I'm here on this forum for some time now and even though I didn't write much, I read it basically everyday.
I've started to work out two years ago, when I was 19 years old and totally clueless. I didn't know how to gain weight or how to lose weight, my knowledge about workout itself was heavily limited as well, so I have attended the gym and did a lot of pointless and time wasting stuff, like SPLIT method training for the beginners or 1200kcal diets, that have lead me nowhere. Especially as at the beginning I was trying to lose weight, while I should be aiming to gain weight because I was very skinny.
It's amazing how everything changes once you gather some knowledge and I really want to thank this forum for so many great articles and friendly community, that has helped me to change my life. Back then, before I have found this forum it was literally a time wasted year.
I mean I did some progress of course - because I was an beginner, so just by working out alone I managed to improve my figure, although the 1200 kcal diet that I have found in some magazine was one of the worst ideas I ever had and if I ate normally, I'm sure I would get much more of my body in a year, but it doesn't matter anymore.
After I have found this forum, in just a few months I did much bigger progress than in my first year.
In just my second year of working out - once I really learned what's what, I have gained 20 pounds - my breast, my legs and my butt looks so much better now.
I also have a tendency to keep pretty much fit waist, so even though I have 20 pounds it all went into my legs and butt, so I guess I'm a lucky person in this regard.
Gaining those 20 pounds took me only 3 months - and I didn't rush it at all. At this moment, I have finally became a bit happy about my body
Of course, I still had tons of stuff to do, even though I started to look a bit better than I have used to I still wanted to add more muscles.
I managed to do that in next 9 months. I kept eating healthy all the time and I wasn't trying to gain weight nor lose it.
I kept my diet for this time at around 2100 kcal, which was enough to not gain weight, but slowly progress and let my muscles grow.
Truth be told, I thought my newbie's gains has finished with my first year of working out when I was totally clueless about it, but it turns out that I was mistaken - I did few times bigger progress than in my first year! I think it has to do with me being neither fat nor skinny.
I have read somewhere and I'm pretty sure it was on this forum, that body is using macroelements that you provide from food much more efficient if person is not overweight or skinny.
It has to do with hormones level, which is pretty much balanced and the body is just functioning so much better
Okay, thanks for reading it. I was never a good writer and I think, that I could describe my story much better, but I hope you liked it anyway!
Wish you all great gains!