Name: Tonatiuh Rodriguez
Why I Got Started
I decided to change my body because the lifestyle I was living had gotten stale long ago. I became fed up with doubting myself in any endeavor I ever brought up.
If I saw an achievement I could accomplish, I would always degrade myself and say "I'm not good enough. The next guy is way better than me." I grew tired of the "what if" mentality.
I wanted to be inundated in self-confidence and most important of all, I wanted to feel good about myself.
How I Did It
I really do owe it to my sister. After she came back from her 2nd tour in Iraq with the U.S. Air Force, she stayed at my house for a few months. She has always been a steadfast athlete: participating in marathons, being a gym rat, mountain biking, you name it.
So, when she got back, we would often hang out and go out to lunch or what have you, and it was on one day, during breakfast, that the fateful conversation came up.
She asked, "So, how come you never try and go to the gym? You're always talking about it, saying you really want to go. Well, I can get you a free month at the gym down the street. Let's go today."
May 25th, 2010 was the day. So we went. And from that day on, I was addicted.
I had the fortune of meeting a trainer through a friend (his cousin), and my achievements grew 10-fold. Now, more than 60 lbs lighter, I live a new life.
I transformed myself. And I am the happiest I can ever remembering being, and I am in the best shape of my life, and I will only transcend further from this point on.
With Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner:
Post Workout and Before Bed:
Meal 2: Post Workout
- 4% Fat Hamburger Patty
- 100% Whole Wheat Bun
- with a leaf of Romaine lettuce
- sliced onions and tomatoes
- moderate amount of Ketchup (with no High Fructose Corn Syrup) and Mustard
- 1 scoop Whey Protein Powder
I've been doing 2 different types of workouts: I'm either on a full-body routine that I repeat each of the 3 days in the gym, or I'm on a routine that has me doing 1 different body part per day.
Here's my schedule for the full body workout:
- Monday: Full Body
- Tuesday: Off
- Wednesday: Full Body
- Thursday: Off
- Friday: Full Body
- Saturday: Off
- Sunday: Off
Full Body Routine:
For my 1 body part per day routine, I just break up the above workouts with the appropriate muscle day, and I concentrate on going heavy. I throw in either more sets with less reps or just new exercises.
Suggestions for Others
Search for a reason. Everyone and anyone that is even just flirting with the idea of beginning a physical and mental transformation is doing so because they have a reason for it.
Mine was rooted deeply in an intricate labyrinth of low self-esteem, non-existent self-confidence and lack of motivation and determination to better myself and annihilate all self-inflicted atrocities. When you find your reason, just add fuel and watch the flames roar.
Be patient with yourself. Results will come. Be very diligent in keeping track of everything. Keep track of weight change, body fat percentage change, lean body mass change. One thing that really helped me out was calorie counting, especially in the early stages.
Try and find like-minded people who can help motivate you and you can help motivate. I had the great fortune of meeting one of my best friend's cousins who happened to be a physical fitness trainer. Once I began a workout with him, the results that were already showing began to sky rocket.
It wasn't just because I started working with a trainer. He helped me further unlock my potential and drove my motivation and determination into the cosmos, and most important of all, stay humble.
In my own personal opinion, I believe it is important to remember where you came from and to never forget it.
Not only will it help you, but it will show the rest of the world you changed not only physically, but transcended mentally and spiritually.
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