WEIGHT 267 lbs
BODY FAT 25%
WEIGHT 208 lbs
BODY FAT 8%
As I walked past a mirror on December 28, 2010, I stopped and looked closely at myself. I was disgusted. I let myself go and didn't even recognize myself. I was in pretty good shape for a good part of my adult life, but after dealing with alcoholism and going through rehab twice I started eating a lot. I left one addiction for another.
For more than two years I packed on 50-plus pounds. I wanted to change my mind, body, and life. I went to the gym and started to get my life back in order.
I accomplished my goals because I made them a priority. I put my diet, exercise program, and motivation before all other activities. I strived to be healthier.
I firmly believe you can't just step gently into this type of program; you must jump in with both feet. I was my biggest critic and made sure I didn't settle no matter what. I was determined to accomplish a goal and move on to bigger goals. I was 110 percent committed.
The hardest part was finding ways to keep motivated through plateaus. I had to play mind games with myself. The best way for me to work through any doubt was to look for a guy in the gym that I wanted to look like and train like him. After all, he looks the way he does for a reason.
I'm thinking about doing a show in the spring, but I'm not sure if it will be bodybuilding or physique.
- Do it for yourself. When it becomes about someone or something else, you lose focus of what's important.
- Diet is key. It doesn't need to be perfect, but it has to be 80 percent perfect.
- Keep switching your regimen. The body is smart and it will adapt.
- Plan. Winging it won't get it done.
- Measure out your food. Most people under estimate what they consume and over estimate what they burn.
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