While my fitness journey is slow-going and still ‘journeying,’ my husband’s is remarkable and rather hard to believe. What transpired with John’s body in 9 short months is nothing less than amazing.To tell John’s story, I need to go way back to when he was a kid. Growing up, John’s family moved a lot. He was never in one place long enough to get involved in any sports and he always had a dream to get a first place trophy in something. In his twenties, John dabbled in body building and even took second place in a competition. The years passed and we got busy with life and mostly he was always in fairly good shape. He would have times where he didn’t watch what he was eating and not exercise but as he was getting older, he found it wasn’t as easy as it was when he was younger to bounce back from times of eating unhealthy.
The picture in October 2016 was during one of those times. He wasn’t terribly overweight but he was the most he had ever gotten up to and he wasn’t exercising. Even though he was my stud muffin, he was starting to develop a muffin top. In October he started going to the gym and we both got serious with our eating. In the first 45 days, he lost 15 pounds. That’s all he needed to lose. He realized that he was in good enough shape that if he were to give a bit more effort, he felt that he could compete in another body building competition. He liked the idea of doing a statewide championship and found out that there was one coming up in June of 2017. He worked out 6 mornings a week, doing cardio and lifting weights. He ate following the THM plan which you can read more about here. His only modification was that he ate every 2 hours. By the time June rolled around, John was old enough to compete in the Master’s competition which is for 40-year-olds and above but he felt like he was in good enough shape to compete in the open division which included all the youngsters too.
The picture says it all. As the trophy states, John took first place in his weight division! After almost 50 years, he had finally earned a first place trophy. While he enjoyed the competition, he realized that the trend in body building is heading away from just trying to be as big as you can possible get and more towards aesthetics. Soon after, he had his eye on a new prize. He had just turned 50 and wanted to compete in the Masters in the physique category.
Once again, John took first place. I am immensely proud of him for working so hard and accomplishing his dream. Even with an incredibly busy work schedule, he made time to work out and stick to his eating plan. I think he is hanging up his competition hat but I’m excited to see what crazy thing he wants to try next. Life is quite the adventure with this guy by my side and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
(Also, I really like his biceps!)