Inspiration Testimonies

James Fowler
"From Virginia tell his story of going from 275 to 170 pounds"

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"You are a byproduct of the people that you surround yourself with. If you hang out with a slob, you will become a slob!" That's exactly what I did. I surrounded myself with people who were the "beer and wing type". Blind to the fact, I wore two shirts in hopes that it would hide my belly better. I ate freely without a care of what it was doing to me. At my worst point, I would take my kids to McDonalds and I would order a meal and another item just for my self. Then after finishing my meal, I would finish my kids' food as well. What kind of example is that?

Because I knew better, I was always floating around with the ideas of diet and exercise. But I would only put half an effort into it. Then one day, I woke up with only one thought on my mind, "half measures unveiled nothing!" That is when I surrendered my will and prayed for help. Then the thought hit me that I needed to do everything completely opposite of what I was doing.

First, I started with my eating habits. I put myself on a high protein, low carb and low fat diet. Having made a commitment to myself, I started thinking of it, as "I'm not on a diet, I'm just living my life differently." So I set some short-term goals. After reading an article about a guy that had not missed a workout in two years, I thought to myself, "there's no reason why I couldn't do that!"

Next, I wrote down my plan. Using my addictive personality to my advantage, I went at it with a full head of steam. Working out six days a week, I would combine cardio and sit-ups daily with alternating muscle groups through out the week. By making these decisions and using self-discipline, I built the foundation to my temple (body). I read as much as I could and asked advice from creditable people. I took bits and pieces from it all and used what pertained to me, but not forgetting any of it. I used that as the building blocks to my temple. Before I knew it, my temple was taking shape just as I had pictured it. After about six months, I had achieved the goals I had set out. Then I realized that my foundation was stronger than I had originally thought. So I wondered how much further could I take this?

A man once told me that the best thing about accomplishing great things is doing them again. So starting over, I set new goals. Most of which are things I thought I would never attempt in my life time, such as a triathlon. Now they say, "the Lord works in mysterious ways" and he did! I had mentioned to someone in a casual conversation that I wanted to share my knowledge with others and become a personal trainer. The very next day I was sharing my story with someone who showed me a way to accomplish that goal.

Now that exercise and diet has become a regular part of my life, I am happier, healthier, and more focused on all aspects of my life!

Road blocks:

When I first started, I didn't have the luxury of fancy gym equipment or weights. I made due with what I had and stuck with body weight resistance exercises. I curled with buckets of water and used counter tops for dips. I basically made things that were in my surrounding world part of my personal gym. Always being creative and thinking of things that I can use. As I started developing, I had a few people who wanted to join me. I never let them bring me down when they skipped workouts. Instead, I worked even harder. I knew if I skipped one day that would lead to me skipping another. I was not going to let anyone cause me to fall short of my goals. I also had to learn to block out other people's scrutiny, i.e.," You're not eating enough" or "You should do this, you should do that". All this was coming from people who were in worse shape than when I started. I did what works for my goals and me.

Favorite exercises:

I really like sticking with the core exercises. It's basics for me. I'm always switching it up with different variations of push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups. I'm always looking for new exercises.

The worst thing you can do is not try something because it's different.

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