2013 Spring Transformation Challenge Winner
*Results not typical
I have always been an active person and have enjoyed playing sports through my entire life thus far. In high school I was a three sport athlete involved with football, wrestling, and track and field. I have always tried to stay in shape, but I never had the physique like the workout models you see on television. Towards the end of high school, my brother and I got into weight-lifting and immediately formed a strong passion for the sport. As I started packing on pounds of muscle mass, I noticed that my body had changed into the form of a power lifter’s body. Big and bulky was the best way to describe my body type as I started and ended my college career. During college, I noticed my stomach and neck begin to expand due to my unhealthy eating habits. Eating an entire pizza by myself and looking for another snack five minutes later was a regular occurrence for me. My lifestyle in college caught up with me towards the end of my junior year when I weighed myself and saw that I was 215 pounds. I did not like the fact that I had a thicker neck and a much wider waist. As college finished up I was very excited to move back home and begin lifting weights again with my twin brother at Lifetime Fitness in Eagan, Minnesota. The environment the staff has created there makes every workout a positive and enjoyable experience. I instantly knew when I heard about the 90-day challenge that this was my opportunity to change my life for the better by modifying my body and eating habits. This is the hardest challenge I have ever taken on, but I do not believe in giving up on anything. I strive to challenge myself, experience new things, and ultimately grow as a person.
The first week was by far the hardest week to get through. The biggest struggle during week one was my diet. I love food, even worse, I love junk food. My new diet consisted of foods high in protein and I had to cut out all sugars, wheat, dairy and alcoholic beverages. I started dieting like a body builder would. All of the foods I decided to cut out were foods that I absolutely love, and I could not imagine going without them for one week, let alone 90 days. I committed myself to this goal and I pride myself on never giving up on anything. My diet also included adding lots of vegetables. This was another struggle for me, because I am known for ignoring all vegetables when it comes to dinner time. I forced myself to eat my greens with every meal and I also took Dynamic Greens from Lifetime Fitness, which helped my diet and vegetable intake greatly. I was hesitant to take fish oil because of the fish flavored burps that occurred about 30 minutes after use, but I tried Lifetime’s peppermint omega 3’s and absolutely fell in love with the product. I found that it gave me the energy that I needed especially when I started cycling my carbohydrate intake. By week three, I was already seeing results, which increased my confidence and gave me even more motivation to keep going strong and to not cheat on my diet. During my times of temptations and struggles I thought back to the prize factors of winning the 90-day challenge, but more importantly, I thought about how personally rewarding and accomplished I would feel if I stuck to the goal that I had set for myself. I have achieved this feeling, which is priceless to me. I weight-lifted five times a week and did cardio three to five times a week as well. My cardio consisted of running for about thirty to forty minutes at a time. I quickly noticed my endurance increased and found that cardio got easier and easier for me to do. Throughout my journey I did not stray from my diet once, because I knew if I fell into those temptations it would be hard for me to climb back out. I have learned a lot about myself during this process. This challenge has made me realize that I can do anything I set my mind to, but more importantly I learned that anyone can do anything in life if they truly believe in themselves and have the will and determination to make it happen. I accomplished my goal, and am very excited to tackle future challenges that arise in my life, in and out of the gym.