Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a magic pill that we could take that would produce results while we sleep? It would burn excess fat, build lean muscle, give us super human strength, provide us with speed and stamina, and while its at it, might as well make us smart and good looking too right? I am going to go out on a limb here and say that there is no such product, but yet billions of dollars a year are spent on products that claim to provide people with one or more of these results! Maybe its just me, but it seems that people are willing to spend more time, money, and effort trying to get out of doing something than if they were to just do it and get it done. They must try the latest gimmick, apparatus, 7 Minute Abs, 6 Minute Abs, this chair, that diet; do people believe that they are entitled to look like they eat healthy and spend four hours in a gym a day without some basic effort? Entitlement is Paralysis as far as I see it. You can believe all day long that you deserve that promotion at work, but you know that unless you actually enjoy what you are doing and do the best you can with your present responsibilities, then you will never move forward. So why do people believe that they will become healthy and fit without putting in the work as well? I have found that the reason is “with success comes responsibility”. Once you achieve great results you become expected to maintain those results. People watch to see if you can keep results, or if what you did may be just a flash in the pan. This may be true to an extent, but people are human and life sometimes gets in the way. The best thing about getting results is knowing that if you put forth the effort, you can always get them again if what you did is reproduce-able. If you slip a little bit, its OK. Remember: All we can do is learn to do our best given any situation and enjoy life along the way. Otherwise, what is the point of living?
This is my transformation story: The picture above is of me, the one on the left is what I looked like up until around September of 2011, the one on the right was me a couple weeks ago. Before, I enjoyed good beer, ate way too much food, and hardly ever exercised, as you might have noticed. Unfortunately, I didn’t think there was anything wrong, I knew I was a little overweight, but I looked around and I thought I looked better than average. Well maybe on the outside I felt I was still better than average, but on the inside I was a mess. My blood work came back and I had high cholesterol, triglycerides were ridiculous, and blood pressure was higher than normal. Physically I was in the hole. How do you think I was doing mentally? Yep you guessed it, emotionally and motivationally I was a wreck. I was just going through the motions, and believe me, when you are in poor health, everything is in slow motion. I couldn’t stand it anymore. I was done feeling sorry for myself. No more unhealthy me. Being a competitive athlete in my younger years, I wanted to get back to a place in my life and health where I could run again, but that would take me losing at least 46 pounds. I am six foot tall and in September I was 226 pounds and probably around 30% body fat. First things first, I quit drinking excess calories such as alcohol and soft drinks and started exercising a few times a week. I had some success and started feeling better about myself, but I like so many people was still looking for that magic pill. I thought that I didn’t have enough time to workout, nor did I feel I could spend the time to cook healthy food for myself. Boy was I wrong. I found out about Beachbody and their Beachbody Challenge, 90 days commit to drinking Shakeology and doing a work out every day at home. I thought this is what I have been looking for, a chocolate shake everyday and I get to workout in my own space where I don’t have to worry about people seeing me do push-ups from my knees. Sign me up! On January 11th, 2012 I weighed in at 206 pounds and 24.1% body fat. I drank Shakeology every day and loved it. I felt good instantly, reduced my coffee intake drastically, and looked forward to my new breakfast with eagerness. I started pushing play on my DVD everyday and did the workouts religiously. I chose P90X as my workout program because I had heard great things about the format of the program and how quickly people were getting results based on the effort they put in. I also changed my eating habits. No longer did I eat anything that was modified, processed, or artificial. This was of paramount importance to get the noticeable fat loss that hides the body’s more famous muscles. Without nutrition there can be no six pack (as you find out when you get older). After 90 days I was 180 pounds and 11% body fat. I was hooked! I decided that I was ready to make my comeback on the Triathlon circuit. A few weeks later I started P90X2. When I started I was 175 pounds and 10% body fat. This program was developed to build upon the results from P90X. I started swimming, riding, and running as a supplement to the P90X2 workouts. After 14 weeks, I am 166 lbs and 7% body fat. I recently went in to have my blood work taken again and I have lost 90 points on my Cholesterol and everything else is within normal ranges. I feel amazing. I competed in my first Triathlon in 18 years this past July (Castaic Lake Sprint Triathlon). Tomorrow I am going to compete in Race #2 of that Triathlon Series. It is my hope that since this past month I completed the Performance Phase of P90X2 that it has helped to grow me as an athlete. I definitely feel faster and my training times have improved, so lets see if I can put them all together.
The whole point here is that there is no magic pill to get results. You still have to put in the work if you want the rewards. The smart thing to do is to do things that are proven to work. Commit to regiments that are reproduce-able. Be smart about your nutrition. Have a want and desire to do your best in any situation. You will get results if you follow this advice.
Here are some links that helped me and I know they can help you succeed as well. If you are open to it, I will help you achieve your goals, no matter how lofty you feel they may be!