Lostboy saidAsk SNOWLOST_REX what he did and then copy him. THe difference between his Feb 09 and Dec 09 pics is nothing short of inspiring.
Haha, man, Lost, I swear I'm really nothing special, and of course I still have a long way to go before I can ever compare to half the guys on this site, and I'm still a tad chubby and could use a lot more definition/mass but I guess some of the main things that've helped me the most are these factors:
1) I make training an absolute priority in my life. If a friend asks me out when I need to go to the gym, or I haven't exercised that day, I have to politely decline. Dedication goes a hell of a long way. If I need to get schoolwork done, I get it done beforehand, or schedule my time so gym time and workout time doesn't get cut short. In addition, I'm no longer scared to say what I want when it comes to my body and my goals and tell people about them (like my parents, I used to be terrified to tell them I wanted to bodybuild). I set aside time for jiu jitsu, and capoeira, and the gym, because it matters, and it doesn't play second fiddle to my "life," because it is a part of my life, and it stands on equal ground.
2) I don't eat gluten or any wheat products, and have recently cut out a lot of dairy, restricting dairy intake to once -maybe- twice a week. Gluten, inherently isn't bad for you in any sense of the word (it is for me, I've got Celiacs), but think of -all- the things that has gluten in it, i.e. cookies, cake, lots of ice cream flavors, beer, anything with white vinegar, soy sauce, breads, pastas, mayonnaise, many salad dressings, desserts on a general scale (obviously there are some that don't and I love them so....) ect... you get the idea.
3) I had to get over my paralyzing fear of the gym. This is something that still grips me, and sends me into micro-panic attacks whenever I walk into a gym. Every single time, especially at peak times, when all the ridiculously hot guys and women are walking around like they were freakin' born that way, I always look around, and I'm forced to compare myself to them. In my situation, I don't have those perfect pecs, or those awesome arms, or the crazy cut abs, or the definition that could cut glass, so I always come out the inferior in those comparing matches.
This, I think, is something that -every- single person who walks into a gym goes through, hot or not, however, I was scared to death of it, and, being naturally shy, it scared me shitless. I still have an extremely hard time going to the gym in general, but I go on almost a daily basis. I know what needs to be done, I don't make excuses, and when I get into those situations, I power through by sheer force of will, to maybe not ignore those Adonis-like figurines blessing me with their presence, but realize that they're usually pretty awesome people too, and ask them for spots if I can without being rude, and even go so far as to talk to that 60 year old gym rat guy who clearly is there for social purposes between sets. Doing things like that and forcing myself to stand my ground and keep giving it my all makes all the difference in the end. Granted, I still go home, sometimes, and lament my clear 'inferiority' to those statuesque, perfect specimens, but at the same time, I hold true to the hope that someday, I'll be there, and I just got in a fuckin' awesome workout that I tried my best in that got me one step closer to being there too.
4) My degree helps a lot. I learn and study and train and constantly seek new answers with my degree in progress. Academically, I'm focusing on sports training and conditioning.
Now, in the end, this is all coming from someone who literally wasn't ever given much of a chance. Before about a year ago, if I lifted weights or exercised, my muscles would tear themselves apart without any chance of repair due to medical issues. On the same issues, my body lacked the chemicals responsible that directly regulate and allow the process of lipolysis (The burning of fat) to happen. as well as my metabolism practically being slowed to a crawl and working at about 1/4 of what should be its capacity.
This is coming from someone who's wanted to bodybuild his entire life, but wasn't given the chance until just a few months before turning 21, and when the medical issues started to get taken care of. I still have the medical stuff, and it's still in the process of being fixed, but what it boils down to, honestly, I believe, are five incredibly important factors.
-Listen to your body, and learn to recognize when something's not right.
-Eat in a way that reflects the results that you want to see.
-Dedicate yourself to the dream that you hold for yourself. Train like a beast, and train with all your being.
-Know that building your body and realizing that dream that you hold is just as much of a mental game as it is a physical one.
-Believe that, even though you aren't there now, someday, you will be, and every day, reaffirm that belief in your very core, be it your heart, your soul, or your mind.
Like I said, I know that I'm not there yet, and I've got a long way to go, but I do believe everything that I've said here, despite it's tendency toward being long-winded, will help me, and hopefully others, into achieving their goal, whatever that may be.