Name: Clayton Filipowicz
Location: Fort Meade, Maryland
Why I decided to transform
My transformation journey began during my senior year of high school when I wanted to get the attention of my long-time crush and couldn't compose myself due to my low self-esteem.
My two best friends enlisted in the Marine Corps while pondered over colleges that would devastate my bank account. Then it hit me. I was unhappy with life at age 18, looked in the mirror, and decided it was time to change.
I walked into the Marine Corps recruiting office a few days later. As I entered, a slim man who embodied the look of a Marine sergeant told me that I had to lose 80 pounds to enlist and I agreed. For the next eight months, I worked tirelessly to lose weight, gain the girl of my dreams, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
A year and a half later, I became a Marine and am dating the girl I nervously chatted up in high school. Most importantly, I have self-confidence.
How I accomplished my goals
At first, I thought I had to drop weight fast. I basically starved myself, skipped meals, and ate carrots and strawberries. I knew little about weightlifting and even less about proper nutrition.
I lifted weights with my friend before school at 5 a.m. and did abdominal workouts in empty classrooms during study hall and lunch. After school, I ran a lot. This pattern went on for months and the intensity increased exponentially.
There were many low points. Until I realized that slow progress was still progress, I was miserable. I kept reminding myself that I'd accomplish my goals if I stayed with it.
What aspect challenged me the most
Dieting was the hardest aspect. I was miserable until I realized that I needed to live healthier overall rather than implement a quick-fix diet. Cardio was a close second, though.
My future fitness plans
I'm currently coming off of a great bulk. I went from 175 to 196 pounds. The next few months will be dedicated to a clean cut and a healthy lifting routine. There's no end to sculpting a healthy physique. I'll continue to lift weights and the spirits of those around me.
Suggestions for aspiring transformers
- Success takes time. If you want it bad enough, commit to it, and set realistic goals.
- Stay positive. Don't listen to people who put you down. Negativity is cancer!
- Remain humble. Everyone is fighting their own battle. Lift up those around you.
How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals
Bodybuilding.com helps when I lack motivation to run further or lift heavier. The motivation boards give me an extra push to get off the couch and better myself. Many BodySpace members give helpful tips in the forums.
Clayton's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "Papercut" by Linkin Park
- "After Midnight" by Blink 182
- "Never Enough" by Five Finger Death Punch
- "Next Year" by Two Door Cinema Club
- "How You Like Me Now" by The Heavy