Why I decided to transform
I transformed because I was tired of being overweight and wanted to make the people I love proud. I had always been overweight, which wasn't easy because my goals and dreams shifted farther away every day. Life as an overweight person isn't easy or fun. I hid behind food and ate because it was an addiction I couldn't break.
It started on Christmas 2011, at a relative's house in the United States. My immediate family lives in another country and the day was emotional. I had many thoughts about my life and what I should change for the better.
At the time, all I did was eat badly, play videos games, and go out to drink and be careless, so I drew out a plan for my life to figure out what I wanted and came up with three goals:
- Lose weight.
- Be a model.
- Be an actor in Hollywood.
I had to lose weight, but I already tried and failed many times. This had to be different. I had the motivation and change of heart needed to transform, so I started watching motivational videos on YouTube and studied their words closely.
One quote from The Hip Hop Preacher stuck with me and said, "When you want to succeed as much as breathe, then you will be successful." That hit me hard and I almost cried because I realized at that moment that I wasted serious time doing stuff that was holding me back.
I started going to the gym with my cousin Mike and it was hard to see my extremely large self in there with fit people. I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but I needed to change my life. I haven't looked back since that day and can say it's the best thing that ever happened to me. Being fit and watching my body transform was an amazing experience.
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How I accomplished my goals
Everyone is different. What worked for me might not work for you, but one common trait everyone must have to transform is a strong mindset. I made sure to turn everything into a benefit that helped in a positive way.
It wasn't easy to start. I weighed 295 pounds of pure fat and people looked at me like an idiot for believing in my dreams, but I didn't listen. I pushed hard and trained my mind to be stronger than my body. I imagined myself living my dreams and being confident. A strong mind can move mountains and I set mine to believe I could be in great shape.
What aspect challenged me the most
I lost focus at one point and started partying and drinking, which set me back, but I put a stop to it when I saw myself get fat again. I didn't want to go back, so I put up a photo of my start day and used it as motivation to compete. I quit partying, drinking, and eating badly.
My future fitness plans
I plan to be the best at what I do. I will continue competing in male physique and be a successful fitness model. I also want to be a motivational speaker to motivate people to chase their dreams and use their time wisely. My transformation struggles will show them it can be done.
I studied film and am currently working on a documentary about bodybuilding and fitness. I want this documentary to encapsulate what it takes to get to a competition level.
Suggestions for aspiring transformers
Never doubt yourself and believe you can do it. Don't listen to people who say it can't be done.
There's nothing special about me and I transformed. The difference between me and someone who hasn't transformed is that I made a choice to change. Create a goal and put in work toward it. You can push harder when you have a deadline to meet.
How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals
Bodybuilding.com is a dictionary for fitness. It has supplements, workout info, ways to track progress, and endless motivation.
Jonathan's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "Cinema" by Skrillex
- "First Of The Year (Equinox)" by Skrillex
- "Bangarang" by Skrillex ft. Sirah
- "WEEKENDS!!!" by Skrillex
- "Find Yourself" by John O'Callaghan
- Gerry Navarrete - Visionaries Photography