I have been skinny my whole life. So skinny that it made aspects of my life tough. My small frame gave me low self esteem, it made me self-conscious and at times I would become depressed. I was about 5’11” in high school and I only weighed in at 135 lbs. I couldn’t lift much weight and weight training class was embarrassing. Despite the embarrassment, I found that I really enjoyed fitness.
That was the beginning of my journey to “fix” my body. I stopped lifting weights after a year, mostly out of laziness, but I still worked out occasionally. This was when I was 16 years old.
Six years later, at age 22, I decided to finally put on weight. I ate anything and everything I could get my hands on, no matter how unhealthy it was. I drank about two 2,000 calorie GNC-brand weight-gain shakes every day. I gained about 45 lbs. in about a year, and I’ve been able to stay around 180 lbs. ever since then. The only problem I had after gaining my weight though, is that I became lazy and never felt like working out anymore.
Three years after gaining my weight and now I was having the opposite problem. I was sick of being fat and overweight, but I wouldn’t go on a diet because I was too afraid of being skinny again. I wasn’t seriously overweight, but I wasn’t in the shape I wanted to be in, so in 2005 I decided I was gonna start working out again. I bought a weight bench with an Olympic bar and downloaded an ebook from the internet with some workout routines to follow.
I stuck to the plan, and realized that I wanted to take it to a higher level. About 6 months into it, I got a gym membership at Ballys and I’ve been doing various workout routines ever since. I’ve done P90X several times, I’ve done Insanity, Stronglifts 5×5 and many other routines from various fitness magazine and websites such as Bodybuilding.com. I’ve been working out regularly since 2006. I love it. This is what drove me to create this website.
Eventually, I began to learn more about nutrition. I’ve been working on proper nutrition for a long time and it continues to be a work in progress, even more so after I want vegan on July 1, 2011. Michelle, my fiance went vegetarian in May 2010 and then vegan in October of that year. I wrote a more in-depth post about what led me to becoming vegan if you want to learn more.
On February 4th, 2014, I decided to start eating meat again. I made this decision with the goal of keeping in mind the ethics of everything I learned while I was vegan. That means that I don’t eat any meat that comes from industrial farms – grass-fed only – and the same for eggs. If it wasn’t raised humanely, I don’t touch it.
That’s my story so far 😀