When I was asked to try my hand at writing something for Lifestyle and Strength I was extremely honored and excited, until I thought about it. What do I know about writing? Who is going to want to read it? Do I really think I’m in the same league as Stacia Carleton, JC Astorina and Sarah Ohm? (to name a few) These people are all more accomplished, experienced and more successful than I will probably ever be, and to think that I deserve to write alongside them? HA! You fool!
After beating myself down like this for a few days I talked to my fiancée about it and she convinced me to go for it anyway. I want to share my journey and my story with you as I go through the paces of a contest preperation and work towards my goal of not only competing as a natural bodybuilder, but going to Washington, Illinois with only one goal in mind, to win.
It is with this in mind that I invite you to come along with in my personal journey, as my friend and mentor JC Astorina, guides me through this process and helps me reach my goals and become a successful natural bodybuilder!
I will briefly return to the beginning, because before I lived and breathed this lifestyle, I was overweight, lazy, and drinking and eating in excess, and on the verge of diabetes. I eventually suffered a stroke in my early twenties. After recovering, and luckily having no lasting effects from the stroke, I slipped into a deep depression and ballooned to a round, soft 230 pounds. At five foot eight, I was in poor health and even poorer spirits, feeling it was out of my control and it was too late to try to change things. This is what I was, and it felt like that was what I would be for the rest of my life. I was considered Class One obese by my doctor and I didn’t even care anymore.
All that changed when I found out I would be a father. I knew that I needed to make a change and it had to be now. My life no longer was going to be my main focus, my son would be, and in order for me to focus on him I had to be around to take care of him. He was going to need a father, a strong and healthy one, and he was going to need him for a long time. That kickstarted my weight loss.
I busted my ass, walking at first, then jogging and running when my endurance built up. I cleaned up my diet and managed to drop weight over the course of my finances pregnancy, but I plateaued at 195 pounds. I was stuck there, and tried everything. Even the highly touted Keto Diet wouldn’t work for me, it just made me grumpy and tired. Once again I was stuck, ready to give up, thinking maybe I’m not meant to weigh less than this? This is what I am and what I will be i was thinking to myself again! I was ready to give up, until I met JC.
Let me start off by saying JC Astorina is an amazing man. He is a father, a husband and a pro bodybuilder. He is successful in every endeavor he partakes in and has achieved the level of balance in his life that I strive for everyday! He is the model and standard to which I hold myself, and nothing I can say will do justice to how much he has helped me through this process.
What started off as a couple tweets here and there about how ripped he is (the guy looks skinned alive when he steps on stage!), or me asking about HIIT cardio, has turned into what I hope is a long-lasting friendship and partnership that I will cherish for a long time to come! So from the bottom of my heart JC, thank you so very much for all of your efforts, troubles and time you have put into helping me get to my goal!
JC has helped me tremendously, guiding me through my diet, helping tweak my workouts and even going so far as to ship me care packages across the country (I’m in Ontario, Canada and he’s in Illinois, USA). I am leaner and stronger than ever with new holes in my belt, new jeans, t-shirts and even my workout clothes need to be replaced! I feel better than ever and have never been more excited to take the next step and make not only my family proud, but make my friend JC proud.
Smashing personal bests in the gym and weighing less weekly (I’m at 183.4 pounds now) and we have only just begun! At 20 weeks out our preparation is just starting to gear up and I will take you through it every step of the way with my weekly posts. The highs and the lows, the good and bad, all of it I will share with you as I continue on with my journey and my first ever contest preparation in order to compete in May, at the HOA Natural Classic in Washington, Illinois!
I hope you enjoy reading about my journey as much as I enjoy living it!
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