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Amazing Transformation

Jason's Amazing Fitness Journey 

I can't speak highly enough for my client and friend Jason.  He is a prime example of what hard work and dedication can do not only for your body but your mind overall wellbeing too.  

With a full time job and business to run along with a wife and 4 kids, time is not abundant for him.  If he heard that excuse from anyone he might smack them.  Actually, that's unlikely, as he's a very nice guy in addition to be a dedicated person.  t 

He is currently down over 50 pounds and is in the best shape of his life doing things he could never do before.

There's nothing magical about his transformation.  It's just professional programming, coaching, and follow through on his end.    

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Health and Fitness Transformation – John

 “If I can do it, you can do it”, is the best adage there is for summoning the courage to get your ass in gear and make things happen.  When we see the proof; real people starting their personal fitness journeys and achieving great results, we learn we too can do it.  It shifts our paradigm from believing excuses to ‘hey maybe I can do this’.  There is no reason why you can’t have your own health and fitness transformation.  

Check out a piece of John’s story 

What got you started on your fitness journey?

Realization that I didn’t have to live with the pain that I was experiencing and that my years of living a sedentary lifestyle was not allowing me to be the man I wanted to be.

In what ways has your life changed since you made your fitness a priority?

Physically I feel the best that I have in a long time…..I was a sedentary kid that became a sedentary adult who was on roller coaster diets that weren’t sustainable for long-term weight management. The lack of strength in my upper body & lower back was creating back pain for basic things like driving; I was taking OTC pain meds (Advil) daily.

Mentally I am much more confident in my appearance and abilities.

What fitness accomplishments are you most proud of?

1. I’ve gone from a body fat level of almost 30% down to the 15% range (and I’m not done yet)….words can’t describe my feelings about this accomplishment – the ‘man boobs’ are gone and they’re never coming back!

2. The upper body strength to do pull-ups….I had mentally convinced myself at an early age that I could not do them and here I am at 45 finally doing them.

3. I’m less stressed mentally/emotionally…..nothing else in my life has changed – I have the same job, family responsibilities, etc but now that I feel better physically, I handle life’s stresses better – when I do find that I’m stressed and I can’t get it out of my head though, that’s a good time to take a walk, jump on a treadmill or go grab some dumbbells.

4. NO back pain.

What would you say to people with the ‘I don’t have time’ excuse?

You can’t view it as just another activity to add to your daily routine, you have to view it as a change in lifestyle that’s going to allow you to live a better life. If you get your head wrapped around feeling better, you’ll stick with it and make changes that are sustainable and not just short-term.

What are some of your current goals?

1. Continue to chip away at body fat especially in my mid-section…an overall 10-12% body fat level feels like the right number to continue to work towards.

2. Add muscle in my upper body especially in my arms and chest.

3. 50 pull-ups in a work out session.

4. Same level of proficiency with tricep push-ups as I have with regular push-ups.

What motivates you to keep going?

The progress that I’ve made so far….with how I feel and look after 8 months, I can’t wait to see where I am when I hit the 1 year mark, 18 months, etc.

The sign that you have posted in your gym….’When you think about quitting….remember why you started’….I have that burned into my mind.

What is one adversity you’ve had to overcome in your life (doesn’t have to be fitness) and how did you handle it?

Lack of self-confidence & that internal voice of doubt….constant work in process.

What would you say the biggest 3 keys have been to your success?

1. Desire to feel & look better.

2. Great coaching & guidance that I’ve received from you on diet, strength & conditioning….thanks for meeting me where I was but pushing me through the weekly plan.

3. Complete change in how I view food…specifically with how/what/when I eat.

What do you do with your free time?

I’m a proud dad to my two sons….keeping up with their activities and supporting them.

I enjoy working outside….with 6 acres to maintain, there’s always something to do.

KC sports….love watching and cheering for the hometown teams (Royals, Sporting KC & Chiefs)

Name one hidden talent you have.

I’m highly detailed & organized (some call it OCD)….I focus on looking out for things that can be problematic before they happen

Name one talent you wish you had.

Carpentry skills

What advice would you have for someone who is struggling to make the changes in their life that they want and need?

Be honest with yourself about why you aren’t making the changes on your own…..for me, I honestly didn’t know what to do even though I thought I did. I really didn’t know how to eat right or which exercises I needed to do – I also lacked patience to chip away at it on my own so I would get frustrated….it was easier to avoid it since that was the path of least resistance. Get a good coach to work with and keep you motivated. Remember, iron sharpens iron.

Be ok starting where you are….don’t judge yourself based on where others are, focus on where you want to be. If I can go from never doing a pull-up to now doing them – you can too.

I hope you have enjoyed this story.  Thank you for reading! If you have any questions or if I can help in any way, please let me know!  

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From over 300 pounds to marathon runner – How’d she do it?

Meet Allison – an inspiring success story who continues to push her own limits.  In the past few years she has gone from over 300 pounds to marathon runner, all while raising 3 kids and working a full time job!  Her motto is ‘if you want it bad enough, no excuse will stop you’.  She definitely lives by this!
What got you started on your fitness journey?
A friend suggested we run a 4 mile race together.  We had 8 months to train. I had never run a mile in my life previously.  Never.  I walked the mile in elementary school.  I took PE in 9th grade to avoid taking it in high school.  I needed every minute of those 8 months if I was going to make the 4 mile goal of running.
In what ways has your life changed since you made your fitness a priority?
On the surface, I have a new schedule, new routine, new goals…all the things you would expect.  Deeper down, I’m more fulfilled in my life, happier, healthier (physically & emotionally), more organized and can prioritize better (including emotionally, like what to worry about).
What fitness accomplishments are you most proud of?
Chicago Marathon 2017.  Ran it, made my goal, beat my husband, and didn’t eat Vasoline.
With 3 kids and a full time job, how are you able to maintain your fitness?
Get up early & get it done and have accountability (including a network of people that depend on me and goals to meet)
What would you say to people with the ‘I don’t have time’ excuse? 
Make time.  I used to not have time for fitness either before I had kids.  If you want it bad enough, you’ll make time.  Figure out the things that are important to you – if it’s beer drinking, then make time to go drink beer, but if it’s fitness, then replace beer drinking with fitness.  But, please don’t say you don’t have time.  You have the time, you just chose to use it for other activities.  Own it.
What are some of your current goals? 
Do a real pull-up. Beat my husband in Chicago 2018.
What motivates you to keep going?
Myself.  I’m in this for me.  I became successful when I stopped doing it for other people and did it for me.
What is one adversity you’ve had to overcome in your life (doesn’t have to be fitness) and how did you handle it?
I’ve had plenty of obstacles to overcome – none specific enough to share.  Everyone struggles, even the people that I admire and make it look easy.  I’ve learned this and that it isn’t worth complaining about because the person next to you likely has something just as terrible or even worse.  My struggles may seem terrible to me but when I put them next to friends that have lost children to suicide or tragic accidents leaving spouses disabled, my woes aren’t that bad.  It’s all perspective.  Being skinny or strong doesn’t make life any easier – that person just has what you want on the surface.  And, being skinny or strong doesn’t create happiness.  I used to think it did – it really doesn’t.
What would you say the biggest 3 keys have been to your success?
1. Planning 2. Accountability. 3. Support network of people
If you could put one message on a billboard, what would it be?
Invest in Yourself
What do you do with your free time?
I have 3 kids ranging 2-7 years old.  I don’t have a lot of free time. I’m pretty good at Candy Crush though when I’m in-between their activities.  Otherwise, I like to run early on Saturday mornings and then enjoy a 45 min nap in the afternoon.
Name one hidden talent you have. 
I’m pretty amazing at Ms Pac-Man – the old school one that used to be in Pizza Hut. I’ve only met 1 person that can beat me and I could probably smoke him now.
Name one talent you wish you had.
Sing.  I’m tone deaf according to my husband.
What advice would you have for someone who is struggling to make the changes in their life that they want and need?  
1. Make a plan and make yourself accountable.  If you want to lose weight, plan your calories for the day and only eat what you have planned.  If it isn’t written down, don’t eat it until you write it down.  If you want to get stronger, plan your exercises and have in mind what you’re going to do at the gym before you even get there.  If you don’t plan, you’re going to waffle in space and likely be unsuccessful in the long term.  2. Stop worrying about the future.  Your goals may be large, but they’re going to take awhile to get there.  Stop looking at it like you need to lose 50 or 100 lbs.  Look at the week ahead.  Make a plan for it.  Celebrate when you lose any weight that week. Stop worrying about how you’re going to manage your fitness during vacation that is weeks away.  Worry about today.  And then, when it’s time for vacation, make a plan.  I didn’t start out by running 4 miles at one time.  I ran 30 second intervals followed by 90 seconds of walking and thought I was going to die.  Literally die. I celebrated when I completed my plan for the day (thank you couch-to-5k) and had to stop thinking about the fact that I just struggled at 30 seconds and was going to have to make it to 45+ minutes of running.  I would have never made it otherwise. 3.  Give yourself 6 weeks. It takes about 6 weeks to form a habit.  Give it your honest effort for 6 weeks and then re-evaluate.  If you’ve tried it and you still hate it, then you know that you honestly tried.  I think so many of us half-ass things for a short period of time and then throw in the towel.  Stop putting forth half of your potential. 4. Be happy in whatever you’re doing.  If you’re not being successful at losing weight, then just be happy and accept yourself for you.  Stop wasting your days being overweight & unhappy.  Your weight does not define your happiness.  You do. We spend so many days thinking the glass is half empty when it’s all about our perception.  Find happiness in your life and your goals will find you.

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