May 11, 2018 Tommy Guns pics are a tough act to follow. But I always enjoy seeing some of the familiar guys around here and seeing the fruits of their labor. It is always great to see another brother who shares the toil and grind of the long term commitment to this pursuit. I am just over 8 years into my comeback after 10 years out of the gym. Just turned 45. The last year and a half have been the least focused I have been since returning. I have not missed the gym, but it is not the singular focus it was when I was fired up and clawing to get back. I have all but shelved training for strength. I play around from time to time with heavier stuff, but just to see I still 'got' it. This was a few weeks ago doing 'no handed' squats. Anyway...I play around but really dont push too hard the last few years. I brought back deadlifts for a few weeks and worked back up to reps with 585 and then just lost interest again. I am not a 'bodybuilder" nor can I call myself a "powerlifter"...so I guess I am just a guy mid 40's trying to stay in decent shape and feel good. I have been having trouble focusing on diet. I no longer plan and track macros or eat up and down. I spent 4+ years never staying the same weight two weeks in a row. I gained and lost over probably 200lbs over the years in pursuit of adding quality mass over the past 8 years. Last time I tried a caloric surplus I ate up to 235 over 4 months and was the same size after I dieted back down over 12 weeks. I am not a real 'big' guy, but would say my mass is quality mass. Having mostly trained for strength my whole life, I dont have those pretty aesthetics...but it does come with a certain density. So now I stay 205-210 year round. (@5'9) If I get down to 200, I am getting pretty lean even showing midsection veins. I am hanging out in aprox 205-ish now. Figured I'd take some progress pics which I have not taken any 'real' ones in over a year. What I noticed is that my hamstrings have really come along some the past few years which I can see in the side chest, and dare I say my calves are actually looking decent. Again in the side chest, I would almost call my calves a strong point. It has been 5 years of hammering them, and at least I think there is something to show for it. Now if I could get my act together and tighten up my diet, I really think I would look quite a bit better if I dropped a tad more fat. Just been tough and the temptation of eating is one that has been beating me.