I got into weightlifting to get some size and strength to ward off the bullies when I was a young teenager. In fact, the bullying started when I was as young as seven years old. When I was around ten years old I saw some bodybuilding magazines at the grocery store while tagging along with mom. It was the first time I ever saw men that looked like that. When I saw those big strong guys something in me just knew that people wouldn't pick on them because they looked strong. I would buy them and study their images. In a few years I actually did start reading the articles and began training. My body responded fast and I liked the results. It also did
avert the bullies from picking fights with me. It was like turning a switch and all the violence stopped so it felt very empowering.
This along with puberty, and following diet advice from bodybuilding magazines I went from 5'11" at 125lb as a freshman to weighing in at 220lb at 6ft tall at graduation. Back then I looked my best at 185lb and got nicknamed "Marky Mark" because our builds were identical back then.
Admittedly, back then when my weight went up to 220lb I wasn't as lean and defined. I had more of a beefy football player build at that weight. I started to get a little fat as a senior. But now, three decades later I'm 220lb and I'm probably leaner than I've ever been.
I've been working out for over thirty years and will plan to continue for as long as I can.