TT Transformation Contest Begin Date: May 5th, 2011
6-Week End Date: June 16th, 2011
Workouts used: TT Abs for first 4 weeks; currently using TT for Buff Dudes and Hot Chicks.
Measurements (before in parentheses):
- Height: 6 FT 3 IN
- Weight: 195 lbs. (205 lbs) = (-) 10 lbs
- Chest: 44 IN (43 IN) = (-) 1 IN
- Waist: 38 IN (41IN) = (-) 3 IN
- Hips: 41 IN (43 IN) = (-) 2 IN
- Thighs: 21 IN (22.5 IN) = (-) 1.5 IN
- Right Bicep: 14 IN (14 IN) = <No change>
I am extremely excited and proud of the progress I’ve made in the past 6 weeks. Not just because of those numbers above, but because of what I’ve done since I started using Turbulence Training this past February. You see, these numbers are only one-third of my transformation story...so far.
Half a lifetime ago (20 years), I had been one of those fortunate kids who could eat anything he wanted, exercise off and on, and keep a “fit and trim” look. (Some called me skinny, but I liked my phrasing a little better.) However, somewhere around the time I had been graduated from college and working for 2 years, my wife and I had our second child, and I seemed to pick up a bit of weight. Then we had another child a few years later, and I picked up even more (my wife thinks it was part of my competitive nature to out-do her in the baby weight category). Anyway, I never really lost any of that weight, and I didn’t really try.
Around the same time as our third child being born, my father had a heart attack, but had a successful 7-bypass heart surgery. The doctor’s told him it was because of his eating habits, as well as the arterial deterioration associated with the Diabetes he was diagnosed with at age 50. Now, Dad had always been a big guy and a big eater. His nickname had always been, “Grocery Store,” because that’s where the all of the food went. Unfortunately, after that he didn’t really change his diet the way he needed to. On my side of things, I, too, should have taken this as a warning and made some changes myself, but I didn’t.
So, moving forward to this past January, I found out that my father had to go in to get an angioplasty to open up some of his arteries, because they were starting to clog up again. This marked the beginning, and the end, of several things for me. With this information, I started to look at myself, both inside myself and everything around me. I looked at the fitness charts to see where my healthy weight should be, and I was well over that range, pushing toward the word OBESE. That shook me. Then, I started looking closer at my reflection in the mirror, and could see now what others could see. I always had this image of myself being “not too bad.” I’m pretty tall, and, as most people put it, “the weight looks good on me.” Well, I certainly didn’t look too good with just a pair of shorts on. I then thought of my wife, and our young children. I didn’t want them to have to worry about me in the next few years, starting to have the same health problems my father has had. I had to do something.
It was at that time, that I started searching. Ultimately, I landed upon Isabel de los Rios’ “Diet Solution Program.” I liked everything I read and what she had to say. So I purchased her program. As part of the buying process, she highly recommended an exercise program by some guy named Craig. Again, reading through the information, I liked what I read, so I bought it. I couldn’t have known it then, but those were two of the best purchases I’ve ever made.
So, when I read through the Diet Solution and started changing my eating habits, I also started my home exercises with “TT Beginner Total Torso Training.” I did start out pretty skeptical, and had set my goal at losing 10 to 15 pounds. But I stuck with it, and after the first 6 weeks, I had lost 10 pounds! So, I reset my goal to get into my healthy weight range, and after another 6 weeks, I had lost another 11 pounds, and was within 6 pounds of my healthy weight. I was floating on air. Friends and co-workers were starting to notice the change, and if they asked me, I couldn’t stop talking about it.
That’s when I saw the e-mails about the 11th TT contest beginning soon. I was again a bit skeptical that I would really be losing much more, since I had already made such incredible losses. But, I went ahead and took the before photos - “just in case.” I told my wife my new goal was to get down to my “fighting weight” of 185, like when she first met me. Now, she loves the way I’m looking already, but she said, “Yeah right! You’re 41 years old. You can’t get into better shape than you were when you were 21. You’ll look too skinny. Don’t lose anything else.” Of course, the only part I really heard was “you can’t”, which I took as an issued challenge. So, with that, my new goal became to not only get my weight down, but to be more physically fit than I have ever been in my life. I have never been able to get a six pack, and my chest has never had the cut look I have always dreamed of. So my hope is that, at the end of this 12 week run, I will have achieved those two additional goals of my younger years.
The motto, or phrase, I have taken to guide me through my body transformation is, “Keep your goal in front of you.” It is true that I have re-assessed and changed my goal several times through the process so far, but it has always been in front of me. In my thoughts and in the decisions I make. I love checking Facebook every morning, and seeing the Kekich credos that Craig puts out there. There is always something there, or in my e-mail, to remind me of what my goals are. Also, I have a little cartoon of a guy with a pole attached to his belt, extending over his head, and dangling a medal just out of his grasp, as he runs towards it. That is my visual reminder, which I intend to keep for the rest of my life, and apply to every aspect of my life.
I look forward to writing my next essay in 6 weeks. So, in the immortal words of Rocko, from the best movie ever filmed in Toronto, “Boondock Saints”: “I’ll catch you on the flipside.”