Frequently Asked Questions:
How long did the weight loss take? 1 year.
How tall are you? 5’7.
What songs are in the video? See below.
How can I do this?

The Spring Break Trip:

Roughly one year ago, I was invited to a spring break trip to Panama City Beach, FL. I had a great time… BUT… I felt held back… I really started to see just how bad my lack of confidence was; I wanted to take my shirt off and enjoy the sun, but I really didn’t want people to see how I looked. Coincidentally, during the trip, I found this article by /u/zbyhnev/ which outlined the difference between motivation and discipline.

“This is one of these situations where adopting a different perspective immediately results in superior outcomes.”

It really was. Immediately when I got back, I told myself that I was going to lose weight and get ripped for my next spring break trip. I didn’t care what it took. I wanted it so I was going to have it.

I knew the basic idea behind losing weight was to eat less than you could consume, so I went off of that idea. I looked up a weight loss calculator on google and stumbled upon this one. I plugged in my stats to lose two pounds a week and got my caloric target: 1880.

In the beginning, I really didn’t workout or anything, I just tracked my calories. At some point I started using myfitnesspal to track my calories but I did it on paper to start off. I ate what I was used to eating, just less. I lost a decent bit of fat just by doing that and I felt great because I was gaining solid momentum. At a certain point, I made a bet on a site called healthywage which pays you to lose weight. I knew confidently that I was going to follow through so it was a no-brainer. Needless to say, I doubled my money.

While losing weight, I did lots of research and learned a lot. I read a lot of articles and watched a lot of fitness YouTubers. I think it’s important to be a sponge for information. Learning while going through the process was crucial in getting the results I attained. I was learning about re-feed days, strict body-building diets, supplementing creatine, advanced calorie counting techniques and weighing food on a scale before I did any of those things. A couple of months into my journey, I finally joined the gym.

These are the only rules I really followed when entering the gym:
1. Get around 5 reps on most compound exercises
2. Focus only on the particular body parts for the given day. (Chest+Triceps, Back+Biceps, Legs+Shoulders)
3. Focus most of my effort on compound exercises

I got addicted to going to the gym. I loved feeling the pump where my muscles would fill with blood, feel tight and look huge. Since I was cutting for a while though, I gained very little strength which was slightly discouraging. However, there was a point in time where I started to supplement with creatine (5g daily) and felt like a gym god in about 2-3 weeks. My deadlift went from 275 to 315 and I remember being so happy when I finally pulled 3 plates.

As I kept reading and watching YouTube videos, I learned better ways to eat and prepare food. First of all, I only drank water, plain tea or black coffee (drinking only water/coffee/tea was never a problem for me but I know it is for others so I thought I’d mention it). I learned techniques for preparing my meals ahead of time and routinely eating those (r/mealprepsunday). I planned the meals to be anywhere from 500-700 calories. They tended to consist of a lean meat, a filling carbohydrate and steamed vegetables. I also ate plain oatmeal for breakfast with some chopped up fruit and/or peanutbutter and cinnamon. I also drank fruit smoothies and prepared overnight oats. By now, I had purchased a food scale and a body fat caliper to chart changes in my body fat percentage and measure my calories with greater precision. I started eating very clean. I stuck with my diet 99% of the time.

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First Song – Malmo Sunrise by The 126ers (from the YouTube audio library)
Second Song – Hero Theme by MK2 (from the YouTube audio library)

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