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Trading 57 Pounds For A New Life

Trading 57 Pounds For A New Life

When Rocky fell on hard times, instead of giving up he chose to better himself through better health and fitness. Read on to see how he got back on his feet and shed 57 pounds.
Name: Robert "Rocky" Detwiler
Email: cruz77@mac.com
BodySpace: Rockyfit

Robert Detwiler Robert Detwiler
AGE 40
HEIGHT
5'10"
WEIGHT
235 lbs
BODY FAT
30%
WAIST
42"
AGE 40
HEIGHT
5'10"
WEIGHT
178 lbs
BODY FAT
4%
WAIST
32"

Why I Got Started

In 2008 my family and friends lost multiple six-figures and I personally lost much more in one of the largest Arizona Ponzi schemes on record. It was operated by a close friend of 18 years and his business partner. I lost my beautiful Arizona home along with everything else.

I had just separated from my church of 17 years and had many emotional scars. Because of the rough economy in Arizona, I took work in Vancouver, Washington. I stayed with a friend who ended up moving out two weeks later due to the foreclosure of his home. I stayed (I lived there for one year) and worked several jobs.

I was alone, emotionally hurt, confused and frustrated. I ended up in a deep dark depressed place in my life - one notch from suicide!

In February of 2009 I made a decision to change the one thing I had control over: my health and fitness. I set my goals, made a plan and then committed to it! Three and a half months later I had lost 43 pounds of fat gained 15 pounds of muscle; I had transformed my body and mind!

July 2009 I accepted a better job in my home state of Idaho and was offered a place to stay with my brother. Little did I know, the studio apartment I was to stay in was my brother's backyard tree house.

Although fully enclosed, slightly insulated and with electricity, it was still a tree house. I lived there for almost a year.

Little did I know, the studio apartment I was to stay in was my brother's backyard tree house.
Little did I know, the studio apartment I was to stay in was my brother's backyard tree house.

My brother would laugh with his friends, "Yah, my brother went from eight-million to my tree house!" I remember a cold night in January when I awoke at 1 o'clock in the morning just freezing.

My brother was actually still up, so we both wrapped the bottom part of the tree house with a blue tarp. The next morning on the way to work, I noticed a bank sign read -5 degrees. And that didn't include the wind chill.

No wonder I was cold. I was livin' in a frickin' tree house! During this time my finances and investments improved. In the summer of 2010 I said farewell to the tree house and got my own place.

At last I felt I might be getting my life back. Then, my wife, who had been staying with her folks back in Arizona, let me know that she would not be joining me. In fact, I suffered an unwanted divorce. I had little to no support from family.

At this, the second most difficult time of my life, I decided to take my body to a place I had never been before ... a low single-digit body fat and abdominal vein.

With the direction of a trainer, I went from 12% to 4% body fat in 7 weeks! I accomplished this life-long goal on December 17, 2010 ... my 41st birthday! Vascularity was everywhere!

I felt amazing and so blessed to have obtained one of my biggest personal dreams, especially at such a difficult time in my life.

I decided to take my body to a place I had never been before ... a low single-digit body fat and abdominal vein.
I decided to take my body to a place I had never been before ... a low single-digit body fat and abdominal vein.

How I Did It

I made a decision to change. I put together my own contract and signed it. I set a start and end date. I took those highly depressing, relaxed and natural "Before" pictures.

I got rid of all the sugary, salty, fattening foods and replaced them with all good food, meal-replacement drinks and supplements. I precooked all my meals and put them in containers (I made a killer turkey chili!).

I also wrote down everything I ate. I put together a resistance and cardio plan, and I re-enrolled at 24-hour Fitness.

My inspiration was and is my "Before" picture; I never wanted to go back there.

I made a decision to change. I put together my own contract and signed it.
I made a decision to change. I put together my own contract and signed it.

Supplements

Pre-Work Out:

Post Work Out:

Morning:

Afternoon:

Diet

Waking:

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

Training

Day 1: Chest/Triceps

Day 2: Cardio

  • Cardio: 30-40 min or burn 500 cal

Day 3: Back/Biceps/Abs

Day 4: Shoulders/Traps

Day 5: Cardio

  • Cardio: 30-40 min or burn 500 cal

Day 6: Legs/Calves/Abs

Day 7: Rest

Suggestions for Others

Smile! It will brighten your day and takes fewer muscles than a sad frown. Be grateful for ALL you do have and focus on the positive. Just believe that things happened for a reason and keep a positive mental attitude toward your situation.

Make sure you have fun and enjoy the journey you are on. Mix up your workouts every 4-6 weeks to keep that incredible body of yours guessing. If somehow or some way through this simple article I have inspired or encouraged you, I'd LOVE to hear from you.

Blessings to you ... Rocky!

Photographic Credit:
John Bernasconi, http://www.bernasconidigital.com/

Trainer Credit:
Shawn Carlson, http://www.Bodyfitboise.com

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thanks for sharing guy. sounds like healing work has begun in your life.

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Amazing story. Thank you

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Inspired!

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Big respect for you,you are true warrior...

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Rocky, you are absolutely amazing and such an inspiration!

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Motivation is the key to success. Much respects!

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Amazing story, especially the incredibly small amount of time it's taken you to transform yourself.

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Very inspiring and touching story. Thanks for sharing!

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VERY GOOD JOB MY FRIEND....LIFE IS NOT EASY BUT AT THAT END YOU MADE CONGRATULATION ....

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Inspired, focused, dedicated. The best recipe ever after the Turkey chili.

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Just goes to show you can do it, even with all that outside interference. Great work champion.

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Very inspiring story, thanks for sharing

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motivated..

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cool i'm happy for you, for turning your life around from that ponzi crap....

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staying motivated is the key.much respect! truly inspired.you are the reason for the new me. thanks

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Very motivating. Thank you for sharing your story. Got me into wanting to get some more done in my workouts.

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Inspiring Rocky, you must be proud of what you have achieved. Will bookmark this page to keep me motivated!

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thanks for the story. i lost 37 pounds or 17 kgs in 2 months. i still have to lose 27 pounds or 13 kgs to reach my correct body weight. u really inspired me, man.

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Good job bro

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God bless you, we all love you. Your story has been truly inspiring. I thank you so much!

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Just my $.02; what you went through would have mentally destroyed most people. That fact that you made this transformation should not be a surprise to you. You handled more in a few years than most of us will ever have to. Props on your body, but bigger props on you will.

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Amazing

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Amazing story! U really are an inspiration to others. Thanks for sharing Rocky. U give me encouragment to keep on...keeping on....inside the gym and out.
Thanks!!
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Thanks for the inspiration.

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Thats cool

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