Started covid at 211 lbs, April 2021. Since gyms were closed during covid I did a lot of youtube workouts, mainly Bullyjuice. Added running during this down time as well. Nothing crazy, 30-40 miles a month jogging.
peaked down at 167 lbs (still lifting but more cardio which I never used to do + eating healthier, definitely lost strength), September 2022. Not many carbs in my diet. Winter time added rice in exchange of salads along with chicken breast.
now at 178 lbs after using creatine, eating a little more. Nothing crazy though. Added bread into my diet which I didnt have bread outside of eating at restaurants for years. Just something to eat on the go, where ill cut 3 slices of bread. Replaced the rice for carbs as well.
Since losing the fat, using creatine now 1 1/2 months, adding some bread into the diet while the actual meals are mixed with protein meat (chicken breast) + salad or asparagus, regained and even peaked well past my strength at 211 lbs. My bench is not as strong, but its near back to where it was when I was fatter. While all other muscle groups have gained strength significantly
During this journey I also didnt realize how many years I was going through the same routine of same exercises in the gym. Ive added so many more exercises to each muscle group, it seems to help a lot as well.