Success Stories – One Week Left To Enter!

Entries to my success stories contest are due on the 1st of May which is one week off.  This is the last announcement. The next post about this contest will be on the 1st of June to announce the winners!

Get your success stories entries in now!

Because these contests are a lot of work for me, there is a good chance that this contest will be the last so if you are sitting on the fence about entering, I suggest you do it.  Many of you submitted entries over the winter or last year, you might want to take another ‘after’ photo now and resubmit your entry.  Please send a complete new entry, not just the update photo, because its very likely I wont be able to find your original entry.  I am a bit laxer than the rules for the contest seem to suggest so if you are not sure you qualify for the contest, please go ahead and enter.  As long as its clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that its the same person in the before and after photos, and that their has been significant progress made, the before picture can be with a shirt on.  You get the idea, if in doubt, enter.  I would also like to mention again that success stories are not merely cosmetic.  Improving health, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels, and getting off prescription medications thru exercise are just as impressive success stories as building impressive 8 pack abs where a beer belly was before.  Success stories are not just for teens either, read the stories of Lance and Colin and you will see what I mean.

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This is Benjamin from San Diego.  I chose him as an example because he submitted his entry today and because he read the instructions on how to submit an entry and did everything right! Not only did he improve his physique but he kicked smoking as well as part of his health transformation.


19 thoughts on “Success Stories – One Week Left To Enter!”

  1. Kumaren Pillay Samoo

    Scooby there’s something I don’t understand.. U say that for maximum gains, one must be willing to train 5 days hardcore.. U note the same thing at the end of your muscle gain calculator.. However, i can only do 5 good pullups but 30 pushups.. Logic tells me I only qualify for the intermediate plan which is nowhere near the 5-7 hours of hardcore lifting you deem necessary for maximum gains.. Quite frankly i’m a bit lost.. which plan should i follow? I can do 35lbs flies, 145lbs bench, 220 lbs deads, 160lbs squats.. i jog 2.8km in 15mins every morning and walk the remaining 5 minutes as a 20 min cardio.. please advise which plan is best for me.. want to gain 20 lbs in 2 years time.. Thanks

  2. Oh noes, I’m too late! But unfortunately I don’t have much of a story just yet as I still have 40lb to lose to be in shape. But so far, I’ve lost around 75lb (280lb to 205lb) and I have a photo of how I used to be from a few years back, soon I’ll take another photo so I can document the progress. Maybe next year I’ll post them, who knows :P

  3. Leonidas Ventresca

    Hello. I sent in my Success story. I feel my pictures are a little dark, so if they are please tell me so I can maybe have another chance to send it in. Thanks!

  4. I’ve gone from 350lbs in January of 2011 to 243lbs currently. I’ve lost a TON of weight, and there’s definitely extra baggage. Is there anyone here who has some advice on tightening stuff back up? I would love to enter, but I’m still self-conscious about my body even though I have a ton more muscle under the flab.

    1. Hi, only 1 choice really, slow down the weight loss phase, the skin adjusts slowly over time, and too fast fat loss might cause exessive skin. When the fatcells empty too fast they stick on skin rather than the muscle tissue, which will cause detached fat clusters which can’t be used or lost. on worst case scenario the skin will allways remain without surgical intervention. The best way to avoid surgial interventions is to lose fat slowly and steadily, that way skin maintains it’s elasticity and keeps up with the fat loss.

      Afterwords: The tv programs like biggest loser are kinda off misleading as the people in them often get expensive skin surgeries at the end of the tv-show.

      1. I appreciate the reply. I have to say, I really don’t know how I’m losing it so fast. I usually only run a 1 1/2 miles and then go straight into my workouts, and I lose it so fast. Even eating right I still lose it fast. Breakfast, nuts/dried fruits for snacks, a sandwich for lunch, and turkey with mixed veggies or stir fry veggies is what I eat for dinner. Here recently I had 6 stitches put in my finger which resulted in me not doing much arm work but more focused on legs/abs. I think me doing this for the ~4 weeks I was out 3-5 days a week helped on my core. I’ve really noticed a difference in the past month on my core and legs shrinking. Of course, when I first started it was an off and on thing… such as go for a few months, take a month, month and a half off, and go again, that kind of thing. It never really has been a constant thing for the past couple of years for working out. Currently I’m helping dad with his contracting work so that’s definitely doing some work on the body, leaving me, I guess, less driven to do even more working out after the 8 hours I do “work out”. Again, I appreciate the reply. I’m just hoping this stuff goes away(or at least partially) over a couple months’ span.

  5. Leonidas Ventresca

    Question to the community and to Scooby. My before picture has my hand over my stomach, and I don’t feel that it truly represents the weight I used to be. Would I be disqualified if I were to send in a success story?

  6. Dear Scooby.
    Oddly enough I randomly found your website a few years back.
    At the time i was 175lbs and 10% bodyfat. I worked out regularly and lost over 100lbs… then i started a career, had a child and well sort of settled down. I also regained all that weight i lost :(
    Today i will take a before picture and in a few months i will take the after picture and send them in in hopes that it will motivate other people.

    1. open pic with any photo editor (windows paint will do). click “resize”. click the box that say’s “pixels” rather than “percentage”, un-check the box that say’s “maintain aspect ratio”, change size to 640/480. save.

    2. If you have Windows 7, just open the photo in Paint, select the select tool, create a rectangle, resize it to 640×480 (size shows on the bottom to the left) and place it over the area you want to crop, click crop, and save as.

      If you don’t have windows 7, you can download Irfan View for free, it also has crop function.

      If the resolution is too high to fit all of you in 640×480 than either resize the image before croping it, or just send it as it is.

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