I've always trained to some degree, but never had the proper motivation. I started training after a tough period in my life. Health issues forced me to lose all motivation and gain weight. I went from 180 to 155 pounds and barely ate. When I got past my issues, I gained weight uncontrollably and went from 155 to 190 pounds.
When my health returned to normal, I promised to never go down this path again. I took a picture of myself so I would always remember what I felt like at the moment when I chose to live healthier.
I started to train and quickly felt my eating habits change after starting a solid training program. The results were instant. I gained muscle mass and lost body fat in the blink of an eye. I was motivated and kept training and eating well. Soon after, I set a goal to participate and win a fitness competition in Montreal, Canada, in September 2013. After that, I might pursue a career in the fitness field.
I often visited the Bodybuilding.com forum because it is a treasure trove of information on nutrition and workout plans. After collecting information on the forum, I put my knowledge into practice and my body quickly changed. I lost body fat thanks to a good meal and intensive fitness plan. I also had a good training partner to help me stay motivated and add variety to my training. Training with a partner gave me no excuse not to give 100 percent. We trained for two hours six times per week with no exceptions.
It's been a year since I started the program and I'm proud to see the results of my efforts. The two most important elements to succeed are training and discipline. I currently have a personal trainer who programs my diets and training plans. It's all uphill from here.
The hardest challenge was to change and adapt to my new lifestyle. My eating habits were terrible in the past. I ate anything that looked good. The good news is I have a metabolism that burns rapidly. With my bad eating habits, I could've easily been obese. It's my personality to give my all or nothing. In this case, I gave 100 percent.
I wake up at 6 a.m., eat breakfast, and leave for work at 7 a.m. When work is done at 4:30 p.m., I go straight to the gym for two hours and go to bed early and exhausted. This routine goes on for the entire week, except for Sunday, which is my off day.
I would like to make a career out of my passion. I thought about becoming a fitness spokesperson to inspire others to treat their bodies like a temple. I also considered becoming a personal trainer and showing people what worked for me, and what will work for them.
Consistency and persistence is key. You must never give up. Do your best, give it your all, and you will be rewarded. Good nutrition and training programs are your tools for success. Use free resources on the internet and people in the gym. Don't be shy to ask questions to those with experience. The more you know about nutrition and efficient training programs, the faster you will see results.
Bodybuilding.com was my main source for information. Many people on the site made phenomenal progress and showed me I could too. I hope my pictures motivate others like their pictures and stories motivated me.
Supplements on Bodybuilding.com are cheaper than anywhere else, which saved me lots of money. I posted pictures of myself after four months of training and received positive feedback that boosted my motivation. Bodybuilding.com is a source of motivation that allows me to track my progress.
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