Have you ever found yourself taking a moment to admire someone who has made a considerable transformation and asked yourself, “I wonder what would happen if I did something like that?” What would happen if you identified a plan, committed to it and rode it out - regardless of how challenging it was?
My mother would tell you I’ve never been one to shy away from hard work. And this is especially true when it comes to exercise. My fitness regimen is constantly evolving, but at the core, I know if I embrace the process and put in time and work, I will eventually achieve whatever it is I set out to do. Typically, I only need someone to point me in a direction and I can take it from there. But in early 2015, I realized I needed more focused and guided direction from a coach. I couldn’t just put in the work and arrive at the results myself.
Some of you might remember what my world looked like at the end of 2014. I was not making any real progress in many areas of my life. My days seemed long and arduous. I had been focusing on growing the gym and training multiple hours a day attempting to get “stronger”. I rarely spent any time with Amanda or my dog, Abel, and when I was with them outside the gym, I only wanted to sleep. I found myself frustrated and desperate for a change.
I remember talking with Amanda about the idea of putting on weight to see what kind of strength gains I could make in the gym. I mean, I fielded nutrition questions all the time for gym members, perhaps I could put my theories to test on myself and really give members the detailed information and confident answers they were looking for. Amanda was supportive, as expected, and so I began my journey of what I thought would be a “little bit of weight”. The intent of my plan was to gain about 10-15 extra pounds, get to about 185. I figured I would reach my strength and weight goals and simply cut back on my overall calorie intake and spend some extra time rowing every week and I would return to my David Hasselhoff physique. Jokes.
The plan seemed foolproof - eat whatever I want and as much of it as I want. I would surely be eating less and doing more cardio in a matter of weeks. I consulted no one because I felt like my plan had almost no holes in it. What I soon came to realize was that if you pay zero attention to your diet, you are very wrong to think there won’t be consequences.
I did not realize that continually over-feeding my body with random quantities of macronutrients was causing exaggerated hormone responses that effected my sleep, stress and mood. It was hard to concentrate throughout the day which made me feel behind in all of my to-dos. My workouts felt lethargic and slow, which become frustrating because I was not achieving all the “gainz” that I had been led to believe were surely in store for me during this bulking process. In short, I damaged immensely damaged my metabolism. 185 pounds came easy - but so did the next 10 pounds - and it felt nearly impossible to shake the weight.
I needed a plan and I needed a coach of my own, so I set out to find just that.
My coach and I created a plan together that was not geared towards vanity and physique, but towards healing my metabolism by changing my eating pattern slowly over time. And truth be told - hard work, slow daily progress and consistency is not sexy! But I knew that focusing on feeling better mentally and physically, would inevitably translate to looking better in my eyes. In 60 short days, I turned my body around - to a place where I felt healthy and happy.
Below are the photos I took during this 60 day time: after my careless “bulk”, topping out at 195 pounds, down to a healthy 165 pounds.
I am not intending to use this platform as a way to say, “Hey guys come see how good I look!”. No, the important thing I want to highlight is the change from feeling unproductive and frustrated, to motivated and strong! After this period in my life, I realized that transformation of any kind is definitely possible. You need a plan and you need a coach. Kingfield has always loved serving you as your coach, providing you with push, accountability and a supportive environment to achieve health goals. But we are about to one-up ourselves with an even more targeted plan: 60 Days to #KingfieldStrong Challenge. Take 60 days to create your strong. Not the ripped and chiseled physique that could show up on the cover of Men’s Journal or Women’s Health, but the kind of strong that can tackle any obstacle thrown at you in your day - an energized, resilient, capable, confident body, that just might happen to frequent a body of water come warmer temperatures.
On February 1st we will begin our first Annual 60 Days to #KingfieldStrong Challenge. If you commit to our plan that utilizes effective nutrition and exercise strategies, we’re confident that at by Spring you’ll love the body you’re in - the way it feels inside and out.
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