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I am most proud of my ability to push through even when I don’t feel like doing… learning to push through it and realizing that no one else is going to do it for me has been what I’m most proud of.

The exact moment I decided to transform – 

I would have to say it was probably during the walk up to my apt after being stopped by Anthony on the street to come into Bodhi for a running seminar. I knew I could just ignore the request (even though he said he saw me all the time….) or go see what this gym was all about – try something new that was a bit unexpected and scary… am so glad I decided to try something outside my comfort zone.

What did I see in the mirror – 

Then – a typical marathoner.  In decent cardio shape but not much more healthier then that.  I knew I was kinda small and not very strong but hey I could always outrun my problems or so I’d tell myself.
Now – a Golden Boy.  Still able to run but now much healthier all around. I am much stronger and have much better nutrition, more confidence with a willingness to try anything new and challenging. 

How much weight have I lost– 

I’ve lost almost 19 pounds 2 times – haha let me explain.  When I started following my nutrition to the first bodybuilding show 3 yrs ago I lost 19 lbs. After the show for the past 2 1/2 years have been having a very slow “bulk” resulting in the beginning of this year I was back up to the 190 I started at, but at a lower body fat percentage due to the slow (but steady) muscle gain.  For the second show this year I have been on a “cut” and have so far lost 17 lbs and plan to go further…while looking much more cut due to all the muscle underneath this time.

Biggest challenge –

Nutrition – Breakfasts, I didn’t eat them before and now can’t live without them. That was a major change that took awhile to adjust to.
Generally – I’d say to keep pushing.  Once you make an initial goal it’s hard to not rest on your laurels but to keep pushing for the next goal.  But as good as this first goal felt the next one that was that much harder will feel that much better to achieve.

Biggest accomplishment – 

Getting Anthony to do a Spartan Race lol.. In all seriousness I’d say getting on that bodybuilding stage.  That was sooooo far outside my comfort zone, but it’s probably one of the biggest fitness accomplishment I’ve felt I’ve done… so far 😉

One word – 

I know I was given the nickname kinda in jest but I really do like the “golden boy” idea.  I always try to have a positive attitude at Bodhi to maybe help to lighten up someone else day, I always try to follow the “Golden Rule” of doing onto others as you would have them do onto you, and as was pointed out recently to me gold is a soft metal which I view not as negative but rather as allowing others to mold and change it but knowing along with being soft gold is also an un-reactive element which doesn’t allow this transformation to change its basic essence. 

Proud of – 

I am most proud of my ability to push through even when I don’t feel like doing. Half the battle in remaining consistent is the mental side of things, and all the excuses you make in your head as to why you can’t do something. I still struggle with this from time to time, but learning to push through it and realizing that no one else is going to do it for me has been what I’m most proud of.

What would I say to someone- 

Most Proud –  I’d say the ambassadorship. That I’m seen as a role model and some a fellow member can go to for advice.  I love helping others by either going for a run with them, deciphering what a movement called a chicken wing is, getting a pump on in advanced class, or just sharing a friendly smile. 

One word to Future Self

I’m coming for ya!

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