Phil joined BodySpace this year and has been very inspirational and active in logging his successes for everyone to see.
View Phil's BodySpace Profile Here.
[ Q ] Where are you from and how old are you?
I'm from Alberta, Canada and am 33 years old.
[ Q ] How did you find out about BodySpace? Have you ever met any BodySpacers in person?
I was looking through transformation stories on the web and came across the '
Transformations of the Week'. I noticed the great support system that BodySpace offered, so I decided to join. I haven't actually met anyone from BodySpace in person.
[ Q ] You made such an amazing transformation from 2005 until now. What made you decide to change your ways?
For as long as I can remember, most of my family has had problems with being overweight, and because of this I've had to see them deal with many health problems; and I was definitely heading down that path.
I simply realized I had to make a change, and I've stayed committed ever since. I'm also proud to say that just recently many family members have decided to make changes to their eating and begin working out, so I'm going to do my best to assist them with this any way I can.
[ Q ] If you are having a day when you really don't feel like working out, how do you get yourself moving and get to the gym?
I really seem to find that every day can be a battle to get moving, so I usually just throw on some music to help get me going. Since I've been on BodySpace, seeing other people's progress has really helped
motivate me too.
[ Q ] Are you single?
No. My wife and I just recently celebrated our 7th anniversary.
[ Q ] What do you have on your iPod?
I'm a big fan of old school 70's and 90's rock, so it has a mix of songs like Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, Godsmack and Anthrax.
[ Q ] What was the last book you read?
With full-time work, taking courses, and children it's been tough to read anything (except children's books to my boys), but the last book I read was
'Angels and Demons' by Dan Brown.
[ Q ] If I opened your refrigerator what would I see?
You would definitely see lots of
egg whites and
chicken breasts. I used to be awful at eating vegetables, but now I'll always have
dark green lettuce in there too.
[ Q ] What is the best advice you could give to someone who asks you how to get in shape?
I find that the
food a person eats is just as important as the
working out. The best advice I could give someone is to not only watch what you're eating, but to make sure you're not starving yourself and eating about every 3 hours throughout the day; as well as keeping up with the workouts.
Give the process time and try not to get too frustrated if the results don't come right away, because if you're persistent, the results will come.
[ Q ] Do you have any future plans for fitness goals or events?
I'm currently in the process of becoming a certified
personal trainer and nutrition specialist. I currently don't have any fitness goals of my own, other than to start up a business and help others reach their
[ Q ] If you could have lunch with any living person tomorrow, who would you choose?
This is a tough one, and I'll probably sound like a typical Canadian, but I'm going to say, 'The Great One' Wayne Gretzky. He was my biggest idol growing up.
[ Q ] How do you handle social events when everyone is eating nothing but crap?
I usually take a
protein bar whenever I go somewhere that I know is going to have junk food, and it has always worked for me to help curb any food temptations.
[ Q ] What do you tell a person who asks you how to get abs like yours?
Most of it has to do with eating properly. You can workout your abs and do as much
cardio as you want, but if you constantly eat crap, all that hard work will never show.
If You Constantly Eat Crap, All
Your Hard Work Won't Show.
[ Q ] When you first started getting in better shape, how did you figure out what you specifically needed to do with food amounts to get to where you are now?
It has taken some trial and error. I've never really been good at counting
calories, but what I've found works best for me is eating every 2.5 - 3 hours, and never to the point of getting too full.
[ Q ] If you weren't busy at the gym, or at work and had some extra time, what would you be doing?
I would be hanging out with my family and friends. I grew up playing piano and guitar too, so I still enjoy doing that whenever I get a chance.
[ Q ] If you won 10 million dollars what would you do?
The first thing I would do is donate 1 million to the Children's Hospital that helped with my youngest son's life-saving surgery. I will forever be thankful to them for that, and the amazing work they do every day.
I would definitely have to give some money to everyone in my family, and with what's left I would buy a house and start up a gym in Maui. (It can get crazy cold up here... for a long time too.)
[ Q ] Thank you Phil for sharing more information about your transformation and your life, your profile will inspire many people!
View Phil's BodySpace Profile Here.