A Special thanks to WBB and the members.
Yes, it's hard to believe that it was just one year ago that I joined this site. Prior to this site, I had spent a little bit of time lurking at some other sites. I might have occasionally posted but never got involved. As with most things, I tend to wait to see how things develop and learn the lay of the land. Forums were new to me and everyone on the site looked to be alot more advanced then I, so for me it was a matter of checking out the training, the journals, supplements sections. Hell, my first post didn't come until Feb, 2 weeks later. This was the my very first post, which I can laugh at now since I don't use PF stuff anymore.
As I continued to post occasionally, offering my humble opinions or asking a few questions here or there, MonStar (formerly know as MonStar1026) suggested that I start a journal. So March 1st with the journal in hand, I can say that I really started to make some WBB progress. It also happend to match up with the fact that March was the begining of my second year of training. Yes, compared to some here, I am rookie with less then two years under my belt.Originally posted by rookiebldr
I just got to have my Protein Factory Post Workout Formula. I love the taste now - it was acquired. Mornings it's anything cheap and I can down quickly - thus for me not very thick. Just before bedtime it's something else again with some slow digestable proteins.
As for that WBB progress, I've now done one bulking cycle and two cutting cycles. I have been a lot more successful with my cutting and bulking this year compared to last year. I owe that to the information that I've gained here and various people that have helped shaped my routines or offered comments on my diet. In terms of what people here have accomplished in bulking or losing weight, mine is minor. But, I remind myself frequently that I measure my progress as it compares to where I was last year or the year before and how I feel. The people here offer lots of encouragement and for that I am most thankful. No matter how you may perceive my progress, those words mean a lot and keep me coming back to this site day in and out. I love to lift and I love the changes that have occurred, however, they would seem to mean less if there was no positive feedback.
On the exercise front, I've done the WBB #1, #2 and 3 cycles of HST. There was likely something else thrown in there as well. Some of my weights have definitely progressed dispite the 9 months of cutting vs the 3 months of bulking. Size-wise, I am bigger in most measurements, not big since 160lbs with just under 14" arms can hardly be considered big, but bigger then when I started. Also, as I learned here, my arms are bigger then the average Joe-on-the-street, it's just that the average Joe-on-the-street doesn't post here.
On the personal front, I have made some new friends on the site. Some through the day-to-day posting in the gossip forum, some through the journals and others via chat. People come and go as people do in life, but some have continue to engage in conversation as the year rolled over. That was unexpected when I first joined. I find it is always difficult to tell what kind of impression one is making here and I have definitely done my share of mistakes. But people do get to know you and your querks as you go along. So it also never occured to me that I would actually meet some of the people here, after all who knows what psychos lurk on the internet. Even I could be one of them. But even that turned out great even with the necessary precautions. BTW, something else I learned this year was that taking pictures at the gym is not lame when the WBBers are in town.
So now with about 1800 posts, which is an average of 5 per day under my belt, I really am looking forward to the upcoming year. I have some new goals and some new expected progress for this year as well as some learning to do. And I expect if the winds are right, I will also find some people to meet this year. I could list individuals who have made an impact but I'm sure that would only leave somebody out and that just isn't my style, besides you likely know who you are.
So thanks to the WBBers!
p.s. Some like long posts, others don't so that's just too ****ing bad if your in the short camp.