The photo on the left was me 6 months ago, I knew that something had to change, I was extremely unfit and it was affecting my everyday life. At that stage I weighed in at 91.3kg since then by going to the gym 6 days a week sticking to a workout plan and a strict diet, I have turned myself around. The photo on the right is me today weighing in at 78.2kg.
I am 21 years old and 5’9 just incase anyone was wondering. Yes I know I’m short. I get enough banter about it from my mates, so pls go easy on me. <3
When I started my fitness journey, I had next to no knowledge on what to do. I spent the first 2 months going 6 days a week and having the Sunday off, but the workout entailed me doing Monday Wednesday and Friday doing various upper body workouts. (Bench press, rows, curls, tricep pulldowns etc) Pretty much the basic exercises all the new guys do when they start going. Then on Tuesday Wednesday and Saturdays I would do leg days. (Leg press, smith machine squats, kettlebell squats, leg extensions etc) I never did any deadlifts or free weight squats until about 3 months after I started working out. When I finally started gaining some knowledge on what to do I got myself a real workout plan. A split workout doing legs and shoulders day 1, back and biceps on day 2 and doing chest and triceps on day 3. The first part of the week is certain workouts, so for example I use dumbells for chest day of the first week and use bars for the second part of the week. Day 4 would be a rest day. Then day 5, 6 and 7 would have different variations of the workouts as vaguely explained above. For the leg days they have deadlifts and squats split, so the first part of the week it wanted me to do deadlifts and the second part it wanted me to do squats and skip deadlifts. But let’s be real here folks, deadlifts are love, deadlifts are life. I ain’t skipping deadlifts anytime soon, no matter what the workout says. And same for squats, I love them. So basically I decided to just merge the two leg days together so I do deadlifts, squats and whatever else it wants me to do for that leg day.
About 4 months in I hurt my knees while I was ego lifting while doing squats. (Lesson learnt) It was horrible knowing I was losing the chance to get gains while I was recovering. But that’s in the past now, I’ve worked a lot on my form and am slowly getting back into it.
My PB’s are as follows Deadlift – 150kg 1RM Squat – A2G 100kg (hurt my knees 4 months in so I’m still testing the waters) Bench press – 100kg 1RM OHP – 50kg (only started doing these this week so I’m still testing the waters)
My diet has changed a lot since I’ve started. The first few weeks I didn’t change my diet at all until I started noticing those amazing first month gains. (Those beautiful first month gains that got all of us hooked into this lifestyle) After I realised this shit is actually working, I kicked it into gear and started tracking what I was eating. I went on a harsh diet, only letting myself eat 6,500 kilojoules a day. After I was three months in I started getting even more serious about it and decided it was time for me to start doing meal prepping. I only meal prep for one meal which is dinner, i make it for 6 days at a time cooking it on Sunday afternoons for the following week. It consisted of 200-250g of plain chicken breast with a handful of steamed peas, broccoli and sweet potato. I’ve eaten that for the last three months and although it’s been hard I really am happy I have decided to do it. For lunches since I worked in a shopping centre I would go to the supermarket and get 100g of diced fruit and a banana and either Gatorade or water. And I never ate breakfast.
My cousin is on this subreddit a lot and without me naming his username I just wanted to say that he has been an amazing inspiration and awesome lifting partner* (*even though we live 350km away) we talk about gym every day and brag to each other about our newest achievements and we keep each other motivated. As much as I hate to say it I don’t think I would of stayed motivated this whole time if I didn’t have him to talk to.
Now it’s time for me to start bulking, it is something I don’t know much about so it’s back to studying and figuring out what to do from this amazing subreddit. I’m looking forward to where I’ll be in the next 6 months.
Thanks for reading everybody 🙂 I’ll update again in another 6 months.
TLDR; I lost some weight.