2012 Spring Transformation Challenge Winner
*Results not typical
1. What motivated you to sign up for the challenge?
I was extremely overweight and not happy with my health or appearance. My friends and family did not even recognize me anymore. I did not even recognize myself in the mirror. My clothes stopped fitting me and shopping for new clothes was a depressing experience.
I realized it was time for a change. I had recently hired a trainer, Nate Gearhart, a Lifetime training specialist, and I told him I wanted to enter the 90 day challenge. He was very supportive of my decision and together we were confident that we would work hard and achieve my goal.
I thrive on competition. I really felt that the challenge was just what I needed to get me motivated to lose weight and get in shape.
2. Was this your first time doing the event?
This was my first time doing the event.
3. What was your initial goal? Did you reach it?
My initial goal was to weigh between 170 to 180 pounds. That was my weight in High School. Yes, I am proud to say I reached my goal. It has been 14 years since the last time I weighed that much.
4. What challenges did you experience?
This was the most difficult things I ever had to do in my life. My biggest challenge was my body resisting the change. I had to fight through many injuries, old injuries and new ones, because I was severely out of shape. I was so heavy I had bad knees so I couldn’t run. I had to walk at a slow pace at first and ice my knees every night when I got home from the gym. My legs were so big they constantly rubbed together and that would cause bad chaffing and blisters. So, I would have to bandage them up before every workout. My chest was so big it would bounce and rub against my shirt and cause my nipples to bleed. So, I would have to put Band-Aids on before every cardio session to keep them from rubbing. I also developed bad bronchitis and the flu about 30 days into the challenge so I had to take time off of training.
Breaking bad habits:
I was a severe over eater. I had never been successful at dieting or watching what I eat. Chinese food buffet and French fries were my favorite. I had to break the habit of over eating and learn to eat healthy. I restricted my meals to 6 small meals a day consisting of 4-6 ounces of meat and a fruit or vegetable on the side and drank 6-8 bottles of water a day. My favorite meals were the spinach bean salad and chicken salad from the life cafe. It really helped me portion my meals so I didn’t over eat. I also had to give up soda and drinks loaded with sugar.
5. What kept you motivated?
Many things kept me motivated such as the chance to win a trip, the Rocky soundtrack and movies, a good playlist while doing cardio and the thought of having a nice looking body again. Most of all, having people who believe in you and pick you up off the ground when you think you just can’t go on any more.
6. What was the most rewarding part of this experience?
Recognizing myself in the mirror again is probably the most rewarding thing. This gave me back my confidence. I can wear clothes again without feeling self-conscious. I can go shopping without having to check if the cloths are XXL. I have the energy to be active again.
7. What did you learn?
That to be successful at achieving your goals you have to make sacrifices. I had to give up a lot and make many sacrifices. I stopped watching TV all day, smoking cigarettes, and eating junk food. I gave up drinking 4 liters of soda every day. I stopped going out to eat all the time and prepared more meals at home. The most difficult sacrifice was I had to spend less time at home with my family and my girlfriend. But they were so supportive through it all and I really could not have done it without them. I learned to remove myself from negative influences and tried to maintain a positive attitude through it all.
8. What, if any, tools or accountability metrics did you use to stay on track?
I kept a before picture, a scale and a calendar next to fridge. I tracked my weight every day. I marked my target weight on the calendar on the date of the weigh-outs and crossed off every day that past.
On my calendar I also tracked my weekly short term goals and my long term goals.
I kept a log of all my workouts every day and tracked my progress.
In addition, I told everyone about my goal to win the 90 day challenge and told them all to hold me accountable.
9. What support system did you have to help you?
My family, friends, my lifetime trainer and the other trainers and staff at lifetime were my support system. Lifetime became my second home. I was training more than 6 hours a day. I could always count on someone walking by while I was on the elliptical to give me thumbs up to keep me going.
10. What are you going to do now?
Now, I am still going to the gym every day and exercise for about 2 hours. I spend one hour doing cardio and one hour lifting weights.
I am still maintaining a great diet and my meal portions are much smaller and healthier.
I am more active in life. I love to walk everywhere now. My favorite thing to do to stay active, besides the gym, is go for long walks on a nice day with my girlfriend and my dog. I truly love my new life. My new motto, thanks to my experience with Lifetime and the 90 day challenge, is “I can do it all in my life time.”