Amazing #TeamDrew Transformation – Nick

Everyone meet Nick:

Here is Nick's amazing transformation story:

So this is me, in December 2002.  This was my heaviest weight of 290 pounds.  I had some serious food addictions that started in my early childhood years.  I grew up in a home where everything revolved around food and there were no food restrictions.  Food was all about pleasure.  Period.  Even as a kid, I ate whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted, whenever I wanted it.  In the pic, I’m not exactly sure of my waistline.  All I know is I was wearing a size 46” pant that I was unable to button.  I would keep them unbuckled and wear a belt.  I was not going to buy another pair of pants just to feel comfortable for a couple months only for me to outgrow them too.  At this time I actually had a highly physical job (UPS driver).  I just loved to eat and eat a lot.  It was normal for me to drink Coke by the 2 liter, eat fast food 2-3 times a day, and still go home and eat a 2nd dinner with the family after a long day at work.
 
This next pic is when I started your fat2fit program in January 2014.  I made some yoyo progress over the past 10 years, but never really maintained a weight for too long because I was still struggling with food addictions.  For years I would do cycles of 2-3 week of extreme diet and exercising followed by a 1-3 day splurging spree, and then repeat.  This was my warped maintainable lifestyle, one extreme or the other.  I was hungry for breakthrough, but I needed some help getting there.  For the first time in my life I started a blog and made my goals public to hold myself accountable.  This was a tremendous help because in the past when I would set goals, if I was tired of fighting or if it was taking too long to achieve my goals, I would slowly persuade myself that my goals may be too unrealistic for me or maybe next month or year it will happen and I would soon quit.   Most of the time I would quit after one of my splurging episodes because I would get so angry and disappointed in myself for not being able to control the addiction.  So what would I do when I’m angry, depressed and disappointed?  You guessed it, another splurge day.  Pant’s size 36" 
 

After completing your fat2fit program, May 2014.  Pant size 31”-32” depending on brand.  8.4% BodyFat.

My original goal was just to reach a number of under 10% body fat.  I tried to accomplish this by strictly following Drew's meal and workout plan.  I followed his workout plan 98%.  As for the meal plan, I would find my old habits of splurging every 2-3 weeks with a 8000-10000 calorie splurge day.   It was those days I would try to satisfy every craving I could in day’s time because I knew I would be going strict again in my diet for another 2-3 weeks.  It wasn’t until I was about half way through his program that I realized my priorities were messed up and I had deeper issues that I needed to deal with.  I realized it’s great to have a goal of under 10% body fat, but Drew's program helped me develop a healthy lifestyle that’s sustainable and to break the cycles of one extreme to the other.  I also realized I needed help.  So I confessed my food addictions with a close friend, and He’s been praying for me and I check in with him daily.  This has been such a tremendous help.  It’s biblical and it works.  It’s bringing healing and restoration to my spirit, mind and body.

To read more of Nick's journey, go to his blog at http://rolls2ripped.blogspot.com/

Drew Manning

My goal is to inspire people to get fit, teach them how to do it and give them hope that it IS possible to get fit and stay fit. I want to share my comprehensive fitness knowledge with my followers so that they can know how to lose weight successfully, even though for many it’s going to be a struggle.

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