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Body Transformation: Triple Digit Shred

When the scale teetered at 300, Paul went into shock. He was trapped in a body incapable of normal function. See how he lost 112 pounds and uncovered shredded muscle!
Name: Paul Saelee
Email: Paul@Saelee.net
BodySpace: saylee559

Paul Saelee Paul Saelee
AGE 18
HEIGHT
5'7"
WEIGHT
300 lbs
BODY FAT
36-40%
AGE 22
HEIGHT
5'8"
WEIGHT
188 lbs
BODY FAT
11.8%

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Why I Decided to Transform

I was the guy who kept unconsciously tugging on his shirt to hide belly fat and the contour of my love handles. I remember the day when my mom tried to convince me to start a weight-loss program with her. That hit me hard and awakened my unconsciousness to how bad my weight was. My health was really turning into an issue. The day I changed, I looked in the mirror and was disgusted at what starred back at me. I stepped on a scale and it tipped right below 300.

Working out is a big part of my life now. I'm passionate about it. Since I started and became dedicated, it has rubbed off onto family and friends. My friends started working out, and some developed a strong desire to change their lifestyle. It's uplifting and gives me more reason to push because I know the people closest to me support what I believe in.

Friends usually call me a "gym rat" or consider me overly obsessed. I hate hearing my friends complain about how much money they spend going to clubs and bars every weekend. I don't look down on it; I recreate my own clubbing excitement at the gym.

Working out gave me a confidence boost to push harder in life. It's not just about changing your body and watching your physique transform; it's the discipline and ambition that you develop; the mental barriers we tear down and surpass. I used to tell myself that I wasn't able to complete a workout. I wasn't strong enough or fit enough. Now I push myself past what I think I can do.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I didn't know where to start or how to work out besides doing push-ups and bench press. I started running and doing sets on a flat bench. Shortly after, I started reading magazines and online articles to pick up demonstrated exercises and find resources to build lifting routines.

I changed my eating habits and tightened my diet. Being of Asian descent, it's hard to tell your parents that you don't want rice or noodles. I gave up most of my favorite foods and started eating clean. I started monitoring what I put in my body and ate nutritious food.

It was discouraging when I started working out. I gave up many times and told myself I wasn't going to do it. The first morning I attempted to run wasn't pleasant at all. 300 pounds pounding on my knees was excruciating. I had to pace myself and work my way up slowly. I started slowly jogging, then jogging faster, and eventually jog-running.

My friends who played football and lifted weights were inspiring. They were in good shape and I wanted to look the part also. When my family and friends went swimming everyone took off their shirts but me. I let those memories and thoughts fuel my fire to push for a strong body.

The biggest aspect that brought me to where I am now is God. I have Philippians 4:13 tattooed on my right arm, which reads in the Bible: "I can do all things through him who gives me strength." Throughout my life, I ran into tough situations and always turned to that passage to give me strength to complete what I felt like I couldn't.

God blessed and gave me endurance to push through anything. I use my experience to help others and motivate them to keep pushing in more ways than working out. God is faithful and I give him 100 percent credit. I wouldn't be able to achieve my results without his help.

Supplements That Helped Me Through the Journey
Morning
Pre-workout
Post-workout
With Meal 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10
Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation
Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3: Post-workout
Meal 4
Meal 6
Meal 8
Meal 9
Meal 10: Before Bed

I know it seems boring and sounds like you'll get sick of eating the same thing every day, but this is the adopted eating plan I created, and I actually enjoy it. When I eat out of schedule, I feast on lots of lean meats and spinach.

Training Regimen That Kept Me on Track

My workouts are a push and pull training method. I recently started training with my strength and conditioning coach, Matt Okubo. He keeps me in concentrated isolation-based routines.

All of my workouts are high-repetition and lightweight in order to concentrate on isolation and form.

Day 1: Chest/triceps/cardio
Day 2: Legs
Day 3: Biceps/abs/cardio
Day 4: Back
Day 5: Shoulder/abs/cardio
Day 6: Full Body
Day 7: Cardio

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

The most challenging part are the mental barriers. I had many doubts and wasn't used to working out. I was comfortable finishing a set when I got to a certain number. I gave up when it got hard, but now that changed and I continue going above and beyond.

My Future Fitness Plans

I'm never going to stop working out because progress has no finish line. My future plan is to enter a competition, keep progressing, and improving my overall physique. I'm not satisfied and will continue pushing myself to the next goal.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

My current weight is 188 pounds and my body fat percentage is 11.8. I never thought I would lose weight, but I lost a total of 112 pounds and 24.2-28.2 percent body fat. Keep persevering, learn about your body, and learn what you need to do and do it. Walk the talk. If a regular guy did it, you can.

When it gets hard, don't give up. If living healthy and getting fit was easy, wouldn't everyone do it? Fight for it because it's worth it. You'll have much more energy and you'll live life like never before. It's a good way to motivate family and friends.

Transforming your body has to be one of the toughest accomplishments. It takes time, discipline, drive, and hunger. I believe in you. I was in a position of despair at one point and I'm still working hard to make more improvements.

If you need help or a boost, message me. I'll make time and be of assistance to help you as much as I can. I hope my transformation gives you the motivation to work hard for what you deserve.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com provides me with resources to improve. I always scope through the Forums for workouts from other members. I browse other's meal plans and contribute my experiences as help and assistance. It's an awesome online community to meet other members who have a drive and passion for the lifestyle.

Bodybuilding.com motivated me to strive hard in the gym. Pictures of phenomenal men and women inspire me to work hard because I know they're not superhuman. They weren't born that way; they worked hard and earned their physique.

I'm always on Bodybuilding.com reading reviews on supplements and workouts, and checking for cool workout shirts. Bodybuilding.com made an impact and I thank you for the site and for working hard to publish new articles.

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bbassitt32

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dang sick work!

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saylee559

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thanks brotha!

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wow what an inspiration hope to be like you real soon

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saylee559

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thank you! you can do it! keep pushing towards your goals and through time, you'll see how much stronger you'll become mentally as well.

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Danny9205

I'm new to the scene and after reading your article it has definately given me some more motivation to get myself in the gym and put some serious work in!!

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saylee559

Keep pushing my friend! It takes time and there will hard times of disparity but we have to keep running towards the light at the end of the tunnel. God Bless

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great work

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Awesome Awesome Awesome! Great job!

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saylee559

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Thanks brotha!! You're shredded!

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great workout.. keep going..

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Wow! Way to go--you're awesome! Keep up the great work, and the attitude!

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saylee559

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Thanks! i really love the avatar you have, it's very moving and inspirational.

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Awesome!great transformation....
Good job.....

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saylee559

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thank you!! you have some nice rear delts!!

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Super work out and great achievement.. This does give me a major motivation indeed... And so does Philippians 4:13!!

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saylee559

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Thanks!! i hope to motivate as many as i can!! God is good!!!!

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Amazing work!!!
Salute!!!

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saylee559

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thank you brotha!

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thank you brotha!

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Dude that is one incredible transformation. Keep inspiring.

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saylee559

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Thanks!! I hope to keep encouraging as many as i can to give them reassurance that through time, we can achieve our results we desire

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TonedJordan

Very inspiring, but Im not sure you have the phrase down quite right...I am pretty sure you meant "walk the walk" not "walk the talk" lol.

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saylee559

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thanks!!! i meant to say we have to walk the walk as we to how some talk the talk. I'm disappointed, i should have looked it over before i submitted. :/ thanks for overlooking and seeing the mistake :)

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Insane man!! You look great congratz!

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  • ht: 5'10"
  • wt: 170.86 lbs
  • bf: 12.0%
saylee559

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thanks brotha!! Your horseshoe is coming in! :)

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