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8/12/2016 7:20:12 PM
Posted: 3 months ago
Some of you might know that I've began working out alot lately. My goal is to get my weight up to 185 lbs. Here's the progress I've made so far -- at this point I'm about half-way there to my goal. Disclaimer: I *am* shirtless in these pics.

Started - 150 lbs
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In this starting phase the only real muscle I have is my natural chest (thanks genetics) and some arm definition from my daily activities. Notice how visible my ribs are and my overall frame.

Current - 165 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

At this point each major muscle group has expanded, my abs are coming in nicely, and there has been some good growth all-around.

*You might have to be friends with me in order to see the pics since they're in my photo album*
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8/12/2016 8:10:20 PM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/12/2016 7:20:12 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
Some of you might know that I've began working out alot lately. My goal is to get my weight up to 185 lbs. Here's the progress I've made so far -- at this point I'm about half-way there to my goal. Disclaimer: I *am* shirtless in these pics.

Started - 150 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

In this starting phase the only real muscle I have is my natural chest (thanks genetics) and some arm definition from my daily activities. Notice how visible my ribs are and my overall frame.

Current - 165 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

At this point each major muscle group has expanded, my abs are coming in nicely, and there has been some good growth all-around.

*You might have to be friends with me in order to see the pics since they're in my photo album*
Congratulations! How long ago was it when you started at 150 lbs.? How long do you think it'll take you to get to 185 lbs.?
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8/12/2016 9:00:24 PM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/12/2016 7:20:12 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
Some of you might know that I've began working out alot lately. My goal is to get my weight up to 185 lbs. Here's the progress I've made so far -- at this point I'm about half-way there to my goal. Disclaimer: I *am* shirtless in these pics.

Started - 150 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

In this starting phase the only real muscle I have is my natural chest (thanks genetics) and some arm definition from my daily activities. Notice how visible my ribs are and my overall frame.

Current - 165 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

At this point each major muscle group has expanded, my abs are coming in nicely, and there has been some good growth all-around.

*You might have to be friends with me in order to see the pics since they're in my photo album*

Congratulations. Wish I had the mental and physical strength to do what you do on my own. My only salvation is sports. I'm so fat. Must be all that bamboo I eat.
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8/13/2016 3:31:21 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/12/2016 8:10:20 PM, missbailey8 wrote:
At 8/12/2016 7:20:12 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
Some of you might know that I've began working out alot lately. My goal is to get my weight up to 185 lbs. Here's the progress I've made so far -- at this point I'm about half-way there to my goal. Disclaimer: I *am* shirtless in these pics.

Started - 150 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

In this starting phase the only real muscle I have is my natural chest (thanks genetics) and some arm definition from my daily activities. Notice how visible my ribs are and my overall frame.

Current - 165 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

At this point each major muscle group has expanded, my abs are coming in nicely, and there has been some good growth all-around.

*You might have to be friends with me in order to see the pics since they're in my photo album*
Congratulations! How long ago was it when you started at 150 lbs.? How long do you think it'll take you to get to 185 lbs.?

This was over the course of 3 months, with about 2 months being seriously spent in the gym and 1 month spent travelling and working out when I could.

I don't know how long it will take to reach my goal though. I've gone through several phases of being between 150 - 160 lbs depending on if I'm physically active during that span of time or not, so hitting 165 was hard but not too far off from my previous max. Going all the way up to 185 lbs is something I've never done before, so I really have no idea. I'm eating more meals per day now though and that's a major factor in weight gains, so hopefully it won't take too long, but if I hit my goal within the next 6 months I'll be happy.
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8/13/2016 3:41:17 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/12/2016 9:00:24 PM, HeavenlyPanda wrote:
At 8/12/2016 7:20:12 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
Some of you might know that I've began working out alot lately. My goal is to get my weight up to 185 lbs. Here's the progress I've made so far -- at this point I'm about half-way there to my goal. Disclaimer: I *am* shirtless in these pics.

Started - 150 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

In this starting phase the only real muscle I have is my natural chest (thanks genetics) and some arm definition from my daily activities. Notice how visible my ribs are and my overall frame.

Current - 165 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

At this point each major muscle group has expanded, my abs are coming in nicely, and there has been some good growth all-around.

*You might have to be friends with me in order to see the pics since they're in my photo album*

Congratulations. Wish I had the mental and physical strength to do what you do on my own. My only salvation is sports. I'm so fat. Must be all that bamboo I eat.

This honestly was years overdue. I've been wanting to get serious about the gym for a long time now but school or job demands always took precedence and my weight lifting goals were placed on hold. Lately I've created a really good schedule between work and school which makes all the difference.

I think having a good balance between physical and intellectual goals leads to a healthy lifestyle. Am I sure? Not yet, this is really just the beginning of this test (lifestyle), but time will tell all.

That's good that you play sports though :) What sports do you do?
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8/13/2016 4:04:36 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/12/2016 7:20:12 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
Some of you might know that I've began working out alot lately. My goal is to get my weight up to 185 lbs. Here's the progress I've made so far -- at this point I'm about half-way there to my goal. Disclaimer: I *am* shirtless in these pics.

Started - 150 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

In this starting phase the only real muscle I have is my natural chest (thanks genetics) and some arm definition from my daily activities. Notice how visible my ribs are and my overall frame.

Current - 165 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

At this point each major muscle group has expanded, my abs are coming in nicely, and there has been some good growth all-around.

*You might have to be friends with me in order to see the pics since they're in my photo album*
You are making great gains. It is really difficult to gain muscle, without having been somewhat heavy to begin with. Having to carry around extra weight 24/7 builds muscle that naturally lean people like you and I have a difficult time adding.

Since the mowing season began I too have been trying to gain muscle. I found out that my level of physical activity burns an extra 1500 calories per day, so I have been eating loaves of banana bread to supplement my calories. My son has some "ON" gold standard whey protein powder that I may add 3/4 of a cup to the next batch of banana bread that I make.

I haven't weighed myself but judging by the way my clothes fit (filling out the curves in the right places) I am gaining muscle where I'm trying to, on my legs and butt, while my waist has gotten smaller.

Hope you find satisfaction with who you are and also meet your goals. There is nothing wrong with your physique. Those of us who are naturally lean have endurance energy, much of the time, that doesn't get credited for strength, when it really should.
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8/13/2016 4:45:05 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/13/2016 4:04:36 AM, Emmarie wrote:
At 8/12/2016 7:20:12 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
Some of you might know that I've began working out alot lately. My goal is to get my weight up to 185 lbs. Here's the progress I've made so far -- at this point I'm about half-way there to my goal. Disclaimer: I *am* shirtless in these pics.

Started - 150 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

In this starting phase the only real muscle I have is my natural chest (thanks genetics) and some arm definition from my daily activities. Notice how visible my ribs are and my overall frame.

Current - 165 lbs
http://www.debate.org...

At this point each major muscle group has expanded, my abs are coming in nicely, and there has been some good growth all-around.

*You might have to be friends with me in order to see the pics since they're in my photo album*
You are making great gains. It is really difficult to gain muscle, without having been somewhat heavy to begin with. Having to carry around extra weight 24/7 builds muscle that naturally lean people like you and I have a difficult time adding.

Thanks! You're absolutely correct about our body type having a harder time gaining muscle. It's always been difficult for me to stick with it to the point of when real gains are made, I always just kinda stop after a month or two. Bad habit. I've broken past that this time though, so that's good :)

Since the mowing season began I too have been trying to gain muscle. I found out that my level of physical activity burns an extra 1500 calories per day, so I have been eating loaves of banana bread to supplement my calories. My son has some "ON" gold standard whey protein powder that I may add 3/4 of a cup to the next batch of banana bread that I make.

Jeez, that's alot of calories being burnt! I'm the same way though, I put out so much energy just naturally being who I am so my food intake needs to be alot for me to make any gains whatsoever. Banana bread is awesome though! Seriously one of my favorite types of bread, idk how mixing protein in it will work out but for me I've just been taking that whey protein in as a shake. I usually mix it with 2 cups of milk (or water) and then a banana and scoop of peanut butter all in a blender.

I haven't weighed myself but judging by the way my clothes fit (filling out the curves in the right places) I am gaining muscle where I'm trying to, on my legs and butt, while my waist has gotten smaller.

The funny thing about the gym I go to is that there are no scales, lol. Kinda rediculous to be honest... so I have to weigh myself when I go to the grocery store (they have an old school scale in the front of the store). My legs and butt are in need of some improvement personally, I just recently started including squats and other leg workouts so that I don't become one of those chicken-leg guys, haha.

Hope you find satisfaction with who you are and also meet your goals. There is nothing wrong with your physique. Those of us who are naturally lean have endurance energy, much of the time, that doesn't get credited for strength, when it really should.

Thank you, I personally feel better than I ever have before - both physically and mentally. It's great having an outlet for my inner beast and that feeling of soreness is actually quite enjoyable in a satisfactory/accomplishment kind of way. I've noticed strength increases even more than my weight gains, I am now lifting about double what I was when I first started. The crazy thing is when I see guys twice my size struggling with weights that I surpassed awhile ago, really goes to show that strength can't necessarily be measured by size.
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8/13/2016 4:45:20 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/13/2016 4:27:38 AM, XLAV wrote:
Hmmmm delicious.

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8/13/2016 5:16:45 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/13/2016 4:45:05 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:


Thank you, I personally feel better than I ever have before - both physically and mentally. It's great having an outlet for my inner beast and that feeling of soreness is actually quite enjoyable in a satisfactory/accomplishment kind of way. I've noticed strength increases even more than my weight gains, I am now lifting about double what I was when I first started. The crazy thing is when I see guys twice my size struggling with weights that I surpassed awhile ago, really goes to show that strength can't necessarily be measured by size.

I hope you stay with that good feeling. The endorphins that are released during physical activity are a natural high. Don't get too caught up on numbers on a scale. They really don't mean as much as the way you feel about your overall health. If you worry too much about what a scale says, you can get discouraged. Besides, knowing that you ARE strong, even if you lack bulk can give you an inner confidence that females will be attracted to. Most of us aren't attracted to bulky guys anyhow. It's usually other guys who try to make leaner guys feel that they are less masculine. Don't believe the hype! You look very happy in the second photo. Keep doing whatever you've been doing.
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8/13/2016 8:01:57 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
Nice gains, dude. Reminds me that I really gotta start working out again. On that note, make sure you maintain those gains -- it's way too easy to let yourself go for a couple months and lose all the progress.
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8/13/2016 9:24:29 PM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/13/2016 8:01:57 AM, FourTrouble wrote:
Nice gains, dude. Reminds me that I really gotta start working out again. On that note, make sure you maintain those gains -- it's way too easy to let yourself go for a couple months and lose all the progress.

Thanks! You're soooo right though about sticking with it. That's been the biggest obstacle for me whenever I start lifting, I get to a point where I'm content and then just stop and end up losing all that progress in a few months. I've broken past my usual barrier of lasting for 2-3 months and then stopping, so hopefully I stick with it too.

And good luck to you as well if you start lifting again! This is basically the routine I do if you're interested in something to start with: https://www.muscleandstrength.com...

I've tweaked it a little bit to break up the chest/tricep split for Wednesdays into two days so I can focus on one major muscle group per day. I also included an ab routine that I found on that same site to mix in with legs day. It's a really good workout though, the author knows what he's doing and my own muscle development is totally due to following that routine.
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8/14/2016 12:07:47 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
Nice bro. So we get a perspective on the weight, how tall are you?
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8/14/2016 1:58:14 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/13/2016 4:04:36 AM, Emmarie wrote:

You are making great gains. It is really difficult to gain muscle, without having been somewhat heavy to begin with. Having to carry around extra weight 24/7 builds muscle that naturally lean people like you and I have a difficult time adding.

Since the mowing season began I too have been trying to gain muscle. I found out that my level of physical activity burns an extra 1500 calories per day, so I have been eating loaves of banana bread to supplement my calories. My son has some "ON" gold standard whey protein powder that I may add 3/4 of a cup to the next batch of banana bread that I make.

I haven't weighed myself but judging by the way my clothes fit (filling out the curves in the right places) I am gaining muscle where I'm trying to, on my legs and butt, while my waist has gotten smaller.

I agree, I am really heavy, but since starting a year ago at the gym, I have been able to get my bench up to 440 pounds. Now I just need to lose the fat :(
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8/14/2016 2:11:27 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
At 8/14/2016 1:58:14 AM, Greyparrot wrote:
At 8/13/2016 4:04:36 AM, Emmarie wrote:

You are making great gains. It is really difficult to gain muscle, without having been somewhat heavy to begin with. Having to carry around extra weight 24/7 builds muscle that naturally lean people like you and I have a difficult time adding.

Since the mowing season began I too have been trying to gain muscle. I found out that my level of physical activity burns an extra 1500 calories per day, so I have been eating loaves of banana bread to supplement my calories. My son has some "ON" gold standard whey protein powder that I may add 3/4 of a cup to the next batch of banana bread that I make.

I haven't weighed myself but judging by the way my clothes fit (filling out the curves in the right places) I am gaining muscle where I'm trying to, on my legs and butt, while my waist has gotten smaller.

I agree, I am really heavy, but since starting a year ago at the gym, I have been able to get my bench up to 440 pounds. Now I just need to lose the fat :(
And when you do - you will be super strong because you will no longer be carrying extra weight and you will still have the muscle to lift heavy objects! We all have individual strengths and weaknesses.

People underestimate heavy active people as much as they underestimate lean wiry people. Activity is the key for both!

I want to be a personal trainer, who trains women in their homes and yards by doing household tasks to build fitness with them. This way they will accomplish tasks they need to do anyway, while incorporating posture and breathing and can build into more challenging tasks.