We asked our member Kevin about his Success with us at bodhi. Here’s what he had to say.
When was the exact moment you decided to get healthy?
I don’t know that there was one moment, per se, just an alignment of factors. I saw how friends and colleagues who hadn’t seen me in a while reacted to my weight, and I knew that physically I felt tired and unhealthy.
I didn’t plan to jump into the Mansformation program last fall; I had been doing the Basics program, but a lot of work travel (and a habit for having a couple slices of pizza for a post-workout meal) meant that I wasn’t make the progress that I felt that needed. I was ready to try something new when I heard that a new round of Mansformation was starting, and I figured that the timing was too good to ignore.
What did you see when you looked in the mirror before you started your journey and what do you see now?
I was never happy looking in the mirror before; it’s hard to be comfortable in your skin when there’s so damn much of it! Nowadays, I probably still focus too much on what I still need to lose, but I can see the change I’ve made so far, and I now have something to be proud of. It blows my mind when see photos and video from when I started!
What inspired you?
Before I started training, I was really good at making excuses. I told myself I was a lost cause. During the program, though, I saw other guys pushing through all their personal excuses. Some of these guys were battling health issues that arose from their weight, and I didn’t hear them complaining about it. I was also supported by some great trainers who helped me push myself, and I couldn’t have done it without canine Coach Cheech. We arranged a “one set, one pet” training protocol that kept me motivated and excited to get back to the gym every day!
How much weight have you lost?
I started the Mansformation which is a body transformation program for men in early November 2018, and I lost 28.75 pounds over twelve weeks. When I checked in in early May 2019 (six months after the start), I was down a total of 53.75 pounds. I’m not done yet, and I’m eager to see where I’ll be in another six months’ time.
What do you consider is your biggest accomplishment?
Obviously, I’m proud of the weight loss, but I’m more impressed that 1) I’ve been so consistent with my training and 2) that I’ve been able to get of bed early on a regular basis to get to the gym before work. I’ve never been a morning person, but now at least I can pretend to be one better!
What’s the one word that comes to mind when you want to describe yourself now?
Capable. Like I said, I didn’t have much confidence in myself when I started. I kept telling myself that I just needed a win, and I consider this fitness journey to be a victory. That’s helped me prove to myself that I’m capable of accomplishing something big when I put my mind to it. My next task is apply that mindset to the other challenges in life!
What are you most proud of?
I’m proud that I have been able to make my fitness a part of my life. I used to think that going to the gym was like going to the dentist; it wasn’t something I did because I enjoyed it, but rather because it was something I felt I had to do. Now, on the other hand, I look forward to it. Bodhi has become a major social outlet in my life, and the community I’ve met there give me another reason to keep coming back for the next day’s workout. Inspiring people.
What would you say to someone who is contemplating making a healthy life style change?
How do you get into a pool? If you wade in slowly, you’re going to feel the change in temperature inch by inch; however, if you just jump in, you’ll feel a shock for a few seconds and then be ready to swim. Don’t be afraid to jump into a change like this. Don’t give yourself an excuse to back out of it.
Remember that you’re not the first person to do this, and you won’t be the last. There are a lot of people around you who’ve been in your shoes or who are just waiting for someone to inspire them to take their own step. Embrace that, and the whole process will be less intimidating.
(Oh, and make sure you work out at a gym where there’s a dog!)
One word of advice for someone who has just begun their transformation journey?
I’d just say “congratulations” to them! The first step is the steepest one to take, and we all take that step for different reasons. The best way to help someone transform him or herself is to be supportive. I had a lot of people around me with this mindset when I started, and it kept me motivated without putting extra pressure on me.
What do you value most about bodhi?
The people. It’s kinda like the old sitcom “Cheers” where everyone knows your name. The support of the bodhi community and the comfort in knowing that the coaches have my best interest at hand gives me the confidence to push past my perceived limitations!
people inspiring people.
At bodhi, we believe in the power of positivity and that we are the average of the people we surround ourselves with. This is not a gym, we are a community of people inspiring people to transform their body and create their best quality of life.
When was the last time you looked and felt your best? We’d love the opportunity to meet you and demonstrate how we can help you create your best life. Schedule a visit and test drive the bodhi experience today!