Why I decided to transform
After a trip to Jamaica in May 2012, I went through the photos and was stunned. I still thought of myself as a young boy who played sports, but the reality was quite different.
I was old, out of shape, and looked awful. I didn't like my body, my lifestyle, or what I had become.
At the same time, someone I love around my age was diagnosed with cancer (she luckily got through it and is healthy). When sickness affects you or a loved one it makes you think about health.
Some people would consider my awful look and my friend's illness an unavoidable process: aging. I call it "experience" and used it as motivation to change my lifestyle and increase my health.
How I accomplished my goals
I picked a deadline to look my best ever on the next trip to the tropics. I attacked the situation from three angles: create a healthy diet, lift weights, and increase cardio. I used every opportunity for physical activity and made progress quickly.
I discovered a fitness model competition that took place a week before I left for vacation in Cancun and had eight weeks to prepare. I wanted to compete in a 40-plus category, but there were no age categories. I thought about it for a while and decided not to let age influence my decision and committed to compete.
On May 11, 2013, less than a year after I decided to change my life, I took my single-digit-body-fat physique to the Ultimate Fitness Events stage (UFE-Chaos in Montreal) to compete against kids younger than my daughters. I placed last out of 10, but was on stage with a big smile, a sparkle in my eye, and lots of pride. Hitting the beach a week later in the best shape of my life was even more pleasant.
What aspect challenged me the most
Considering it was and is a new lifestyle, the social aspect (dinners, drinks with friends, etc.) was the hardest part. It was tough in the beginning, but I managed to mix social activities with off and cheat days without destroying my hard work.
My future fitness plans
In the long term, I want to promote a healthier lifestyle, especially for the older crowd and French community because they don't have many resources tailored for them.
In the short term, at age 47 with the knowledge I gained from Bodybuilding.com about training, nutrition, and supplements, I want to continue developing a healthier body and lifestyle.
I will probably do more fitness model competitions in Quebec next spring, so get ready kids, because the old guy is coming and he'll be wiser and more ripped than ever.
Suggestions for aspiring transformers
Like Nike says, just do it! The first step is difficult, but once you start it becomes easier every day. Make sure you have a plan from Bodybuilding.com or a trainer and go for it. You owe it to yourself!
How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals
When I get interested in something, I become a fanatic. That happened with training and nutrition. I read books about training and nutrition, but mostly read everything I could on Bodybuilding.com.
I read most of the articles published in the last year and everything I could find on the forums, especially in the nutrition section. I also use Bodybuilding.com for quality supplements at a great price.