I accept that I can be a stubborn guy at times, whether arguing or the like, but I never would have imagined that that trait and the help of Stefan and his team I would lead to the physical and life changes I’ve experienced over the past months. For years I let myself be wound down by ongoing depression, self-hatred, 12hour workdays and a belief that I couldn’t overcome co-ordination problems I had as a child in doing any form of worthwhile exercise to combat my weight problem. I was frankly at a dead end for a period well over a decade… and then I poured some alcohol into that situation too for good measure. One chance meeting however, that then lead to my training and dietary changes, changed that.
I learned that the foods I was eating were in part driving my depression and how bloated I was simply from them. My training pushed me and would every time reward me in how I’d progressed in terms of my strength, energy or even just my balance. Then with my routine in place, which was specifically custom to my physical and co-ordination weaknesses, I quickly got into a rhythm of going and not finding excuses not to go at least 4 days a week… and that’s with the 12hour workdays still. My energy and strength now I literally cannot compare to any other period in my life as it far exceeds even what I’d imagined I’d achieve when I started my training.
I’m down from XXL at times to squeezing into my first Smalls and I’m still going. Regarding how I’ve changed mentally you’ll no doubt be expecting me to say the usual lines, including that this change boosted my self-confidence, but I think it did something far more profound. I suddenly woke up each day and I didn’t hate myself. I’m still the same person I was when I started (stubborn remember) but I now approach life with an energy that pushes me to make more of myself. Plus now I have another challenge in life as well, remembering that I don’t have to do everything in life alone (other than my training of course) as there’s someone I now share my life with.