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Old 04-09-2010, 09:56 AM
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Thank you Waleed for warning me I was slacking too long and had to get my "after" pics up!

This was by fay my best and quickest contest yet. I started Jan 4, a week after recovering from a NASTY nearly life threatening bacterial infection that cost me my job due to being hospitalized. Good thing about that, is it killed off all my junk food cravings and made it very easy to go vegetarian/mostly vegan through January. As is usual with my workout ADD I jumped around in my workouts every 2-3 weeks. Started with 2K10 which was an AWESOME butt kicking workout, and I was using my high intensity interval dvds I bought since in witner is when I usually cant stick with the HIIT. Weight and inches dropped off me steadily thru february, when I hit my skinniest in 3 years, for our annual "anti-valentines" day bash. (Leopard print dress pic). However, it was that month I learned Craig's valuable lesson to stay natural and skip the supplements!

I was all sorts of hyped up to stay vegan so I started eating a lot of nut based recipes (cashews, almonds, macadamias) and discovered what was first a blessing, then a bane, with my "raw-colate muffin" & nut "cheese" recipes, which was great for staving off pms cravings and ditching the dairy, but when eaten too much, as I found keeping my food journal, I am apparently with my low thyroid, sensitive to nuts (per The Thyroid Diet book). I started puffing up and gaining weight, and the coffee was a HORRID set back too!! For every coffee I drink, i gain 2 lbs. NO idea why!! So in a week I shot up 6-8 lbs. In my horror at boomeranging back up, I started a super low calorie, high supplementation diet which stopped my weight loss dead in it's tracks, as I started overtraining with some very heavy weight lifting and slacking on my intervals with Transformation 2 Judgement day and a workout from another fitness guy. I should KNOW better on ditching the cardio and doing too much, straying from Craig's "less is better" tried and true method!!! I bulk up WAY too easy no matter what anyone says.

So around early march I eased off the weights and started doing AAA Abs, Craig's TT bootcamps and Big 6 Fat loss circuits, mostly bodyweight exercises, added in more bike intervals and running in the woods, and ditched most of my supplements and stuck with what worked with my thyroid. Creatine DOES NOT work for me!! It made me retain so much water and be SO bloated I wanted to cry! I have trouble sometimes drinking enough aqua so I trashed that as quick as could be lol. Wheat went bye bye again, and I went back to veggies and fruit. I have a hard time trying to find the happy balance between eating too many calories, and quick frequently not eating enough so my metabolism slows way down. I seem to be on track now and heading for my best bikini season YET!

All the non-newspaper pics were from early march, St Pattys day in the green and my bday (march 20) in the peacock dress, out having a blast with my friends but not drinking too much or eating the bad food like them. I even went to TX and didnt touch one single carb (other then fruit based or a potato once) the entire time i was there, and only had a few drinks the day before I left when, no surprise, my fiance and I broke up for good. I actually dropped 4 lbs when I got home!! Can I retake my pics Craig?? hehe My last day was taken March 27, hurriedly while Carl was downstairs washing and waxing his precious BMW bike. Amusingly, I was super sick in this photo, no voice, the worst bronchitis ever from an already bad cold when I arrived, exascerbated by high altitude, 70mph winds blowing and inhaling massive dust, and some weird effect on my girl hormones which caused my body to go haywire and retain water like crazy. Ah well, there's always next contest. I am utterly happy with the lessons I learned this time around, and the continually new workouts Craig pumps out to keep me from getting board, and keep my muscles always wondering what's coming next. The older I get, the healthier and sexier I get, and that is friggin FABULOUS by me! I will be rocking the Booty for Life this summer, and if you're smart ladies, you will get on board with it too!! Take care and see ya back on the boards in a few more months!
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:56 AM
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Oh yeah, it might be helpful to post my "official" pics and before and after stats!!! Sheeeeeeeeesh!!! If i had taken my "after" meausurements n pics in Feb I'd be a whole lot more impressive!!

Measurements: Start End Difference
Arms: 11" 10 3/4 -1/4"
Forearm: 9 1/4 9 - 1/4"
Bust: 34 1/2" 33 1/2 - 1"
Ribs: 30 1/2 29 1/4 - 1 1/2"
Waist: 28 3/4 27 3/4 - 1"
Bellybutton: 33 1/4 31 1/4 - 2"
Hips: 35 1/2 33 3/4 - 1 3/4"
Butt: 37 1/2 36 3/4 - 3/4"
Thighs: 22 3/4 22 - 3/4"
Above knee: 16 15 3/4 - 1/4"
Calves: 14 1/2 14 1/4 - 1/4"
Total inches lost: 9 3/4"
Weight: 134.4 127.8 6.6 lbs
BF: 23.3 20% 3.3%

Ah well. The skinnier I get the less dramatic measurements and weight I'll have to show, now it's time to work on bodyfat!!!
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:27 PM
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Transformation Contest No. 7 Essay Andrew Lowry

28 December 2009 to 21 March 2010

I have adopted the Turbulence Training lifestyle to keep me young as I enter my 50s. I am active in martial arts with younger opponents. I also want to keep up with my energetic 3-year-old Daughter as she grows. My job, which involves lots of traveling, can be tiring and hard on the body. I survive by keeping fit. The flexibility of the TT methods allows me to work out where ever I am and yet still enjoy beers out with my friends (without the beer gut). Being fit and lean via Turbulence Training helps me live the life that I want.

My objective in this exercise was to get stronger and now I am at my strongest. In twelve weeks my bench press went up 50 % as did my pull-ups and chin-ups and my row went up 30 %. My deadlift and squat increased 30 % and 15 % respectively. All this thanks to TT for Meathead workouts.

I do martial arts so I need to be strong to do my sport. I am 50 and regularly go toe to toe against nineteen and twenty year-olds. During the Transformation Contest my sparring partners commented that my martial skill improved making me a more challenging opponent. I enjoy playing with my three year-old Daughter and I am fit enough to do so while she groups up.

For this workout I used TT Meatheads version 1 and 2 for the first 8 weeks and TT Jacked and Lean for the final four weeks. In addition to using the Turbulence Training workouts I read Craig Ballantyne’s blog and listened to his podcasts. The regular advice and information helped me to improve week to week. One great piece of advice was to do at least one personal best at each workout. Therefore each day in the gym I increased the weight or the repetitions on at least one exercise.

I did not track my nutrition closely generally just eating whole foods and when I was hungry. Living with a vegetarian helped to make sure that I had good food at my finger tips. The last four weeks I fasted two days a week following Brad Pilon’s, ‘Eat, Stop, Eat’. Business trips during the Olympics were a challenge. Sitting in a bar watching the Olympics, with an expense account, was too much of a temptation for me not to drink beer. Still despite these challenges I lost fat on my waist and hips and gained muscle on my chest. My waist went down 2.5 cm (1 inch) and my chest increased 2.5 cm (1 inch) and my body mass went down 2.8 kg (6 lbs).

At the end of the twelve weeks I was the strongest I have ever been at the same time I dropped body fat. Overall it was a success. Thanks Craig!

Comparison stats kg & cm
Before / After (Difference)

Age 50
Height 180 cm
Mass 81.1 / 78.3 (-2.8 kg or – 6 lbs)
Neck 38.5 / 38 (-0.5)
Chest 102 / 104.5 (+2.5)
Waist 94 / 91.5 (-2.5)
Hip 89.5 / 88 (-1.5)
Arm Right Upper 33 / 33.5 (+0.5)
Arm Right Lower 29 / 27.5 (-1.5)
Leg Left Upper 53 / 53 (0.0)
Leg Left Lower 39 / 39.5 (+0.5)

Pictures are attached. I will throw up a few more along with the newspaper pictures in a separate post.
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:34 PM
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More pictures and the newspaper close-up shots
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:59 PM
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There's a reason why I look miserable in my 'after' photo. I had such high expectations during this contest and I missed the mark by a long shot. The only consolation was that I didn't finish worse off than when I started.

I got off to a really strong start and I was making some great gains in the first 5 weeks or so. Nutrition was good and I was hitting all of my workouts consistently. I then got blind-sided by a few issues - work, my knees, some health issues and my wife becoming quite ill.

My original plan was to return to circuit-type workouts for this contest as I really enjoy them and I like the way they mix up all the exercises. But I started experiencing problems with my left knee in particular and this prevented me from doing most 1-leg exercises and I was restricted to doing squats and variations. At the same time, I started showing all the symptoms of hypothyroidism. I've had thyroid problems for a while and medication has generally helped me out but this time even the simplest bodyweight workout would leave me exhausted after one circuit or superset (I didn't seem to have a problem with intervals strangely enough). So after a few visits to the doctor and a couple of blood tests, the dosage of the medication was adjusted and things seem to be getting back on track.

But by far the worse distraction this time was stress from work. I'm sort of used to having a lot of stress in my life and I thought that I had learned to keep it under control but it was obvious that this was not the case. The result was that I was living my life in "crisis mode" for an extended period and unfortunately, the first thing to go was exercise. Soon after, eating properly also fell by the way-side and I kept telling myself that all I had to do was to get through one more week and then my life would return to normal and I could return to working out and eating right as soon as I was done with the issues I was facing at work. Well, that week turned into about 6 and that's how I missed another opportunity to improve my health and fitness.

I have learned a lot during this contest. I have learned the importance of planning and how not planning for everyday issues like work and family can and will get in the way of my fitness goals too. I have learned that no situation is that bad that it requires one to live in a state of panic and to let healthy habits to fall by the wayside as a result. I have learned that when things are tough and I'm struggling, I should be spending more time in the forums looking for help and support instead of waiting for when "I have more time". I learned that perhaps I am and always was in the past an emotional eater and it was only the previous gains I'd made in eating right that had exposed me to this during this contest. And finally, I have learned that I'm not quite strong enough yet to truly transform my body and health to what I want - I don't mean physical strength but strength of mind and character.

I need to also say that if it wasn't for the support I received on these forums and the watchful eyes of TT Members who are also my Facebook friends, I may not have finished the contest at all. I felt somewhat accountable to them to at least finish, no matter what the result so everything Craig tells us and keeps telling us about social support is true.

So, I have my work cut out for me in the next contest 8. I will be taking a long hard look at everything that went wrong and I plan to emerge from this stronger, better prepared and focused on that lean, fit, healthy body that I am determined to have. I'm not a quitter, never have been and so I will be back again and again until the job gets done.
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:23 PM
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One more contest down with good results! I participated in 2 previous TT contests and lost almost 30 pounds. I then got pregnant and gained many unwanted pounds. After my pregnancy, I suffered from lower back pain. I had to be careful with my back, but I knew that losing stomach fat would help me heal. I joined the contest a bit late, but decided it was time to lose some weight. During the beginning of the contest, I had back therapy and couldn’t lift heavy weights so I found bodyweight workouts from TT that my back could handle. I didn’t think that I would lose any weight using only bodyweight workouts. To my surprise, I lost 12 lbs and 14.25 inches overall!

I had needed some incentive to lose the baby fat. This contest was just the thing! TT gives you so many different options that work for each unique person. During my last 2 contests I used different kind of workouts, and they too gave me the results I wanted. The best thing I like about TT is that it is manageable. I am busy with 4 boys, one being a 7 month old who loves being by his mommy. I could use the excuse that I am too busy and with a baby it is just too hard to fit in a workout. But with TT, I can find the time to do my work out. I have even done my intervals pushing my baby in the stroller. My 3 older boys love doing bird dogs and jumping jacks so they join in as well. I hope to be a good example to them also.

It took me awhile to learn this, but with will power and the right methods, you can lose those unwanted pounds. If you make exercising and healthy eating a habit, it will stay with you. And pretty soon you enjoy your workout and it is a part of your lifestyle.

I still have a long ways to go, but I have the means to get there. With so many workouts to choose from and the knowledge of healthy eating, changes can be made. I’ll be back in for the next contest!

Thank you Craig for TT and all that it offers!

Lost weight and inches:
-12 lbs.
Neck: -.25
Bust:-2
Chest: -1.25
Waist: -1.75
Navel: -1.75
Hips: -3.25
Thigh: -1.25
Calf: -.75
Arm: -1.25
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:50 PM
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Dedication…

It all started a few months back. I was unemployed and feeling a bit depressed. I am an independent contractor so working every month is not a guaranteed proposition. I had been working for over a year before I was released and the news was not unexpected but still a shock. The economy was at its worst and I could not find a job anywhere.

I began to drink more than I should and eating just the least expensive food available. This means I was eating tons of high calorie, high fat, high carb. meals. I was consuming lots of fast food, easy food, and very little fruits and vegetables. To make things worse I became plastered to my couch. Guess what? I got fat. I know it’s hard to believe but it happened. I started adding pounds like Tiger Woods adds mistresses. On one doctors visit I tipped the scale over 190lbs! This was the biggest I had ever been. Here I was…5’7” over 190lbs…It was time to get off my butt and get my head out of it too.

I was not in the position to hire a personal trainer so I started looking for programs I could purchase which offered the most “hands on” approach. Looking through various websites and magazines one name continued to surface…Craig Ballantyne. I read his Turbulence Training web site and listened to one of his lectures. Craig’s approach was based in science with real world trials. He stressed the length of time spent studying research and testing the multitude of fat loss information while practicing on himself. I figured if he was able to get shredded so could I. Moreover, his fitness and dietary advice were reasonable and very logical. He did not preach a strict meal plan which is so undoable a dietician would have trouble. He simply laid out a plan using supersets and intervals with clean nutrition to help lose fat. The plan was less than a month at the gym so I jumped on board purchasing the Turbulence Training for Fat Loss Manual.

What can I say about the program…well…it’s easy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the workouts are easy…they are NOT…what I found easy was following the program. You have every single repetition laid out. All the nutrition information is there so you can either follow the exact meal plans or simply use the information to adapt into your own. Honestly, this program is elementary in its execution. Eat clean and exercise 3 days a week for typically less than an hour. Can it get any simpler? Eat fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, beans, and nuts while watching your portion size. It may sound like a huge change but if you’re dedicated and truly want to make a change then these types of lifestyle improvements are necessary.

The workouts are challenging and fun at the same time. I started with the Beginner level since I had been out of the gym for several years but although they are for “beginners” they are by no means undemanding. I had to start bringing a towel to the gym to mop up all the sweat. I worked muscles in a new and efficient way and my body responded. I lost 5 lbs in the first two weeks of the program! Is this the “magic pill” to change your body overnight…NO…nothing can do that. It’s like Craig said, “it took months or even years to put on the extra weight so why would someone think it would come off in less time.” Fat loss is a gradual process. If it was easy then nobody would be overweight. The combination of supersets and interval training are going to cause anyone to lose weight. Throw good nutrition on top and the results are life changing. Another part of TT I like is its huge departure from the typical bodybuilding routines of the past. Why would anyone want to spend hours in the gym 5-6 days a week? I want to get in, work hard, get out and see results. This is one of the reasons TT fit’s into my lifestyle. I wish I could purchase a gym membership based on time spent in the gym and not a monthly fee. I see people at the gym when I get there and the same people when I leave. Are they experiencing greater gains…I highly doubt it. I decided to forgo the tired mindset of back/bi’s, chest/tri’s, legs and utilize the most advanced fat loss program I could find.

Below are my results accomplished using the 4-week Beginner Program and 2-weeks of the Intermediate Program in the Turbulence Training for Fat Loss Manual.

Starting Weight: 175
Current Weight: 164
Starting Pant Size: 34
Current Pant Size: 32

In conclusion, I want everyone to know this program works. If you are going to follow the workouts and eat clean then you WILL lose weight. I could throw in any number of clichés to express how much I like this program and how great the results have been but I’m not. If you’re considering a fat loss program I highly recommend this one because it works.

Be Strong!

Britt
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