Let's see, my heaviest was 260lbs, I then dropped down to 170/175lbs, which took me about a year. Now I've bulked up to 190/195lbs, which took a couple of years. I am VERY EXTREMELY happy with where I was to where I am now. However, wanting to lean up more and get stronger as well as educate myself more of weight training and strength conditioning to better myself that one more step!
I'm not sure if I'll ever be content with it all. I reach one level of fitness and I see another place to improve. Maybe one day I'll just grow up and be content. But I doubt it. It's not my personality. Besides, I love goals and looking forward to new challenges.
I've never 'worked out' to look a certain way. When I started it was to lose weight and be more able. This became even stronger after my mountain biking wreck and subsequent recovery thanks mostly to an amazing chiropractor and yoga. Yes, it's nice to be lean and thin and have some lines/contours/etc in the desirable places, but I really do it to be able. To move fast. To do that tricky inverted asana where one knee is on my elbow while the other leg is straight up in the air.
Well, it depends on your goals. I never thought the time spent to become the sort of person Chucky would admire would be time well spent. My goal is to look attractive enough not to send the boys screaming from the room when I enter (I've managed that, barely), and to stay limber and healthy as I age. We all shall age, surely. If we're lucky. Better to keep your flexibility and mobility as long as you can.
It has taken me about four years (with some months of inactivity, unfortunately) to get to where I am at right now. I went from being someone with *no* muscles to being someone with *some* muscles. I'm much happier with my body now than I was years ago, but still feel I have a lot of work to do to achieve the body I really want.
I'm totally happy with myself. My H20-polo coaches were brilliant and taught me all the routines I needed to put myself together and keep myself in top condition.....and I have followed that workout plan to this day.
When I was in JrHS I was the typical little fat kid then I found that I liked doing physical things ... when I got into High School and never looked back since ...am I happy with the way I look now? Yeah but still want to improve