Transformation Tuesday – Brian

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It’s Transformation Tuesday – Today we want to share Brian’s  story. In 16-months, Brian has dropped over 35 cm, increased his muscle tissue by 5.5KG, and has had a great attitude the entire time.

Each week, we will share a success story from a #TeamPTF client who has gone through a physical and mental transformation. 

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Brian's Transformation Tuesday Story

Tell us about yourself?

I’m 53, from Robina and a Financial Planner (my third career).

How long was it between your before and after pictures?

16 Months

What made you decide to change? What was your biggest inspiration to finally change your habits and life?

My wife made the decision for me.  I was always tired and found copping with my stressful job (10-12 hours a day) very hard.  I was very over weight but no matter what had not been able to lose weight.  I desperately needed to get fitter and lose weight, and needed help to do this, as I always failed by myself.

What goals did you set for yourself in order to make a change?

Start Training.  Eat differently if needed.  To get below 100kg (I was 108kg when I started and had been up to 116kg) and had been for 23 years.

How did you stay motivated to keep on track?

That was easy.  I felt better.  I saw results.  The more I did the easier it got and with my wife eating the same food, I did not feel like I was missing out.  The more I did the fitter I become and the easier it was to cope with the stress at work.

Did you have any setbacks along the way? If so, how did you overcome them?

I got to 98K and my weigh started to go back up and I was getting tired after each training session.  Therefore back to Pete to check the diet.  His answer was more food and higher carbs after the training.  In other words over time your bodies needs change so you have to make sure your checking in with Pete to keep yourself moving.

Good news was that even with my weight going up I had lost inches everywhere, and was lifting much heavier weights, so had just traded fat with muscle.  Once I realized that, it just motivated me more.

How has PTF helped you change your life?

My first assessment with Pete he had me do 10 minutes of exercises and I was so exhausted I had to go home and sleep for an hour.  This proved to me how much I needed to change.

For the first month I would sleep for ½ hour after every session before I could go to work.  Over the year the sessions have gone from ½ hour to about 45 Min with the finishers, and are much harder than when I started.  Now I am 10 times fitter, much stronger and while I am still over 100K (just), there is a lot less fat and a lot more muscle.  But most of all I feel great, I love the sessions, and now have my wife training as well.

What advice would you give to somebody starting out?

Make the commitment to yourself and your family.  Give it time.  Trust in the advice as it does work!

What are you doing now to keep up with your healthy lifestyle?

I’m doing the 10 Week challenge to try and focus even more on my food, and challenge myself to get more results.

What are some of your favorite healthy foods and snacks? What do you eat for a typical day?

We eat so much Salad.  I have the habit of chopping my meat (and tasty cheese) up into small bits so I can mix it though.  Thus I rarely use dressings and the salads taste great.  The favorite snack is either nuts (any but love macadamias) or Chocolate protein balls made with Almond Meal and raw Cacao and Coconut oil.

Typical day training day is Smoothie for breaky and some tuna for a snack.  Lunch of meat and salad.  Protein shake in the afternoon and then almost anything for dinner (with either salad or vegies).  I try and keep carbs controlled, apart from post-workout.  On non-training days I drop the smoothie and the morning snack.

What is your workout routine like?

I train 4 times a week, all strength sessions, but get the most out of the sessions during the week with the P1 trainers.  They do motivate you to go harder (but so do having good training buddies at around the same level).

What advice would you give someone who needs motivation and encouragement to change their life?

Admit that your life needs to change, then commit to yourself to make that change.  Give it 110%.  The process can be enjoyable and you will feel recharged when you see the results.