They Laughed When The "Old Fat Guy" With Two Canes And Bone-on-Bone Arthritis Tried Pumping Iron In the Free Weight Room... But When He Lost 34 Pounds And Won The Body Transformation Contest...
Out of the corner of his eye, he could see them snickering. And he could read their minds. The young 20-something "buff" guys we're thinking, "What's that old fart doing in our free weight room?"
But he was unfazed. His doctors had ordered him to lose weight. And he knew this was it. Get in shape or get a wheelchair.
When he saw the ad for the "body transformation contest" sponsored by Burn the Fat.com, he knew that was it - That was his ticket!
But what chance would a 61-year old possibly have to win anything? Thousands of healthy people enter these contests and he couldn't even walk without canes. The only exercises he could do were sitting down.
And what about the dropout rate? EVERYBODY knows that 80 or 90% of the people who enter those contests never even finish, let alone look like the winners in the before and after photos.
He was still unfazed.
Nothing can break a person with a determined spirit.
My name is Tom Venuto and I'm the promoter and creator of the Burn the Fat Challenge contest, so I can confirm first-hand that the statistics are true: most people really do drop out of before and after fitness contests. It was true back in the days of Body For Life, and it's still true today with our Burn the Fat Challenge - currently the Internet's #1 body transformation contest.
And the longer the contests are, the higher the drop out rate. Up to 25% of contestants finish our 49 day before and after challenge in the winter. But during the big Burn the Fat Summer challenge event - a 98-day (14 week) before and after fitness competition - those who finish are among a tiny percentage of all the highest fitness achievers.
In the last event only 13% finished. That means 87% of the contestants dropped out...
But let me tell you about one determined man, with the tenacity of a bulldog, who finished:
He weighed 348 pounds on Wednesday May 25th, 2011 at the start of the challenge. To take some of his photos, he needed canes to help his posture for the standing-up photos.
In this man's first journal post he said,
"I've been saying someday I will be slim all my life. I am now 60 years old. Not too many years left for excuses. And now... I need a hip replacement. However, the doctors will not operate on me until I lose 48 pounds (he wants me at 300). So, I have tentatively set my operation date one week after this contest ends..."
He then continued with Captain Picard-esque command...
"MAKE IT SO!"
98 days later, 87% of the other contestants had dropped out... Many of them - almost all of them - were 100% fully mobile and able-bodied... Many of the dropouts were half of this man's age...
But this man FINISHED THE CHALLENGE... and posted his results:
Before: 348 pounds
After: 314 pounds
Before: waist: 60 inches
After: waist: 54 inches
In his next to last post before reporting his challenge results, he shared the news:
"The doctor has now scheduled me for hip replacement! What a way to celebrate finishing the challenge!" ...
"You know, sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and can't believe I am 61. Inside I feel like a 30-year-old. I've wanted to get in shape my whole life and now I am FINALLY doing it!"
That man is JOHN DEEGAN, and he won our award for THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL transformation of the entire Summer challenge.
John, congratulations! You've inspired us all! Best wishes with your rapid recovery and your future fitness success!
JOHN'S WINNING BURN THE FAT CHALLENGE ESSAY
"During this challenge, I learned a lot about myself. I learned that you are never too old to make important changes to your body. Even if you are handicapped with two bad hips, two canes, with bone on bone arthritis, you can still make significant changes if you are motivated.
The key to my transformation was in a large part due to my desire to have my hips replaced. My doctor said he wouldn't operate on me unless I reached 300 pounds. So, that became my goal. I succeeded by figuring out how to deal with my desire for nighttime snacking. I found some sugar-free gum drops and this was my treat at night. I found that the longer I was away from starchy carbs, the less I missed them.
I used to think I was at total effect in my desire to lose weight. I have tried a thousand times and never gotten this far. Whenever I was tempted to overeat, I just told myself, "John, in 61 years you have eaten almost everything. This time is for you. You have tasted everything. You are not missing a thing."
It was difficult going to the gym. People would look at me stumbling along with my two canes and you could just read their minds: "What is HE doing in the weightlifting area?" Well, I hired a gym instructor for a few lessons to teach me how to do some weightlifting being seated. There is a TON of things that a fat, handicapped person can do. After a while, people started showing me respect for being so dedicated to my task at hand. I started going six days a week, sometimes twice a day.
One of the big things I learned is the natural deliciousness of raw food. You don't NEED to eat sweets. There are substitutes. My biggest win was finding a diet that I could live with for the rest of my life. As time moved on, I could now taste the natural sweetness in vegetables. I started thinking, "Hey, I can live with this." And that's the key. Finding a solution that works everyday.
You know, I have lost six inches from my waist during this 98 day challenge. That is SIGNIFICANT. Especially for someone my age. My metabolism does not respond as someone who is younger does. I am very proud of my progress.
I found Tom's chapter on goal setting (in the Burn The Fat, Feed the Muscle manual) was of primary importance. It made all the difference. I also employed his carb cycling technology. I know of no one with the expertise of Tom Venuto.
I feel like a winner mainly because after 61 years of life, I am still trying to get healthy and look good. Many people give up at a much earlier age. I pushed through a lot of pain, bone on bone arthritis of both hip joints, and stumbled along with two canes. If I could do this anyone can. That's what makes me a winner and that is why I deserve to be the champion.
This is only the beginning. Just WAIT until I can move around like the rest of you!"
Postscript: Many people are known to re-lapse and re-gain weight immediately after a fitness contest. John did not. In the 2 weeks after the Burn the Fat Challenge Contest, John's surgery was a success, he was making progress in rehab/physical therapy and he was down another 9 pounds to 305 (note: John is 6 feet 2 inches tall). We think he's just getting started at fitness and has much more success in his future. He inspired us... we hope he inspired you.
YOU? The Next Body Transformation Success Story?
Yes - YOU could be the next Burn the Fat Success story. If you follow the same Burn The Fat, Feed the Muscle success strategies that our Burn the Fat Challenge champions did....
Each of our award winners had their own unique challenges and their own unique approach, but there are 5 success strategies they ALL had in common, and we can give you 4 of them!
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2. Positive Association/ Support. All of our champions participated in a support forum using the power of association with like minded people.
3. Accountability System. All of our champions used an accountability system - "keeping score" by tracking results weekly, and posting the results for others to see.
4. Rewards/External Motivation. All of our champions achieved their transformation during one of our official Burn the Fat body transformation challenge competitions and the prizes/rewards were pretty "juicy." Held twice a year - starting in May (summer/ "BIG BURN" challenge) and again in November (winter / "holiday" challenge)
And What's Number 5?
5. Hard Work. All of our champions worked their butts off. No "magic pills" here. As Thomas Edison once said, "There is no substitute for hard work." None.
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