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    My One Year Transformation (pics)


    Alright guys, any comment critiques, etc are welcome.. I am 6'8" tall and 23 yrs old. I played 4 yrs varsity basketball through high school and was in phenomenal shape, but completely fell off track in college. I went over 4 years with very little physical activity. Last May, that all changed..
    First up are my starting pics. Immediately below are pics taken yesterday.

    ***EDIT: As promised updated pics. Attached is the first. The rest will be up on Friday. I'm not where I want to be, and I've had setbacks but then I look at my starting pics. I WILL NEVER GO BACK THERE.

    May 11, 2007 (Start)
    Starting Weight: 287 lbs



    May 11, 2008
    Weight (After 1 YR): 238 lbs



    May 11, 2009
    Current Weight: 234 lbs
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    Awesome job dude!
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    wow....awesome
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    nice change man!
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    congrats man
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    great job!
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    congrats on a job well done!
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    good job, ill be inspired
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    Thanks everybody! I'm going to slowly start a clean bulk phase. Now that I've shed a good bit of fat, I'd like to add some muscle. I have to be careful to keep my diet clean enough that I don't blow my progress.

    One thing I'm proud of is that even though I didn't gain strength (after the initial month back), there was ZERO loss in strength the past 11 months while steadily dropping weight.
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    Wow! Very well done!
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    Here's a rough ouline of my diet for those interested:


    6:00 AM Wake Up

    6:15 AM Protein Shake (50g Whey)

    6:30 AM 5 Eggs Scrambled (3 yolks)

    10:00 AM Handful of nuts Almonds, Peanuts, etc (1-2 oz)

    12:00 PM Lean Turkey or Chicken Whole Wheat Sandwich (10-12oz meat)

    3:00 PM Protein Bar (VPX Zero Impact or Met-RX Protein Plus)

    6:15 PM Pre-Workout Meal (Cup Oatmeal w/ 1/4 cup walnuts + banana)

    8:45 PM 10-16 oz chicken/beef/salmon with broccoli and/or sweet potato

    10:30 PM Lights out (Bed)
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    Great job man thanks for posting your pics. You look a few years younger now than a year ago. I'm sure you'll be an inspiration to many here. +Reps for your awesome transformation keep up the good work.
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    thats an AWESOME transformation lol. Im still working on mine! Ill have one of these things up in 2009. My 2 year transformation pics 8)
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    That is some dedication and hard work right there! Proof is in the pictures. Job well done my friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cellardude View Post
    thats an AWESOME transformation lol. Im still working on mine! Ill have one of these things up in 2009. My 2 year transformation pics 8)
    cellardude, who is that woman in your avatar?! oh and GREAT job to the OP>
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    you are gonna be a beast when you are through. Keep us posted. What is your workout gonna look like?
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    Thanks again everybody. Any suggestions on a workout for a bulk? I know I should be working compound movements. I have to say though being 6'8", my long a$$ arms make it hard to push heavy weight
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmc4180 View Post
    Thanks again everybody. Any suggestions on a workout for a bulk? I know I should be working compound movements. I have to say though being 6'8", my long a$$ arms make it hard to push heavy weight
    I have to agree that some of the heavy stuff is tougher to move with longer limbs (I am only 6' tall, but I have noticed the same dilemma when doing squats and bench press), but keep at it, the strength comes with time. I have to constantly remind myself that I am only twenty four and my strength won't hit it's peak until I am in my early to mid thirties. If you start training hard now, you will be strong as **** in the future.:clean:
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    Awesome progress, bro! Congrats!
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    Wow, very nice job sir.
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    Thanks everybody! As I start bulking, I think I'm going to run less and jump rope more. I LOVE to jump rope and am damn good at it. :bruce2:
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmc4180 View Post
    Thanks everybody! As I start bulking, I think I'm going to run less and jump rope more. I LOVE to jump rope and am damn good at it. :bruce2:
    Just remember you gotta keep those calories above what you are burning off by doing your cardio. It's hard to watch yourself get soft after all that hard work to lose weight, but most people can't make serious gains without a bit of fat on 'em. I keep my cardio to 2 days a week when I am bulking, I only do that for blood pressure/general health reasons, not to stay lean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMG760 View Post
    Just remember you gotta keep those calories above what you are burning off by doing your cardio. It's hard to watch yourself get soft after all that hard work to lose weight, but most people can't make serious gains without a bit of fat on 'em. I keep my cardio to 2 days a week when I am bulking, I only do that for blood pressure/general health reasons, not to stay lean.
    I know I've gotten into such a cardio groove, it's going to be hard to back off. I think the toughest part will be eating above maintenance calories, and keeping them CLEAN. I have no problem housing 4 - 5k calories but making sure its wholesome food and not crap will be the challenge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmc4180 View Post
    I know I've gotten into such a cardio groove, it's going to be hard to back off. I think the toughest part will be eating above maintenance calories, and keeping them CLEAN. I have no problem housing 4 - 5k calories but making sure its wholesome food and not crap will be the challenge.
    At least you know that. I have a few friends that go to the gym with me and don't understand why they can't see their abs, but they eat pizza 3 times a week. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love a good cheeseburger, but keep it to the cheat meals, and even then keep those sensible.

    It IS hard though, these days not to get caught up in eating out especially as a young person with a social life.

    Get used to eating brown rice and oatmeal... and a lot of it. Eating eventually becomes a mechanism when you get into the swing of things. I am at the end of my first real "planned" bulk. Put food in front of me and I become a machine... just put it on your plate and finish it. Cook healthy, and cook big... I try to cook a few meals at a time if I have the ability to, that way I don't have to bust out in the kitchen, my food just needs to be heated up... I think having to cook is what drives a lot of people to slouch on their diets. Eat red meat too, I don't know why, whether it is the iron or the zinc or what, but red meat makes me feel stronger and more like I am growing than white meats do. It could just be my imagination, but I swear by red meat when trying to get bigger... not as much when trying to cut down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMG760 View Post
    At least you know that. I have a few friends that go to the gym with me and don't understand why they can't see their abs, but they eat pizza 3 times a week. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love a good cheeseburger, but keep it to the cheat meals, and even then keep those sensible.

    It IS hard though, these days not to get caught up in eating out especially as a young person with a social life.

    Get used to eating brown rice and oatmeal... and a lot of it. Eating eventually becomes a mechanism when you get into the swing of things. I am at the end of my first real "planned" bulk. Put food in front of me and I become a machine... just put it on your plate and finish it. Cook healthy, and cook big... I try to cook a few meals at a time if I have the ability to, that way I don't have to bust out in the kitchen, my food just needs to be heated up... I think having to cook is what drives a lot of people to slouch on their diets. Eat red meat too, I don't know why, whether it is the iron or the zinc or what, but red meat makes me feel stronger and more like I am growing than white meats do. It could just be my imagination, but I swear by red meat when trying to get bigger... not as much when trying to cut down.

    Ya man i feel that way with the red meat too. I thought it was just in my head but i just feel bigger and stronger in general after eating red meat.
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    You must have to jump a long-a$$ rope!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMG760 View Post
    At least you know that. I have a few friends that go to the gym with me and don't understand why they can't see their abs, but they eat pizza 3 times a week. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love a good cheeseburger, but keep it to the cheat meals, and even then keep those sensible.

    It IS hard though, these days not to get caught up in eating out especially as a young person with a social life.

    Get used to eating brown rice and oatmeal... and a lot of it. Eating eventually becomes a mechanism when you get into the swing of things. I am at the end of my first real "planned" bulk. Put food in front of me and I become a machine... just put it on your plate and finish it. Cook healthy, and cook big... I try to cook a few meals at a time if I have the ability to, that way I don't have to bust out in the kitchen, my food just needs to be heated up... I think having to cook is what drives a lot of people to slouch on their diets. Eat red meat too, I don't know why, whether it is the iron or the zinc or what, but red meat makes me feel stronger and more like I am growing than white meats do. It could just be my imagination, but I swear by red meat when trying to get bigger... not as much when trying to cut down.
    I LOVE oatmeal. I've been eating the following as my preworkout meal for the past 4 month's on my cut (with the help of P-Slin):

    1 cup of Oatmeal
    1/2 cup Walnuts
    2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
    1 Tbsp Cinnamon
    1 Tsp of Honey OR Molasses
    1 Medium Banana
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