How long did it take before you were finally a bit satisfied with your physique?

  • NeuralShock

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    Jan 29, 2015 2:40 PM GMT
    I know the day we all began lifting weights is the day we became forever small... But when did you finally look in the mirror and feel that your physique was finally acceptable/ relatively nice?

    Like 4 years? 5?
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    Jan 29, 2015 4:55 PM GMT
    Generally, I have heard after 4 years or so, people get a bit of satisfaction. I am only in my 2nd year. I will come back to answer after 2 years.
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    Jan 29, 2015 5:14 PM GMT
    I'll let You know when it happens...

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  • Destinharbor

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    Jan 29, 2015 5:39 PM GMT
    About 4 years. I'm still working on it but "a bit satisfied" was about 4. It began with the end of my denial... "I just don't take a good picture." Someone joked that "The camera don't lie." And it suddenly dawned on me. It don't!!! lol The good news is that once I hit the "bit satisfied" point, I really started enjoying the workouts and minor triumphs. Even the backsliding became motivation as opposed to depressing.
  • Zigs_01

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    Jan 29, 2015 6:48 PM GMT
    I think you guys have your standards way to high in relative to the average human population. Most people usually compare whether someone looks well or not usually in relative to their own body size. I was at the library and most people struck me there as out of shape. I mean at the body size I feel is satisfactory which is maybe a year and six months, I would look well and broad-shouldered in a comfy long-sleeve sweater. People would perceive me well looking. I use to think I have to bench twice my own body weight to achieve a satisfactory body which is the strongest a person can get. However, my journey ends at a year and a half if the goal was to look aesthetically pleasing to people although I will obviously continue training.
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    Jan 29, 2015 8:20 PM GMT
    At 18, 6 months.

    At 40, 5 months.

    At 50, 18 months.
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    Jan 30, 2015 2:17 PM GMT
    What is this word u speak of???
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    Jan 30, 2015 2:57 PM GMT
    NeuralShock saidI know the day we all began lifting weights is the day we became forever small... But when did you finally look in the mirror and feel that your physique was finally acceptable/ relatively nice?

    Like 4 years? 5?


    One summer in high school. We worked out all summer on a bench press that a friend and I built and in the fall I got real respect on campus. Football couch actually approached me to ask me play. I was trashing his boys in gym
    class since I was now bigger than most of them.
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    Jan 30, 2015 4:28 PM GMT
    It can take a while, I know that from experience. When I first came out, at 23, I got in what I considered good shape over the space of a summer: 6'1, 185, and swimming and biking a LOT. (This was before triathlons became popular, LOL!) I kept myself in trim until I was 43, when I was struck by a hit-and-run driver while cycling in DC and officially disabled x 6 months and really out-of-shape 3 years. I took a sabbatical in 2000 and got myself back into fairly decent shape over the space of about 9 months: 6'1" and 210, still swimming and biking, with some light lifting and rowing. BUT as you get older, and assume greater job responsibilities - i.e., work longer hours, however willingly - it can be very difficult to keep in shape, and it takes considerably longer to get back into it. Not that I'm retired, I'm looking to get back to 210, at least, and see where I can go from there. It's slow going, but I am making progress and am confident I'll meet my goal, though it's sometimes frustrating to accept just how long it's taking.
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    Jan 30, 2015 5:23 PM GMT
    Just remember that when it comes to judging ourselves , we are the worst critics .
    Ask someone else what they think about the way you look .
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    Jan 31, 2015 2:59 AM GMT
    Never. Or 8 months.
  • davfit

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    Jan 31, 2015 3:11 AM GMT
    within last year... but still not good enough..lol
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    Jan 31, 2015 3:16 AM GMT
    My biking completely changed my inactive lifestyle and that was just 4 years ago. I went to 35 year high school reunion last summer and so many changed the wrong way. lol I just wasn't into sports and fitness back then like I am now. And I wouldn't go back to that couch potato life again. Everyone wanted to know my secret and really it is nothing more then biking, running, and swimming and just being more active in general and eating more healthy.
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    Jan 31, 2015 3:25 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidOne summer in high school. We worked out all summer on a bench press that a friend and I built and in the fall I got real respect on campus. Football couch actually approached me to ask me play. I was trashing his boys in gym
    class since I was now bigger than most of them.


    I'm not satisfied, not even a bit. It's been 2 years that I work out every week. Hopefully in 2 years I will be a bit satisfied.
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    Jan 31, 2015 8:10 AM GMT
    I really like my body now but there has been just as much movement in my perceptions so I subconsciously view the other guys in the gym as the average when they are not the average at all. Then I find myself noticing skinny arms, guts, love handles and moobs a lot more on guys in the pub, on trains etc.

    Incidentally it was only once I sorted out my diet once and for all that I saw the biggest improvements. It's not true at all that you can eat what you like if you go to the gym.
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    Feb 01, 2015 1:33 PM GMT
    It took me a few months to see a good transformation - from a skinny twink to something much better. I ran track in high school but wanted to try for the water polo team. The coach had great patience with me - putting me through an intense diet and work out routine. I bulked up and built endurance, definition and felt great when school resumed (after a summer of working out). The captain of the polo team came up to me and said, "Wow. You're looking a lot better". That was huge encouragement for me. It meant a lot and empowered me to keep going, keep working out, eating right and yes - I made the team - in high school and in college.

    I'd suggest to any guy that if I could do it - anyone can. I can't tell you how skinny I once was. Pathetic. And with light blond hair and white skin, I looked anemic - before making myself over.
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    Feb 01, 2015 8:40 PM GMT
    Never.
    Contentment breeds complacency.
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    Feb 02, 2015 12:48 AM GMT
    Everyone seems to be disregarding the OP saying "a bit satisfied." If he'd only said "satisfied" of COURSE most of us would say "Hasn't happened yet!"
  • YTC1989

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    Feb 02, 2015 12:52 AM GMT
    By the time I started thinking about my physique, it was already at a level that I'm satisfied with, as I've been doing various sports my whole life, hence I rarely go to the gym, except maybe with friends once in a while icon_cool.gif
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Feb 02, 2015 1:45 AM GMT
    Once I stopped cheating my reps and started doing exercises properly with the intent of actually improving my body, that's when I started to get satisfied. Up until that point I was really just going to the gym because I was bored.
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    Feb 02, 2015 5:00 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidEveryone seems to be disregarding the OP saying "a bit satisfied." If he'd only said "satisfied" of COURSE most of us would say "Hasn't happened yet!"

    No, I'm not.
  • wesv

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    Feb 02, 2015 7:52 AM GMT
    Well I bought my weight set at age 18 and started to get reactions from gay guys at 21. So about 3 years.
  • Zigs_01

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    Feb 03, 2015 8:56 PM GMT
    wesv saidWell I bought my weight set at age 18 and started to get reactions from gay guys at 21. So about 3 years.


    How many times a week did you average working out?
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    Feb 03, 2015 11:23 PM GMT
    Ramuh said
    eagermuscle saidEveryone seems to be disregarding the OP saying "a bit satisfied." If he'd only said "satisfied" of COURSE most of us would say "Hasn't happened yet!"

    No, I'm not.

    Yeah, I'd read that you're "not even a bit satisfied" but who here believes that? If really true, we'll be satisfied for you.
  • NoFLFitGuy

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    Feb 04, 2015 12:02 AM GMT
    Cash saidI'll let You know when it happens...

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    x1000. Never been satisfied yet.