Congratulations to our first winner, Mike from Pressing Towards a Goal, on his Grand Prize winning entry in the Turbulence Training Transformation Motivation Contest.
Mike has a won a Flip Video Camera and 1-Year Platinum TT Membership for his powerful story…
Let’s here how Mike has already transformed and lost 30 pounds and is continuing to change his body and lose fat everyday. Powerful stuff!
(Notice the HUGE emphasis on SOCIAL SUPPORT in Mike’s life, and because of that, Mike has regained his CONFIDENCE and FREEDOM…so please find your social support – online and offline – today!)
I dont know if this falls under these categories, but it’s something that I’ve achieved through using TT workouts and eating right and Im still working towards my final goal, but heres my story on getting back in shape and transforming my life.
We’ve all been there before. That point where you think to yourself, “Ok, I’m going to lose some weight and get back into shape.” I have caught myself thinking this for the last couple years, only to fall over and over again in attaining anything that I wanted.
I was expecting fast results in the quickest time possible, but not willing to make some of the sacrifices that it takes to actually lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, and live an active lifestyle. I had it in my head what I wanted, but didn’t know how to get there, and definitely wasn’t ready for the lifestyle changes that you have to adapt in order to reach a weight loss goal and in general, living healthier.
About a year ago, I was once again thinking the same things I’ve thought so many times before. “Ok, I’m going to lose weight and maintain and live a healthier life.”
Being one that had enjoyed numerous competitive sports growing up and enjoying anything that had some competitive side to it, I had actually found myself in a new spot that I hadn’t been before. I had a fire in me for gaining back what I had lost.
When I thought about when I had played sports and was active, I remembered how I felt about myself. My enjoyment for life, my social life with friends and family, and my overall love for life in general. It was in thoughts like these and self realization, that I knew I had to make a change.
I met a friend that was encouraging when I shared my thoughts and how I felt about things and she played a huge part in encouraging me along the way and keeping me accountable, and she actually deserves way more credit than I think she knows I give her for helping me reach goals I never thought I could reach. Both physically, mentally, and spiritually as well.
I also got back into contact with an old friend whom I spoke briefly to about weight loss and he shared with me his successes and failures and was very open and encouraging as well.
Darryl also shared with me what he had used to help him along his journey of weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle. He introduced me to Turbulence Training by Craig Ballantyne.
I can honestly say that with this program, for me anyways, and the people around you to hold you accountable and encourage you along the way, you will be successful and your life will change.
I started this program at 250 lbs. I was in shock.
How did this happen was my first thought. I knew now though, that I had the dedication and the people around me to keep me on track and help me along the way when I needed some encouragement. Recipe for success.
I knew I had to stick to it, as I had a goal in mind of getting back to where I once was. With little landmarks along the way, you can have success along the way of reaching small goals, on your way to your final goal.
I have continued on the TT workouts and have acquired a taste for healthy eating as well. No more fryer fast foods that I had become so dependent on. I had a goal in mind that I was going to hit, and nothing is stopping me.
Mind you, along the way there have been times when I’ve failed and missed days or ate things that weren’t a part of what I had planned. We all do.
It’s the part of you that can acknowledge you failed, and instead of getting down on yourself, you can look yourself in the mirror, think to yourself, “Ok, I can brush that off and there’s a new day.” That’s the new part of me that I hadn’t had before. In previous failures I would get so down on myself that I wouldn’t pick myself up and keep on going. I would simply give up because that was the easy way out.
You gotta be honest with yourself and be prepared to push yourself in areas and ways you never thought you could. It’s the pure enjoyment of knowing that you just did something, that before in your head, that thought would never come in as even being possible.
I am still on my way to my goal, but have lost 30 pounds in the few months that I have been on the program, and have changed my body greatly.
I’m not yet at my final goal, and I have failed myself many times along the way, but I have the proper mindset and people around me that encourage me and share in my successes and failures and that means everything to me. I am always ready to push myself in places I never have before. To reach higher and push harder. I have a goal that I will reach, and an image of myself that I will have.
I am now the happiest I have been since I remember playing sports when I was a teenager. I wish I had have known what the human body is capable of when we put our minds to something. I now have that excitement about life back, the enjoyment of everyday waking up and being able to share it with friends and family that are around to support me on my journey.
I have my social life back to where it used to be.
I am happy and outgoing with my friends again, not someone that feels down on themselves all the time with little to no self confidence. I am a new me and continue to push for my final goal, as I know I will hit it. And when I do, I know it will be a feeling like none I have had before.
I want to encourage everyone out there that has ever thought anything like this or just wants better for themselves. I encourage you to be realistic with yourself. Look yourself in the mirror, and as hard as it is, say what you don’t like about yourself. Know what you want to change and know why you want to change it.
I did this and it was extremely hard, but I knew I had to face myself before I faced anyone else or any type of challenge that would require something from me that I didn’t even think I had in me.
If you want to lose weight, YOU CAN DO IT!
Trust me, if I have done it, anyone can. It will change your life, I guarantee it.
I haven’t even reached my final goal yet, but I am a new person. I have gained something back that can’t ever be taken away. A love for myself again and a joy with life that I lost along the way due to simply not caring for myself in the way I should have.
You will gain back everything you’ve wanted for yourself and more. Just realize what your capable of, know why you want to change, and be prepared to push yourself. And when you fail, because you will, know that its okay, and you can pick yourself up and keep pressing towards your goal. You have to know where you’ve been to get where your going. So be realistic and honest with yourself.
I would highly recommend the programs set up in Turbulence Training by Craig Ballantyne, and have a good support group around you.
Share your goals with everyone you can. I found this very helpful. I told everyone and anyone I could about my new plan to lose weight and change my lifestyle. This made it much more challenging and rewarding, as I had people always asking how its going along the way.
Many of whom told me I wouldn’t do it, which really makes you want it so much more. So I thank all the people that tell me I cant do it, cause it helps that fire burn stronger. Don’t get discouraged. Stay positive, and work your tail off. Like I said, if I can do it, anyone can. Also, have some people around you that will encourage you and celebrate in successes and be there when you fail too. You need it. Friends are something that I have found played the biggest role in this other than myself.
Just wanted to say a quick thank you to Darryl as well for suggesting the TT programs and the advice he has offered along the way.
It truly has changed my life, and I can’t wait to hit my final goal. I encourage anyone that wants to lose weight to do it. You will be a whole new person in everyway when you start to become who you want to be.
I hope this helps in some way, and I will continue on my path of a healthier life and losing weight, all while gaining back what I lost along the way: my life.
Mike, thank you so much for sharing this amazing body transformation contest motivation story. I am proud of you, and you should be very proud of your results.
I also want to thank Darryl and everyone in your fat loss social support network for helping you achieve everything you have done so far.
Looking forward to your continued success!
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS