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I am new to this site and I'm happy that we Pinoys have a BB Forum to share stories and learn from different lifters. I started lifting in 2008 when I was 23 years old; I was around 110lbs (50Kg) at 5'7. It was very tough for a skinny individual like me to walk inside the gym knowing that there are plenty of people who are bigger and stronger. My confidence was close to nil and like everyone else; I had to suck it up thinking that I needed to start with something.
I did basic gym programs 3-4x a week for 4-6 months and added variations until the second year. During that time I was still at University and had limited budget, I turned to whole foods with a couple of supplements (Muscle Juice 2544 and MetRx L-Glutamine). In 2010, my weight from 50Kg went up to 57Kg. I was very proud of my accomplishment and hard work. My goal from the start was to be bigger than what I was; I wanted to have an athletic frame with cuts and definitions; however, I didn’t want to be extremely huge. I had a job offer overseas and I thought it would be easy for me to maintain my physique. I was focused with my career during my first year and have put gym and exercise aside, I was even lucky to hit the gym twice in a week. I ended up buying a home gym so I can do some exercises at my convenience from home.
I did well for a few months, however, I could not resist eating; I was eating more calories and fatty foods, I ballooned from 57Kg to 70Kg (mostly fat) in 2013-2014. I told myself this has to stop and this served as a motivation for me to pick up what I initially started, I bought myself a treadmill and started my exercise routine. Due to an 8-5pm job, food preparation was very difficult. We don’t have a maid at home to prepare us food and we do all of our house chores by ourselves. I wasn’t having proper macros so I turned into a stack of supplements together with steak and veggies to help my regime. I try to establish a high protein diet with limited carbohydrates. Fast forward 2016, I am at 66 Kgs and now on my maintenance phase possibly thinking of cutting in the next few weeks.
PS. My programs are based on a 1-2 week interval of high reps with relatively light weights and low reps with relatively heavy weights. I spend time with different compound exercises. I have attached some relevant photos of my journey and thanks for reading.