A Little About Me
Let me tell you a little about me. You see, I didn’t always have a passion for fitness. I wasn’t always in shape. Once upon a time (and even occasionally still) I struggled with food. I didn’t want to get up and exercise. I didn’t want to be active. I wasn’t a couch potato per say, but I was lazy. I was overweight, and I was ashamed of myself. I was embarrassed to take my shirt off. I was embarrassed when my stomach was sticking out. I was self conscious when around people that were fit. I even resented people that looked good, feeling that they thought they had it all figured out. That they were better than me. You see, I had it all wrong….
For Christmas my wife got me a pass at the gym. I was like, ‘hmm, okay, I guess that is a hint’. You see at the time, I didn’t really give too much thought to working out or anything. I ate what I wanted when I wanted, and it showed. I was starting to bust out of my size 36 pants, and at 5’9 and 210 lbs I was downright portly. So, long story short, I purchased a workout book and followed the workouts. I lost some weight. How much I don’t remember. I do remember though that I didn’t count my calories and on the weekends, I would basically eat and have whatever I wanted. In essence, I took the weekends off. And how frustrated I got!!! I could not lose the weight! ” This crap doesn’t work”, I said. “It’s my body, I can’t help it”, etc. I made all the excuses, but the funny thing was I really believed them. I really thought it was because some people were just destined to not get in real good shape and be lean, and have the body of their dreams. Have you ever felt like that? I went through this rut for 8 long years…
I had long been a follower and reader of Tom Venuto, one of the true good guys in bodybuilding. I was on his mailing list, which was one of the best decisions I ever made. I saw that he had a challenge coming up. A 14 week body transformation challenge. The goal was to see who could transform their body the most in 14 weeks. Not lose weight, but to lose fat, and gain muscle (which is doable by the way). The winner would go to Maui. Seeing as I had been to Maui, I knew how amazing it was so I decided to dedicate myself 100%. I will spare you the details, but you can read about them on my post about consistency. Anyhow, I worked my tail off and got a top 10 result. Hmm, not Maui, but I did get a free Kindle, which I use to this day. But the thing was, I had done a couple things:
- I had figured it out. I finally understood what it took to lean down, build muscle, and look and feel great.
- I had also grown to love it. I had developed the passion for fitness, bodybuilding, nutrition, etc.
You see, here is the tough part. For anybody to be successful, they HAVE to want it inside. They HAVE to have the desire to want it for them-self. They can’t want it for their spouse, or for anything else. They have to have that burning desire inside that says “This is mine. I got this, and there isn’t anybody or anything that can detour me from it”. Until you have that, you won’t succeed.
So, in the past couple years, I have competed in a Men’s Physique Bodybuilding Contest, and I am preparing for another on November 3rd. I have become a Certified Personal Trainer. I have grown to love it. Even when I am getting up at 4am, while preparing for a contest, even while doing the Stairmaster at 5am. I love the challenge. I love pushing my body to the limits. I love the personal growth that it has given me. I love the mental strength and toughness that I have gained from it. I love the willpower it has taught me. I love the science of nutrition and learning how my body reacts to certain diet programs or certain workout programs. Every single thing about it I love. I love teaching people about it. I love talking about it. I love reading about it. I love learning about it. I could go on and on. It is a passion that I am extremely grateful to have in my life. I frequently tell my wife “the greatest gift or present you ever gave me was the gym membership.” Without it, who knows where I would be. I could be pushing 300 lbs by now, unfit, unhealthy, and unable to do the most basic things in life.
So here’s my message to you. If you want it; If you want to get healthy; If you want to lose weight; if you want to change your life, YOU CAN DO IT. The only thing stopping you is YOU. Get on board, make a commitment that you will change, no matter how hard it may be at first, no matter how tough it is, you will push through and be mentally tough, mentally strong, you will do it. No question about it.
Join me on the journey, and please, reach out to me if you need any help.
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