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Veteran Thread For those who used to be overweight or underweight, what lead you here?

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I've had a passion for a bodybuilding all my life and have competed
I was one of those people growing up who collected bodybuilder magazines and wanted to look like those guys one day lol
now I mostly trained bodybuilders and I love it
for me I just enjoy bodybuilding I've always been one of those people who loved Arnold
he was the one who inspired me
I love to watch those action movies as a kid
I would pretend like I was one of those Heroes trying to help others
that's awesome, i love stories like that!
 
sister let be honest. I'm in it for the poosy

we have women (and men) waiting for us when tanker makes it to port. they give us flowers and kisses welcoming us home. only the biggest and ripped get to take the hottest women home

that why i do it
aesthetic appeal is a valid reason to train 🤷‍♀️
 
Monstro was bullied and abused when younger
that gave me motivation to become monstro as adult
i'm really sorry you went through that... i understand what you mean it's like you don't want to be weak/defenseless again
 
I don't have any regrets about things in my past
I think that we have the best information today though so there's no excuse to do anything wrong
For people who naturally have curiosity or passion they will look for the information... it's just unfortunate that the information is out there but people will miss it and just go for the sources of information that come first/make it sound the easiest
 
I started to use steroids because I kept hitting plateaus that I could not get past
that was my main reason for doing it
sister i started to get changes and build muscle
then steroids took me to next level
that's the best way to do it, too many guys even on here wanting to take gear to build a foundation of muscle - not to add to a naturally built foundation of muscle.
 
this is a very good topic because in America it's hard to find anybody who doesn't have a gut
It wasn't the case in the 70s and mobster and I have talked about on the podcast what changed which is several things but mostly the ability to eat what we want when we want and the way food is marketed as a treat by food companies and pushed by celebrities/athletes.

I was always the skinny-fast kid growing up. couldn't do a pullup to save my life but i was always one of the fastest in PE. got into weights at 14/15 and fell in love with it and got stronger and muscular. i was ripped down to 5% body fat with an 8 pack and muscular at my peak as a teenager. i ate solid and training my balls off 6x a week. during college i was so busy that i broke my dedication and was only training 1-2x per week and was eating a lot of shit food cause thats all they had there.

After college I stopped exercising almost entirely and I started to eat what I wanted when I wanted. Pizza at least twice a week lots of sugar lots of milk, lots of food including McDonald's and restaurant food killed me as well. at my biggest i was probably 22% body fat which isn't that bad for american standards but bad when you were skinny all your life.

a couple things changed my life
First when I went for a jog around my neighborhood I got back home and dry heaved and realized how I went from being a fast runner my whole life who would run miles to train for soccer and make weight for weight lifting to someone who couldn't even run around the block.

2nd a chick dumped me due to my insecurities and i wanted to show her up

3rd i was getting nasty heartburn everyday and the doctors put me through a bunch of tests which cost thousands and they couldn't find anything wrong, so one doctor simply said 'you have to lose weight'

so i set a goal to get into the best shape of my life. i boxed up all the junk food in my house and donated it, and went to a mostly vegetarian diet + chicken breast baked plain with lemon only. no eating out, no fast food, not processed food, time restricted eating. i also got back into working out. in 1 month i went from 20%+ body fat down to 10%. heartburn was gone, i had crazy good energy and felt great. and that chick that dumped me tried to get back with me but i turned her down ;) i've been a health freak since and love it. this is why i am always pushing a natural whole foods diet, its what the body wants and its the healthy way
There's 2 photos I've seen a few times - beach scene 50's vs now. You can't see an obese person in the 50's shot.
 
Monstro was bullied and abused when younger
that gave me motivation to become monstro as adult
You're to be admired for being so open.
 
When I talk to buddies at the gym I've talked about how much of a difference the combination of my balls dropping (aka puberty) and training made.

Aged 14 running with the other unfit and obese kids at the back of any runs on sports day (I was a skinniy-ish mo fo). My birthday was in the summer holidays. I came back, aged 15, something else. From the back of the pack on runs and twice around the fields to running with and keeping up with the big boys pack on 5k's. I started training with weights (couple of embarrassing story's) in school lunch breaks (I ought to have been eating but hey...) with the biggest/most muscular kid in school and another who wanted to join the army out of school. I also shot up in height around this time too.
 
I got banned at elite fitness so that brought me here.
Lol what did you do To be banned

I’m sure we can pull some strings and get that reversed. Contact gearhead.
 
Wanted to ask everyone on here what lead them to start training seriously after growing up over/underweight or simply being either for an extended period of time. Feel free to answer any mix of the below questions all is much appreciated!

1) Were you overweight or underweight?
2) Did someone say something to spark a change?
3) Was it for health and fitness or primarily for aesthetics?
4) If it was someone else who influenced you, was it due to positive or negative reinforcement?
5) If you started using gear, what lead you to make that decision?
6) If you could go back to the beginning, is there anything you'd do differently?

Just for personal research 😉
So i was a 4 sport athlete growing up all the way through high school (basketball, football, baseball and tennis) but even being that type of athlete, i was very overweight.. i ate like pure shit, fast food nearly daily, candy, donuts (the complete and utter opposite of what i have become) and it became an issue for me... i was far from obese but definitely overweight... i was always very popular yet could not get any girls either because of the weight and was always just " a friend " The summer I was going into 7th grade, i went on vacation with my parents and when i came home and looked in the mirror, i started to cry and felt hopeless because of how i looked... yet i did nothing about it, and it just went on that year... that summer, i signed up for tackle football, going into 8th grade and i also grew several inches, going from 5"8 ish to 6"1... I lost nearly about 25-30 lbs and there was no looking back... i became thoroughly different from then on out... the problem is that since then i have dealt with body dysmorphia and different types of eating disorders and a terrible relationship with food in general... its a never ending battle that i have had.. my prayer life most recently has helped me but its still a lingering problem...

I do distinctly remember when i went to a new level was a trip to south beach when i was 22 years old... i realized walking on south beach just how average i was and from then on out i have gone all out in my diet and training...

i would do everything differently if i could go back and redo it, and i mean everything from being a child and moving on... the parties, the drugs, the women etc.. it all clouded me and threw me off course in so many directions... had i put the time and effort i did as i got into my late 20's, early 30's into things earlier, im certain i would be on a far different level both physically and mentally, however it has shaped me and grown me into a more mature and appreciative person in general
 
There's 2 photos I've seen a few times - beach scene 50's vs now. You can't see an obese person in the 50's shot.
sometimes i will just be doing my groceries or something, then randomly i'll look around and notice that almost everyone around me is overweight or obese and i am reminded of the sobering reality that it's just getting worse
 
When I talk to buddies at the gym I've talked about how much of a difference the combination of my balls dropping (aka puberty) and training made.

Aged 14 running with the other unfit and obese kids at the back of any runs on sports day (I was a skinniy-ish mo fo). My birthday was in the summer holidays. I came back, aged 15, something else. From the back of the pack on runs and twice around the fields to running with and keeping up with the big boys pack on 5k's. I started training with weights (couple of embarrassing story's) in school lunch breaks (I ought to have been eating but hey...) with the biggest/most muscular kid in school and another who wanted to join the army out of school. I also shot up in height around this time too.
wish my balls would finally drop so i could put on some real size 😔
 
Starting to wonder if monstro is injecting estrogen these days. 😂
i think it's important for men to have open discussions about hard things, it shows strength and it's admirable. men already have a hard enough time sharing emotion without being shamed for it
 
So i was a 4 sport athlete growing up all the way through high school (basketball, football, baseball and tennis) but even being that type of athlete, i was very overweight.. i ate like pure shit, fast food nearly daily, candy, donuts (the complete and utter opposite of what i have become) and it became an issue for me... i was far from obese but definitely overweight... i was always very popular yet could not get any girls either because of the weight and was always just " a friend " The summer I was going into 7th grade, i went on vacation with my parents and when i came home and looked in the mirror, i started to cry and felt hopeless because of how i looked... yet i did nothing about it, and it just went on that year... that summer, i signed up for tackle football, going into 8th grade and i also grew several inches, going from 5"8 ish to 6"1... I lost nearly about 25-30 lbs and there was no looking back... i became thoroughly different from then on out... the problem is that since then i have dealt with body dysmorphia and different types of eating disorders and a terrible relationship with food in general... its a never ending battle that i have had.. my prayer life most recently has helped me but its still a lingering problem...

I do distinctly remember when i went to a new level was a trip to south beach when i was 22 years old... i realized walking on south beach just how average i was and from then on out i have gone all out in my diet and training...

i would do everything differently if i could go back and redo it, and i mean everything from being a child and moving on... the parties, the drugs, the women etc.. it all clouded me and threw me off course in so many directions... had i put the time and effort i did as i got into my late 20's, early 30's into things earlier, im certain i would be on a far different level both physically and mentally, however it has shaped me and grown me into a more mature and appreciative person in general
i really love this response, thanks dylan. Yes it's true you can't out-exercise a bad diet, it's hard hearing about stories from people who grew up overweight/obese eating foods like that and it seems they always blame themselves for it. At the end of the day it is down to the parents to educate their children and provide them with decent food. hit home when you mentioned the first time it really hit you... i remember for me i was probably 5 years old when i remember first crying about being "fat" and hating my tummy (i was actually never fat as a child, i was on the thinner side) a lot of it was due to my mother's anorexia and bulimia and those behaviours being normalized, then i developed multiple eating disorders by the time i was 13-14. body dysmorphia is very hard to deal with because it completely distorts reality, it's like you don't even know what you look like anymore because the image is ever-changing. it's bizzare i've never thought to pray about it i might start doing that actually, most of the time i just refuse to look in the mirror and wear huge clothes on bad days. it's like i've just accepted it.
i'm glad your experience has at least shaped you in some way positively, your story definitely has the potential to reach many young people, especially young men. it's incredibly important that they know they aren't alone because men with eating disorders and body dysmorphia are often even more lonely than women who struggle with the same, men's mental health in general isn't taken seriously
 
Lol what did you do To be banned

I’m sure we can pull some strings and get that reversed. Contact gearhead.
I got drunk Fourth of July weekend and posted stuff I shouldn’t have. I felt so guilty and wasn’t even able to contact anyone on the forum to say I was sorry and foolish. Would love to be able to be a part of that community. I have been sober since. I leaned my lesson. Would hope to get unbanned as I feel I have a lot to give.
 
i think it's important for men to have open discussions about hard things, it shows strength and it's admirable. men already have a hard enough time sharing emotion without being shamed for it
I agree. In fact I bet I cry and get more emotional than most women. I am actually impressed with Monstro. He has changed since I’ve joined up on here. He likes to talk all tough sometimes but he is a flower 🌸 underneath.
 
I got drunk Fourth of July weekend and posted stuff I shouldn’t have. I felt so guilty and wasn’t even able to contact anyone on the forum to say I was sorry and foolish. Would love to be able to be a part of that community. I have been sober since. I leaned my lesson. Would hope to get unbanned as I feel I have a lot to give.
same handle as this one?
 
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