08 AM
05-27-2008, 10:14 PM
holy **** ! people and stories like yours are the reason why I'm in my major. Thats amazing man keep up the good work
06-02-2008, 12:36 AM
06-02-2008, 12:52 AM
06-02-2008, 10:38 AM
I am kind of at the beginning of a transition much like yours. I'm currently ~ 326lbs 5'9" ~33%bf and my long term goal is 225lbs ~ 13%.
Your transformation is amazing!
06-02-2008, 12:40 PM
And, to all of you . . . thanks a lot!!
06-02-2008, 12:59 PM
The foods I ate were all clean -- no sugar added, no preservatives, etc -- but past that, it was what I felt like having. Most meals through the day would have a protein source, a starchy carb source, a fat source, then the rest of the cals in non-sweet fibrous veg. I would just limit my intake to a serving per meal (sometimes 2 serving of protein at a single meal.) That forced me into a healthy variety of foods. I had bread most everyday, but I'd shop around the market, reading the labels and choosing the best one without sugar. Here's some examples of foods.
Carbs - Potatoes (yes, but a serving of fresh baked), Yams, whole oats, multigrain bread, multigrain pastas, corn occasionally, make my own whole grain baked tortilla chips sometimes. Beans of all kinds, carrots, onions, peppers, broccoli, greens . . .
Protein - Basically any relatively low fat source you can think of. Eggs and whites, chicken, turkey, lean cuts of beef, fish of all kinds, whey, skim milk. The only thing I avoided and still do is pork.
Fats - Flax oil, egg yolks, natty peanut butter, olive or canola oil.
A typical first meal on the go would be 5 egg whites with a yolk, a serving of Kashi cereal with skim milk or a serving of oats with Splenda. Less than 400 cals with slow release carbs and 40+ grams of protein and some good fats. All I do to change to a maint or a bulking diet is up the oats and add an extra white and a couple of yolks.
Hope that helps. Feel free to PM me if you wanna talk. Good luck!! You can do it.
06-02-2008, 09:47 PM
06-04-2008, 02:20 PM
06-04-2008, 04:27 PM
I recently decided to train to be a PT, while still going to school to be a history teacher and youth pastor. You are a true showing of what 110% means. You are the definition of inspiration to the people man.
Your transformation I would almost call and ascension! Seriously I have some friends who are asking me to help them get into better shape; this is something I am going to HAVE to show them. You want it, you work for it, and you decide what your fate is. Impressed is not the word, not sure they have a good enough one in Webster yet. Congrats man, I hope you surpass all your goals. BTW Were you a teacher in those older pics?
06-04-2008, 06:54 PM
I'm working on PT certification over the summer (NSCA), but its more to help me with my PhD work than to take clients. (Although I am very tempted to take a few people with weight problems like I had.)
And, yep. I am/was a teacher. That pic was when I got the Pre-K-4 part of my Special Ed license. But, I'm going on to higher ed, hopefully to prof at college. I want to work with people, especially high school or college-age athletes, military personnel, etc. who have trauma-induced physical disabilities or TBI's.
In their own way, many athletes/solders/bodybuilders who suffer career-ending injuries have the same attitudes as the morbidly obese. So many obese never start on the road to health because they think they can't do it and give up before they begin. Athletes, when they suffer a traumatic loss or similar career ending injury, enter deep depressions or give up because what they have lived most of their lives for is suddenly gone. "Since they can't have what they once had, why even try." I want to work with those people (and train other Physical Therapists and SPED teachers) to make the adjustment mentally and physically to get a rewarding life back. Getting CSCS certified will not only help me in my own training and classwork, but me help them customize routines to get them as much normalcy back as possible. Got some years of school left for the PhD, but I'll get there.
06-04-2008, 06:58 PM
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06-04-2008, 07:17 PM
I doubt, though. And there is a reason. BB.com actually contacted me about doing transformation of the week last August. I was willing, talked with them to the point of writing up the basic article. But, they never followed up with me after that. From the exchanges, I got the feeling that my change was so extreme, so fast, they were a a little uncomfortable with it thinking I may have used Clen or something else, even though I'm not. My doc did too, even though she tested me and had the proof its negative.
I'd be the first to admit most people cannot and should not do it at the speed I did. For me, though it was my natural pace. My body just wanted to shed the fat that fast.
06-06-2008, 09:25 AM
Infukincredible transformation bro.
While you may think what you did isn't remarkable, it can truly inspire those who ARE in the position you were at 375 lbs.
06-08-2008, 02:47 AM
06-08-2008, 02:57 AM
I've got a quick question, how exactly did you manage to lose all that weight and not at least retain stretch marks if not some flabby skin? Keep up the good work.
06-08-2008, 07:59 AM
Most all of the loose skin is around the extreme lower abs, so it never shows up on pictures. I'm gonna have surgical removal at the end of the summer. But even my doc is amazed that I have so little, considering how much I lost. The stretch marks have actually faded over time. They don't stand out like they did when I was fat. Maybe its just genetic luck. Maybe its just time.
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