What’s Your Breaking Point?

images4Have you ever heard the story of the boiling frog?

It goes like this…

When you place a lil’ froggy in a pot of boiling water, the frog’s immediate reaction is to jump like crazy to get out of that pot and escape “un-boiled”.


If you put that same lil’ froggy into a pot of cool water and slowly heat the water up to a boil, Mr. Frog will just sit there until it’s too late for him to escape. He’ll be cooked before he realizes the danger he is in.

So what’s that mean to you?

It’s simple.

A lot of us are making seemingly harmless little decisions everyday (you know, getting the chips with your sub at Subway or turning that one reward meal into three each week).

Each one of those decisions adds more belly fat and with enough of these bad choices can lead you down the path to some really serious and nasty diseases.weightscalessm

We’re slowly allowing ourselves to be boiled.

We are…

  • Making small little diet mistakes each day that then become bad habits and cause us to gain belly fat
  • Making excuses to skip workouts and slowly get off track
  • Waiting and waiting and waiting to get started
  • Not looking deep inside ourselves for internal motivation to change
  • Not seeking out social support from others
  • Resistant to change
  • And just not taking baby steps each day to improve our health, fitness, and body transformations

So I have one question for you…

Well, actually, I have two questions, but you’ll only be able to answer one.

1) What is your “breaking point” required to to stick to your program and keep up that motivation? What will finally cause you to make the healthy changes for good and what do you need to help you stick to it?


2) If you already have had your breaking point and succeeded, tell us what it was and how you were able to stick to your changes.

Believe me, your answers will inspire and encourage thousands of other men and women to succeed.

When I take a look at all the TT Transformation Contest Success Stories, there is one common element to their stories.

They all hit a BREAKING POINT.

That got me thinking – especially after my blog post yesterday about how my Dad would be celebrating his 70th birthday if he had lived a better life.

But he never hit a breaking point.

So have you? Or are you still waiting to reach yours?

What’s your breaking point?

Have you hit the point where you are FINALLY ready to change?

If you are, here’s the solution for you.

It’s called the 12-Week TT Transformation Contest.

This is our 28th contest. I’ve given away over $150,000 to our winners over the last 10 years.

It’s been life-changing for so many people, and it will change your life, too.

Best of all, it’s free to enter and win my money.

Go here and read how to get started in the free TT Contest today

Looking forward to seeing your big transformation.

Stay strong and get stronger,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS – Again, here are the steps.

1) Decide that it’s finally time to change.

2) Go to www.TransformationContest.com/rules to get started.

3) Change your life and win my money! 🙂

Good luck to everyone!

  • James

    I got married when I was 25 and I weighed 135 lbs. at 5’8″. I had always been really, really skinny and could not gain weight to save my life. In the 7 years after I got married, I gained 38 lbs. although my eating habits had not changed. In fact, they improved. Now that I was married, I was eating home cooked meals (my wife is a vegetarian) rather than the pizza and wings I ate with my buddies when I was single. Many of my family members are morbidly obese and suffer from various health ailments. My wife and I went to the beach 2 years ago, and I was embarrassed to take off my shirt. I thought to myself – “I am only 32 and already well on my way to repeating the same bad habits of my family members. Habits that make them and the people they love very unhappy”. I decided then to make a difference. In the 2 years since, I have changed my eating habits and exercised regularly. I first went down to 148 lbs. and less than 10% body fat. Then, once I purchased Turbulence Training (which I primarily bought to gain more mass), I have gone from 151 lbs. to 159 lbs. with 12% body fat in only 7 weeks. I feel better about myself and the example I am setting for those that I love. My mother started exercising and eating better and has lost 30 lbs. largely due to my encouragement. She still needs to lose a lot more. My wife (although very healthy since I’ve known her) has begun taking exercise more seriously due to Turbulence Training and a healthy lifestyle is now our lifestyle. My biggest motivation is simple: I am a man. I should not have ever had boobs! I will never have them again!

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Great stuff James, very proud of you!

  • Angela

    My breaking point is the realization that I will be 40 in November. I am overweight at 205 (6 feet tall) and smoking. I don’t want to be overweight or be “cigaretting” as my 4 year old niece calls it. I am ashamed to say that I did get down to 165 two years ago (low carbing) and was fairly fit. I thought I had finally found peace. But slowly the weight crept back. Now I am terrified. You see my father died at the age of 40 from a heart attack. He had his first one when he was 28 from smoking three packs a day (he quit immediately). My mother doesn’t even know I smoke. She would kill me. Now I am afraid that I have a death wish hanging over me. I need to get healthy so I am around to play with my nieces and the one that is on the way. I need something – maybe an intervention. I want to change I really do but I have lost “it” whatever “it” is to get me back in the gym. I play softball three days a week and love it and take my nieces swimming for 5 hours at a time once a week so being physical is a part of my life. I just can’t get myself back in the gym. I have 12 weeks before my birthday and 30 pounds of fat to lose. I guess what I need is to take it one day at time starting today and doing the TT beginner workout. Yes, that is what I will do. That and start having a healthy relationship with food.

    Well that is my long story. I think I just made a turning point thanks to this blog post. Thanks Craig for your great blogs. I enjoy reading them and everyday I learn something new.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Angela, thank you for sharing. I know you can do it!


  • Carol

    I don’t think there was a dramatic moment when I looked at myself and said “that’s it!” and went home and began full blast. But I do remember what made my thinking change from a resigned “I look about as good as anyone can expect for a 38 year old mom of 3 young kids” to “I can look and feel as good as I want, it’s all in my own hands!”

    I’m a mom. And like many moms, weight creeped on with each new child, but not enough to make me panic. I was actually pretty okay with it, since I looked a lot like most moms I know.

    Once I became a parent, I found a wonderful group of moms. The day my thinking about my own health changed was the day a very wise member of that group, someone I’d watched climb to a weight of over, I’m guessing, 300 p0unds, told the group that she had found online communities for “body acceptance” and embraced the idea. She explained that she had decided to accept that this was her new body, and she couldn’t change it, so she would work on being happy with it. While I agree that it is unhealthy to fall into depression because our bodies bear the scars of motherhood, I suddenly saw this person I had seen as the wisest I knew as a very UNwise person, giving up, jeopardizing her health, actually BELIEVING that changing her weight was out of her hands. I couldn’t join in with the chorus congratulating her on her new outlook. How could she be so careful about what entered her children’s bodies (she was adamant about all organic food and natural home products to protect her children’s health, as were many of us), and so careless about her own health? I felt shocked, but the group of moms all agreed with her and each other that motherhood made it impossible to get fit:
    1. leaving jobs to take care of children made joining a gym too expensive, and selfish to boot
    2. Taking care of the kids and the house all day and scheduling classes and playdates left no time for long workouts.
    3. Waking up throughout the night to nurse a baby left us too tired to work out.
    4. Spending so much time preparing food for the family left us nibbling all day, and not on veggies.
    And on and on.

    That meeting became a group of overweight women telling each other why it was okay to not do anything about it. At a ‘mere’ 15-20 pounds over my ideal weight, (and pretty svelte by comparison to most in the group) I had not felt a need to do anything about my own fitness, so there was no “breaking point” at which I looked at my own body and became dissatisfied with it. Rather, it was that moment that I first had the thought that I, too, had “accepted” my new mom-body as inevitable. I was being just as unwise.

    Slowly, and more to test my idea that we didn’t have to accept our fate than a real effort to meet a certain weight loss goal, I began to make different daily decisions and I began to drop a little weight. I really WAS in charge! There’s nothing inevitable about it! So I added a little more activity, did a little more research, and thought I might be able to look “pretty good for a middle aged mom of 3” if I lost 10 pounds. Then I found your site, saw how hard people threw themselves into each workout, and realized that there was no reason I couldn’t do those workouts. I could actually go further than looking “okay for a mom” and look any way I wanted! IF I really wanted to, and it was ALL UP TO ME, I could forget using “middle aged mom of 3” as a qualifier.

    And the whole “motherhood makes getting fit impossible”? Even more of an excuse than I originally thought. While the workouts themselves may be “hard”, fitting them into my life has been much easier than I expected. I get out of bed before the kids and work out with NO equipment (just my own bodyweight) until I complete the workout or until someone wakes and needs me. If my workout is cut short, I can do another 15 minutes later in the day while they’re playing (they’d never leave me along for a whole hour, but 15 minutes is often possible). Or at the park. It’s so easy to do lunges and squats at the park! I don’t need to hire a babysitter to carve out an hour for a long cardio session, or drag everyone to the gym childcare center. It really takes so little time, it’s so uncomplicated, and I haven’t had to purchase a lot of equipment or a gym membership, and it’s been easy to fit in around caring for my family.

    So now it’s kind of fun to see my body change so much, and the more it changes the harder I’m willing to work to see what I’m capable of. Once I found your site and incorporated your workouts into my mornings before the rest of the family was awake, that 10 pounds came off fast. I’m now convinced I can continue to become more fit, and will keep going to find out what body I really want. You use the word “succeeded” in your question. Even though I’m losing weight and feeling energized (and feeling like a superwoman every time I work out really hard) I don’t think I’ll consider myself to have “succeeded” until it becomes clear that this mindset is a permanent change for life, which is my true goal. (And I still hold out hope that my friend will someday come to the same conclusion.)

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Powerful stuff Carol, awesome!

    • stephanie cartagena

      Damn, that’s what I am talking about. Some people don’t realize how small changes can affect our lives. Gaining 1 lb a month only is 36lbs in 3 years. 72 lbs in only 6 years. And if we as women get pregnant throughout that time then add on to that the additional weight from pregnancy. It’s all in the mind-set. It’s not a diet or sacrifice you make to get the body you want but a lifestyle change you come to love and a body you have control over and not vice-versa.

  • Dan

    Going to one kickboxing class changed my life forever!

    After college, I struggled to go to the gym. I was an “old school” gym guy and that type of workout always bored me. I never heard of HIIT, spiderman pushups, squat jumps, or lunges back then. I played hockey and raquetball a few times a week. I would hit the gym for a few weeks then fall off the wagon for a few months. I simply hated going to the gym and working out, it was boring to me.

    Over the next 15 years, I slowly gained around 40 pounds.

    My breaking point was having my first child. I realized I best get in better shape so I can protect my girls from the boys when they grow up…

    I knew I needed some sort of sport, something more active than pushing iron. Plus, I needed to get addicted, I needed to love it.

    My friend talked me into joining a gym that had kickboxing classes. He told me I would love it. I went to one class and got hooked. I was addicted! I did not have to think…I would just show up every day and train as hard as I could.

    Here I am, 3 years later…I am now certified as a trainer, I run boot camps, kickboxing classes, spin classes, and HIIT classes. I am in the best shape of my life at 41, I weigh less and than I did when I graduated High School (and I was a jock and in good shape then:) and my jeans are 2 inches smaller.

    Going to that one class, changed my life forever…!

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Nice work Dan, keep up the great work helping others!


  • Sky

    Well, in March 2009 this year, after long long idleness, I finally realised how I despised what I had become. That is the true honest response to your question I think, Craig…I simply hated myself and realised that only I, myself, can change that. That was my breaking: absolute honesty with oneself…I began reading about health, eating, fitness etc. I was a chain pack-a-day smoker for 7 years. I quit smoking on the 28th of March, began exercising myself with the help of TT, then joined a gym. It was a small, cosy gym, not a huge commercial one. There I saw how pathetic I was in my physical and well, mental fitness as well. I am on a road where there is no way back.

    Have been exercising, eating healthy etc. that now everything I do feels healthy, and most important of all, I think healthy, positive, and I take action instead of daydreaming or whining about it. So my breaking point came about when I was absolutely honest with myself. Sounds easy, but being absolutely honest with yourself and realising you are the only responsible one is hard. Once you achieve that though, your path is all clear…Cheers, Sky.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Congrats Sky on breaking through! Keep up the great work.


    • Gemma

      Thank you for this honest post. Having reached a similar point myself recently- hearing about someone who has also reached this low point, but who has taken action and turned their life around is so inspiring.
      Congratulations on all that you have achieved. And thank you. Not only have you improved your own life, you have also helped me. Thanks 🙂

      • Thanks Gemma, really appreciate your post.


      • rebekah

        Thank you for the post…I can REALLY identify with what you wrote. I’m at a lower than low point and seriously hate what I’ve done to myself. I’m a single woman with no children to blame for weight gain but only my own lack of self respect and discipline. I hope you are doing wonderful and I just want to thank you and everyone for the honesty…it gives me hope that I can one day be the healthy happy person I once was.

  • Michael

    My breaking point came while I stood, literally, in the gutter, smoking a cigarette. There were few things I enjoyed more than my two cups of Vanilla Latte and three cigarettes at my local coffee shop, each morning, between 6 AM and 7 AM. As a consequence of a change in local laws, it became illegal to smoke in restaurants and cafes, or within 5 m of the entrance of one. Consequently, this meant it became necessary to literally stand in the gutter to smoke my cigarettes, along with my fellow smoking coffee drinkers. After a year of standing in gutters and leaving restaurants after each course to smoke a cigarette, I decided to quit “cold turkey”, after reading the very well written book “The EZ way to stop smoking” (and it is). That was three years ago and my morning routine now (and for the last six months) is to walk to the gym at 5:30 AM (a 15 minute walk); row on the Concept Rower, turbulent training style, for 20 to 25 minutes, and then walk home again. I feel very healthy and best of all, have not experienced a cold or flu, swine or otherwise, for the last 12 months. Good health and fitness is its own reward and motivation.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Congrats Michael, very proud of you!

  • Pauline

    Breaking Points – well there have been a few in my life but non more important than just simply wanting to live and be there for firstly my children and now my grand children.
    My mother passed away at 64 from lung cancer caused purely from smoking. At 30 I had chest xrays and was told that my lungs were of a 60 year old – caused by smoking. I quit straight away.
    Over some years my weight had crept up and in my 50th year I was told I needed 2 hip replacements. I did something about my weight and lost 50lbs then had my hips replaced.
    Since then I have climbed Mt Kinabalu Malaysia 13,435ft above sea level and love walking and hiking in general.
    Now in my 63 year my weight has crept back a little but my breaking point is always my beautiful grand children and I find great inspiration from following Craigs wonderful tips on fitness.
    Many thanks

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Pauline, great work!

  • Sagheer

    Hi Craig

    I hit my weight breaking point 2 years back when I was fat and out of breath weighing in at 80kgs (I am 5’8″) at God knows what BF percentage. I decided enough is enough and with my engagement six months away I started working on my diet to do away with the extra pounds and focussed on 3-4 hours of cardio per week. When I lost my initial 5-7 kgs I focussed more on resistance workouts. I came down all the way to 70kgs for my engagement and 64kgs for my Wedding. BF was ~13-14%. Now I am a healthy 69kgs with more muscle. Working on strength now. I want to quit smoking, been doing 2-4 sticks a day. I want to be a father and thus have set a quit date a month from now. PERMANENTLY! I do not want to endanger my offspring from the ill effects of nicotine. Hope this works out as well as my weight loss program!

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Great work Sagheer, keep up the great work and I know you can quit the cigarettes.


      • Michael

        Sagheer, purchase the book: “E-Z way to stop smoking by Allen Carr. It really is easy. It worked for me and for most people that I know who have read it. The great thing is that the book asks you NOT to try to quit smoking until you have read the ENTIRE book (about 105 pages of easy reading). If you want to quit, this will definitely work for you. I went from 30 + cigarettes per day for 12 years to ) per day for the last 3 years. I will NEVER pick up another cigarette again for as long as I live. Go to it.

  • Garilyn

    I may have hit my “breaking point” just in the last few days. I’ve been dealing with a pain in my hip and pain in the opposite knee. My mother has had both hips replaced and my father desperately needs both knees replaced. And so, after a week of walking all around a campground and feeling out of breath and every bit of the extra 90-100 pounds (YIKES!) that I’m carrying, I’m ready to do something about it. I will walk this week and I will do some exercises. I have 4 kids that need a healthy and active mom.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hi Garilyn, I know you can do it! Let me know how i can help.


    • Garilyn I am right there with you on this journey. I have gotten rid of 56lbs only to gain about 13 back due to a thryoid issue but now on meds and working with a personal trainer. I still have a long way to go 105 more lbs to get rid of. We can do anything we set our minds to.

  • I am 294 and 75. I look 65. I work full time but am limited by pains in my legs and arms. When I do pool exercises and rehab, I am immediately improved. Yesterday I was unable to exercise due to a pain in right back at the waist. Tomorrow I plan to see my doctor to find out cause. I am at a point where I could either go invalid or have a life…I need support and method to help me move forward. I am joining my nieces and nephews in 5 weeks and I wish to be able to be mobile and enjoying. Do please help support and facilitate me to have a life again. I have always been gifted to accomplish whatever I wanted. Only weight has been my breaking point and I am willing to surmount this breaking point with your help. Thanks for your consideration Sylvia Dante 919 489 3455

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Sylvia, you are doing great, keep it up and never quit!

    • rebekah

      I will be here for you…I understand that you’re at a point that you must make a decision…I know you’re able just let yourself know YOU DESERVE IT. YOU GO, GIRL!!!

  • preity singh

    My breaking point has begun i worked out for 5 continuous years after my first baby after my second one i took time of 6 years to start my workout and realised i had no stamina,ibuilt stamina and started serious workout a year and a half back but its shocking to realise the fact that i have had inch loss but only 3 kg weight loss.Ipresently weigh 70kg and work out on treadmill for 20 minutes and 40 minutes of dance aerobics and yet another 20 minutes of anothher cardio i have a lower heavy body..i try to take normal breakfast lunch and dinner very light sometimes i do get temted to chocolates and sweets which is once a week.can u really help..

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hi Preity,

      We can help by giving you social support. Make sure to try resistance training too!

  • Joe

    Well I can say I definitely reached a breaking point. I actually was part of a small group in London that won a month free 30Ibs in 30days competition through Dax Moy. It was really intense. We had a to get rid of a lot of bad habits, you either in or you out. One of the big changes was to stop drinking. Nothing at all! Not one drop! But that was just one of the many changes. But anyway I bit the bullet and there were no half measures. It was absolutely fantastic as I dropped from 79Kg to 72Kg in one month. I dropped from 15% to 10,5%. I was really impressed with myself. I feel a lot more energetic then before and am ready to take the next step. I desperately want to take the next step and gain some muscle. Say 3Kg in 6 months is that unrealistic. I am not sure if this is but what I do know I exceeded my first goal. So if there is a will there is a way! I been following the TT system by emails for about 6 months now via emails and I really do believe it’s the right course for me. I definitely lean seem to lean towards more to the bodyweights exercises’ rather than the gym. It just seems so much more fulfilling then the gym and that much easier to keep focused. But I raise a glass to myself after a successful month, with many more to follow.

    There is a brilliant advert in London at the moment of a young teenager who gets dressed really trashy, just like having a really hard night out, And then at the end of the Ad it says “You don’t go out like that, why come back like that”, Brilliant. Keep focused and the worlds your oyster. One day at a time.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Great to hear Joe, Dax is awesome. Glad it worked out for you. Stay strong!

  • Kevin

    My breaking point is looming over my head. Billy Mays (may he rest in peace) and others seem to be dying at an inappropriate age. A co-worker of mime had a heart attack at work and is recuperating at home now. I just recently (6/22) turned 45 and that number doesn’t fill me with dread, instead it means I should be doing what I want, like I want. At work I have a very stressful position. Though I have been struggling with weight since the age of 30, five years ago I took a position on the graveyard shift and my weight topped at 350. I’m 5’10” with a very muscular frame that has quickly deteriated. I have twin boys @ the age of 14. We went to a cardio boxing class at their request for something to do during the summer and it was a fiasco for me. This week I am to be fitted for a mask for machine for my sleep apnea. My life cannot continue this way!

    • Craig Ballantyne


      I know you can change. Stay strong and keep working on getting fit for your boys!


  • Jules

    Dissatisfaction has been nagging at me for months- when saw a picture of myself from the holidays and realized that I’d gained more than “a few pounds” over the past three years. Since then, I’ve been checking out various diet and fitness programs and even signed up for the last TT challenge- but I kept putting it off. Until last Friday- when I finally reached my “breaking point.” I can’t say I’ve reached it and succeeded yet- but I’ve reached it and started.

    (A little background: a medical condition changed my entire life three years ago- costing me my job and changing an active lifestyle into a sedentary one. Between meds and sitting at home, I gained over 100lbs in three years.)

    The Breaking Point:
    Friday, I was babysitting my 6 year old niece who, in the way of children, gets way too much information and applies it where she sees fit. Her mother has been watching a series about a woman who is losing weight to save her own life- she started at over 500lbs- and my niece has apparently picked up some of the program. We were playing Uno when she got very quiet and her eyes filled up. I asked her what was wrong.
    “I don’t want you to die.”
    Naturally, that led us into a long discussion and got me seriously thinking. Six words from a child made me realize that I was not only letting my condition control my life, I was letting it affect the people around me as well. I sat down and made up a list of the major changes that had to happen in my life in order for me to start feeling good about myself again- the top of which is to lose the weight I’ve gained. I thought about my dad dying of a heart attack at 44- just ten years away for me- and about other people, like my mom’s twin sister, who I lost young because they didn’t take care of themselves. When I was a child, those people were who I looked up to- just as my niece does me.
    Friday night, I cleaned my kitchen. Completely. I threw out all of the “quick fix” meals and anything unhealthy. I went to the grocery store and restocked with a lot of fruits and veggies, yogurt, tea and the like. I also got through my first TT workout- probably not as well or as long as you all do it; but I started. Saturday, I ate right all day and borrowed my neighbor’s dog for a walk. We made it one mile. Today, Sunday, I kept to my diet and got through another workout. Tomorrow, I’ll take another walk- one day, one step at a time until I’m back in shape and as healthy as I can be.
    I realize that it’s a long road between where I am now and my old size 6 jeans- but I also realize just how important it is- not just for me; but for the little girl who still looks at me and sees magic. If I continue the way I’ve been going, I’m killing myself by degrees- and I’m not ready for me to die either.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Jules, I’m very proud of you and I know you can succeed! Stay strong.


  • Kym Hill

    My story relates to smoking! I was a 30 A DAY girl and had just started selling a Health product. I sat one day and thought “what the heck am I doing?” Hid the pack and lighter away (just in case) and from then to now, have never had another. That was 22 Nov 1999. Here in South Africa, the “electronic cigarette” has arrived. My husband, brother and sister in law have all quit smoking since using this! Now for the weight! Tks.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Kym, congrats to you and your family for quitting. Stay strong!

  • hanita

    i guess i do not have an extreme breaking point. i just realized that i want to be as thin and own a sexy body as celebrities do so i started losing weight and i have lose 30 pounds already. now i’m trying to tone up. it’s more like, “if they can, so can i” kind of attitude.

  • Justyn

    This is a great question! While so many people are overweight ( and know it) most have not reached a “breaking point” or reason to change. I am in a similar situation. I am a lifelong fatty. I was raised by my grandparents and as many people know, grandparents like to spoil their grandchildren. I was allowed to eat anything and everything. My old grandparents knew very little about good nutrition and were from a time when food was scarce so they fed us up at every opportunity. It didn’t matter that food had been plentiful since the end of WWII!
    To make matters worse we only lived 2 doors down from a corner store so junk like chocolate and soda were extremely easy to access.
    The end result. Childhood obesity, teenage obesity and adult obesity. From fat to fatter to fattest.
    One of my bigger “problems” was that being overweight never really effected me ( well externally anyway). Sure, I couldn’t run as far or as fast as other kids so I simply didn’t. I played sports like cricket and rugby whereby if you weren’t directly engaged in the game at the time then you stood around doing nothing.
    Sure, as teenage boy I didn’t receive as much attention from girls as I would have liked however I received enough to keep me going. They obviously like me for my personality.
    Adult life saw me move into an arse sitting job so physical abilities never really came into play.
    I actually believe that I come from good genetic stock. Even as overweight as I was, I never had aches or pain. I t seemed that I could eat anything and there were no obvious effects. I remember going on a holiday to Hawaii and eating a ridiculous amount of junk food for the entire 14 days. When I returned I had my cholesterol checked because I believed that it would be through the roof. If the doctor had told me that it was at a dangerous level then it may have scared me into losing eight. It was all good so I couldn’t even scare myself into being healthy.
    And so it goes on. years of eating crap and doing little exercise. I went through a good period 2 years a go, working out at a gym, eating a little better and I did lose 10kgs (twenty something pounds). The gym upped its fees to ridiculous degree and I stopped going. The fat returned with a vengeance.
    I guess I am at my breaking point. My wife and I are trying to have children and I know that I owe it to my children to be able to run around and play games with them. There is nothing worse that seeing kids kick a ball around at a park by themselves because their dad is too fat and just watches from the benches.
    So, my breaking point is the thought of not being able to keep up with my kids. If I dont win the prizes for myself, then THINK OF MY KIDS!!! LOL.
    Seriously, TT is fantastic and Craig is a dedicated fitness professional. We are in good hands.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hey Justyn,
      great to hear from you. I know you can make those changes. Keep searching for that internal motivation. I know you can do it!


  • Rocky

    I used to lift weights and kickbox back before most people knew what that was. I have never been “thin” but I have been fit.
    I ended up with a back injury. After traction, I was limited in my exercising to swimming and cycling. Luckily, I love them both.
    Then I herniated 2 disks, and hit menepause. Things really went down hill from here. Though I was taking deep water exercise classes 3 times a week, as well as a little resistance work, the weight started packing on. 38 lbs. in just over a year!
    I always watch what I eat. Fruit, chicken, beef once in awhile, alot of salad. I started, against my Dr.’s better judgement, to use a few pieces of exercise equipment at my home. 8 weeks, exercising 2-3 times per day, nothing! Not 1 ounce.
    I am absolutely beside myself! I need to feel better, have more energy. However, nothing I seem to do, exercise or other, is making even the slightest difference.
    I need help.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hi Rocky, sorry to hear about your injury. I hope you can find the right doctor-approved method to make it past your plateau!


  • Jeff Lawrence

    I was on holiday, but still smoking cigarettes, I met an especially inspirational Austrian, who talked about shaving off his hair in India and changing his habits. I continued smoking but on the Airplane on the way back to the UK I contracted bronchitis yet again and that was it, I quit! I have not suffered with this sort of self inflicted illness again. This event set me on a course of self-improvement and positivity about change that has made me focus on every day fitness activity. I had another break through event. I have a job as a taxi driver, which helped me focus on my health rather than carousing around, but it wasn’t until I could not drive because of an accumulation of speeding offences, that one day trying to run for a bus, I found I could not run! I also had some mild exercise difficulties. So I found the silver lining of my driving ban and joined a gym. I started with core strength exercises, stretches, and taught myself ‘the Wave’ technique for breaststroke. I now go to the gym twice a week and building. I exercise every day, despite working to 3am. I sleep much better, I have lost 5kg in the last year, and as a lifelong asthma sufferer, at 62 I have never felt better.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Jeff, very proud of you!

  • Karen (New Zealand)

    My breaking point came not long ago when I realised that at 38 (getting close to 39) my waist line was starting to grow with my age. I had been really fit and competing in half marathons 8 years ago then got pregnant and had our lovely daughter. Since then I have given very little time to my self. As my weight increased my horse riding which is my passion and something I was also not having alot of time for was getting worse as well as just keeping up with our daughter was getting harder. I feel that over the years I have given up (my choice) alot of things for my family and this included exercise. Well I want to be there for my family and a small health scare recently gave me a big jolt. Now I am eating health (as is the family) and exercising every day and feeling great. I have heaps more energy, and what put a big grin on my face the other weekend was being able to get on my 17 hand high horse (this is rather large even by horse standards) from the ground without using a mounting block. So this is me from now on. I am going to be the best me I can be!

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Awesome Karen, proud of you!

  • new_me

    I had a definite breaking point two years ago. It is vividly burned into my memory.

    I was at my parents’ place with my five children and we were watching the kids play in the little blow-up pool in their back yard. We were encouraging my 3-year-old son to put his face in the water but he was too timid to try. My mom, who is so good at gently encouraging, said she would put her face in the water if he would. He agreed to this and so Grandma got down on her knees in the grass and leaned into the pool and dunked her face in the water. My son initially giggled with glee but never did try to dunk his face because as soon as my mom came up out of the water it was evident that she needed help. She was in pain and couldn’t move to help herself. She couldn’t get up because her body had been abused for decades with awful food, very little physical exertion, and poor mental health and now her joints and systems were worn out from years of carrying way more than they were ever intended to carry.

    I remember sitting there looking at her feeling sympathy and anger and horror all at the same time. I felt so bad for my mom, and yet was angry that she would allow herself to get that way and teach me the same bad habits. And then the horror of realizing that I was on the same path as she struck me. Before I even got up to help my mother, I vowed that I would never allow myself to get in that bad of physical shape as much as it depended on me.

    It absolutely crushed me to see how much she desired to play with her grandkids and yet was physically unable to because of a life of poor choices and little determination. My dad and two other men had to help my mom to her feet and into a chair. I solidified my resolve, took responsibility for my life and began my transformation that moment.

    I rapidly made great changes in my lifestyle and was cruising down the road toward my goal. I felt empowered and invincible, perhaps too much so….

    Six months ago, my mobility was taken from me when I suffered a herniated disc which paralyzed my left foot and part of my leg. I had to use a walker and needed assistance with some very basic bodily functions. I grieved for a few days as I envisioned my future of possibly not ever being able to break into a spontaneous round of tag with my children, and always have them need to wait for me to catch up.

    I turned to sugar laden carbs to ease my burden, which, of course, didn’t. I got angry about my situation. It made me so mad to think that after all I had done to get more healthy, here I was barely able to walk, just like my obese mother. It wasn’t fair that I be left like her when I had tried so hard to do better. And then, I remembered my committment and the day I had made it, “…as much as it depends on me”. That was it. I would do what I could do. I realized that I couldn’t control the circumstance of the herniated disc, but I could control my attitude about it. I didn’t want to be out-done by a minor disability! Suddenly, the challenge was all the more enticing!

    I got fitted for a leg/ankle/foot brace, went through months of physio (still going), modified my exercise routine (found TT!), and refused to give up! I rallied my family around me and asked for their support. I told them that I refuse to give up on attaining my weight loss and lifestyle goals. My parents piled pity on me and told me to slow down. My husband and three teen daughters enthusiastically encouraged me (and even did LOTS of dishes and laundry!) and are now my biggest fans and support. My littlest two children loved being able to outrun me for a while, but they can’t anymore!

    I’ve lost a total of 55 pounds, built visible muscles in my arms and legs, and changed my whole perspective on life. People constantly ask me what I’ve done to get to look (and act and think) like this. I love telling them! My nerve damage is about 40% repaired. It might not ever fully repair. It doesn’t matter, I can only control certain things, and I refuse to fret over what I can’t!

    It has been a journey of baby steps but cumulatively, I’ve come a long way. I’ve worked through a lot of research and sorted many ideas. I think I’ve finally found the perfect exercise/diet duo for me. Turbulence Training is what I do for exercise and I follow Isabel’s Diet Solution Program that you recommended. I have not arrived at my weight loss goal yet, but I am still working at it. Honestly, I don’t know that I will ever “arrive” at my ultimate goal. I am committed to working at living a healthy life for as long as I am alive. There will always be more to do, learn, and enjoy and share. I have five children whose lives depend on me and I have vowed that they will never have to look upon me the way I had to see my mother…at least as much as it depends on me.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Congratulations! I am so proud of you!

  • My breaking point was when i had my first daughter, carrying around all that baby weight really got me down and being one never to have exercised before i could not imagine ever loosing the weight without having to do the dreaded diets. so when my mum said lets try training together i thought it was worth a try, in my heart knowing i would probably only do it for a while and then give it up like i had always done. We started off very slow for a few minutes jog every other night. This sounds like nothing but it killed me ha ha ha . Then the weeks and months went on and with the support of my mum we increased our running no end. I have been training with my mum for two years now all the baby weight has gone and i am smaller then i have ever been. My mum is my inspiration and with out her support i would still be thinking about it rather then getting my finger out and doing it. My mum is fifty six and not only are we getting fit and supporting eachother it has been something for us to do as mother and daugter. Love you mum thank you xxxxx

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Jenna, very inspirational. best of luck to you and your mom!

  • Hernando Espiritu

    I turned forty and looked intently in the mirror and I saw someone who I didn’t recognize. I was 5’6′ and 195lbs… All these years I constantly denied my every increasing weight and heft. Turning forty was my breaking point, I had hypertension and had some other depressing weight induced issues.

    I started a wellness lifestyle by changing my eating, sleeping and exercise habits. I started making better food choices. However, i didn’t follow any of the popular diets. I just had more moderation in my consumption and intake of food. I felt that it would be more sustainable and realistic if I eat what is available.

    I changed my lifestyle to include changing my sleeping habits. I used to watch TV till late evening and I end up snacking while watching. I ended up sleeping only 4-5 hours. I also skip breakfast and eat only when I am hungry. I also started an exercise program and started exercising a minimum of 1hour for a minimum of three times a week. I understood that I lose interest easily so I looked for activities that will enjoy. I mixed my exercises including group aerobics, free weights, and Yoga.

    After all of these, I started losing weight regularly. In three months, I lost a total of 35 lbs. I am now currently 147 lbs and 18% body fat. I can do a lot of things now that I couldn’t dream of 5 years ago. I wall climb, I swim, and I am currently training to join a triathlon competition.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Congrats Hernando, amazing results!

  • Will A. Carpenter

    I’ll be answer the “what was” question.

    Here’s a little background: I’ve been fat ever since the 3rd grade. I was a skinny kid in 2nd grade, I came back a fat kid in 3rd and my life took a serious nose dive. I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand. Why weren’t all of my friends from last year my friends this year? It sucked, I adapted, it made me a better person in the long run.

    My parents have both always been extremely obese. My parents are also comparatively old, they had me when they were each 36, I’m an only child. I saw my parents suffer middle age obesity related problems earlier than most teens see those things in their parents…but still i struggled on in my fat frame.

    I played lacrosse in junior high, I got in pretty good shape with my dad, but when that aspiration died, so did my motivation.

    In my second semester in college I had two PE classes on the same day, one at 9am one at 4pm. I thought that was my breaking point. I would do Physical Conditioning work every Monday and Wednesday morning and I would life weights every Monday and Wednesday afternoon. I was dedicated. I dropped a ton of weight, I worked out at least six times a week, I lived off of salad bars and protein supplements.

    I obviously burned out shortly after the semester ended.

    I kept gaining weight slowly. I wasn’t out growing my shirts or pants often, I was just ballooning up in small ways all over.

    Then my cousin had gastric bypass. She’s…15 years older than myself. Then my dad realized he was going to die from his complications, and that all the years of trying to get thin hadn’t worked and he needed to do something. He signed up to receive gastric bypass. My mother’s body started to deteriorate from the excessive loads placed on her joints. She signed up for gastric bypass.

    On June 4th 2007 both of my parents had gastric bypass surgery. On the same day, one after the other.

    They lost the weight, but at what cost.

    My father started weight training as soon as he was cleared from by his doctors, he’s in pretty darn good shape these days, and now he’s my training partner. My mother didn’t do any exercise and her body is falling apart worse than ever from muscle atrophy.

    Still I didn’t do anything. I was scared. I was really scared. I would think about my situation and lay awake. I talked to my fiance about it and I burst in to tears: If both halves of my genetic make-up are so flawed that it took surgery to save their lives before being fat literally KILLED THEM what kind of chance do I have? I moped with this in my head for months.

    One day I had a series of dreams, in those dreams I…felt good. I felt good about myself. I thought of my future, of my future life with my (then) wife and my kids. I thought of how I wanted my kids to see their father. I don’t want my children to think of me as a fat old man. I want my kids to think of me as Superman. I want my kids to think that I could protect them from anything, that I could tear the earth apart if I had to. The thought of even having children when I couldn’t take responsibility for my own weight seemed asinine. I didn’t even know why at the time, I couldn’t clearly remember the dreams, I just knew I had to act…

    I woke up in the middle of the night, 3-4 hours after going to sleep, I told my fiance I was going for a walk. I lied. It was easier to explain at 4 in the morning to a sleeping woman.

    I went out to my garage. I immediately turned on some angry music. I warmed up on a rowing machine. I did some circuit training with things like bench press, lat pulls, lunges, I did some all out rowing for a while, I did a few stationary bike sprints. I did some random curls and triceps work. I worked until my entire body was just dead. I went downstairs, curled next to my beautiful woman…and laid there for an hour STILL unable to sleep.

    I got up. I made a workout playlist. I took a long bath. When my parents for up for the day I talked to my dad about what happened…and we started working out together a few days later at the beginning of his next lifting cycle.

    By the way, I pretty badly overdid it that first night. I was sore from head to toe for a week.

    I weighed myself later that day. I knew I was fatter than I had ever been. I expected the scales to say at most 330. They said 348.5. My father’s highest before surgery was 356. I could have gained that in a week!

    Since that day I have educated myself in all aspects of health. I use dynamic movements to warm up. I am customizing workouts based on the best minds in the business. I take a few key supplements regularly. I have not missed a workout YET (this of course doesn’t count for scheduled time off for recuperation etc).

    So far I’m still about 300lbs…but I’ve also put on a LOT of muscle. You can see it in me. I look like a whole new man. I work as a server and every week somebody will say to me “Have you lost weight?” and I just say “yeah, a little.” I’m not TRYING to lose weight right now. I’m trying to restore health. For a man my size I’m actually in great shape…which was always a problem because it made me feel like it was “ok” to be so fat.

    So what really was my breaking point? If it was any one thing it was taking a serious look at my future and realizing that I will turn out exactly like my parents unless I take long term control over my life. Looking at my wife to be and realizing that she deserves more from me, that she deserves somebody she can grow old with. That my future children deserve a role model, a hero, and a father that will live to see all of the milestones in their lives.

    It took watching my family spin out of control, to know that I had to stop letting my life do the same thing.

    With the helpful advice I’ve received I’m not only NOT burnt out, I’m motivated. I’m EXCITED. I always ENJOYED lifting weights when I was younger I just didn’t KNOW enough about it. Now it’s not something I do for my health, It’s a hobby. It’s something I look forward to instead of dread doing. I get ANTSY when I have time off. A few hours before a workout I start to feel as though it’s been a MONTH since I last lifted and I genuinely MISS it. So here’s a quick shout out to: The Fitcast, Iron Radio, everybody that puts out an information packed newsletter, and everybody trying to put up a positive message about strength training instead of just bitching on some forum. All of the other commenters included.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Will, this is great. Awesome stuff, really proud of you, and keep it up!

  • Elena

    My breaking point was the 9 year old niece of a friend of mine asking me if I was pregnant. I hadn’t really thought of myself as very overweight (denial) I went home that day and took a really hard look at myself and realised that I was nearly 30 (shy by a few months that day) and overweight. When I did my BMI I was obese and it was that word obese that I vowed to never use in a sentence with regards to my weight ever again.
    Sadly when I looked at the health problems my parents suffer I realised that I was already on the same path and I really needed to do something about it.
    18 months later and I’ve lost 20kgs (or 44lbs), exercise 6 times a week, eat clean and love life. I have about 10 lbs I’d like to lose to finally or about 5% more body fat get to my ultimate goal but these days I’m not really too fussed about the scales, I just love being fit and healthy.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Great work Elena, keep it up!

  • Jesse

    hi i just want to buy the Dvd’s can you help me with that???

  • Magda D.

    I think my (or anyone’s in general) breaking point will be when there is an equilibrium between feeling enough pain of continuing in the current path, and the promise and gain of the new one. Until an individual truly believes that a new path will lead to pleasure, happiness and health, and truly believes he/she can achieve and deserves to have that, he/she’ll continue to endure the pain of the present bad choices…

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Very true Magda!

  • Lindsay

    In March 2008, my sister-in law gave my name to a nutrionist so I could get a “health check up” if I can call it that. I was always overweight, all my life, i was the chubby little girl. My breaking point, I actualy like to call it my “Smack me in the face moment” was when I was told my weight(I hadnt weigh myself in a few years) 296 pounds!!!! Thats right, 4 pounds away from being 300 pounds at 5’6! I was mortified and I did not realise that I was that overweight…I think I was in denial. When I Left her office, all I could think about was: I am 4 pounds away from weighing 300 pounds…I could gain that in 1 week!!!! I decided to change right there, subcribe to a gym, started taking long walk, taking the stairs, eating breakfast, eating fruits and vegetables. So far I’ve lost 66 pounds…I still have some pounds to go…But I feel so good!!! I am happier, I have more endurance, walking up a flight of stairs is a piece of cake now! Looking back at my old pictures, i still cant believe I had allowed myself to get this way; but its all in the past now, its not easy I must say, I take it one day at a time and 1 pound at a time! 🙂

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Lindsay, 66 pounds is amazing! Keep it up!

  • Laura

    When I was about 14 I hit breaking point back to school shopping. I remember crying in the mall with my parents because the “cool” clothes did not fit me correctly, and I did not want to have to buy the “Pretty Plus” size clothes. I remember my parents drove me from the mall to a gym and I signed up that same day. I worked out almost every day for about 1-2 hours. When I was 16, I remember weighing approx. 130 lbs and wearing a size 7.

    Then I grew up, got married, had two kids and got lazy, using all the excuses about not having time. I’m a now 38 year old mom that is just under 5’7″ wearing about a 12-14. The bottom line is I eat junk, do not exercise enough and should lose about 30 lbs.

    My perception of myself seems very different than how I think other women view themselves. It seems like I hear women that appear to be fairly healthy asking things like, “Does my butt look fat?” My problem is just the opposite. I think as if have one of those magic “mirror, mirror on the wall” where I view myself as thinner and healthier than I really am. It is not until I get a reality check and see a photo of myself and think “Who is the frumpy, fat lady?” and it is me.

    Now, with all of that said, I realize this post makes me seem really vain. The truth is I spend about 5 minutes max on myself these days. All of my time, attention and focus is on my kids (as I think it should be.)

    But – when my kids give me a hug and say “Mama’s squishy” it’s time for a change. That is “breaking point.”

    I now realize I want to be healthy so:
    – I can live to see my little angels grow up
    – I can be a strong, healthy role model for my kids, by exercising and making good choices
    – I want to be able to run fast with them, playing outside and having fun
    They grow up too quickly. I want to be a part of it and enjoy every moment possible.
    – Plus, it’d be great to go on adventures with my husband when we are old (and still healthy!)

    It is now or never. Today is as good as any day to start.

    I have had many false starts before — but it is time to try again, for real, for me, for my kids and family.

    (I have not started Turbulance Training, but owe a big thank you to my girlfriend Cathy because she told me about it.)

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Laura, you have excellent goals and those are the key to your success. I know you can do it!


  • Paul

    I was always on the skinny side, what people call a hardgainer and my greatest ambition was to gain some weight. I am very athletic and was always involved in some kind of sports. I however, never thought seriously about fitness and health since my metabolism is naturally high, and I never had a problem with obesity. At about the time I turned 39, I bent down to take some flower pots out of the car one day and could not straighten. Excruciating pain shot through my back and the muscles locked in that position. With some therapy and stretching I eventually got back to normal, but suffered three more similar attacks over time. Up to that point I was on and off in the gym, but never settling into a consistent serious regime.

    My breaking point came when my marriage came to a painful end when I was 45. I was broken up and the only thing I could look forward to each day was my workout. I made a decision that I was going to improve myself, she must never think that the break-up left me worse than when we were together. I started training like a maniac (weights, karate, kickboxing). I would spend two hours lifting weights followed by an hour and a half of karate, with one hour of kickboxing directly after. I was seriously overtraining but I didn’t know any better.

    Well, here I am four years later (age 49) and in the best shape of my life. I have become the person people come to for fitness and fat loss advice and I even have eight people at the gym who I train. I am also doing a course in fitness and nutrition. My introduction to Turbulence Training has been instrumental in getting my training program on track, and I now use it as a regular part of my fitness program, not just for me, but also the others who depend on me for their programs each day. Thanks for the newsletters and advice.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Paul, great to hear from you and I’m proud of you for handling your adversity in a healthy way. Stay strong, you are an inspiration to many!


  • Jen Russell

    October 2008 – I am 37 years old, 5 feet 9 inches, married to a physical training coordinator, two kids ages 9 and 5 and weigh 240 lbs. I am not working out any more and eating what ever I want.

    My breaking point came when I realized I cannot walk up my stairs without gasping for breath. I realized that this was not the path that I wanted for me, my husband or my kids. I went back to the gym – I could only row because my heel pain was so bad. I also joined a weight loss support group.

    July 2009 – I am 38 years old, 5 feet 9 inches, married to a physical training coordinator, two kids ages 10 and 6 and weigh 174 lbs. (The weight that I was when I got married in 1997.) I workout 5 days a week, eat healthy, in moderation and absolutely love my new body. I am still working on my issues with food – but I have taken control of my life and am working toward my goal weight and my goal of bench pressing 100 lbs.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Nice work Jen!

  • Julius


    This is an interesting question for most of us, yet one I can easily answer. June of 2008 my wife and five kids went from NC to MI for a week long visit and she decided that they would stay there permanently. The emotional turmoil in our marriage had taken its toll on her and had been effecting the kids and myself as well. I knew that I had changed quite a bit in the years since we were married, and resolved to get myself on the right track. I began reading self-improvement books and trying to discover why I had changed so much.

    In February of this year, I was downsized for the third time in my career. I have had enough of corporate America! My teammates have been shocked every time I have been one of the people selected to go. Well, this time it was liberation! Except I tipped the scales at over 400 pounds! I never saw myself as that big; I think because I have been big since I was 9 years old and was told numerous times that I was just “big boned.” I now know that this is a lie! I also have a family member who has had gastric bypass surgery, and after the brief road down the scale, she has begun putting weight back on. My dream is to be my own boss as an author and life coach, and I know at 400 pounds there will be few people ready to sign on to my advice.

    I have been through one round of deep mourning for the loss of my marriage, and that derailed me for some time. I have been back to eating right and working out for 8 weeks, and am feeling and seeing changes that I have never felt before. I once lost 70 pounds via low carb, and now know that a lot of it was muscle mass. My weight loss this time has been slow, but I know it is due to building the muscle that was lost via low carb and years of doing NOTHING to stay in shape.

    It took losing my family, my job, and realizing that my childhood was spent learning unhelathy habits to break me and get me to see the light! Part of the mission for the rest of my life is to teach my kids, and anybody else who will listen, that staying healthy physically and mentally is critically important to becoming all you can be! I am going to have an awesome second half!!!


    • Craig Ballantyne

      Julius, I am proud of your commitment and I know you can do it for your kids!


  • Don

    After I turned 48, I realized my drinking was getting out of hand. finally in October 2000, I decided enough was enough. I poured out the last few drinks of wine from my bottle and never picked up another drink since. In 2009 I still have not touched a drop of any alcohol. No 12 step program, no promises like I had made before, only the one to myself.

    Then 5 years ago, I stopped smoking the cigars I had gotten addicted to. Haven’t had a puff in 5 years.

    Now as to my weight. I have a great cardiologist, whom I repect very much. She has been telling me to get the weight off and kep it off. Her idea for me at 319 pounds was a diet of 1,000 calories a day. I am 5′ 9″ and think this is dangerous. Recetly I had shoulder surgery to fix some bone spurs and rounding off my collar bone to where it is supposed to be. That was 3 weeks ago. My physical therapist has me doing certain exercises where I move muscles I favored for many years.

    Now I am still having to work those muscles carefully, but have taken on a regimine of certain prepared meals, which I will wean myself from very soon. My wife and I have been buying the Cafe Steamers from Healthy Choice and the desserts that go along with them.

    Since starting this, I have lost 19 pounds, added a few more exercises to grow these atrophied muscles so I can perform the exercises that Craig has been writing about for so many months.

    My diet regimine is teaching me portion control, Craig has been giving me meal ideas that I save on my computer every day. It being summer and all, good nutritious foods are in abundance. The vegetable stands have lots of georgeous foods to fill up on which have few calories and about zero fat. Being in the deep south has it’s advantages.

    Bought book, “Just Say No to Cardio” and will be putting it to practice tonight.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Great to hear Don, looking forward to your success!

  • Melissa

    After reading these everyone’s stories, I feel that my ‘breaking point’ is less than urgent.

    I’m 21 years old, 5’4 and 140lbs. Unfortunately, when I started university two years ago, I put on weight. Fast. I gained 30 lbs in 2 years. I went from petite model, to almost-deemed “full figured” model.

    I haven’t made too many changes to my diet, though I recently added fish and chicken(used to be a vegetarian). Major changes to my athletic life took place, without being on the cross country team, basketball or volleyball teams, and finishing with track in the spring I put on weight that was never there.

    One mini ‘breaking point moment’ was at the last photoshoot I had, where after every shot the photographer had something negative to say about every photo regarding my weight. With comments like, “You look really fat here, work on it” and “This is why I don’t work with pudgy models”. I had never been so disrespected.

    I’m currently at school persuing an engineering degree, thus taking up a lot of my “free” time with assignments and projects coming out of my… well, you know. Since I’m very involved in many Engineering Society events and groups, I see a lot of people here who let themselves go. Engineering students like to drink hard, and eat horribly and it really shows. I vowed to never let myself go like that so young, but it seems like I was on the same path.

    I’m well aware that because I’m so young, making major changes in my life now will be easier for me in some aspects. However, a major factor in performance is your surrounding; school life and home life(when I am home) combined proves to not be a very supporting and healthy environment all of the time.

    I’ve recently joined a gym, although expensive I’m really enjoying it and managed to convince a few other engineering friends of mine to join and at least change some aspects of their lives. So although I haven’t hit a major, wow-factor breaking point in my life, I feel that I’ve seen enough warnings in my life thus far to prevent me from continuing down this path.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hi Melissa, thank you for sharing. You are doing a great thing by building healthy habits now. Best of luck to you in school, modeling, and in your workouts.

  • Dan P

    In November 0f 2008,I lost my job,my roommate of 9 years(he suffered a skull fracture while confronting vandals and is now a vegtable for the rest of his life.)I wasn’t active much and at 5′ 9″ 205 LBS,I knew I had to change.

    My breaking point for me was my 11 year old son sat down with me and told me how concerned he was about me.I was over weight,depressed and just didn’t care much.

    I quit drinking,started walking and biking everyday,cut out booze,pop and juices,I now eat more veggies and fresh fruits.

    Since then,I now am starting to feel better about myself and my son told me that in short time,he has noticed a BIG change in me.

    I knew I was on the right path and hope to stay on it.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Dan, awesome. Very proud of you. Keep up the great work!


  • kevin taylor

    Hi Criag, My breaking point happened about two and a half years ago. I was Living a life of over indulgence. By that I mean way to much alcohol to much junk food staying up all night,anxiety problems high blood pressure overweight by 50#ect.

    This lifestyle landed me in the hospital with the symptoms of jaundice, extremely low hemoglobin (almost no blood left in my system) ) no muscle to speak and intestinal problems.

    I had 13 days in the hospital to think about my near death experience and was ashamed in what I have done to myself and others around me. Trust me almost dying is not what I call a good time.

    So that being said I left the hospital on a walker and started on my crusade to a better life by researching nutrition, body enhancement, the human anatomy and pretty much any thing I could get my hands on. While I was searching the internet for more techniques to continue my battle I came across Turbulence Training and starting reading all the methodology from all the resources TT had to offer.

    When I started using TT I was definitely inspired and decide after all my searching that this was the program for me.

    Well I have reached my goals and I am now in excellent condition. All my weight is gone my blood pressure is normal my nutrition is spot on and my muscle is growing everyday. I feel like a million bucks thanks to the support of family and friends, Turbulence Training, my self motivation and the good people at the hospital. My doctor told me in the 25 years he has been practicing he has not seen anybody come around so fast from almost being near the grave. I will never return to that lifestyle again. I did have to pay one price, and that one price is being left with a scared liver. Which means no alcohol in my life ever again. When I think back I was not really having fun living that way. I can not get those years back which is disappointing. But I still have a lot of good years ahead of me.

    Thanks Craig for all your part in my success,

    Kevin Taylor

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Kevin, great to hear from you. You know how proud I am of all your success. Keep up the great work!

  • Ann Harris

    I have reached 2 breaking points this year. I was always a closet smoker, never smoked around my kids. I always had to wait till they were busy in their rooms or out playing to sneak in a cigarette. Now that they are in college I found myself free to smoke whenever I waned. This has lead to a pack a day habit. Last January I came down with Pneumonia. The oxygen truck had to come to the house to leave me oxygen. The thought of carrying a tank around for the rest of my life lead to my breaking point, I had to be done with smoking and I quit then. I have not had one since.
    Needless to say I was 20 pounds overweight before I quit smoking. Then continued to gain another 15 pounds in 6 months. I was constantly tired and taking naps daily. I went to the Dr. in March and was diagnosed with Pre- Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. My Dad had diabetes and high blood pressure and suffered a massive stroke at 49 years of age. He died at 59 living those last 10 years on dialysis and spending much of the time in the hospital. This was breaking point 2!! I knew I could not follow that path, Being 45 years old I knew I didn’t have any time to waste. I have a family I want to be with for a long time!! I went to a nutrition class and have joined a Gym. I read my Turbulence Training newsletters regularly. So many good tips and exercise routines to follow. I love how they change so often. I even am getting used to the burn. Although getting back on the exercise path has been slow. I have not quit and will keep going for my health. I already feel better and have more energy then I’ve had in months. Thank You

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Ann, great to hear from you. I am proud of your success so far and look forward to more!

  • Paul Henry Bachteler

    My breaking point is found when I closely examine myself and examine my dreams. I never wanted to look like this and I find I feel asleep to my physical aspects of my health and weight. I desire change, I know what I need to do and I sit like a couch potato. Then I look at my 8 year old son and I think of the example I am setting. I think of wanting to be healthy and whole and able to be optimally healthy now and to grow old comfortably. It is simple when I look into the mirror on the wall I don’t like what I see and when I look into the mirror of myself I am not living what I desire to live. Quite simply, I must change.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      You can do it Paul, I believe in you.


  • Kat

    I have had one breaking point, then fell off the wagon.

    It was the fall of 2003. I was taking care of my father and my grandmother. Both had failing health. I was 31 years old and weighed 293 lbs. At 5’6″ that isn’t a good weight to be and facing the diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome I knew I was headed in the same direction my father was. He was taking over 15 medications, had diabetes, one leg had been amputated, his kidneys had completely shut down and he had a defibrillator that was keeping him alive. But, do you think that was my breaking point… No!

    It wasn’t until the Spring of 2004 when my grandmother on March 6 then my Father on April 1, passed away. I loved them both, and missed them greatly. However, I realized the stress of watching them die was taking its toll on me. I didn’t want to go that way and actually watching them die was my breaking point.

    Over the next year, I managed to control my eating and started walking on a regular basis. By Sept. 2005 I weighed 215 lbs. and was down to a size 16. Woohoo! I was doing it, on my own, by my self, nobody was helping me. I met a wonderful guy and we became the proud parents of a baby girl.

    About two months after her birth, her father suffered a stroke and I started to gain weight. I am at a current (today’s measurement) weight of 255 lbs. I am stuck! I did it once by my self, but can’t seem to find the breaking point to change what I am doing to myself. And, that is the problem. I don’t want to do this alone, I need help, but can’t seem to find the correct program that makes me want to exercise.

    I would love to lose about 100 lbs. Eating too much food is not my problem. It is eating the wrong food and not exercising enough. I would appreciate all the help and encouragement I can get.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hi Kat, thank you for sharing. So sorry to hear about your family. Stay strong and we will help you here!

  • Christine

    1) What is your “breaking point” required to to stick to your program and keep up that motivation? What will finally cause you to make the healthy changes for good and what do you need to help you stick to it?

    It’s ironic that last night I decided to do my own 12 week TT challenge because I hit my breaking point. I am 38 years old, 5’9″ and 130.2 (as of this morning). It may not sound too bad, but for over 20 years, I was 120. Period. I turned 35 and I let my diet slip and became a bit too fond of those Sex and the City cocktail hours. I have also picked up some bad habits of coping with the stresses of motherhood – like chilling with a bag of Lay’s on the couch with previously mentioned TV show. I have 3 kids and manage to work our religiously for at least 1.5 hours a day. I make promises to myself every few days or week about “really starting” or “this Monday will be Start Day.” I started reading your blog and it hit me…I have been trying to out train my bad diet.

    So, in a way, I have already succeeded. I have shifted my mindset. I am no longer struggling to figure out how to dig myself out of this hole. I just decided to pick up a shovel and start acting. Today is the day, and tomorrow, and the day after. I am not worried about what I am going to eat or afraid that I may fail. I have run two marathons, managed to get 3 children to love and respect me, I am excited about my own little contest and I hope to find a few more people to join me.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Christine, nice! I love the positive attitude. You can do it!

  • Kimberly

    My breaking point was in 2007 when my sister died. She was only 52 and although she had many health problems, most were, sadly of her own making by not taking care of herself. In 2007 I was 39 and realized that if I didn’t change I could only have 13 years left! That scared me! I wanted to live past 52! I was 100 pounds over weight and was eating myself to death. So I started walking every day at lunch; I watched what I ate and I lost 50 pounds.

    Now I still have 50 pounds to go and I’m working on incorporating strength training and eating clean to work on those last 50 pounds. I’ve come to the realization that I want to be healthy, not skinny. I want to take care of myself so however meany years I have left will be full of life, not sitting around eating and killing myself with food.

    I WILL do this…in memory of my beautiful sister Vickie, who never realized that the choices we make for our bodies can have such devastating consequences.

    I WILL do this…for me.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Kimberly, very powerful. Sorry to hear about your sister, but I look forward to your success and hearing about you reaching a healthy lifestyle.

  • I was your “typical” menopausal woman- gained 40# of “stubborn” fat and finding that WW nor walking 3-5 miles a day was doing a thing to get it off. I counted calories, and watched what I ate.

    One day, I walked into the bathroom and glanced at the mirror. I saw not my own face -a face I like BTW – the loose aged jowls of my father.

    I knew I had to make a complete change.

    With the help of a beloved trainer, I started lifting weights. With each pound I pressed, the weight began to melt off. In 4 months I lost 20#, was wearing clothes 2 sizes smaller, and on one fine day in spring I found my chin in the mirror. For the next 6 weeks, I watch as my father’s jowls melted away and my face re-emerged.

    I got down to my ideal weight – still needed to tweak the body fat a bit more – maintained it, and after a year became complacent. My cheats became bigger, and so did my waistline. Thing is, I do not want to buy myself new clothes. I will not buy my self bigger clothes. I never stopped working out, but working out doesn’t work in a vacuum.

    And so I return to discipline. To sweat, to squats, to swiss balls. To apples and almonds, salmon and salad. To finding the me I know exists.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Great to hear Deby!

  • Juliet

    I’m not going to call it a “breaking point” — but instead my inspiration point.

    I was introduced by a friend of mine to a young boy (my son’s age.. 11) who was in the hospital again after a bone marrow transplant for his recurring leukemia. For the last 3 or 4 months I have followed his story on caringbridge.com. Without going into all the details I will just say that a young boy that I have never met — and a young single mother of 3 has inspired me to not only keep myself healthy and fit but to live my entire life more fully. The ups and downs over the last several months for this family….the pain….the fighting for his life…..a mother who adores her son and just wants him to be home so he can sleep in his new bed — just helped me realize so much.

    I have a renewed sense of purpose….of my abilities and a gratefulness I can’t explain in words.

    So, although for me –healthwise I am healthy and fit and wanting to lose “those last 10 pounds” I have been slacking this summer and not treating my body well. So, no more slacking.

    I signed up for my 3rd half and full marathon (a month apart) and wrote to this sweet boy telling him I was running for him and was going to be putting those medals around HIS neck ….because any suffering I may go through in preparing and running those races is NOTHING compared to the marathon of strength he has shown me.

    Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it…) he made his transition to spirit Saturday….. he is free. His gift to me…. renewed passion, commitment and gratitude. So incredible that someone you have never met can make such a HUGE impact in your life.

    So – to health, love and LIFE! Many blessings to all who read this and to you Craig. xoxo

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Very powerful Juliet. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us to make the most of what we have been given.


  • Debora L.

    My breaking point…hmmmmm. I developed Gestational diabetes with both my pregnancies age 35 and 38. Because of the diabetes and family history, I have my blood tested every year. My brother had a heart attack at 42, my dad has had heart attack, two strokes, caratoid artery surgery and 5 bypass surgeries. At 46 the doctor diagnosed me with Pre-diabetes and wanted to start medication. I asked for time and began excersizing and weight loss (dropped 25 lbs though still needed to drop another 50). I brought my A1c down from 6.9 to 6.2%. Still not below 5.9% but Doctor said if I kept up the excercise He did not have to put me on medicine yet.

    Now two years later, at 48 yrs of age, my A1C crept up to 6.6 and my cholesterol and triglycerides have gone over limit. I have been able to keep 20 of the 25 pounds off but it is a battle becuase I don’t have my eating under control.

    My breaking point came when the doctor sent me a prescription for the cholorestrol problem IN THE MAIL!!! after receiving my bloodwork results. Imagnine that. After getting an appointment with my Doctor and insisting that he start treating my problems (overweight and out of shape) and not the symptoms (blood sugar and cholesterol issues), I bought some personal training time and am working hard to develope a habit of exercise. I purchased Brad Pilon’s book Eat Stop Eat (on your reccomendation) and read your newsletter and blogs regularly. I became your facebook friend and use you and my kids, husband and friends for a support system.

    Using the Eat Stop Eat plan and working with weights 2 times a week, I have lost 4 pounds in the last 6 weeks. Still ways to go but getting there.

    Thanks for the free letters. I can’t afford much of anything else but through some of your postings I can find in different places on the internet, I’ve learned some new exericizes that work for me and do them in addition to my PT time at the gym. I LOVE Stick ups. That has helped my posture and back so much.

    I’m 49 years old, two teenage kids that I have problems keeping up with physically and I have quit my job in order to work on growing physically fit, growing spiritually with the Lord, and ministering to others, primarily my family.

    My only current goal is to excersize twice a week and fast twice a week. Once these are ingrained habits, I’ll set others.

    Thanks for all you do.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Excellent work Debora, very proud of you, and keep it up!

  • Joel

    Sounds stupid but it was the movie 300. I was reading an article from some of the trainers from the movie… one of the articles had a statement that changed my life forever.

    “Don’t ask us about fat loss cause if you don’t have the self control over what you put in your mouth then we dont have time for you.” Being 380lbs this pretty much kicked me in the you know where…

    It was a switch, overnight, something changed… .

    I got my diet right, started walking, set some goals, weight trained as much as I could and started dropping two pounds a week… after 18 months I had lost 180lbs… It has been over two years now since i started…

    I dropped my bf from god knows where to 16%… and im not stopping til i get to 10%.

    My total cholest is 155, hdl of 54 and triglycerides are 52…

    Im 34, a father of two and average 50 hrs a week at work… if i can do it, anyone can.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Nice Joel, proud of you!

  • Oak

    2) If you already have had your breaking point and succeeded, tell us what it was and how you were able to stick to your changes.

    I always HAD been the “fat kid.” I even prided myself on my eating capabilities when I was in grade school and high school. I didn’t get teased to hard (mostly because I am tall, so add that to overweight and I was much, much larger than my classmates) so it never really hit home that I was getting “obese” until later on, especially when the opposite sex entered the picture. There were some plateau years in there after college when I couldn’t afford to buy food that I stayed around 240 on my 6’3″ frame but after I got my current job, things went down hill fast. I could afford to eat (AND drink) and I did just that, a lot. Couple that with the fact that my room mate was severely overweight (400+ lbs) and the daily routine for the crew I was on was to stop at a convenience store every morning for pop and donuts and I ballooned to close to 300 lbs myself. Slowly I started to realize that I was headed for disaster but I couldn’t break the cycle. Bad habits, reinforced by bad influences. Then my room mate moved out and took a major bad influence away. I was able to step back and take a look at where I was and I wasn’t happy. But that still wasn’t enough. SO, now we’re to it the ultimate breaking point. We had to take a road trip for work to do a bridge survey. The trip takes about 2 1/2 hours. So we go through the normal routine and I get a big soda and god knows what other junk food for the road. After about an hour in the truck I was so uncomfortable that I had to undo my belt. Then it was my the button on my pants. By the time we got to where we were going I had my pants completely undone and unzipped and the seat tilted back just to be comfortable. When I got out of the truck my pants about fell off. Well, that was it. I have GOT to do something. So I hooked up with a friend of mine that wanted to start a diet plan and we decided to support each other and dive in. I got some good exercise and nutrition info (from another site, sorry Craig) and started exercising and eating right. My partner didn’t make it very long, but I have been able to stick with my program for over 4 years now and I have never looked back. I lost over 110 lbs and 16″ from my waist (48 to 32.) I all but quit drinking which eliminated some of the other bad influences and things just started to click. After a while, the new neural patterns were burned in there and now I can’t miss a work out. Picking good food choices comes naturally now. I will NEVER go back to what I was before. I feel so much better and have so much more self esteem now than at any time in my life. I’ll be 36 on Friday.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hi Oak! Funny stuff, and glad we can laugh at it now. proud of your success.



    A lot of people ask me WHY I workout. The answer is really simple…because I CAN. There are so many individuals out there less fortunate than I am. I am so thankful to have my good health and be able to give my body what it needs through exercise, good nutrition, and a positive outlook on life.

    My husband and I met at a gym, so we were both very athletic when we met. Once I got pregnant at age 30, I ended up on bedrest for two full months. I was high risk to begin with, so my doctor told me I couldn’t exercise for the duration of my pregnancy. I ended up nearly 200#’s at only 5’4″. Once the baby arrived, I was in a state of blissfulness or so I thought…living the American dream, right? As my husband continued to go to the gym on a regular basis, I convinced myself that I was happy with my lifestyle, and really didn’t need the gym quite yet. I didn’t want to leave my baby with anyone long enough to get a workout in. The next four years went by and we had our second child. We knew that we wouldn’t be having anymore, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to use the excuse, “I just had a baby” for too long. When my youngest was 8 months old, I faced the scale…152#’s! Wow, I wasn’t even sure how to begin. First, I had to trust that my husband knew what he was doing with the children and allow him to take care of them while I took care of myself. I realized that our relationship was suffering because I was in such a state of self-loathing that it affected so many areas of my life. I didn’t like the me I saw in the mirror, so it was difficult to really like anyone else.

    Here I am six years later in a pretty darn good place. Physically, I am stronger than ever (I am 41, 5’4″, 115#’s, 18% BF), and have muscle tone I never had even in my 20’s when I was at the gym more than I was at home.

    I have accepted the things I cannot change, embraced the things I can, and have a new appreciation for life that I never had before. I try to lead by example for my children. When they see me exerise, they want to be physical. They see me eat healthy, and they want to eat healthy. Every night after prayers, I say the following with my children…..”it’s great to be alive; I love myself and I love my life.”

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Natalie, you are awesome! Great work.

  • It was simple, just hearing form all your people who get fabulous results, and studying your material, it finally made sense. I have neen playing with belly fat for a couple years , thinking it will jsut go away! Not knowing the truth! A friend also introduced me to your wab site. i am Thankful, and beginnig to tell others. i am committed now to change my diet, and exercises to TT! Thanks so much! Cats Meow

    • Craig Ballantyne


  • Margie

    My breaking point came after the birth of my first child. I had struggled with weight all my life and it was worse during my pregnancy. Once I gave birth and was sent home with this new little human who I was now responsible for, I took one look in the mirror and said “enough”. I needed to take care of myself first before I could begin to take care of someone else. People may think it was selfish but it wasn’t. I think it actually made me a better parent. Now, four kids later, fitness is a part of all of our lives.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Nice Margie, proud of you!

  • Lee

    I’m still waiting for my breaking point, Craig.
    Not passively, but actively.
    My addiction is tobacco and I’ve been trying for years to quit, and I always blame stress when I return to it.
    I’ve tried many ways to quit, to stay focused, to stay motivated, but all I’ve found are ways that do not work for me.
    I’m actively pursuing my breaking point, and when I find it, staying quit will be prize enough for me!

    • Craig Ballantyne

      C’mon Lee, you can do it!

  • Justin Bosley

    My first breaking point was probably back in high school. I tipped the scales around 260 pounds or so..GIVE or take. I got sick of getting hardly any playing time on the football field, got sick of girls barely realizing I exsisted. So thats when I decided to do something about, football season ended and I did some research and was lucky enough to get to train with a CFL player during my off season, when the next season started I was 225 pounds with about 12% bodyfat and I felt great!!

    I went to college for two years for Fitness and Health Promotion..however it was after this ended that I hit a second breaking point. Just before I started University I went through a terrible break up with a girl I had been with for quite some time (pathetic I know). Now this really didn’t lead to bad eating…it led to being depressed and being inactive…so there was some what of a fat gain. I’m naturally a big guy so it’s really not hard for me to pack on the pounds. Once again I felt invisible, once again my football career suffered (I played semi-pro) and I’m also a mixed martial artist…so my conditioning was terrible..and women..yeah right, once again they wouldn’t look at me. However thats when I stumbled upon Turbulence Training, there was something about Craigs audio that told me he was genuine and wanted to help people. So I bought the e-book, signed up for newsletters and I’m getting back on track. Body fat is down to 14% weight is sitting around 228 right now (i’m 5’11” or so) goal is get down to around 205 and FINALLY have my first fight in MMA some time next year.

    It’s not easy, even for someone like me who’s pursuing fitness as a career, motivation can be hard even when deep down you know something is your passion, but I found if you stay consistent, force yourself to get out of bed early and leave motivational notes all around your apartment (or house) that anything is possible.

    As we used to say back in my football days: “Whatever It Takes.”

    If you live your life by that motto you can succeed at anything…especially body transformation. Good luck my friends


    • Craig Ballantyne

      Justin, you rock. This is such a cool story. Stay strong my friend!

  • stacey

    My mother passed away last Wednesday. She had diabetes, high blood pressure, and was on dialysis from renal failure. She had 7 kids and never really lost the weight between each one. This contributed to every one of her problems. She lost half a foot and fingers to the diabetes and ended up in dialysis from the high blood pressure. I loved her dearly and will miss her greatly. Two years ago all of her problems really started to take a toll and alot of my free time was spent helping her out. Consequently I put on 20 pounds during this time. I realize that this is not alot of weight but I had always been healthy and exercising was my “me time”. I made me feel good about myself and my attitude towards life. Last January I signed up for Turbulence Training. I really liked the quickness of the workouts. January and February were good months and I lost 6 of the pounds but mom’s health took a downward spiral and the workouts went out the window. I found myself going from one sugar high to the next just to keep going. I also have degenerative joint disease in my right hip and had occasional pain from it but since I stopped working out it throbs all the time. At my mothers funeral I realized that I could very easily go down the same path my mother did. 4 of my siblings are already headed that way and I realized this was not what I wanted. I am commiting today to start working out again and getting my diet back on track so when I turn 50 this year I will know that my life is only half over and not 2/3’s

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hi Stacey, so sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you are doing okay. It is great to hear that you are already making progress, and we will be here to help. Stay strong and let us know what we can do for you!


  • Amanda

    Everyone has a breaking point, when they choose to. It could be that nasty comment someone said at the park, a scary life threatening disease, a death, or pants that can’t do up anymore, that incourages a person to change their current way of life.

    How a person reacts to that situation makes it their breaking point because some people will get upset and dive right back into their cycle of bad habits (overeating because they feel unworthy and hurt, or scared) or they might take that energy and use it to change(their breaking point), which gives them motivation.

    A person must be motivated and continue to be motivated to live a healthy lifestyle. Everybody loses motivation at some point or another, it happens, find it again and move on.
    How do you do that?
    1. Write down what you want to achieve and reasons why this change will bring happiness into your life. Bring meaning on what you want to achieve, write these down and find the deeper fulfillment. It can be anything from seeing your children graduate to looking hot in that bikini! anything will work as long as it motivates YOU! Everyone is different, what works for some doesnt work for others.

    2. Believe the change is worth it. Is it achievable? what does it require? Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Dont let limations stop you from achieving the best in life.

    3. Educate yourself. Get informed on healthy eating and exercise so you know what you have to do in order to get to where you want to be.

    Here are some other things that can help:
    1. Set SMART goals and be consistent. Smart stands for Specific, measureable, action-oriented, realistic, time bound. Being consistent is what gives you results, which is motivating! We like to form habits and once a habit is formed its hard to stop, but it can be done, be aware and make the change to stop. Its going to take practise and everyone slips up but learn from your mistakes and keep on going. Dont beat yourself up this will only hurt you and give you negative thoughts.
    2.Keep a journal. If your not seeing results you could go back to the journal and see what you can change. For me I like to emotional eat so I also find it good to write what kind of mood I am in before I eat something and to make sure I am even hungry. You can also vent all your frusterations in the journal which will make you feel better 🙂
    3. tell people. If you tell people this will help motivate you to keep on track.
    4. Chart your progress. This will help you see how far you have come and how happy you should be for making the change. The biggest step is becoming aware of your bad habits and making steps to change.
    5. Reward yourself when you follow through with your goals.
    And Last:
    DONT WAIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO MOTIVATE YOU! At the end of the day, only you can motivate you.

    Some other things I have learned is : Never compare yourself to another person. Everybodys physique is different and you cannot change what mother nature gave you, although you can work with it and have the best physique mother nature will allow you to have! You need to comcentrate on improving and perfecting whats yours.
    Keep in mind that no one is perfect, if we were all perfect life would be boring! Being different is what makes us unique.

    I am 18 years old and I want to be a personal trainer and nutritionist although I am struggling because of my attitude. Your mind is so powerful and my personality traits are getting the best of me. I have anxiety/ panic disorder…I dont care, healing is a process and I will get better. It all starts with your attitude and mind set. Think Positive and dont let all that negative energy take over, the cycle is hard to get out of. obviously because I am still here… Be more kind to yourself and dont beat yourself up if you do something wrong, take it as a learning opportunity. My motivation is to be healthy and FEEL GOOD but I need to work more on the mind part, I am very good at the exercise and nutrition. My breaking point is having anxiety disorder and panic attacks I need to do something with my health so I can have a happy healthy life. I want to get better and learn how to have a happy life, so I can help other people do the same. Although I feel stuck and need help. If anyone else feels stuck you need to look at your fears:
    1 Fear of losing present security
    2. Fear of failure
    3. Fear of personal rejection or the disapproval of others
    4. Fear of succeeding (then what would you have to deal with?)
    5. Fear of goal involving to much energy/ work/ time.
    6. Fear that the goal is too unrealistic
    7. Fear of change itself.
    I think I have all the above fears, I want to have a low body fat percentage and have that nice muscle definition but I feel stuck in fears, no wonder I have anxiety… I need help to reach a breaking point because living in fear is no fun and I want to be healthy and happy… 🙂

    My role models, the people I look up to, adore, and maybe one day get to meet are Jillian Michaels, Craig Ballantyne <—Bally the dog is super cut big fan :D, Vince Delmonte, Mike Geary, and Bob Harper. LOVE THEM TO DEATH! I feel these people are awesome role models who I absolutely want to be like, I admire them! They are so smart and kind, giving emails and tips! LOVE THEM LOVE THEM LOVE THEM!
    I am afraid of being the best I just need to wake up and have my breaking point, which I have no idea how to get. I mean its easy to say have a breaking point but if you want to change and are honest with yourself but dont know how, how the heck can you reach breaking point?I think I might have to look beyond and figure out whats stopping me. Its a mental block. I would really love more personal trainers to start talking about the mind because everything is all connected.
    To much information to deal with which could also stop people :S
    Now I am confusing myself haha Everyone think postive and DO IT FOR YOU!!

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Amanda, you rock. Amazing words of wisdom, you are going to be a super successful trainer or whatever you choose to do in life. Nice work!

  • Nicholas25

    What is my breaking point?

    I’ve asked myself this question for many years now. What is it going to take? When do you hit rock bottom? When do you say enough is enough? Do you say enough is enough when you have chest pains, shortness of breath almost after every meal? How about a never-ending case of anxiety and depression? I mean imagine a life where you sit on the sidelines, afraid to go anywhere because of some insane fear that people might scrutinize your every move because you’re overweight. You live your life vicariously through your friends, various television characters and novels because you feel your life is inconsequential.

    I decided after years of binge drinking, smoking and tons of fast food consumption, that my life is one big empty mess. I was around 175 – 180lbs in high school. It took me about 3 to 4 years after high school with a sedentary lifestyle to gain around 120 pounds. Every bit of my self-confidence and a positive outlook on life has completely ceased to exist. On top of that I lost my business, I lost my apartment and had to sell my car to payoff a portion of my credit card debt. The part that really upsets me is I had to give up my 8-month-old Pitbull puppy because I had to move back home with my folks. They have their own dogs and they can’t afford all these new mouths to feed, super sad face. I really loved that dog and I rescued him from some jerk who kept him in a cage for weeks on end. Giving him away was a real sad day but I did find him a great forever home and he’s doing great. So in lieu of all this last week I took a serious hard look at myself and asked that same nagging question one more time. What is it going to take to fix the main cause of all my problems?

    Okay, It’s not really that bad though, I’m not suicidal or anything. I’m not living on the streets or dying. I’m just overweight. I know I’m painting a pretty morose picture. It’s my pessimistic nature of late. Believe it or not my friends consider me the big funny guy. I hate being called the “Big Guy” by the way. Funny, I don’t mind. I want to be the “Little funny guy” or that “cocky little bastard.” I want to be optimistic and cheerful. I want that can do attitude. I want a better life. I know if I can fix this major part of my life the rest will fall into place. I really am taking the right steps this time. I realized my friends are great but all they like to do is drink alcohol and eat fast food late at night. And I can’t even be around that anymore. For one I can’t afford it plus who wants to go out and watch your friends have a good time while you stand in the corner sipping a glass of water? Not me. So I cut out the negative influences and I’ve radically changed my diet. No booze, smoking or fast food.

    So in closing I have hit my breaking point, it’s pretty hard not too with my life. I’m done and I’m ready to become another person entirely. Someone better than I was before someone I look forward to meeting every day. Luckily I’ve found Craig Ballantyne and turbulence training. I really think this guy is the real deal. I’ve signed up for the basic turbulence-training package because it’s all I can afford. And I really really really hope he picks me for that mega weight loss package cause I’m poor and could really use a break. C’mon Craig, hook me up.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Nicholas, proud of what you have done so far. Sorry to hear about the pup, you know how much I like dogs. Stay strong my friend and you CAN DO IT!

  • Kelley

    Very simple! I was going to turn 40 in two years, had 3 children, yada, yada, yada! Was in the same trap as all those mothers that were all about the family, no time for me! Then one day I realized what I was modeling for my kids, especially my daughter! Sacrificing myself was good for the family!?? Not so much! I was watching The Biggest Lose one night and was amazed at what morbidly obese people could do to totally change their bodies! So what was my problem? I only needed to lose 20-25 pounds! What excuse was I going to use this time? I realized that I was the only one in control of what was going on with my body, so I set out on my “Best Body by 40” adventure! I am actually only about 15 lbs lighter, but a totally different body make up! I went from size 10’s to 2’s and 4’s, and have kept it that way for over 2 years! I am now modeling good eating habits for my kids, and the greatest of all is not let nay sayers stop you from achieving your goals and that you can do anything that you put your heart and mind into!

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Very proud of you Kelley! Stay strong!

  • Laura

    My breaking point? Hitting 40, 3 kids and growing in size slowly. As a kid, I never had to worry about my weight. I could eat anything, and never gain an ounce. I never wore anything bigger than a size 5, but suddenly, I found myself moving into a size 13. My friends were all in the same boat. Some were dealing the onset of certain illnesses (i.e., kidney problems, diabetes, etc.) It was then that I made a decision. I was not going to end up like everyone around me who was still eating like a teenager, expecting nothing to change. It was like a switch went off in me. I had tried over and over to discipline myself up to this point to no avail. But, this time was different. Suddenly, it was like I was looking at my future and all I saw was my life growing shorter than it had to be. But, it didn’t have to be that way. I had the ability to change that. I could make choices that would give me more time. I could choose to be healthier and stronger. It happened. It was all I needed to get motivated and disciplined. I joined a gym, hired a trainer and nutritionist. Within 6 months I lost the weight and was wearing a size smaller than I did as a teenager … I was down to a size 2 and I felt better than I had felt in a long time. I was energetic and strong. My confidence went to an all time high. It affected me so positively that I went for my license as a Certified Fitness Professional. It’s been 6 years now. I struggle a bit because I have reached menopause and this is a whole new challenge for me. But, I know I can get past this as well and remain strong and healthy. Thanks so much for the opportunity to share. I hope this story can be an inspiration to all who read it.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Laura, very proud of you. Keep inspiring others!

  • Julie

    I had always been a very active person growing up. Gymnastics and dance kept me very fit and strong. So it never really mattered what I ate in terms of weight gain. I could eat a bacon egg and cheese for breakfast, 2 big macs for dinner and a DQ blizzard for dessert for a week and never gain a pound. And in high school I often did. I started college the same size 0 that I was in high school. Yet through those 4 years at school, the activity level came to near standstill and my occasional cigarettes at parties turned into a pack a day habit. I had a lot of depression and anxiety issues, my diet was pretty much booze, fast food, ramen noodles, and lucky charms. Although college was a lot fun, it was the least healthy I ever was in my life. Finally, a year after my graduation, pushing a double digit dress size at under 5 feet tall, I realized I didn’t recognize the face I saw looking back at me in the mirror and no outfit was hiding the weight gain anymore. I never identified with being fat or lazy or unhealthy yet somehow that’s totally what I became. Anyway, one day I couldn’t bear to buy another pair of fat jeans and realized I needed a change. I wiped the dust off my old Tae Bo dvds and signed up for weight watchers online. Although I have my issues with WW, it really helped me get a sense of portion control and to be accountable for what I was putting into my body. The first week I lost 6 pounds, and that 6 pound weight loss became a catalyst to so much more positive change in my life. My mind was finally ready to break my unhealthy habits. And I was finally able to believe I deserved a better life. I soon quit smoking. I mean how could I workout hard and still smoke!? I couldn’t. So I decided to put down the Marlboro lights and buy a pair of running shoes. I have been running ever since. After realizing just how much fitness and being active and eating healthy has changed my life, I wanted to share this experience and knowledge with more people. In October, I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and am truly dedicated to helping other people see their own potential and start treating their own bodies right. Anyway, my breaking point was more of an afterthought. When I was about 3/4 of the way to my weight loss goal a friend of mine from college confessed to me that another friend actually asked him if I was pregnant in college! Pregnant! This was devastating because I absolutely was not pregnant. It was at that point where I truly realized how important the direction I took my life was. Human beings are extremely capable creatures. Often all they need is a hard look in the mirror to put the power back in their own hands. I have gained so much insight about healthy living. Exercise has truly become my prozac and I feel better now than I did when I was 17. And I never would have embraced my passion for health and fitness if I hadn’t totally abandoned it in college!

    Keep up the great work everyone!

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Nice work Julie, congrats on the success and the CSCS!

  • Nic

    My breaking point came over the summer when I was down the beach with my friend. I saw him out on the beach with his six pack out, smiling at all the ladies, while I just kinda chilled in my chair, not confident in the least. I need to improve my habits. I know I can have his body.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      You can do it Nic, can’t wait to hear about your abs!

  • Matt

    It’s 12:20 and I just took a shower and ran upstairs. I sit here typing, fat and out of breath. Did I mention it was only 12 stairs? I’m a fat slob and have done this to myself.

    I have a four year old and 18 month old who wear me out faster than they should. I fell asleep the other day while my son and I were playing Bakugan (a card game). Earlier in the year, we took our kids to an indoor water park… It was absolutely amazing!! However, I started worrying from the moment we made the reservations. About what? The money? The kids drowning? No… taking my shirt off. A formerly fit, 34 year old, 5’9″, 205 lb father of two shaking in his flip flops about taking his shirt off in front of other people. My breaking point was not a clean break, but rather a series of small fractures that have lead to a complete break. The first fracture was at the water park when my four year old son begged me to take my shirt off and get into the pool.

    My son also delivered the blow that caused the second fracture! We live near the beach and try to enjoy it as much as we can during the month and a half it is warm. After 10 months of cold weather my son was extremely excited to finally get to the beach… he was swimming and having a great time,and wanted me to be a part of his fun… again he had to beg me to take my shirt off. I was frozen with fear when my wife finally broke the silence, urging me to take my shirt off and swim with my son. Reluctantly, I did, realizing at that point that I was giving up special moments with my kids, for food and laziness.

    The straw that has broken the camels back, was at a family reunion. I saw kids who were 7 and 8 years old who weigh almost 150 lbs. Their eating habits are absolutely awful, but absolutely the same as their parents! I realized then, that if I did not change anything, my children would end up like me. Not only do I not want to be embarrassed about my eating habits, my exercise habits and my body, I don’t want my children to ever go through what I go through almost daily. If I can change my eating habits and my exercise habits, then hopefully my kids will learn from me how to be a healthy human being and break the love handle cycle in our family!!!

    Over the years I’ve been up and down on the scale. I’ve played lacrosse, rugby, ice hockey, roller hockey and more. I’ve done Weight Watchers, worked out, ran and kept track of everything from calories to points to reps to minutes to miles. I have always, always fallen off the wagon. I’ve seen competitions like TT and Body for Life and local “Biggest Losers”, but I’ve never seen anyone with a body “exactly like mine” succeed. I’ve always talked myself out of succeeding at healthiness by rationalizing that I couldn’t do it because no one that has ever succeeded “looked like me”. I realize now, that I need to succeed at healthiness for my kids, so that they can succeed at being healthy so they can pass it down the line. I need to succeed for my wife, because she will never find another man like me and if I die, she would be lonely for a very long time. And, finally, I have to succeed for all of the fat, lazy, dying people like myself using the same excuses I was… and be the person that succeeded that “they look like”!!!

    Thank You Craig for this opportunity… Thank You in advance for the memories I will have with my family… Thank You for the healthy lifestyle you have instilled in me… And Thank You in advance from the future generations of my family.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Great to hear from you Matt, and I know you are going to succeed because you have set those goals and are looking to the future. Stay strong!

  • Jeremy Dubay

    1. What is my breaking point and what do I need to help succeed?

    I have recently found my breaking point. I was succeeding using TT exercises then I got injured based on the way I sit at work. So I stopped working out, ate bad, and gained most of the weight back. Just yesterday, I chased my son around my house (which isn’t very big), and had to sit down and rest after one time around. Also, my wife told me I was disgusting. How’s that for my self esteem? Not very good. Then my parents showed up. My father weighs 350 and my mother has a pacemaker at 56 years old. How many more signs to I need?

    So yesterday I broke. I felt awful yesterday night. I knew it had to do with the food I ate. I write this feeling exhausted. What’s worse, I feel my confidence waning. My son will want to go swimming this weekend, but I know I won’t want to. I will use the excuse of the water being too cold. It’s because I don’t want to take my shirt off, and I don’t want to be one of those guys with my shirt on to swim.

    I feel the most important thing to help someone succeed is a strong support system. I have that through TTmembers.com and I’m not using it. It’s there. There’s a reason I got involved using it. Thanks Craig for what you do.

    Jeremy Dubay

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Jeremy, good to hear from you again and I look forward to your success. Make sure to get our help on TT members. We are there to support you!

  • My breaking point came when I got a call from sister on the east coast telling me my 72 year old mom was on life support. My sister kept my mom alive til I got there. I saw my mom, once so full of life, now hooked up to so many things. She couldn’t talk, but I could hug her. My mom had diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure and was overweight. When I got there and saw her, I just realized what a terrible waste it was that she had to suffer like that, and that her life was cut short.

    I decided then and there that I would always make nutrition and exercise an important criteria in my life. My mom’s life was cut short because she didn’t know about exercise and nutrition. (My parents were immigrants from Hungary. We used to eat alot of not so good food.)

    I created an exercise and nutriiton program (which now includes TT). I lost 20 pounds, and thanks to TT am gaining muscle I didn’t have before. Continuing education is essential, and TT provides that too!

    • Craig Ballantyne

      KC, very proud of you. Keep up the great work!

  • Erica Chan

    I will have my breaking point,



    I look in the mirror and see someone I hate.

    I have stayed up late,

    Cold nights,

    Wondering what I was doing, knowing it was wrong,

    Clinging to old habits and the comfort of the norm.

    I think yearningly of form,

    Of shape – of toned muscle, of lithe skin,

    Because only then will I feel comfortable, the athletic me,

    Shut up for years by chocolate and tears.

    My breaking point is years.

    I am only 18, but that is already,

    7 years too long for me to hate my ways,

    7 years too long for me to gasp for breath,

    The times I should have shone, I hid.

    But I no longer want to hide.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hi Erica, thank you for sharing. I know you are going to succeed…can’t wait to hear from you in the future with your success story. Stay healthy!


  • Nancy

    Well first off, a high five to all the success stories and hope some day to be able to write such an inspirational success story that might help the next person to get motivated and realize they can accomplish whatever they set their mind to.

    I am a 48 year old female that is 5’3″ and sadly weights about 158 lbs. Up until about age 34-35 I weighed 104-106 lbs and could eat what I wanted when I wanted with no fear of weight gain – I actually had hard times finding pants that fit me right. I tend to think, or like to try to convince myself, that my weight gain is attributed to having a tubal done at age 34 (hormone changes) or an undetected thyroid problem, which is not under control and perfect thanks to Synthroid.

    I quit smoking in April 2008, best move I ever made and my weight went up to 172 lbs, eeeekkkk. That’s 39 lbs more than when I was 9 months pregnant almost 30 years ago. I have now gotten myself to the point that I hate this weight and from mostly going to the gym 3-4 times a week (at work) and doing as little as about 20-25 minutes on an eliptical have gotten down to about 158 lbs. Food tastes so good now and my biggest downfall now is snacking. I’m just always snacking and not the best choice of snacks. If I keep myself busy, I’m good but when I sit at my desk at work, I snack, snack, snack on whatever is available. I have cut out regular pop and even only have a couple drinks of diet pop in the run of a week, the rest of the time is tea and water.

    I have got myself convinced that when I return from vacation in mid August I will be dusting off the my workout DVD’s and doing some form of exercise 3-4 nights weekly as well as a quick run to the gym at work for a jaunt on the eliptical. I would love to get myself back down to about 120 lbs. I got myself down to 120 lbs about 5-6 years ago, but that was from using Herbal Magic, shake mixes for breakfast and lunch, and then dinner, but like any program like that, as soon as you go off it and start eating meals again the weight goes back on unless you change your entire food selection.

    I have printed off so much nutrition and exercise information and I plan on starting to read through it all and be ready to get down to serious business when I get back off vacation. I will watch myself during vacation but serious workout regimes and better eating habits will start in a few weeks.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Nice work Nancy, looking forward to your success!

  • Meshel

    Hey Craig,

    I have given some thought to when my breaking point occurred. I guess it has really been one straw at a time that finally broke the proverbial camel’s back. I was always a skinny kid…skinny to the point that my folks could not find clothes small enough to fit me. But as I grew up I developed allergic and exercise induced asthma and was restricted from activities both in and out of school. As my sedentary lifestyle got into full swing I gained weight…lots of it. Fast forward through the boring sedentary years to summer 2006/early 2007. Two things happened then really set the gears in motion to me finally reaching my breaking point. My sister got pregnant and I was injured in a car accident.

    While my sister had a relatively ‘easy’ pregnancy it was not without its aches and pains and I realized that IF 1) I ever want to have children and not be bed ridden and 2) I want to play and run around with my niece I needed to lose the weight and get myself back to being active.

    Shortly after my niece was born in January 2007, I was involved in a car accident. My car was rear ended and pushed into the vehicle in front of me. Needless to say the car was a total loss and I sustained several injuries. I was in physical therapy for months rehabbing a torn tendon in my shoulder, an late diagnosed neck injury and a subluxed patella. It was during this time that I started to realize some weight loss (I later realized it was because I was doing resistance training and building lean muscle) and thus reduced pressure and pain in my injured knee. That really kicked my butt into gear and I set off on my journey to get a healthy body that will allow me to play with my (now 4) nieces and generally be more active.

    Of course, exercise alone does not completely change a body so during the months of research and study it took before I finally settled on what type of program I wanted to begin I changed my diet. Stopped eating and drinking so much processed and sugary foods (let’s face it, you cannot avoid them completely) and began eating more whole fruits and vegetables. Amazingly enough I began to feel better just having made that one change. When I finally made up my mind about a workout program (that includes TT) I started straight off and have remained consistent and motivated over the last few months. I have seen some changes like the appearance of muscle definition as well as lost fat but I still have a long way to go.

    Looking back it is amazing how those seemingly weightless straws can pile up to create a big problem. I am very thankful for you for adding one more resource to draw from and a extra support for all of the work ahead.

  • Curt

    On the wall next to my desk at work is a picture of a medium size ship on fire with a group of men heading for shore. This picture represents a “breaking point” for me that took place two years ago.

    I came across the historic story of Hernado Cortez. In 1519, He landed with a group of soldiers in Veracruz, Mexico. They were greeted with rough terrain, disease, harsh living conditions, and hostile inhabitants. It was a mess. Afraid, his soldiers would abandon the mission and head back to the comforts of home, Cortez did something radical—he burned their ships. No turning back.

    The story both shocked and amazed me. Since then, I’ve been “burning the ships” of my life regularly. To gain the health and fitness I’ve wanted, has required a “no turning back” commitment. While not executing my commitment perfectly, seeing the picture daily is reminder to avoid crap food and get to the gym regularly, so I can do the recreational sports I enjoy.


    Craig, this Cortez story is not a myth; you can check it in history books or online. Amazing!

  • Andy

    My breaking point is finding out my father’s cancer returned. I know there are different reasons why people contract cancer; smoking, environment, poor diet etc. My dad is 86 years old!!! He still gardens and makes birdhouses out of wood. I would like to have his quality of life at his age! Recently my doctor told me I have diverticulits. I know it was from a poor diet. I haven’t been exercising and the combined stress of work and being a caregiver for my parents drove me to the fridge to help “cope”. I’m sitting at the work space eating almonds and a cucumber, fighting the temptation to travel to the nearest fast food since I didn’t pack a healthy lunch. I know I will get back on track and receiving Craig’s daily e-mails certainly motivate me to do my best.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Stay strong Andy!

  • I know I missed the contest but am going to share my story anyway. My breaking point for me came just about 3 years ago the day I was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer at 36 years old, thus ending any chances of me ever having children. Let me tell you the cancer didn’t scare me near as much as the thought of dying on the operating table. I tipped the scales at 325. My cholesterol and tryglycerides were normal. Blood pressure normal. However due to my size surgery was still very risky. I couldn’t sleep the night before surgery. Once I was home and on the mend I vowed then and there that I would give my body time to heal and then this weight had to go. I gave my body 15 months to heal before beginning my weight loss journey on 1/14/08. I got rid of 49lbs in 2008 then hit a major plateau. Since breast cancer runs in my family and the uterine cancer I really need to get rid of this fat as excess fat creates estrogen and both of those cancers are estrogen dominate cancers. In June 2009 I was the recipient of 3 months worth of personal training sessions. In the first 5 weeks I GAINED on the scale and that was really hard to take until my trainer showed me that in 5 weeks I had dropped my body fat % from 40.47 to 37.58 a whole 2.89%. I had lost 6lbs of fat and gained 11lbs of muscle mass. Now the scale has started moving in the right direction again. I only have 12.58% more body fat to get rid of which sounds a lot better than 105lbs. My original goal was if I got rid of 150lbs by my 40th Birthday (4-19-2010) that I would be rewarded with spending my birthday in Vegas. Now I have switched focus to body fat % and hope to be at 25% body fat by my 40th birthday.
    I never ever want to have to worry whether or not I will fit in a booth at a restaurant or in an airplane seat again. I didn’t begin to get heavy until my mid 20’s and my weight really ballooned when I went off the pill at age 25 as that was when my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrom really kicked in as the pill had been masking some of the symptoms until then. I know what it is like to be a size 10 and will be there again one day soon. Hopefully in 39 weeks.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hi Shannon, great to hear from you. Keep up the great work, you can do it!

  • Mbeneya Akondeu Juliette

    Hi Craig,

    It really wonderful that you try your best at reaching millions around the world to make them achieve their goal of getting lean and losing belly fat. May God continue to enrich you with wisdom as we continue to benefit from this your program.
    Actually my problem is losing belly fat and I know actually that it is because I don’t know what to eat and what time to eat what. Please I will be grateful if you will help me.
    I want you to propose to me some workouts which could be done only in the room because we do not have gyms around where I leave. And I am from a poor family of which I will not be able to afford the programs which you provide. So please help me.

    May God bless you in many folds.

  • Five o was my breaking point, I had been to the gym on two previos occations when I was younger, both times I did’nt last to long, a few months. Anyway, after my 50 birthday I made a commitment to myself that I would go to the gym 40 times, dont ask me why 40 because I dont know. After the 40 trip I would acess how I was feeling and if my body had changed any.I am now 51 years young and have been going to the gym for 1 year 3 months,and am looking and feeling great.should be on the front cover of the Christmas addition of mens magazine 2011. Only joking ! but you never know, keep a eye out. Enjoy Ronnie Mac.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Congrats Ronnie, keep up the great work!

  • Friend

    Because my father’s always struggled with his weight, and has also not hit his breaking point, yet. (Hopefully he will) I think my breaking point is not wanting to endure all the hardship has had to go through. When I think about my partner, and our future together I become distressed knowing that I may have less time with her because I am unhealthy now. I want to be on this planet to experience the most Life has to offer and spend that time with those I love. That’s my ‘breaking point’.