Hello mga masters and brothers-in-arms (and I mean literally "ARMS!" hehe),
I'd like to share my journey as to why I started/wanted to hit the gym a year ago. This will be a bit of a long read so forgive me for my selfishness tutal ang description ay "journal" so share ko na ang kaya ko ishare. hehe.
Since elementary till college, I actually had a thin physique as what we know as ectomorph physique and was very active sa sports though i think endo ako kasi it runs sa blood ng family namin na payat nung bata/teenager, tabain kami pagtanda. I was weighing prolly around 150-155 lbs when i was in college. Then I started working and started having a sedentary lifestyle, after a couple of years working I gradually gained weight and went up to 175 lbs and had a visible tummy and that didn't stop there,I tried to engage into sports every now and then but I kept gaining weight due to stress, depression, and my love w/ EATING. According nga sa isang friend ko na nagaaral ng psycho "emotional eater" daw ako kasi, I eat whenever I am depressed, I eat whenever I am overjoyed basta pag nasa peak ako ng emotions ko dun ako pinakamalakas kumain. Ayun year 2008, I've hit the rock bottom when it comes to my career and relationship. So anu pa bang gnawa ko para mapawi ang mga luha? eh di KUMAIN! then come 2009 I already weighed around 205-208 lbs pure flabs and at some point been the subject of ridicule and harsh jokes by the people sorrounding me. I somehow managed to deal w/ my depressions except for one thing, the way I look at myself at the mirror in disgust of what i had become. The way that i bend over pag me pupulutin ako tapos pagtayo ko ulit eh hingal na hingal ako. I lost all the confidence I had when I was at my prime years. I wanted to do something about it yet im hesitant to do it (or maybe tinatamad lang hehe).
September 2010 i bumped into one of my friends (and long time crush... Yiiheee!!! xD) na cosplayer. Since I was into anime stuffs, she invited to an anime convention she was attending so pumunta ako. While I was accompanying her and while some of the peeps were taking pics of her while on costume, I was watching her (in a good way ha) so happy w/ what she is doing. Then it came to me, "THIS IS IT!" this is the feeling that ive been missing, being happy w/ what I do and what I love doing. After that day, I decided that I MUST change if I want the things around me to change. So unang pumasok sa isip ko na gusto ko gawin is mag cosplay, pro naisip ko din since magcocosplay na lang din naman ako, why settle for a third rate quality ng protrayal ng character na gusto ko gayahin di ba, so I decided to enroll to a gym for starters (I wont deny it, hindi BB-ing ang pinakaunang pumasok sa isip ko na gusto ko gawin). So there Nov 2010, I was given a program by the gym instructor and followed it religously everyday. I tried dieting, nagawa ko pa nga magkaroon ng no rice diet for 1 month and a half during that time. lost some of my weight, shrunked a bit. then march 2011 i have hit a plateau got very disappointed that I wanted to stop going to the gym coz it seemed like lahat na program na ibigay ng instructor sakin is di na working, but I told myself "there is always a way of getting there, just be patient and pray that god would lead you to a person who knows what he is doing"
So I still continued going to the gym trying all the programs i could get from the net. then one day, napagusapan namin ni brader kyzack about some few workouts/BB-ing stuffs (yeah Kyzack and I used to be officemates) then he gave me Sean Nalewanyj's ebooks. I was first hesistant basahin kasi bukod sa mahaba, baka di ko kaya gawin yung program nya. But I still read it, but didn't expect it to change my entire percpeption of BB-ing. Then I joined our site then met more people and knew more about BB-ing through our brothers that are well-experienced pagdating sa pagbubuhat.
While I'm at it I'd like to take this opportunity to thank some people from the site, unang-una kay Boss JJ sa pagtayo ng site na toh. 2nd brad kyzack kung di dahil sa paguusap natin about sa pag ggym nde mo mairerecomneda sakin ung pinakaunang ebook na nagmulat sa akin sa BB. kay zane sa pag introduce sakin ng site na toh. kay sir milk sa pagtuturo at pagtatama ng forms ko sa workout. Sa mga braders and masters dito sa site (Particulary kay Insan Last, insan monch, Master Mighty, Kuya Rot, BUh, Fafa dalts, Dalmas) sa mga very inspiring journals niyo at mga inputs para sa aming lahat na mga "baguhan" sa BB-ing. And sa iba pang mga braders natin dito sa site na in one way or another has contirbuted their kowledge para sa lahat ng members (at di pa members) ng site.
Sya tama na ang mala awards-night na pagte thank you hehehe. My FIGHT is far from over so hope you guys would continue umalalay sa aking paglalakbay mga kapatid sa BAKAL hehehe.
Before Pics (for reference where I exaclty started)