16 month transformation- From Overweight 8-6 family guy to Qualifying for my Pro Card
I am a 42 year old marketing director for a health care company that got out of shape, got depressed and had a low energy level. I came from an athletic background (played division 1 soccer ) but did not make fitness/health my priority when I took an 8-6 job. My excuse is I traveled a lot and I worked too many hours to put fitness/health as a priority. After my father's health started to deteriorate, I analyzed my own life. I thought if I continue to do what I am doing, I would not be living a good quality of life in my future years enjoyed my kids and someday grand kids. I decided last year to enter the 2012 Elite Ambition 12 week challenge as a motivation to get back into shape. I actually won the contest which shocked me. I actually thought there were a lot of better transformations than me but it was a very humbling proud moment and really helped me get where I am today.
Just kept going and since I was getting in good shape I decided to do a photo shoot just so I could go after something. Somebody told me about the Branch Warren Classic and 5 weeks ago I decided to enter it. I entered the Men's Masters Physique class. If you would have told me 2 months ago I was going to enter a contest, I would have thought you were crazy. I did it and ended up 2nd in my class. The crazy thing is after I got second some trainer told me backstage that I qualified for nationals and can try to win my pro card. It has been a crazy few weeks but reflecting back on it all this week on vacation it has been a great ride.
The best part about it is knowing I did this drug free (no anabolics, pro-hormones, etc). I also can't believe how many messages I have gotten around the world telling me that I have encouraged them to get into better shape or have a goal of competing in a show. I have loved helping people through the whole journey. It has been fun and the journey will continue as I prepare to get my pro card.