Bulking Up in 2017

At my aunt's house after playing basketball

One of my lifelong goals has always been to be at a healthy weight. So I’ve decided that I’m bulking up in 2017! I have recently joined 24 Hour Fitness at the San Clemente location in Orange County and I’m going to start a personal training program with personal trainer Steve B. this week. I’m going to do everything he says. I’m super excited about starting this program because I have always been a skinny kid.

In this picture I'm on riding on a horse on the beaches in Thailand.
In this picture I’m a skinny kid  riding on a horse on the beaches in Thailand.

In 2003, I attended the Five Star Basketball camp which is one of the top basketball camps in the nation. In the camp we had tournament games that I’d play in and I’d get knocked over and they’d call a charging foul on my defender. This was the first time I realized I was too skinny.

Here I am in high school with my sisters dog Sammy.
In 2006 with a low weigh in of 115 pounds with my sister’s dog Sammy

As you can see, not much size in this picture in fact my sister’s dog was probably bigger than me. I was about 115 pounds in this picture. I wore workout pants instead of shorts because my legs were so skinny. I’m not as skinny anymore but even though I’m a little heavier I still choose to wear pants over shorts because of my skinny legs. I currently weigh in at 141 pounds. Here are some current pictures of me on Day 0 of the training program.

Bulking Up in 2017 Day 0 Picture 2
Front on 2/13/2017
Bulking Up in 2017 Day 0 Side Picture
Side on 2/13/2017
Bulking Up in 2017 Day 0 Back Picture
Back on 2/13/2017


Basically, my face is fuller and I have a noticeable belly now but I still have skinny arms and skinny legs. I’d like all that to change. I’d like to have stronger muscular arms and legs that don’t look like chopsticks anymore.

My target weight is 150 pounds in phase 1 (first half of the year). I plan to make working out and eating right my habits and I’m committed to working out at least four times a week. I hope to get to 160 pounds in phase 2 (end of the year). Bulking up in 2017 would mean that I would be at a normal weight and I will be healthier and not get sick as much. That’ll be pretty awesome for me because right now I don’t know what that feels like but I am really looking forward to it. Bulking up in 2017 would mean that I achieved one of my biggest goals of my life. That will be a big accomplishment for me.

I’ll be documenting the whole thing and you’ll be able to follow my progress right here on my blog. There’s going to be a lot of work ahead of me and a lot of eating in the next few months but if I do those things then bulking up in 2017 will be a reality – my reality.

I’ll be taking pictures and posting updates regularly.


Daily Quotes – Charles Duhigg

All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits,” William James wrote in 1892.prl.2 Most of the choices we make each day may feel like the products of well-considered decision making, but they’re not. They’re habits. And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time, the meals we order, what we say to our kids each night, whether we save or spend, how often we exercise, and the way we organize our thoughts and work routines have enormous impacts on our health, productivity, financial security, and happiness. One paper published by a Duke University researcher in 2006 found that more than 40 percent of the actions people performed each day weren’t actual decisions, but habits.

The Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg

Daily Quote – Will Durant

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly; ‘these virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions’; we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit: ‘the good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life… for as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy’.

Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World’s Greatest Philosophers


Thanks for stopping by! My name is Nathan Yeung and I’m a husband, father of four, and software engineer. I’m excited to begin blogging. I plan to post every week. I will cover the following topics:

  • Cooking recipes
  • Health and fitness
  • Self development

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