16 minutes ago
For those of you that have been following me a while, you know that i like to share my progress photos from time to time. it's a good reminder to me of how far i've come and it motivates me (and hopefully you) to keep pushing and remember why i started this.
do you know how long it took me to finally start seeing some noticeable differences in myself? a looooong time, longer than it should have. lemme tell you why.
when i first started this journey (hate calling it that cuz it's so cliche sounding, but that's exactly what it is) i was hungry. and i'm not speaking in terms of hunger for food. i was unhappy with how i looked and how i felt. i wanted to walk shirtless on the beach with confidence. i wanted to be able to go to a pool party and make everyone do a double take. i wanted to feel good with how i looked. don't get me wrong, i was never the type to let the disappointment in my physique prevent me from having fun and still going to the beach and pool parties. i just didn't feel great about myself when i did those things. i wanted more and i was going to do everything in my power to make a change.
but oh how quick we are to give up, make excuses and find reasons to quit. i would bust my a*s in the gym and diet like a maniac for a week or two and i'd look in the mirror and see the exact same dude from a couple weeks ago looking back at me. seemed like there was little to no change. so, i'd say "screw this, why am i killing myself with diet and training if it's making so little of a difference". and i'd quit until the next time i had a little more motivation to start all over.
left: 280lbs. working out hard 5-6 days a week at around 2-3 hours per workout. little/no knowledge of nutrition.
right: 250lbs. (not current) working out hard 5-6 days a week at around 1-1.5 hours per workout. daily calculated diet to help me reach my goals. it was at this time i finally realized my body was undergoing some serious change. granted, i made significant changes prior to this photo, but due to my overly self-critical nature, it took me forever to actually notice the positive change. my guess is 4 years between the two photos.
i've come a (continued in comments)