Inspiring Transformation-MICHAEL FREEMAN
NW Fitness Magazine came accross Michael Freeman at a bodybuilding competition. Michael cought my attention not because he had the best physique in the show. He had something far more valuble. He had best attitude I had seen back stage. It appeared as though he was having the time of his life and was incredably outgoing. This is a guy I have to talk to. Im sure there is more to this guy than a good tan and a big smile. Sure enough, Michael Freeman had lost over 135 pounds and was proud of it. Why shouldnt he be?
I started down a tuff but rewarding journey of losing weight and getting into shape. This first started when I met competative bodybuilder William Curl. William told me he had been a trainer and competitive body builder for about eight years. I asked if he could help me lose some more weight. I had been working out on my own for about a year and I had lost about 20 pounds. William agreed to help guide me on this journey.
I started following a healthier diet and being very consistant with my exercise program. I lost 50 pounds over a six month period of time.
One day at my gym while working out, I mentioned to someone that I was toying with the idea of competing at the Seven Feathers bodybuilding Classic in October 2010. This person looked me up and down and smirked saying there was no way I could lose enough weight in 18 months to get on stage at the competition. The very next day another person said the same thing to me. This upset me so much that it created more desire to prove to myself that I could do it.
I discused the idea with my coach. Once again, he agreed to guide me on this path. Getting ready for a bodybuilding competition gave me an opportunity to learn how to take control of my eating habits as well as my activity level. I used this control to influence not only my appearance but also my attitude and energy level. As I lost more weight my energy level continued to increase. I felt like a new man and wanted to share this gift with as many people as possible. I wanted others to experience the same thing that I had.
On 10/16/2010 I stepped on stage for my first ever bodybuilding competition. I weighed in that morning at 239 lbs down from 375 where I started 23 months prior, a total of 136 lbs lost. I received 3rd place in men’s novice heavy weight. I may not have been awarded a first place trophy but I felt like I won the championship.
I’m telling this story because I know there are a lot of people that want to loose weight and struggle everyday. I did nothing special I worked out and ate right. These are all things that anyone can do. I am still working out and plan to keep competing. I am so excited to see what I can do with my body and look forward to all the new changes and challenges. I am so thankful to those who supported me along the way. I also embrace those who doubted me.
I know that there are many people that want to get healthier and in better shape but feel they dont know where to start. I felt this way for so many years. The key is you just have to start and not give up. You will find your way and you will find the answers. Make healthy choices and get active.