Ok, I've been here on the forums for a while now, but I never put any photos of me up. I decided it's time to share my story and pictures with the group. I've gone through a slow transformation that has taken many years, but I finally did what I set out to do, and since it is a lifestyle change, it's something I'll be doing the rest of my life. I was a fat kid. I was the token fat kid in my class, and I battled my weight until late high school. Being in sports really helped lean me out, but it didn't solve the problem. Once the seasons were over, the weight would go back up. The reason being my diet wasn't any better. I just burned more calories during the seasons, but afterwards, I would be lazy again. I knew that I had to lose weight, but I was really unsure how. I didn't know that it was going to take a lifestyle change. I believed in the quick fixes and fad diets. Here's a photo of me in high school. I don't have any of me shirtless, because I was always too ashamed to photographed without a shirt. However, my tight uniform can show my buldge. I was 5'10" and about 220 lbs and probably around 30% body fat in this picture: Throughout college, my weight was up and down like a rollercoaster. I would try all kinds of diets and exercises. They would work and I would lose weight, but it wasn't the right way to do it. Basically, I would starve myself and run endless miles to lose the weight, and then once I lost it, I would pack it all back on because I didn't do anything to boost my metabolism. I lifted weights and got strong, but since I was starving myself, I really did nothing for my health and didn't build much muscle. And I was once again plagued by the ups and downs in my weight. Nothing was ever permanent. So, after my last major weight gain in 2002, I decided it was time to do something in 2003. I made a real lifestyle change, and I lifted weights and got on a proper eating program. The next two pictures show the results of my cut that ended in 2004. I went from (I'm now 6'00" having grown since high school) 240 pounds and probably around 25% body fat to 188 pounds and 11% body fat: After my successful cut, I decided it was time to start a bulk. With help from this forum, I made a plan, stuck to it, and had good success. I bulked from 10/2004 to 6/2005. It was a slow bulk, where I slowly added calories to my routine. It was successful, where I went from 188 pounds and 11% body fat to 215 pounds and 13% body fat. The next three pictures show my bulk: Now I'm starting to cut again. I want to get to 9% body fat, which I think will take me to 200 or 205 pounds. I wanted to share my story with everyone. This has been a great forum and has helped me with cutting and bulking. I'll post pictures again when I'm done with my cut. Then, in 9/2005 or 10/2005, I plan to bulk again and better develop my lats and get some more peak to my biceps. Enjoy!