Background: unathletic all my life, played golf, surfed and skateboarded through high school. Always been “skinny fat”. Graduated in 2002 at a whopping 135lbs, started working out later that year doing bodypart splits and never got bigger or leaner. This went on for a year or so until I joined the Air National Guard.
I really started lifting religiously in tech school, went from approx. 160 after basic training to over 180 when I came back home. At 180 I was just fat but I told myself I had gained some muscle.
Back home surfing and at the beach alot I got sick of the fat and started cutting.
I dieted down for about 6 months cutting and timing carbs, adding cardio(running, surfing, sprints) and got down to a pretty lean 160 with visible abs, but I was too skinny.
In 2007 I started lifting with a friend and training partner who was into powerlifting. I started hella weak but found I liked strength training(full body and push pull routines much better). I slowly started gaining weight and stayed pretty lean.
Around this time my training partner and I started rooming together and diet and training was always priority. Always very competitive, our numbers went up and everything was great.
My last g/f can take some blame for me gaining weight(she’s japanese, 5’1" and 85 lbs), her diet consisted of candy, sushi, and soda/tea and she had abs! anyway my diet started slipping, eating out alot, and cheat meals turned into splurge days once a week. This went on for about a 1.5 yrs. I’ve also had plenty of injuries and have slacked on the cardio for quite some time.
I’m single again and ready to get back into it. This is as much about the fat loss as it is reestablishing self discipline and control.
I’m done being weak.