Thursday, November 08, 2007

Day 365: What A Wild Ride! Closing The Book On 1 Year With The Shredder Council!

14-Day RTP Group Shred Challenge

October 26, 2007 to November 8, 2007

Day 14 of 14: November 8, 2007

Shredder Agreement:
Daily accountability pictures/blogs for 14 consecutive days.

Shredder Count:

RTP Blog Shredders : 4
VIP Blog Shredders: 10

Completion Prizes:

Access To RTP Store for 24 hours on Nov 9, 2007 at "cost price".

Free eBook Download of 84 Days, my real-time account of Mission 1


G'day Shredders,

Today is without a doubt the greatest day of my life.

I have reached a major milestone of my real-time physique transformation journey. One whole year of (almost) daily blogging and daily picture accountability in the bag!

Crazy, Intense, Bizzare

This has been the craziest, most intense, bizarre, uplifting and rewarding year of my 33 years on this planet. I'll never forget these 365 days for as long as I live...actually I can't forget because this blog will live as long as I do!

To tell you the truth I did have a vision in my mind for this year but the reality of what has manifested has far exceeded my wildest dreams.

My "Past Life"

I started this blog while coming off 6 years of failed attempts to get (back) into shape AND my first failed attempt at blogging daily a physique transformation, so I was not filled with confidence when I started this blog on November 8, 2006.

However, my self-confidence skyrocketed after just 14 days (Group Shredders!?) of this blog/transformation attempt and I knew in my heart of hearts that my vision was manifesting into reality in real-time!

The Four Components Of Rapid-Fire Physique Transformation

All I had to do was continue taking the single daily actions required to manifest my new physique...and life. I planned and executed with near precision every one of the 4 major components of a rapid-fire physique transformation:
  1. Mindset
  2. Training
  3. Cardio
  4. Nutrition
I Outed My "Secret Blog"

Once I had 42 days of this "secret blog" under my belt I decided to go public with my transformation at Burn The Fat Inner Circle in order to increase the "positive pressure" to succeed by implementing real-time accountability...every single day.

From there I never looked back! I closed in on my first goal (which was to eat a chocolate cake on my birthday while holding a six-pack) with a level of discipline and dedication I never knew I had.

Shredding Like A Madman!

Once I reached my first goal, Mission 1, I decided to then up the ante by devising Mission 2, which would culminate in a public vote on whether my midsection qualified as a six-pack on March 24, 2007.

To increase the "positive pressure" I decided to put my $1,500 pre-paid "redemption trip" to Phuket on the line. I shredded like a madman on the 46 day mission and ultimately won the vote 61% to 39%.

Redemption In Phuket!

I went to Phuket and finally chilled out for the first time in 5 months. I did all the activities I had wanted to do on my previous trips to Phuket but never could due to my shape. I also went back to the same locations and took "redemption pictures" which was a blast!

My Mid-Year Crisis

However, once I got back from Phuket my life was turned upside down by a confluence of events that had mostly arisen due to my single-minded focus on one area of my life. To cap it off I ended up straining my wrist in a boxing accident which put me out of action for 21 days.

I had focused so heavily on transforming my physique at the expense of just about every other area of my life. In short, my life was not in balance...and I paid the price.

After delaying Mission 3 twice already I decided to come face-to-face with my backwards progression on Day 200. I was absolutely mortified when I saw my pictures.

I Was Absolutely Mortified By What I Had Become...Again

I felt like crawling under a rock and wiping this blog off the Internet. Here I was, a guy meant to be living the fitness lifestyle in real-time who was not practicing what he preached. I was gutted with myself for not following through on my original Mission 3 plan.

After some long heart-to-heart conversations with my family I decided there was only one way to dig myself out of this hole...start Mission 3! I then went to work on pre-Mission 3 training and gradually started to regain my confidence again.

The Moment Of Truth

Then came the moment of truth...Day 230. This was by far the most gut-wrenching time period of the whole year. I wondered how people would react when they saw a guy who had let himself go...again.

I would really like to take my hat off to my regular visitors who totally supportive throughout the early stages of Mission 3. They could have quite easily wrote me off and moved on but they stood by me. Thanks guys, I appreciate you.

As I have said many times Mission 3 was the by far the most important because it meant I would have to get back on the horse and practice what I preach over a long period of time. In short I would have to "live the fitness lifestyle" full-time if I was to make another physique transformation.

Mission 3 Final Pictures

While I still haven't completely nailed my goal of a shredded sixer I am extremely happy with my progress over Mission 3 given the circumstances. I feel that I have laid the groundwork for another full-blooded physique transformation for Mission 4.

So, without further adieu here are my Mission 3 final pics, Day 365 pics for November 8, 2007 (RTP Group Shred - Day 14 0f 14).

Below is the Japan Times Newspaper for November 8, 2007 (i.e. proof!)

A Personal Message:
For The Shredder Council

Today's blog post is for you. I have been brutally honest in this Day 365 blog post because it is my sincere desire that you guys continue your real-time physique transformation journey.

As you can see I am now on top of the world again after going through my mid-year slump. I attribute this to my focus on living a balanced lifestyle that includes real-time physique transformation accountability as it's cornerstone.

While no one can know what you have been through to arrive at this point in your life I can understand your motivation for why you are willing to go through this process.

During the last 14 days we have forged a bond that I believe will last a very long time. Nothing would make me happier than to see your triumphant "before & after" pictures at the end of 12 weeks on January 8, 2008.

As long as you continue to harness the "positive pressure" of real-time accountability and practice what you preach on a daily basis your success is inevitable.

You can use this Group Shred as the catalyst to completely transform your life in ways you may never have though possible. I am living proof of this.

I'd now like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the Shredder Council for your drive, determination and willingness to hold yourselves publicly accountable.

You guys have inspired each other (and me) and increased the "positive pressure" on the Shredder Council as a whole to practice what we all preach as well.

You guys are trailblazers and in time you will inspire many thousands of people from all corners of the globe to take action on their dreams and goals.

If you are a first time visitor to this blog please take the time to connect with these people and encourage and support them on their journey. By doing this you will not only help hold the Shredder Council accountable to their dreams and goals but you may be inspired to start (or complete) your own journey.

P.S. Shredder Council members, please have your pictures to me by Saturday November 10, 2007 for the first Shredder Council Weekly Wrap.

P.S.S. Thanks Joni! What a cool end to my day!

P.S.S.S. Shredder Council members, I've got something very special I have made for you that I will show you in the next few days. Let's just say, please hold off from making any purchases at RTP Store for the next few days (even though it will still be "cost price" tomorrow) this is much cooler!

P.S.S.S.S. Shredder Council members, your RTP Group Shred Completion Prize, 84 Days eBook will be sent to your email address tomorrow (download instructions). Enjoy!

RTP Group Shred Video: Day 14
Personal Message For The Shredder Council

Bec's Blog (Day 14)

Joni's Blog (Day 14)

Until tomorrow...

Eat Clean,
Shred Hard,
Think BIG!

Adam Waters, NESTA-CPT

P.S. Shredders, could write a few words in today's comment section describing your experience on this 14-day Group Shred.

P.S.S. In the next few days I'll write a RTP Year In Review, you'll have to see it to believe it!

P.S.S.S. I'll also be discussing Mission 4 very soon too. This goal for M4 is "off the Richter Scale", just wait till you see what I've got lined up!


Joni said...

Hey Adam!
Hope you are getting some sleep, you've earned it. Thanks again for everything, there really is no way to say how big of a help you have been on this journey. And it's only the beginning! It is amazing to see what you have gone through and how you have overcome it - it gives us all hope! Talk to you soon!
P.S. Thanks for the shout out - glad you liked it I thought it was pretty funny!

James said...

Hi Adam, happy anniversary, I made a blog post to wish you greater success in the next year and also to show again to people your timelapse video, with others:

Thank you, I am now on day 35 of metabolic surge level 1 and I'm in better shape and ready to take the full program on 20th november!

dougal said...

You made it bud, I'm in awe.
My shred:-
HIGHS - making new friends with genuine people
LOWS - the greatest journey of my life coming to an end
CHALLENGES - Only technology
VICTORIES - Learning to trust myself again. I CAN fnish what I start. There is truth in pictures, the camera tells no lies
My stats Wt 96.5kgs,LBM 83.9 BF 13%

Marbella said...

Hi Adam,
What a wonderful 14 days you have just given to me. And just the beginning! When I recall all the diets I have tried, all the pills, doctors and tricks that didn´t work, I find that here are some of the things I learned from the SHRED:

I needed GUIDANCE:
Someone to tell me what to do, how and when, so I read your BLOG, and copied it all...using your experience as my guide.

I needed a PLAN:
I ran out and bought Metabolism Surge, and followed it to the letter. I did the weights/cardio even tho was a bit difficult, but learned. Daily

I needed SUPPORT:
When you join a group like this one that is full of WINNERS, like my fellow Shredder´s are...then it´s easy. They push and pull and give advise, and you find it´s almost easy.

If there is another waaaaay past 50´s lady out there that thinks it´s too late to change, well, join this group and you´ll see that it´s not. I did it, and you can too. I found my PRW, and I found a ME that I knew was always there. Nothing´s going to stop me now yawl!
VIVA Adam Waters! VIVA the Shredders!


Andrew said...

Hey Adam,

What a ride mate, you are there at the end of this trip, so how was that in flight movie!!!

You look great and have accomplished something amazing. I really do hope you have a few days or a week to chill out eat a few treats and get ready for mission 4. I am pretty sure I know what you are going to do!!

I have been on a quest to get fit for some time now and most of the time I have been moving forwards, slowly at times but forward. This last 14 days has really shown me the benefits of postive pressure and support. I have mostly not entirely but mostly up until now gone this alone but this past 14 days has really shown me how much easier it is with the support, help and encouragement of others. I am looking forward to the coming weeks and then end of my 10 weeks session. You have been a true inspiration.

I will send you my body stats tomorrow when I go to the gym. I am feeling much better today and I will try a session tomorrow.

Congratulations mate.

Take care,


Kristiina said...

I would like to congratulate all the Shredders Council members.. You guys/gals have done an awsome work and you should truly be proud of yourself!! Remarkable results within just 2 weeks!!! How cool is that!?!

For Adam..
I would say that today is your second birthday, because it has been a year since the new Adam appeared.. the one who was determined to succeed in the mission and look at you now... You have come so far, you have inspired soo many of us and given us a reason to change our lives... Thanks Adam!! :)

Massimiliano said...

Hi Adam!
Thanks again for this opportunity!
Is amazing what you have pulled off and the new friends I made thanks to you!
Today is day one after the challenge and I am planning to keep getting in shape in preparation for the next challenge or just to send in my weekly picture.
The positive pressure I learned from you, is the best motivating fuel I ever had in my life!
Of course a BIG thank to the "Shredders Councel Fellowship".
Lets keep shredding hard, eating clean, thinking BIG and Blogging!
Love you all!

Michael said...

For me, I would say that my biggest take away from this is the comraderie of the Shredder Council. They are the reason I've worked as hard as I have. I know they will hold me accountable and I'm expecting them to keep an eye on me as we go forward. I learned that I CAN eat clean when I put my mind to it. I honestly believe, in my case, that nutrition is the key to my success because I've had the intense exercise issues handled already.

Thanks for getting us started on this journey, Adam. It was awesome and something I will always cherish.


Adam Waters said...

G'day Joni, you have done amazingly well! You have made great physical progress (your smile says it all, but especially in your legs and stomach) in the face of a busy schedule and followed through every single day. I have a very strong feeling that you are gonna blow everyone away by Day 84.

Thank you for your message! That bought such a big smile to my face!

Shred On!
Adam Waters

Adam Waters said...

Thanks James, great to hear that you are ready to take on the next level of MS. Are you gonna do the next GS? Thanks for your article mate, very cool.

Adam Waters

Adam Waters said...

G'day Dougal, you hit it right on mate, the camera never lies. It is the ultimate accountability device.

Thank you for your recap, and like Joni I forsee a massive transformation for you, one where you will even exceed your BFL transformation days.

Shred on mate!

Adam Waters said...

Hi Lynda, I really look forward to reading your blog and your comments everyday. You have such a passion and zest for life.

Thank you very much for your kind words and you have given great advice in your comment for people who may think they are "too old" to start a physique transformation challenge. (I actually thought I was "too old" at 32 when I started!).

Lynda, I believe that your story will inspire many ladies (and men) in the not too distant future.

Shred On!
Adam Waters

Adam Waters said...

G'day Andrew, mate you have been an incredible leader and shown massive support for members of the Shredder Council (everyone will agree!).

I can also see a change in your face, posture and a leanness to your stomach (you are getting lines!). You are a warrior mate, I know you have been sick the last couple of days but I have absolutely no doubt that you will be back on the horse hardcore, and make a full-blooded physique transformation.

I reckon you are gonna be real ripped, especially with your HIIT cardio levels of endurance.

Shred On!
Adam Waters

Adam Waters said...

Thank you very much Kristiina, if anyone deserves an honorary seat at the Shredder Council it is you!

You have been there in the trenches with me for 132 days now and you have already inspired so many people with your journey.

If anyone is just learning about Kristiina now you must go and check out her blog right now!

Shred On!
Adam Waters

Miriam said...

Hello Adam,
Congratulations on achieving one more of your fitness goals, may there be many more in store for you!. About the RTP 14 day challenge, I just want to say thank you. However thank you is not an enough word so I will have to extend it:
Thank you for caring.
Thank for the time you invested on us.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge, experience, motivation and leadership. Nevertheless most of all, I thank you for being the genuinely stupendous person that you are. In life some people are encountered for a reason and I believe that your's is to Rock Out the World.

Your Grateful Cyber-friend, Christy said...

Dear Adam,

Congratulations on Day 365. Your efforts are incredible and results indisputable. You are an amazing man, and as testimony to that, you have united an incredible group of people on a journey of a lifetime. You attract what you put into the world. I could no be more impressed or value your contribution to my life more.

You are success. I love the Adam in every single photo, before and after, because it is you. In every word on your blog, every photo you post, and every video there is an unmistakable honestly, integrity and generosity that shines bright. You attract and inspire people to seek the best in themselves no matter where they are or how many times they think they have failed. In truth, I see every moment and photo as a victory.

On a personal note, I would like to thank you for all that you have done for me. The details will be in my wrap up as you instructed. But I wanted to write something just for you, because you have worked so hard. You put your heart, soul and sweat onto the Internet, and it has meant so much to me.

Congratulations for on your one year anniversary of this incredible transformation. Thank you for literally, helping me learn to walk again and for giving me a way to enjoy every single new step.

You are forever in my heart. I am honored to be part of your dream made real. Thank you for everything, and Congratulations, again.

Christy Murphy

Anonymous said...

Wow! What more could I possibly say that hasn't been said already?! No words can convey the way I feel. This has been an awesome journey that was brought on by your vision and heart. In this 14 days it has almost been like our arms and hands and hearts have been extended through the internet waves touching each others' hearts. your passion for other's is evident! You have given us each something to treasure for a lifetime!

Adam Waters said...

Hi Massimiliano, my friend who is in the same city as me, you have clearly demonstrated that you have what it takes for daily accountability as you have been doing this before we kicked off the GS.

I reckon we're going to see Massimiliano 2.0 very soon!

Shred on!

Adam Waters said...

Great work Michael, it has been great seeing your smile getting bigger every day and your blogging has been awesome as well mate.

You have what it takes Michael, shred on mate!
Adam Waters

Adam Waters said...

Thank you so much Christy, I am speechless. Your kindness, determination and drive to overcome challenges is an inspiration to everyone who is privaleged to get to know you through your awesome blog.

You have been beacon of integrity and leadership on this Group Shred and I look forward to participating in your real-time journey for a long time to come.

Adfam Waters

Adam Waters said...

Hi Miriam, thank you very much for your kind words. You have clearly demonstrated that you have what it takes to transform (your drop in dress size is so cool!), I look foreward to seeing your "after pics" on January 8, 2008!

Shred on!
Adam Waters

Adam Waters said...

Thank you Suzette, it feels great to have you on the board of the Shredder Council as you are the longest surviving visitor to this blog.

You also walk the talk as demonstarted by your own physique transformation journey (you have already come so far!).

Thank you for your kindness and leading the way for the last 14 days of the GS by encouraging and supporting everyone in the Council.

I look forward to seeing your 12 week transformation pics (I got a feeling that you are gonna blow us all away!).

Shred on!
Adam Waters

Sammy said...

Hey adam! First of all, congrats on reaching 365 days... Real Time! You look great in your pics mate. The top two abs are well separated, middle two are also well on their way now. Plus, your arms look much bigger than what it used to.

I have to say that your blog is one of the blogs I read almost daily even before this GS and before my blog started. It's what inspired me to go RT as well and when you opened an invitation for us to go on a GS, wow, it was unbelievable.

Thanks for this opportunity, the time you've put into this (the videos, blog posts, pics) and the support you've given by visiting every single blog.

The positive energy created by this GS group have been tremendous. I've decided to also hold myself accountable by taking daily pictures now and I have to say I'm eagerly waiting to hear about your Mission 4.



Alex Anselmo said...

Hi, Adam!

Congratulations! I would like to express my gratitude for the inspiration you provided us all.


It's worthy celebrating the triumph on all the challenges you've gone through. You have reaped fruits from what you sow, and it is BIG TIME!

Again, many thanks!!!!


Your Grateful Cyber-friend, Christy said...

Being part of the RTP Group Shred was an amazing, experience.

I had no idea what to expect, was giddy with excitement, and, at first, a little nervous. But before Day One officially started, the nervousness subsided.

The Highs
The shredder roll call, reverse roll call and all of Adam's videos, the incredible bond between shredders, losing six pounds, getting kind comments daily from fellow shredders, and most importantly walking again.

The Lows
The photos. The process (which was time consuming) was not the hardest part, but actually seeing my pics on a regular basis and looking too closely for changes was really UN-FUN as I got into the second week. Staring at photos, for me, was like staring directly into the sun. The longer I did it, the less I could see. Take pics, post pics, spend your time eating clean (BIG component, super BIG component for me) shredding hard, and thinking big.

My Tips
• Take part in the Pre-Shred Excitement. It really gives you an extra jump on the good vibes and sets a tone for the entire shred.

• Give of thyself. Don't sit back and wait and expect people to read and comment on your blog. Get out there, read and post. You will feel more connected and more accountable. Plus, for me, there were some days when I was down, and reading good news on other people's blogs really lifted my spirits. I wouldn't have been invested in their good news if I didn't read every day.

• Did I mention to not stare at your photos?

• Fall in love with the process. Focus on your workouts, your eating, your blog, supporting your fellow shredders. Do not become overly focused on the results in your day to day. Set aside a set amount of time for you to check your progress (like weekly or in my case, the end of the shred) and fall in love with the shred. It will save you from getting too discouraged or if you turn a big result EARLY resting on your laurels.

If you are worried about whether or not you can do the shred, know you can. You cannot be in much worse physical shape than I was (I could not even walk or stand up without a walker). You do not need to be following the same program as everybody else, and you do not have to worry if it's the right time. There is always something you can do and you always have more to give than you think you do.

Invest in yourself. Take the plunge. I am very glad. I did. If you have any doubts or questions you can visit my blog and ask.