Lean - Intermediate
We now have two boys (3 year old and 10 month old) and my three year old started grabbing my back fat rolls whilst I was carrying our 10 month old, that was the light bulb moment. Until then I knew I had gotten abit heavier but hadn't really looked at myself, telling myself that naturally toned arms meant I was still in OK shape. I am in a long hours government job in Canberra and have let myself go. Poor food and lifestyle choices and very minimal training combined has seen my waist reach 38 inches (its never been that big) and everything feels soft (I have man boob lines under my chest). I have watched for nearly two years the challenge and the before and after pics, always able to make many excuses about being to busy to do it, but finally I have committed and even that feels great by itslef.
What I liked most about the challenge was the overall approach to a healthy transformation. The holistic approach being body, mind, community and nutrition sold me. The complete guidance from start to finish, in the age of the internet there is not shortage of information, but you can never know their motives. The challenge Team and Challenge I have watched for 2 years; the photos don’t lie the stories are real people’s stories not some models paid to speak. Once I started supplements arrived and the was the plan, with resources and a community of like minded people moving in the direction of living healthier lives I was completely hooked.
The hardest thing about the challenge was also the easiest thing – follow the plan. There are no short cuts, I didn’t even have a cheat meal or even a cheat food for 12 weeks.I have a great job but it involves lots of travel ( I travelled over 35 days this challenge with several trips OS, UAE, CAN and USA). Committing to not eating crap food and making the time to train was the hardest part personally. I am a father of two very busy boys ( 3 years and just turned 1 year of age) and my beautiful and super supportive wife is 25 weeks pregnant. Having a family means that sometimes you don’t get the choice to do something for yourself but through the challenge I learnt that a 10PM workout was fine not getting to do fasted cardio because my one year old needs a bottle is fine it was about the long game 12 weeks and knowing that I had the challenge teams support if required kept me on track. Just follow the plan!!!!!
I don’t recognise myself, my work colleagues can’t believe it. I was on the track to be another very fat government worker with all the excuses about how “BUSY” I was. Now I make time to train, I make time for family, I offer guidance at work (several colleagues are doing light and easy, some have just started bringing healthy lunches (Not eating from the cafes – who would have thought that chicken and broccoli or tuna and brown rice could be made popular)). I am now racing full steam ahead to see how much better I can be (before turning 40 less then 2 years away) holistically as a complete person, not just a professional or a dad, husband or friend. I have the confidence and have a INBA membership and am planning to compete in Sept 17 (only 20 weeks away), that was not a thought let alone a dream 12 weeks ago now the challenge has made it a reality. Bring on 17 Sept (inspired by Janet comps and physique). My Dr nearly fell over when I told him that 10 coffees a day (mainly cafe large lattes are gone replaced with 1 macchiato every other day and green teas, he said that alone would have been life changing). Which means I'll be the best healthy example and active father I can be for my children (soon to be three)! YAY!
I was an online septic for 2 years but after only 12 weeks please let my photos, my journal entries and I’ll speak to you. Do it, follow the plan, it is hard, it is challenging, it is priceless because you can’t by these results, the constant support and resources will get you there. Get on-board strap in and change your life !!! May is already upon us and now with three challenges a year you have the tools to live the healthiest life you can. But better still the challenge team will train you so that even one challenge will change your life and you will have the knowledge, skills and attitude to live a better healthier life. Try to put a price on that!
The was no way before the challenge that I would have gone without coffee (I was having 10 a day – I can’t imagine what that was doing to me), stupid amounts of poor carbs and sugar choices every day (chocolates, pizza, cakes, breads and softdrinks). I had none for the 12 weeks, even with my 1 year old’s Bday in March – I froze my slice of Bday cake to eat after the challenge – the old Karl would have eaten everything that was left (cake, lollies and hot foods) washed it down with coke/s and chips and then maybe some sneaky ice-cream and coffee (Yep coffee before bed with ice-cream and tell yourself it's OK because it is just dessert) to go to bed on. The new Karl can choose and does make healthy choices, and like Craig Harpers week 2 motivational podcast (perfectly timed for me) – it is now a non-negotiable it doesn’t take self-control because I just don’t do that anymore!
Different person now!
Six inches of unhealthy stomach and back fat gone!
87.1 KG vs 74.5 KG and a whole lot happier and healthier!
My favorite shot I think - actually smiling in a photo!
All finished - 12 weeks so grateful to my family for the support would not have gotten here without them.
Photos done by my wonderful wife in our Canberra garage on a beautiful 2 Degree morning. Apologies for the drop sheet background :)
74.5 KG final weight down from 87.1 - thanks Max's I don't recognize myself.
My journey in numbers.
I have not been this light since grade 12, in grade 12 tho I had puppy fat and definitely no muscles like now - 12 weeks just followed the program - not one cheat meal. YAY!
I was abit worried that arm and calf didn't change much but as was pointed out a very good program can help you to build muscle and loose fat and my arms and calves are just so toned now.
My week 6 photo!!!!
After 6 weeks such an amazing transformation. Dropped nearly 7KGs, huge changes in my mind and body. Not one cheat meal, 8-10 coffees a day down to one small macchiato every second day. Thanks Challenge you have already changed my life, bring on the next 6 weeks. Just following the plan, nutrition training and supps everyday. Not to mention wearing the togz I have always wanted YAY!!!!
Had a great trip OS and exercised great control. Challenged by getting an amazing room upgrade in another country and not eating the gifts supplied daily it was because I was prep'd and determined. Life choices - Pretty stoked!!!!
Had a amazing week in such a good routine. First really big challenge - going OS for 5 days with work - 40 hrs transit as well. Have booked hotels with gyms and bought single serve protein powders hopefully I can take them past customs (will declare of course - single serve bottles have come in handy) - fingers crossed.
Day 1 - Yay.
Legs / Lower body tick. Reality check 15 reps meant not much weight but the win comes in 12 weeks. Great workout - great staring point.
First time following a complete program - looking back a the success stories means that if you follow it you can get those results.
Nearly 10 coffees a day down to 1 Macchiato (headaches to follow I'm sure).
I think it is still DOMS if it hurts when you are just smiling let alone thinking about having to move. Mantra - just follow the program! Did the fitness tests with a min between to try and make them abit of a workout - just made it hurt more too :)
Prep week Day 1 - First workout after a call from Adam, just what I needed. What a great program, initial guidance give, motivated and focused. Not looking forward to leg DOMS tomorrow but know it is all going to be worth it.