100 1 25 25 bodybuilding.com
Bodybuilding.com Information Motivation Supplementation
in:

Body Transformation: 50 Never Looked So Good!

21 orthopedic surgeries hampered Daniel for 30 years. His weight fluctuated uncontrollably and he felt defeated. At age 50, the stars aligned and he lost 124 pounds!
Name: Daniel Ekblad
Email: Principledan@gmail.com
BodySpace: principledan

Daniel Ekblad Daniel Ekblad
AGE 48
HEIGHT
6'3"
WEIGHT
306 lbs
BODY FAT
35%
AGE 50
HEIGHT
6'3"
WEIGHT
182 lbs
BODY FAT
4%

Post To Fitboard
Why I Decided to Transform

I'm an overeater and needed to lose weight and get in shape to save my life. In April 2011, I made a decision to change nearly everything about my lifestyle. I decided to make a lifestyle change for three reasons:

  1. To be healthy again
  2. So my feet would feel better
  3. To see my kids grow up (my biggest motivation)

My weight fluctuated from 240 to more than 300 pounds throughout the years. Since age 18, I've had 21 orthopedic surgeries (13 on my left knee, two on my lower back, one on my neck, both shoulders, my elbow, finger, and most recently my feet, which caused the most pain and weight gain). I gained and lost a couple hundred pounds during the past 30 years.

Many of my problems came from injuries that caused me to stop working out and fall into destructive eating habits. I wanted this to be the last time I regained weight. On April 1, 2011, I weighed 306 pounds.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I had a membership at the local Gold's Gym and decided that instead of using it 1-2 times per week I would go 6-7 times per week. I talked with a few fitness gurus, bought vitamins, and built diet and workout plans.

To kickstart my diet, I did a 7-day cleanse with a 5-day "fast" where I only drank lean shakes. After two weeks of working out on the cleanse, I lost 19 pounds.

I became motivated and decided to completely change my lifestyle, which is exactly what I did. I learned to eat correctly and used my gym membership to work out a couple times per day instead of a couple times per week. The results came fast and I started to see results.

Apply Here To Be A Transformation Of The Week!

Apply Here To Be A Transformation Of The Week!

Bodybuilding.com honors people across all transformation categories for their hard work and dedication. Learn how our featured transformers overcame obstacles and hit their goals!
Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey
Intra-workout
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation

My meal plan stays mostly the same throughout the year. I vary the portion sizes when I train for a competition.

Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 5
Meal 6: Before Bed
Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track

Every morning I do 40-60 minutes of cardio to start the day.

Day 1: Chest/Triceps
Day 2: Shoulders/Biceps
Day 3: Back
Day 4: Legs
Day 5: Arms
Day 6: Full Body
Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

Finding the time to balance home, work, and other life commitments was hard, but once I decided this was the lifestyle I wanted to pursue I learned to make time.

My Future Fitness Plans

On November 10, 2011, I started my blog called I AM AN OVER EATER!!. The blog was started to help anyone looking for a place to talk about losing weight and getting in shape. I also started the blog for me as a way to hold myself accountable for my actions and health. It has kept me on track. On the blog, we help each other achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle. In its five months of existence, more than 2,300 people have visited my blog.

Through the blog, I created a weight loss challenge called "JAM Into A Healthier You - The Chippewa Valley Challenge!" It incorporates overall lifestyle change for the community. More than 200 people joined the challenge in its first year. The 2013 challenge became a huge community event and more than 535 people joined.

On September 29, 2012, I competed in my first physique show and placed fourth. It's in my blood now, so I'm preparing for two shows. I'm going to work hard during the summer to increase my size. I plan to compete in October with long-term goals for March 2014 in Las Vegas at the Jay Cutler Classic.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

Please visit my blog for many ideas and tips for how to transform your body and life.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

I have read articles on Bodybuilding.com for more than a year. I love the transformations, helpful hints, and recipes for healthy foods. It can help if you eat the same foods constantly.

Daniel's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "I Can't Drive 55" by Sammy Hagar
  2. "There's Only One Way To Rock" by Sammy Hagar
  3. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
  4. "More Than A Feeling" by Boston
  5. "Let's Get It Started" by Black Eyed Peas

Start Your Own Transformation Today


Bookmark and Share

Related Articles

About The Author

Have you made a dramatic change either by gaining muscle of by losing all the weight you have been hoping for?

RATE THIS ARTICLE
POOR
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
EXCELLENT
OVERALL RATING
8.6

Out of 10
Excellent
8 Ratings

19

Comments

Showing 1 - 19 of 19 Comments

(5 characters minimum)

      • notify me when users reply to my comment
Allaround101

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Allaround101

Look great dude. When im older i want to be a "fit dad".

Jun 27, 2013 5:36pm | report
Lori622

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Lori622

Good for you, Dan! Having just turned 50 myself, I love stories like this. I also changed my lifestyle two years ago, and although I'm not exactly where I want to be, I am much healthier than I was two years ago and know fitness must continue as we age. Continued success to you!

Jun 27, 2013 6:01pm | report
badgiles

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
badgiles

Awesome story and excellent results!

Jun 27, 2013 6:27pm | report
murthym

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
murthym

Incredible transformation!! The hard work has paid off!!!

Jun 27, 2013 6:34pm | report
jcsmitty

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
jcsmitty

Dan, this just an amazing story! I'm around your age and facing lower back issues to where I had to stop training and have re-gained some of the body fat that I lost.

I don't save every BB.com story (although all are amazing), however, yours is personal. I save some for EXTRA inspiration. :-). Thank you!

Jun 27, 2013 6:38pm | report
JABE00

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
JABE00

Good advice for everybody, you got to cleanse before jumping on any diet and every now and then.
On the other hand, great job and keep it up.

Jun 28, 2013 2:15am | report
GoalGetter28

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
GoalGetter28

Inspiring man!

Jun 28, 2013 2:16am | report
NewRegN2013

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
NewRegN2013

I love seeing the over 50 crowd making great strides in health and fitness! Congrats Daniel!

Jun 28, 2013 6:45am | report
RhoGo78

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
RhoGo78

Excellent transformation and attitude! Very inspiring! I also LOVE your Gym Track choices!

Jun 28, 2013 8:21am | report
jonnyboy44

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
jonnyboy44

Great work and super transformation, proves age is no barrier to a healthier life. keep it up
from another 50

Jun 28, 2013 9:52am | report
petebanta

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
petebanta

AMAZING! You da' Man, Dan!!!

So inspirational... You really CAN do ANYTHING you put your mind to, People!

Representin' for us Old Guys!!!

Jun 28, 2013 10:21am | report
gdasenbrock

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
gdasenbrock

Great job Dan!

Article Rated:
Jun 28, 2013 11:32am | report
huggy77

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
huggy77

look great, skin looks tight for such a large loss... Good stuff

Jun 28, 2013 12:38pm | report
jepa13

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
jepa13

Total inspiration

Jun 28, 2013 3:16pm | report
todderobinson

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
todderobinson

Inspiring story. Can you tell us more about the cleansing diet you referred to? Thanks!

Jun 29, 2013 8:21am | report
Satsao

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Satsao

WoW thats incredible ! good job man

Jul 3, 2013 4:55pm | report
savannah1983

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
savannah1983

This is my first day today. I have to change for myself as well as my wife and 11 yr old son. I am going to your blog right now and if anyone have any suggestions on the best way to start in terms of exercise and nutrition it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and have a nice day!

Article Rated:
Jul 25, 2013 8:55am | report
brett1234

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
brett1234

Excellent work! It's all about making a lifestyle change!

Oct 8, 2013 1:17am | report
meshosemsma

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
meshosemsma

Great job .. Good luck always :)

Apr 4, 2014 8:47am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 15'2"
  • wt: 182.82 lbs
  • bf: 15.6%
Showing 1 - 19 of 19 Comments

Featured Product

Give Us Feedback:
Report A Problem
Site Feedback
Follow Us:
Twitter
Facebook
RSS Feeds
Bodybuilding.com Newsletter

Receive exciting features,
news & special offers from Bodybuilding.com