| AGE 42
WEIGHT 315 lbs
BODY FAT 30%
| AGE 42
WEIGHT 205 lbs
BODY FAT 19%
Why I Decided To Transform
I used to think that I needed to do this for my family. They need me. My wife, kids, and granddaughter need me to be around for the long haul. I needed to be healthy to live the long life I wanted to live. I wanted to see my granddaughter grow up, my kids settle down, and to grow old with my wife.
I would think about how much more effective I'd be at my business. I have a very physically demanding job and losing 100 pounds was going to make me a real machine. Business would boom because I'd be more physically and mentally fit to handle it.
I'd think of all sorts of things that would be better, ultimately, when I was fit. They were all excellent reasons to change my lifestyle, but not the real reason why I did it.
In the end, I realized I couldn't do this for my family. I couldn't do this for my business. I had to do it for me.
This was my chance to honor myself. My chance to show I was worthy, that I had the wherewithal to treat myself better than I'd ever treated myself before.
That it wasn't selfish or self-centered to think of myself and to take the steps necessary to fulfill my dream.
How I Accomplished My Goals
Getting my mind right was the most effective step I took in helping me accomplish my goals. Having my son, Jackson (jturner95), as a workout buddy and my friend, Josh (joshua74012), as a trainer kept me on track and accountable.
My wife joined in, which made a huge difference because having everyone on the same page with the food and exercise makes it easier to avoid temptation and everyone understands the need for you to spend time at the gym.
Supplements That Helped Me Through The Journey
Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation
*On days I do legs and back, I add a medium sized sweet potato to Meal 3.
Training Regimen That Kept Me On Track
For cardio, I started at 30 minutes a.m./60 minutes p.m. and built to 60 minutes a.m./60 minutes p.m. I varied between the stairmaster and the elliptical with most of my time on the stairmaster. I determined my optimal target heart rate for fat burn and worked at that level the entire time.
In addition to the daily workout, each day we rotated an ab workout and a calf workout.
Alternating Deltoid Raise (Performed seated)4 sets of 20 reps
Resume regular sets
Leg Press (inside, outside, one legged)4 sets of 15 reps
Which Aspect Challenged Me The Most
Sometimes the food routine got a bit monotonous, but I accepted a couple of mantras to help get me through.
- I eat to live, not live to eat. It's fuel - nothing more, nothing less. Of course, I want my food to taste well and to be varied, but if sometimes it's not quite what I want, I try to remember the purpose behind it.
- I'm not a dog - I will not reward myself with treats. There are so many other, more positive ways to reward myself. I learned to be creative with my rewards and to treat myself so much better than by what was on my plate.
My Future Fitness Plans
I can see that my future now has limitless potential and I fully intend on making the most of my experience.
I want to share what I've learned and help everyone realize that it is possible to achieve this type of goal. Therefore, I've decided that my best course of action right now is to earn my personal training certificate so that I can add to what I've learned and help others be the healthiest person they choose to be.
As for my personal fitness, I do best when I have a tangible goal so I intend on entering more contests/transformation challenges to give me something to shoot for. I have a few more pounds to lose and then, of course, there's always more muscle to gain and definition to achieve.
I'm not sure I'll ever be completely satisfied, but I plan to stay in the best physical shape of my life for the rest of my life.
Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers
I cannot stress enough how important it is to be in the right frame of mind. Don't get down on yourself and don't let anyone else put you down.
Try to get your whole family on board - they don't have to be as dedicated as what I've described, but the intent of the whole family to eat healthier and be more active will help inspire you to reach your goals.
But if not, you cannot let them stop you from doing what you have to do. Dig deep and be strong.
No matter what, keep going. No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone else on the couch.
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals
The accountability that having a profile on Bodybuilding.com offers is amazing. I post my information and there's no bs'ing anyone about what I've done.
Pictures don't lie and neither does a measuring tape. It'll tell the real story of your achievements. Knowing each week that I had to post another picture just made me want to take even more.
The transformation stories helped me to see that it is possible and that there are other people my age out there doing it and succeeding.
Bodybuilding.com has built a wonderful database of information on supplements and workouts. I can piece these together to make the perfect plan for me.
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