People may not believe what you say, but they will always believe what you do. This applies to everything; from feats of physical skill to the way in which we live our day-to-day lives.
Some call it “put up or shut up” or “walk the talk”.
If you speak of strength, you must be able to demonstrate it.
If you claim to be great coach or a teacher, people will notice who you have trained (or more importantly, who you haven’t). Calling yourself an expert doesn’t make you one.
If you talk about honesty, integrity, or honor your actions tell the world all that is needed. If you lie to your friends and cheat on your wife, you are a liar and a cheat, no matter how humble and classy you appear in public.
In this spirit, I am embarking upon a transformation.
See, I help other people lose massive amounts of bodyfat. I am good at it.
But the question came up (again) recently: “He claims to be able to get people lean, but where is his 6-pack? If it works so well, why isn’t he lean?”
This isn’t the first time I have heard this.
I will answer these questions publicly now.
1. My 6-pack is safely hidden away in a cooler, that is, a layer of belly fat that obscures it from view.
2. I am not lean because I eat too damn much, same as anyone else. I train hard, but as I have said sooooo many times to clients, you cannot out-snatch a doughnut ( in my case, cookies and french fries, I am not huge doughnut fan). Believe me, I have tried. I am 50-ish pounds lighter than I was 4 years ago when I became an RKC. I could stand to be another 40 less than I am now.
Leanness has not been high enough priority in my life to make the changes and sacrifices that I MUST do in order to achieve it.
That has changed.
John Berardi and his team over at Precision Nutrition (http://www.precisionnutrition.com/cmd.php?af=537102) announced the PN transformation challenge and I toyed with the idea of entering it. Then I read Alwyn Cosgrove’s blog on the subject. Paraphrasing the Scotsman I am going to be training for the next 4 months ANYWAY, so why not enter the PN challenge and use it as extra motivation?? I didn’t have a good answer.
So I entered the contest. As of today.
I will be posting weekly updates here because if annoncing it publicly means I am accountable to the world, or at least the people who stop by this blog.
Here are the before photos, taken 7-15-07:
Watch what happens.