Farrell’s is Everything in One Package!
My name is Tim H. and I am 43 years old, the father of three wonderful daughters, ages 5, 5, and 7, as well as a husband to a great and supportive wife. My occupation is a web/application developer and up until recently I was very dissatisfied with my health and physique.
Before my wife and I started our family, I played a lot of indoor/outdoor volleyball. I was part of a league and participated in games a few times a week year-round, as well as tournaments on weekends during the indoor season. During that time I was generally active and felt relatively satisfied with my physique.
About seven years ago, shortly after we had our first child, you could say my initial physical transformation started. I slowly scaled back in my participation in the volleyball league and then eventually stopped playing altogether. My side web design business started picking up and being a night owl, I spent a lot of my evenings sitting sedentary in front of the computer after the rest of the house had gone to bed.
My outward physical appearance was very similar to quite a few friends I know. I would always put on a few extra pounds during the cold months when I became less active. Over the recent years I began to notice that I started retaining that additional weight gain throughout the summer as well, then I would turn around and put on a few more pounds the following winter. Eventually, at 6′ 2″ and in my early 40’s, I found myself weighing a consistent 245-250 lbs. I started describing my weight as “an eighth of a ton”. I tried to put this cycle of upward climbing weight gain into perspective and I found myself making unsuccessful attempts to try to motivate myself to get back into shape.
My weight issue was never a vanity thing. I don’t focus on what others might think of me. It was about the fact that I was not feeling comfortable in my own skin — literally. I had excess body fat and reminders of it came on a daily basis. I would graze my belly when closing a car door, I felt my fat when driving down a bumpy road, I would catch a glimpse of my profile while sitting down, or just having to catch my breath at the top of a few flights of stairs. These were only a handful of the constant daily reminders.
I kept making all sorts of promises to myself, and made pledges to start eating better, to workout more, to start running, and join a gym. I DID all of these things and I did them often, but only for small stints at a time. I lacked dedication and consistency and certainly had no accountability. I continued making every excuse in the book to justify my lack of success in my attempts at getting in shape.
I started a new job and heard about Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping from a few new co-workers. Although I had heard a little bit about Farrell’s before, I had never really looked into it. I had just assumed it wasn’t for me. This time, however, it was different and I actually learned more about what the program had to offer in regards to weight loss and nutrition. Some of my co-workers were already members, others were thinking of joining as well. There was a new session about to begin and I decided to go with some of my co-workers to learn more from the Oakdale location manager, Brian Alatalo. It was kickboxing day and class was in top gear when we walked in. I started to get excited at the possibility of working out with friends on a daily basis. It seemed that it could provide the aspects I was looking for in the areas of motivation, dedication, consistency and accountability, all in one package! All things I was currently lacking but felt I needed in order to be successful.
That day, I made the commitment to join FXB and I could not wait for the 10-week session to begin. Like many others who joined the program, my first few weeks during the 10-week session were tough. I also found that the nutrition changes took mental fortitude but my wife also saw the potential of this program and backed me 100%. Though we’ve always focused on healthy eating with our kids, my wife, Ann, fine-tuned our meals to align more with the Farrell’s nutrition program. She helped keep me honest about my portion sizes and helped me through my previous snacking habits. She has been on board with this since day one with her support and I owe most of my nutrition success to her as well as my coach, Brandon Meade.
The workouts were challenging but I learned a few new things about myself. I learned that when my mind decided it was time to give up, it was basing that decision off of my current self, the self I decided I did not want to be anymore. I learned that if I wanted a change, I would have to step out of my comfort zone and my body needed to show my mind what we really were capable of. Despite what the voice in my head kept trying to tell me, I didn’t die — it’s amazing what a supportive instructor and a class full of like-motivated peers can help you learn about yourself. I learned quickly that the boundaries your mind sets aren’t always concrete.
Around week four, I started feeling changes. Around week six, I started actually seeing definitive changes. While working out during upper body resistance bands class, I caught my reflection in the mirror and I realized that I started seeing shoulder muscles moving and flexing that I hadn’t seen before. Around week eight was when I realized that all of the hard work I was putting in on and off the mat was paying off. I was down around 18 lbs. and felt great. I started wondering if I might actually have a shot at winning the 10-week $1,000 challenge. I decided to sharpen my focus and give one last big push in the final two weeks.
In week nine, I went to get dressed after my post-workout shower and noticed that my cargo shorts were still buttoned and zipped. – I had officially gone down a full jean size! It was also around this time that I had sadly realized that I wasn’t going to be able to make the 10-week graduation party — that was the weekend I would be riding in the Gateway MS150, a 150-mile bike ride in Columbia, Missouri to benefit Multiple Sclerosis research. I was looking forward to helping celebrate everyone’s accomplishments, swap stories of our individual journeys through our 10-weeks and help celebrate the $1,000 winners.
The Saturday night of the bike ride, my fellow bike riders and I were happy to have the first 75 miles on the books. We were sitting around nursing our sore muscles and chatting when my location manager Brian called my cell from the graduation party. He informed me that I had won the Oakdale $1,000 10-week challenge for males. I was humbled as I heard the cheers in the background and almost lost my composure. The support system and culture that Farrell’s offers is part of the reason I know it will continue to remain successful for many others on their transformation journeys. Knowing what we’ve all put ourselves through and feeling the support of fellow members is what kept me going and what factored into my decision to continue as a FIT member.
I didn’t expect this to be the vehicle that would take me out of my series of empty promises, hollow justifications and weak excuses. I didn’t expect it to be as fun as it has been. I didn’t expect to learn so much about myself and what I’m capable of. I am very grateful for my friends that introduced me to Farrell’s, for the Farrell’s program, for my instructors, coaches, and all of my workout peers. $1,000 dollars or not, I feel that I’ve most certainly won.
Tim is a FIT Member at our Coralville, IA Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping location.
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Disclaimer: The above testimonial was contributed by an actual member. We cannot guarantee everyone will achieve similar results. We do believe that everyone can achieve measurable results, but the specific results will vary from person to person.
Posted on 01/22/2015, in Franchise News & Events, Transformations and tagged $1000 winner, 10-Week Challenge, accountability, challenge, coaches, commitment, exercise, fitness, FXB Coralville, health, healthy eating, IA, kickboxing, motivation, nutrition program, strength training, weight loss. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.