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zimbo
07-04-2005, 12:05 PM
http://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/stage0.jpghttp://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/stage1.jpghttp://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/stage2.jpghttp://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/stage3.jpg

About Myself
I'm 6'0" tall, was born in 1968, and have a thin-boned physiology. With a wrist circumference measurement of 6.5" and a 15 1/2" neck (shirt size), I should be a very skinny dude. I've never been in very good shape, however, and after reaching middle age I started having weight problems due to lack of effort and discipline. I've tried off-and-on to get in shape but seem to always have a problem keeping the weight off after reaching my goal. I've been reading this site for about a month.

Stage 1: 215-pound Fat Guy (Jan 2005)
Shown below in the summer of 2004, I got to an all-time high weight of 215 pounds in late January of 2005. I managed this feat through plenty of dedicated overeating, lounging around, and bathroom scale avoidance. After commenting to my wife that a picture taken of me with my son in late January made me look really fat, she replied "well, uh, you are really fat." I decided it was time to do something about that. Hopefully for good this time.

http://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/2004-07-15-a.jpghttp://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/2005-01-25.jpg

Stage 2: Losing the Weight (Jan-Jun 2005)
Shown below at 173 pounds (after an arm workout on May 6th 2005), I lost the weight using FitDay.com to monitor my calories and by exercising regularly. I've had problems burning out my knees from over-anxious exercising in past attempts to get and stay thin, so this time I did a combination of walking, cycling, and very light running to lose the weight. In mid-April I began weight lifting. I reached my target weight of 165 pounds in early June 2005 at still had fat to burn but decided to work on increasing muscle mass before losing any more weight.

http://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/2005-05-06-a.jpghttp://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/2005-05-06-b.jpg

You might notice a lack of body hair in these photos. I shaved so that my fat would have nowhere to hide. If you think bare skin looks gross, I'll be happy to send you an envelope full of my shaved chest and leg hair.

Stage 3: Bulking Back Up (Jun 2005 - Present)
I really wanted to lose enough weight to start to see a stomach six-pack but once I got down to 165 pounds in June of 2005 I could tell that I was going to look too skinny if I lost any more fat without first bulking up a bit. So I decided to start trying to bulk up (while still exercising and weightlifting, of course) to the tune of an extra 500 calories per day. The pictures below show me after a morning workout on July 4th, 2005 at a weight of 173 pounds--the exact same weight as in the pictures shown above.

http://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/2005-07-04-c.jpghttp://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/2005-07-04-d.jpg

http://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/2005-07-04-j.jpghttp://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/2005-07-04-f.jpg

http://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/2005-07-04-a.jpghttp://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/2005-07-04-b.jpg

http://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/2005-07-04-g.jpghttp://www.audioenvy.com/Fitness/2005-07-04-e.jpg

The improvements so far are obvious and I'm pleased with the results, but you can see that I still have plenty of room for improvement both in musculature and--after I bulk up to 180 pounds or so--further fat loss in my abdomen area.

Anyway, I'm happy to be here on the forum. Feedback welcome as I continue onward and upward.

--Steve

getfit
07-04-2005, 12:17 PM
very impressive! keep up the good work :)

Gabrielle
07-04-2005, 01:00 PM
yup, very impressive..you are going about this workout stuff the right way, good luck in the future

zimbo
07-04-2005, 01:13 PM
Thank you both!

Hopefully by posting these progress photos I'll be motivated to keep working toward my goals (just think how embarrassing it would be to get fat again after posting progress photos!!).

--Steve

Built
07-04-2005, 01:29 PM
You are doing GREAT! Looking forward to pix in another 6 months!

pfc3rex
07-04-2005, 01:39 PM
In six months you went from chubby to lean. Congrats to you, now go stuff your face, and start the cutting cycle for that wonderful 6-pack !

Unholy
07-04-2005, 02:50 PM
Very nice progress, keep up the good work.

Manveet
07-04-2005, 04:51 PM
Very nice progress man, you look much, much better. Keep up the hard work!

KiwiBuilder
07-04-2005, 04:51 PM
Remarkable transformation Steve - I think I look too much like your first photo :(

latinomasfino
07-04-2005, 10:16 PM
who says u cant develop a nice body when u age lol goood job man how old are u ?

latinomasfino
07-04-2005, 10:17 PM
who says u cant develop a nice body when u age lol goood job man impressive for a 37 year old

zimbo
07-04-2005, 10:29 PM
Yep, I'm turning 37 this year. Better late than never ;)

Thanks again for the nice comments. Would it be poor form to admit that the nice comments from some of the lovely ladies on this forum will serve as additional motivation?

--Steve

KiwiBuilder
07-04-2005, 10:32 PM
Yep, I'm turning 37 this year. Better late than never ;)

Thanks again for the nice comments. Would it be poor form to admit that the nice comments from some of the lovely ladies on this forum will serve as additional motivation?

--Steve

Poor form? Not all - those comments can be some of the best motivation a man can get!!!

zimbo
07-04-2005, 10:43 PM
Didn't think so, but I'm new to the forum and didn't want to offend.

BTW, the *best* feedback is from my wife, of course ;)

--Steve

KiwiBuilder
07-04-2005, 10:45 PM
the *best* feedback is from my wife, of course ;)

--Steve

Of course it is ;)

Guido
07-05-2005, 09:58 AM
Nice work, man! Yours is one of the more dramatic transfomations I've seen o these boards. And you've done it in short time, the right way! Keep at it and you'll have a body any 27 year old would be proud of. :thumbup:

TwiloMike
07-05-2005, 11:01 AM
Very impressive. Keep on keepin' on.

zimbo
07-05-2005, 12:14 PM
I just added a disgusting pool photo from January 25th, 2005. The next day I started my fitness program, not coincidentally.

--Steve

pinky8713
07-05-2005, 01:16 PM
Dang man, that's awesome progress. Nice work

ericg
07-06-2005, 10:11 AM
Awesome work and love the detail in the post. Keep it up man!!

Unholy
07-06-2005, 11:28 AM
I still cant believe this is 6 months lol.

ThreeD
07-06-2005, 01:04 PM
very impressive indeed :) keep up the great work..

J450n
07-06-2005, 01:31 PM
To the OP > You're not 'friends' with 'Andre Avigdor" are you? ....

I'm getting flash backs.... http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=34619&highlight=Andre+Avigdor

Node
07-06-2005, 02:02 PM
Impressive! makes me want to get of my extra baggage all the more, theres a 6 pack hiding under here, I just know it.

Unholy
07-06-2005, 02:06 PM
To the OP > You're not 'friends' with 'Andre Avigdor" are you? ....

I'm getting flash backs.... http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=34619&highlight=Andre+Avigdor

That was just wrong linking us to that.

J450n
07-06-2005, 02:12 PM
That was just wrong linking us to that.

Why?

Unholy
07-06-2005, 02:15 PM
That guys head was bigger than his torso ROFL

zimbo
07-06-2005, 02:29 PM
To the OP > You're not 'friends' with 'Andre Avigdor" are you? ....

OUCH!!! I may be new here but I've been lurking long enough to know that wasn't meant as a compliment.

--Steve

J450n
07-06-2005, 02:29 PM
That guys head was bigger than his torso ROFL

That guy was classic, just appeared one day, waited for praise and amazement, claimed not to be selling anything, waited a month or so, then offered to write out complete diets at a cost for 'suckas' who'd pay it...

J450n
07-06-2005, 02:33 PM
OUCH!!! I may be new here but I've been lurking long enough to know that wasn't meant as a compliment.

--Steve

No offence, but can't help being sceptical.

zimbo
07-06-2005, 02:37 PM
Impressive! makes me want to get of my extra baggage all the more, theres a 6 pack hiding under here, I just know it.

Yeah, I'm pretty hopeful there's a six-pack in my future as well. After my current bulk I'm going to cut slowly until I can see it. I'm not sure how much weight to put on with this bulk phase, though. After several months of making sure I had a reasonable caloric deficit, this whole "eat 500 kcals more than I burn" phase is actually harder than I thought because I'm self-conscious about getting fat again. How long I bulk depends on how fat I get, I guess. I'm going to try to make sure I take measurements every month or so to get a feel for where the weight is going on.

Thanks again for the feedback, all.

--Steve

zimbo
07-06-2005, 02:41 PM
No offence, but can't help being sceptical.

No offense taken. I'm a fan of skepticism, actually. Tell you what... If I turn into an Andre Avigdor, you have my permission to slap me silly and publicly humiliate me on this forum. Plus, if I ever start *looking* like that guy feel free to smack me around.

--Steve

Fat guy
07-06-2005, 04:27 PM
very good work,man u r a different person,this is really successful and bec of that i would appreciate if u would tell me about ur diet for this program,what did u eat?

zimbo
07-06-2005, 05:34 PM
i would appreciate if u would tell me about ur diet for this program,what did u eat?

I used FitDay to track my calories. I tried to eat 35% protein, 40% carbohydrates, and 25% fat (and that's still my goal now that I'm bulking). I started out trying to run a caloric deficit of 1500 calories per day which I was able to do by doing about 600 calories of exercise per day and eating lots of small meals rather than three big meals. I kept snacks in my office at work (cottage cheese, cans of tuna and chicken, granola bars, jerky, canned fruit, carrot sticks, etc). If I ever felt hungry I would eat something small like an apple or a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese. The idea was to never get really full--but not let myself ever feel really hungry, either.

In retrospect, I probably would NOT recommend running a deficit of 1500 calories per day. In fact, after two months I dropped that to a deficit of around 750 calories per day and then in the last month I shot for 500/day. I'm not an expert but from what I've read here and on other forums you stand the best chance of losing as little muscle as possible (you're gonna lose SOME muscle when you lose a lot of weight--the idea is to manage the losses) if you lose weight slowly and lift weights regularly.

I think the best thing I did was walk 4 miles a day during lunch instead of going out to eat. (I'd just eat a 12 ounce can of chicken on top of a plate of lettuce when I got back from my walk).

Anyway, I'm no expert but that's what worked for me. Until I've kept the weight off for a full year I won't consider myself totally "free" and even then I know it's a lifelong commitment. I've lost weight before but have invariably gained it back a year or two later. Here's hoping this time is different.

--Steve

Garrix
07-07-2005, 12:24 AM
very very impressive! man, you must already be recieving pleanty of kind words from your friends/family, but for good reason! its stuff like this that really inspires me to work out more.

Fat guy
07-07-2005, 03:08 AM
very very impressive! man, you must already be recieving pleanty of kind words from your friends/family, but for good reason! its stuff like this that really inspires me to work out more.

same here

irish_dec
07-07-2005, 05:00 AM
yeh man, the pictures speak for themselves, must have taken alot of discipline and consistency to get to where you are....well done man!

Fat guy
07-07-2005, 05:49 PM
thanks man,keep up the good work,i mean if i see the summer 2004 pic then the latest one,i cant even recopgnize u,this is really good.

Geeper
07-08-2005, 05:24 AM
I gotta ask, (cause I'm about the same age and coming from being a big man too) did you find it hard to start bulking? I'm going to ride out the summer at my current weight with my current diet, but having been big... quite frankly, I'm kind of scared to crank up my calories again, cause I NEVER want to be the fat guy I was before...DId you have the same problem?

BTW great work man!

zimbo
07-08-2005, 08:58 AM
I'm kind of scared to crank up my calories again, cause I NEVER want to be the fat guy I was before...DId you have the same problem?


Absolutely. I don't ever wanna be fat again, so I'm committed to monitoring my measurements once a month (in addition to the daily weigh-ins).

--Steve

Unholy
07-08-2005, 09:09 AM
That guy was classic, just appeared one day, waited for praise and amazement, claimed not to be selling anything, waited a month or so, then offered to write out complete diets at a cost for 'suckas' who'd pay it...


Hahahah

2BBuilt
07-20-2005, 08:52 PM
Amazing transformation.

I too was born in 1968 and just started 6 month plan to "cut" down to a weight I can start building back up from. I think I've finally got it through my thick skull that starvation diets don't stick. :bash:

Anyway, good luck on your bulk and thanks for the inspiration.

-2b

Vapour Trails
07-20-2005, 10:29 PM
Great transformation!

gopher
07-21-2005, 01:20 PM
Very impressive! Keep up the good work.

b_sinning
07-21-2005, 01:54 PM
Doing great so far

sublime99
07-21-2005, 06:33 PM
Wow that is so inspirational, and not to mention kick ass. Great job man as someone commented earlier i look forward to more pics in the future.

zimbo
07-24-2005, 06:36 AM
Thanks everyone. Your feedback adds inspiration on those days when it's hard to get motivated to lift.

--Steve

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
07-24-2005, 11:27 PM
You've completely transformed into a different person. Hard work really does pay off. ;) I'm very impressed.

BigEasy
08-01-2005, 07:10 PM
Zimbo
Great transformation, good job!
I begin my "rebuilding" tomorrow.
Ah the joys of waking up at 5am...

trich daddy
08-01-2005, 11:34 PM
Very impressive transformation.

However, I'd like to recommend against taking pictures after a workout when you still have a 'pump.' They can often be deceptive and leave you worried later on in your lifting life. A picture of a stone cold body is a more reasonable assessment of progress.