We vacationed at Disney every year. We would not visit the water parks even though my daughter asked every trip. Three months out from the 2007 trip she asked to go to the water parks. After committing to go I walked into the bathroom and looked in the mirror and knew I had to do something. This was the start of my weight loss journey.
I purchased a Total Gym and used it every day along with running. I put myself on a stringent diet. I really had no idea how to do it right but knew I had to do it. The the trip came I was down 50 pounds. Unfortunately, in time I gained the 50 pounds back.
After the 2007 vacation…. I said, " I'm going to be ripped when we go on vacation this year" and every year while standing on the deck of the ship or standing on the beach with a shirt on I never made it happen. I would workout in spurts usually from January 1st till about August. Then I would fall apart for a few weeks then decide I would start back up after the Holidays. Unfortunately, in time I gained the 50 pounds back.
The END to the Weight Gain Merry Go Round
On October 28, 2018 I was at work and feeling down about my weight and decided it was time. I got home from work and wrote the date and my weight on my mirror. This time I tried something new, tracking my macros. I downloaded a tracking app and started tracking everything I put in my body. After a month I could see results like never before. This lit a fire in me to see what I could accomplish.
I worked out every day for the next year. My daughter was working out as well and decided to do an OCB bikini competition. She did well and she decided to do another show 3 weeks out. She asked me to do the show with her and initially I declined.
After a lot of encouraging words, I decided to do join my daughter in the contest. We signed up and booked the tan, polygraph and classes. No turning back. I turned up the cardio and locked down the diet and beat myself up every day for 3 weeks. Show day had come very quickly and I was in the best shape of my life. At the show I placed 1st in debut,1st in the 40+masters and also placed 1st in the overall. I had earned 2 Pro cards and swept all 3 classes. This was worth every rep, every mile and every sacrificed calorie I put in for the last year.
I am on a steady diet and maintaining my current weight and work out daily. My contest weight is within striking distance. I plan on a big Pro schedule this year and hope to inspire more 40+ men and women to get out and do the same.
The BIG Turning Point
I worked out for years but never really saw great results until I started tracking macros. My advice to anyone struggling with losing weight is to start tracking everything. If you’re going to do it, do it right. The only person you cheat is yourself.
I have been on both sides. I know how it feels to struggle with weight. Once you truly commit and cut off any other options you will be amazed at what you are capable of. I am not a professional nor do I have any certifications but if I have results. If you need any help or have questions, please feel free to reach out to me in social media.
“If you’re not tracking your slacking".
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Ray Binkowski is the former owner of a hybrid training gym, author (all of his titles are on Amazon), and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even corporations like 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss.