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Hello, my name is David Miller. I had always been tall and lanky since I was young. I grew very quickly during grade school and was always seen differently by my peers because of my huge height difference until about my 8th grade year. I started to feel normal and that I fit in well with everyone. However, when freshman year rolled around things were much different than I had expected. There were so many guys that were so muscular and mature and I felt that I was just a twig. Freshman year I was 6’1 and 160 pounds. This was not a bad weight but I wanted to be like the guys on the football team: big, strong, and liked by the girls and admired by the guys. Plus I wanted to survive the scrimmages against the older guys. I wanted to be remembered as a strong and kind guy on the team but at 160 I wasn't going to do much compared to some of the best players on the team (and in the State!) whom weighed as much as 260+. Freshman year came and went and I added 25 pounds! I was eating EVERYTHING I could and weight training as hard as I could. My self-esteem was much higher and girls were starting to notice me. A plus in my book as a side effect of hard work. Sophomore, year arrived and I met a girl that has been my girlfriend the past 5 years! She said that I grabbed her attention because I was on the football team but, a nice guy as well. In a way I accomplished that goal. So the training and eating everything paid off...
Fast forward to my freshman year of college. I was overweight from eating everything I could and never kicking the habit. I was 230 pounds and about 25% body fat! My thought of eating healthy was apple pie had apples in it so it was good for me. White bread was bread and sweets were just extra calories that could make me bigger. Well, I was bigger but not the way I wanted to be. At the end of my Sr. year in high school I became interested in bodybuilding. I had always looked up to Arnold Schwarzenegger as a hero from all of his action movies and wanted to be like my hero. So during my freshman year I decided I would become like my hero. I began to educate myself about eating correctly via the internet/books and how to exercise properly. I started asking the older guys in the weight room how they were so muscular but defined.
The journey was rough. I followed a strict diet of carb cycling and reduced caloric diet with an intense weight training program. I ate 6 meals a day and exercised about 1.5-2 hours a day. I did this for a semester but during Christmas I broke down and went back to my old ways while back at home. I gained a good amount back. Second semester arrived and I was determined to lose what I had gained and more. The spring semester was about halfway over and I was really seeing changes. I felt great about myself and was so excited to tell my family and friends when I came home for spring break. They couldn't believe it. I had dropped weight from 230 to 189! It was an on top of the world feeling having all of the support from loved ones and recognition for my hard work.
I returned to school with a fire and drive to do my best for anyone who had doubted me back home and those who supported me. I entered into a natural bodybuilding competition that would take place at the end of the school year. It was game time now! (laughs) Everyone would now see me in a speedo and there was no room for error in one of those. I could commit and succeed, go easy and embarrass myself, or quit. Quitting isn't in me and the embarrassment would be horrible. I put the extra pressure on myself to prove to so many that this dream I had, this goal to be in shape at such a high level, I could complete 100% naturally. I continued to do what I had learned and when the day came I weighed 181! It was the lightest I had weighed in years! But, I was about 6% body fat! I had reached my goal. I said I was going to do something many didn't think I could do (even myself at times), worked hard and never gave up. I used simple supplements like whey protein powder and creatine. But my main supplement... was an endless supply of determination to reach my goal, hard work with consistency and the knowledge I gathered along the way about eating healthy and exercising. Competition day came and went with me earning 1st place in four events. But the real prize was the feeling of accomplishment that I could overcome such a large obstacle in not only many other’s minds but, my own as well. My family and friends were all their to support me and cheered me on. Those back home that doubted were now asking for help and congratulating me. My self-esteem was off the charts and I can say that May 21st of that year was the best day of my life so far. My mom, dad, sisters, grandma, girlfriend, friends were all so proud of me. I still remember my father telling me that night that that was one of the times he was most proud of me.
Since my transformation I have never looked back. I am now a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor at my university. I have very recently started a student organization to educate, demonstrate, and motivate students and faculty about proper nutrition, how to exercise, motivate to live a healthy lifestyle and continue for life. I have continued to set new goals for myself and strive to always progress and better myself. The mentality I gained from the transformation of self-improvement, determination, patience, education and hard work over time has extended to other areas of my life. This has helped me with relationships, school, and being a role model for those around me. One of the greatest things I have learned is to be happy with each accomplishment, no matter how big or small it is, but never content. Always progress and always push forward even if the change is slow to come.
I am currently majoring in exercise Science for Physical Therapy. I eat between 4-6 meals a day with the majority of my carbohydrates around my workout. I carb cycle and eat wholesome foods. I met John of BBpics.com (a fitness photographer) at the 2013 Arnold classic. He saw potential in myself and a friend and offered to do a photo shoot with us a few weeks later. He was very helpful in explaining the ins and outs of photography and the fitness industry. He informed us of what to watch out for and what to do to excel. John was very polite and eager to do work. He implores a more untraditional style now-a-days of raw imaging. The photos were good and we plan to shoot again in the following months. John took on not only photographing me but, 4 others as well. The man has stamina and the quality of his photos doesn’t change from the 1st to the last.
I typically eat a cup of oats in the morning with protein powder, a protein shake as a snack, large meal of veggies and lean meats, another cup of oats and protein powder, post workout I will have protein powder with sugar and a casein shake before bed. I enjoy spending time with friends and family at the movies or enjoying a nice day outside. I also enjoying helping people reach their fitness goals. Favorite cheat foods are simple: glass of whole milk and a few PB&J sandwiches/ large hamburger/ or pizza! I love action movies and comedies. Also, music wise I am country with a little bit of alternative rock and contemporary gospel (maybe an oldie/hip hop here and there).
My current goal is to become a Men’s Physique Professional Athlete and the Top fitness model in the world, inspiring everyone to exercise and eat healthier. My life goal is to leave this world a better place than it was before in every way I can but, specifically from a health and fitness standpoint. I want to see the people I love and those we all love live their lives to the fullest with: mobility, good health, self-confidence and high self-esteem and to be with us until it is there time, not premature. I want to see the world around me healthier & happier!
I am currently using Greg Plitt's MFT28 trainer with a 4:2 ratio of eccentric to concentric movements with the weight.
I typically eat a cup of oats in the morning with protein powder, a protein shake as a snack, large meal of veggies and lean meats, another cup of oats and protein powder, post workout I will have protein powder with sugar and a casein shake before bed. I enjoy spending time with friends and family at the movies or enjoying a nice day outside. I also enjoying helping people reach their fitness goals. Favorite cheat foods are simple: glass of whole milk and a few PB&J sandwiches/ large hamburger/ or pizza! I love action movies and comedies. Also, music wise I am a country with a little bit of alternative rock and contemporary gospel (maybe an oldie/hip hop here and there).