Why I decided to transform
I used to be inconsistent at the gym and couldn't maintain my gains because I went out drinking with friends, didn't sleep enough, and slacked on my diet. I went go to the gym, but only to mess around.
This offseason, I went from 185 to 215 pounds with 15 percent body fat. I committed to complete my goal this time and started my cutting phase when I hit 215 pounds. I wanted to show myself and the people around me that I was serious. I was tired of talking about transforming and not doing it.
When Bodybuilding.com launched the 2013 BSN Summer Shred Transformation Challenge the perfect opportunity presented itself. I used the 12-week challenge to my advantage and busted my butt.
Going into the contest, I wasn't thinking win or lose; I had my eyes on the transformation. Although I didn't win, the contest drastically changed my life. I never thought I could push myself so far. I saw how blessed I am because my family and friends fully support my vision. I realized with the right mindset and dedication that I can achieve anything.
How I accomplished my goals
I took every measure possible to make it to the end result. There were many days I felt like quitting because of the obstacles in my way. I live on a ranch in Oklahoma that's 30 minutes away from my gym, school, and work. I have to constantly prep my meals and load them with me on the go. I tug a giant cooler around everywhere so I never have the opportunity to cheat or miss a meal.
I pride myself on being able to finish strong. I didn't want to get out of bed or go to the gym after a 10-hour work shift, but I did. I woke up at 4:30 a.m. every day to do cardio and eat eggs before work at 6 a.m.
I'm happy with my transformation and wouldn't change anything. The inspiration from my family, friends, and girlfriend was vital to my success. When I didn't believe in myself they picked me up and put me back on the right path.
What aspect challenged me the most
The diet was my biggest struggle because I live far from everything and don't have the convenience to go home and eat. I precooked everything, planned ahead, and realized there aren't enough hours in the day.
After work and the gym, I came home and cooked. There where nights I didn't go to bed until midnight and got up for cardio at 4:30 a.m.
My future fitness plans
Seeing what I'm now capable of, I will let fitness take me as far as it can. I will never stop trying to better myself. My next goal is to get on stage and compete in men's physique.
Hopefully, I win a few shows, get my personal training license, and go from there.
Suggestions for aspiring transformers
- Switch up your proteins.
- Stay consistent and precook your meals.
- Drink at least a gallon of water per day.
- Set a goal and make steps towards it every day.
- Never set the bar unrealistically high.
- Always stay true to yourself.
How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals
I've read Bodybuilding.com articles for years. They helped me discover new diets, training routines, and supplements. I would still be screwing up if Bodybuilding hadn't run the BSN Summer Shred Transformation Challenge. Thank you, Bodybuilding.com.
Noah's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "Till I Collapse" by Eminem
- "I Will Not Bow" by Breaking Benjamin
- "Tear Away" by Drowning Pool
- "U.O.E.N.O. (Remix)" by Rocko
- "Choppa Choppa Down" by French Montana