In 2017 I had to take a look at myself. I’d wrapped on 24. I’d put on weight to play the character as authentically as possible but when I finished I made no effort to remove it. I continued eating & let myself go plus I hadn’t trained for over 5 years.
I was out of shape for three reasons 1. I was eating badly, 2. I was being lazy.
The 3rd is, I suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a condition called Ulcerative Colitis. It has caused several problems for me; extreme fatigue, crazy abdominal pain, which will cause me agony for hours sometimes but you know what it’s like, being guy too, you just wanna crack on like nothing is wrong.
Anyway, I reached out to @HeyItsNickMitchell for help. He’s the founder of Ultimate Performance @UpFitnessLive, one of the foremost personal training companies in the fitness industry, one of the leading personal trainers & body composition experts.
He removed Gluten & Dairy from my diet immediately to see if this would help with the Ulcerative Colitis, and I noticed a massive change. No stomach pain, improvement with fatigue.
Nick then paired me with one of his most senior trainers, Eddie Baruta. He worked out a full nutritional & training plan for me.
We started in May. My Body Fat was 28.6%. My aim was to get lean, look athletic, not be bulky, or too skinny & get to around 15%. We worked for 14 weeks in-house. I had to leave for 13 weeks to shoot on 3 different projects, in Paris, Vancouver, NYC so I couldn’t train as consistently & thought I wouldn’t be able do this but Eddie was still encouraging, guiding me on how to maintain via email & WhatsApp so I wouldn’t flop.
I’m now at 12.8% fat, strong & feeling healthy. Anything is possible with discipline, consistency & hard work. This is just the beginning for me, 14 weeks of hard training, imagine what can be done in 52 weeks! I’ve got LOADS more work to do. I'm gonna keep on training, improving & get stronger. Bring on 2018 & beyond.
Anyone starting their fitness journey, working on the best you in 2018 I applaud you, good luck, don’t give up,
stay consistent, you can do it!
Happy New Year!
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