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For those of you that have been following me a while, you know that I like to share my progress photos from time to time. It's a good reminder to me of how far I've come and it motivates me (and hopefully you) to keep pushing and remember why I started this.
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Do you know how long it took me to finally start seeing some noticeable differences in myself? A looooong time, longer than it should have. Lemme tell you why.
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When I first started this journey (hate calling it that cuz it's so cliche sounding, but that's exactly what it is) I was hungry. And I'm not speaking in terms of hunger for food. I was unhappy with how I looked and how I felt. I wanted to walk shirtless on the beach with confidence. I wanted to be able to go to a pool party and make everyone do a double take. I wanted to feel good with how I looked. Don't get me wrong, I was never the type to let the disappointment in my physique prevent me from having fun and still going to the beach and pool parties. I just didn't feel great about myself when I did those things. I wanted more and I was going to do everything in my power to make a change.
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But oh how quick we are to give up, make excuses and find reasons to quit. I would bust my ass in the gym and diet like a maniac for a week or two and I'd look in the mirror and see the exact same dude from a couple weeks ago looking back at me. Seemed like there was little to no change. So, I'd say "screw this, why am I killing myself with diet and training if it's making so little of a difference". And I'd quit until the next time I had a little more motivation to start all over.
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Left: 280lbs. Working out hard 5-6 days a week at around 2-3 hours per workout. Little/no knowledge of nutrition.

Right: 250lbs. (Not current) Working out hard 5-6 days a week at around 1-1.5 hours per workout. Daily calculated diet to help me reach my goals. It was at this time I FINALLY realized my body was undergoing some serious change. Granted, I made significant changes prior to this photo, but due to my overly self-critical nature, it took me forever to actually notice the positive change. My guess is 4 years between the two photos.
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I've come a (continued in comments)

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
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Physique Update!
Weight: 82-83 kg
Height: 174-175 cm
Bodyfat: About 13%

Looking back at my interview with @tonyrobbins and thinking about how important the company you keep in your circle is to your business. Surround yourself with the best and you'll be the best. #tonyrobbins #entrepreneur #learn #grow #earn #bestofthebest #tbt

#throwbackthursday #tbt to my first strongman comp, Last years 2016 NC Strongest Man competition! I competed in Novice <200 and took second place out of a dozen great athletes. I was completely hooked after those 6 weeks of training and 1 day of competition and haven't looked back! Ready to compete again this Saturday in Men's Open <200 against seasoned athletes who have been competing for years! Excited to see how productive my first year of strongman training has been 💪 #gains #grow #grind #gym #gymlife #fit #fitness #motivation #fitnessmotivation #strongman #strongmantraining #strongmancorporation #trainstrongman #spiderstrength #spiderstrengthgym #ncstrongestman #ncstrongest #raleigh #nc #throwback #thursday

@homegrownrd sure has some awesome cucumbers growing! Great job! "Cucumbers for DAYS! Please note the cucumber length in my right hand -- is longer than my torso!" Join UOG'S MONTHLY SEED and GARDEN CLUB at www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com

Using Sissy for my quad gains.
I start with just body weight and then take a plate for extra weight.
It's been said that to get the max use out of this machine you gotta adjust yourself the way your knees go past your toes. I personally do not agree. Let's be real, Sissy already puts some pressure on the knees to start with (so anyone with knee problems, be especially careful and better use knee straps). So my advice is to never put your knees past the toes when using it. Go deep with each rep and when go up make sure the hips go forward.
I do 8 sets 15 reps, using different variations, which will post later. .
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I'm coming. If it kills me, I will come back stronger. If it burns me, I will walk through the fire. The one who stares back at me everyday has challenged me to a infinite battle and I accept. The invasion has begun. Victory is eminent. #camdomnation #evolution #fitness #fitfam #fitnessaddict #trainhard #gladiators #arena #fitfam #lovewhatyoudo #grow #ironheart #fitness #goals #fitnesslifestyle #trainhard #gainz #discipline #hulk #beastmode

I would like to take a minute to congratulate my friend/client @phitking for doing what I had alway told him he could do as long as he wants it bad enough. You may not have won this time around brother but it will only be a matter of time before you taste bask in the triumph of victory

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Water makes them grow! 🌿🌳 #nursery #grow #plants #water #green

A good workout is when you make your shirt look like false advertising😉 #flexfriday

😍😘💜Momma and her Boy💜😘😍
-He has my smile
-He has my joy
-He has my energy
-He has my spirit
-He has my heart
Most importantly he has my LOVE!
You fill my heart with such joy! #instafit #motivation #fit #socialenvy #fitness #gymlife #pushpullgrind #grindout #flex #instafitness #gym #trainhard #eatclean #grow #focus #dedication #strength #ripped #swole #fitnessgear #muscle #shredded #squat #cardio #sweat #grind #lifestyle #motherandson

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