WHEN IT ALL COMES TOGETHER
"It's cliché to begin a weight loss success story saying, "My life was in pieces before this program." I know it's cliché, because I've read hundreds of these stories. I spent a decade obsessed with fat loss. My battle to be thin monopolized my time, energy, and money like a holy mission. I dieted relentlessly, but only managed to look and feel worse with each passing year. I worried I was just too hopeless to write my own happy ending.
A confession: I have enough "before" pictures from unfinished challenges to fill an album. What's different this time? Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle (BFFM) and the Inner Circle. I could describe the many obstacles I've overcome to finally get here, but I won't. The hardships I've endured no longer define me. I've been given the skills and support to stop mourning the pieces of my old life and begin assembling the pieces of a new one.
Knowledge was the first piece.
BFFM liberated me from dieting hell. I can't afford a personal trainer, but Tom was my trainer. The baseline plan fit my life, and it worked. I felt better from day one.
Stress was my favorite old excuse. I run a small business and home-school an autistic son. Money is tight, there are no days off, and my son's needs are endless. I doubted I could exercise and resist comfort food while so overwhelmed.
I ignored how inactivity, unstable blood sugar, excess fat and illness drained me. The BFFM lifestyle promotes resilience against stress. It balances my body, energizes my mind, and boosts my mood. When I'm vibrant, my productivity soars. More importantly, my enjoyment of life soars. Comfort food fed me, but happiness and success nourish me.
Mental programming was the next piece.
BFFM taught me to train my mind as hard as my body. I create big goals with reasonable deadlines and visualize success until it's palpable. I feel myself slipping into my goals like a comfy pair of (size 6!) jeans. For the first time, consistency seems effortless. My mind changes, and my body naturally follows. I'm no longer at war with myself.
Flexibility is a piece.
BFFM supplied the marching orders, but also empowered me to track my results and change course as needed. It planned for days when plans fail. That's ground-breaking and also essential, because healthy fat loss is a winding road. When I expected perfection, I was frequently discouraged. When I learned to expect setbacks and surmount them, I became unstoppable. I've lost 70 pounds of fat since January.
Community is a piece.
Like many overweight people, I felt self-conscious. Isolation became comfortable. I thought, "I'll socialize once I'm thin." A new world opened up when I decided I don't have to do this alone.
Willpower is great
until it fails. Nobody's perfect. My Inner Circle friends encourage me when I stumble. They teach and inspire me. They keep me accountable. I don't have to be perfect, because their support makes it harder to fail than to succeed. I'll never underestimate the power of teamwork again.
Faith and focus are pieces.
What I've accomplished in 14 weeks electrifies me. This challenge restored the courage of my convictions. I have faith in myself again.
I expand my comfort zone daily. Whether I'm confronting a limiting belief or fighting for one more rep, I know progress means tolerating moments of uncertainty. I can endure these moments. The rewards are worth it.
I believed I couldn't do many things, because I'd never done them. My mindset was, "I've tried nothing, and it's not working. It's hopeless!" Now I ask, "How will I overcome this obstacle?" I am positive, and that makes me powerful.
I lived with purpose and intensity every day of this challenge. I bled BFFM. I visualized myself winning and asked, "What did the winner do today?" Whatever my answer, I did it.
I gave myself the gift of unconditional commitment for 98 days. My devotion elevated a summer project into a defining experience. I've enjoyed moments of clarity, joy, and triumph I'll cherish forever.
Balance is a piece.
I played hard to win, but I can't control everything. When I saw my peers' outstanding accomplishments on Day 49 and realized my best efforts might not be enough
it hurt. I desperately wanted to win, but I was already using every healthy peaking strategy in the book, pushing my body to the limit and eating only for fuel. In spite of myself, I considered resorting to unhealthy strategies.
This was my biggest test and greatest opportunity. It forced me to draw a line in the sand. Who is the new me? Is my progress merely cosmetic? What do I really value anyway?
I feel proud saying I lost every ounce the right way. I value my health & happiness, and I trust this program. Therefore, I dream big and work hard, but balance comes first.
Whether I place 1st or 101st, I am victorious. I adore how my new body looks and feels. I've earned every pound of freedom. I entered this challenge to win and discovered I'm already a winner.
I've lost weight before, but BFFM transformed my body and my spirit. I am vibrant. I am resilient. Obstacles no longer immobilize me. I feel confident and connected to my deepest values. Those are enduring rewards. My fat loss will also endure, because this time I built my house upon rock.
Sum it Up
I've imagined this essay for 10 years, and now I'll complete it: I dedicated heart and soul to this challenge, and I finished.
When knowledge, belief and action come together
when people come together
the sum is greater than the pieces. My happy ending is merely the beginning. The skills I've mastered here are adaptable to any goal. My ability to create success feels unlimited. What's coming together now is the rest of my life. Thank you Tom and dear Inner Circle friends."
|"I Lost 75 Lbs of Body Fat, Gained 7 Lbs of Muscle, Lost 12 Inches Off My Waist And Went From a Size 22 To a 6!"
"In total, since the start of the year through the end of the summer challenge, I lost 75 pounds of body fat, and gained about 7 pounds of lean body mass. I've lost 12 inches off of my waist and went from a size 22 to a 6. And I've probably delivered about 50 bags of clothes to Goodwill.
My health has improved dramatically, I'm saving a ton on doctor bills and prescriptions and I'm not in pain all the time. The first time my son saw me run, he was he was shocked. Now we have so much fun together, all the time. He's really proud of me.
The biggest thing was that I started posting at the Burn the Fat Inner Circle. I feel extremely confident that I can keep improving myself as long as I'm there and getting support.
At the Inner Circle, there's always somebody who's one step behind me on the path and somebody who's one step ahead, so there's constant inspiration to move forward; and then also a constant incentive to be somebody else's inspiration and not let them down.
- Audrey Eickwort, Burn the Fat Inner Circle member,
Burn the Fat Challenge Overall Champion
There you have it ? the winning results and winning essay of a body transformation champion. If you put these 7 pieces together like Audrey did, you'll be on your way to your own transformation and a head-turning body, ready for the beach.
Who knows, maybe youll be the next Transformation contest champion and I'll be sending YOU to the tropical beaches of Maui
of course, you have to accept the Burn the Fat challenge and enter the contest if you want to win.
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Train hard and expect success,
Your friend and coach,