I’ve been about fitness for pretty much my entire life… While growing up it was more because of my environment and how I grew up than it was wanting to be physically fit. But I was fit nonetheless. It wasn’t until around my junior and senior years in high school that I really started paying attention to advancing myself physically — but even then it was hard for me to achieve the goals that I wanted to achieve because of genetics, metabolism and just being young.
In high school I took a couple of weight lifting classes so that I could gain a little weight. I didn’t want to be a stick, though at the time I wasn’t all that worried with how I looked; I generally just wanted to gain weight and strength. My strength went up, but my weight not so much.
Before I enlisted in the United States Air Force I weighed in at 117 lbs. That was ridiculously skinny for my height (roughly ~5’8”) and I was actually told at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) that I had to gain three pounds or I wouldn’t be able to join. Because of sheer ambition, I gained 6 pounds before I went back two weeks later. I know, you’re probably thinking “6 pounds is nothing,” but hey, I seriously could not gain weight to save my life. At least prior to my MEPS visits. Or so I thought at the time. The picture below is me when I was 17 years old (before MEPS, as I went there while I was 18).