I always loved fitness but never understood it. It came naturally to me but with my competitive spirit, I always pushed myself to be the best. Playing soccer as a kid, or pickup games with friends, I had to win. I'm sure I was annoying to be around. ;)
I joined the U.S. Army and my passion to be the best took me to another level. I was surrounded by men and women who challenged me, whether they knew it or not, to be stronger, faster and more agile. With all this going for me, I still didn't understand nutrition or how to program workouts. I was motivated and training often but seeing very little results.
My saving grace is that I am willing to do anything to reach a goal. I began trying different diets, experimenting with workout programming and recording the data. I did keto, low carb, high carb, I drank a gallon of milk a day to gain weight...I pretty much tried everything. Throughout the process, I learned how my body responded. I was getting closer.
I am thankful for the long journey that I had because I learned not just how to get results...how to build muscle and how to lose fat, but I also learned what NOT to do. In my before and after picture, the far left pane was when I was working out every day and eating "healthy". I wasn't really tracking macros or calories...I was more or less eating a paleo diet. I made some changes to my diet, began tracking calories and macros and in a few months, I was a different person. I was stronger, I had clearly defined abs and for the first time in my life, I felt like I could make my body do anything. That's a powerful feeling!
I kept tweaking and keeping data...I fiddled with multiple workout programs and made major and minor tweaks, but the greatest results came from what I did in my diet. Within another year, I had reached the lowest bodyfat ever...but I wasn't finished.
Knowledge That Works!
Part of me wanted more proof that what I was doing was "right". I needed more test subjects. I started offering my services as a nutritional coach. I coached dozens of clients and carefully created and tweaked their diets. They all had success after a few months. I had clients with allergies, clients that were vegan, clients that kept cheating on their diets, but I was able to create meal plans that allowed them to still feel human while reaching their goals.
Now, after years of coaching client after client, I know instinctively what to do to get my clients the best results. Some had tried everything and were ready to give up until I helped them understand nutition and develop a healthy relationship with food. As great as it feels to know I can make my body do what I want it to, it is so much more satisfying to help a client lose fat, build muscle and give them the same confidence that they are in control.
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