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Pics (8/4/18 vs. 12/14/19): https://m.imgur.com/a/okvZpLn Background: After experiencing a myriad of health issues over a period of nearly 4 years, in May 2018, I quit taking all the painkillers, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory medications, and the Xanax the doctors had prescribed to me. I had been taking 15 total pills (5 types of medications) per day on their orders. Within a month or so, I began doing a daily yoga routine I found on YouTube in an effort to alleviate the effects of my scoliosis and arthritis. On August 4, 2018, determined to whip myself into shape, I signed up for a gym membership. Diet and supplements: My diet sucks. I'm on a tight budget and can't cook. I try to consume at 2,800-3,000 calories per day but don't always make it. I also aim for 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight which I usually manage to attain. Other than that, I haven't been counting macros. I drink 2-3 protein shakes each day and take 5mg of creatine monohydrate as well. Routine: The first 4 months, I did full body circuit training every other day using only machines. About a year ago, I switched to Reddit PPL. Aside from a few weeks trying PHUL and not seeing a dropoff in results, I have stuck with Reddit PPL 6 days per week these past 12 months. I added a couple accessories to each workout but didn't cut anything out from the established routine. My squat and deadlift aren't quite where I want them to be since my back problems can make lifting heavy on those exercises extraordinarily painful. It really varies depending on the day. And my sleep sucks for the same reasons. I never get a full 8 hours and it's been years since I managed to go more than 1 hour without waking up to switch positions. It is what it is, I guess. All that being said, even with the back problems slowing me down and my diet not being what it should be, I'm quite happy with the results. I've finally reached the point where I feel comfortable sharing progress pics here. I think that about covers it. Thanks to everyone here for your contributions. I have learned a ton from the members of this sub and I am extremely grateful to you all!