Monday, December 17, 2007

Day 404: The Truth Shall Set You Free

G'day Shredders,

Yesterday I "unveiled" my first attempt at blogging a physique transformation. This was the first time I had ever referred to it on this blog, even though I have discussed it in depth in My Biggest Secret free report.

While I had been thinking of doing this for a while I was still very hesitant to put my failed physique transformation attempt on display. The reason is because I barely recognize that guy anymore, it may seem weird but it honestly feels like it is someone else (in a way that is true).

However, after 404 days of being consistent on this blog I now feel I can reflect on that period of my life objectively without the risk of deflating my confidence and self-esteem (and feeling like I might return there one day).

To tell you the truth I was also unsure how my fellow Shredders may react to seeing that old blog as it really is the antithesis of this one.

However, I decided to trust my gut and open it up as my experience with this blog has proven to me that if you speak the truth about who you are and where you have come from people will respect that (rather than perceive you in a negative light).

But the comments I received on yesterday's post from my Fellow Shredders really overwhelmed me. You guys really touched me with your posts, so much so that I am speechless and couldn't think of what to write back in the comments section that would do your comments justice.

Thank you very much Nick, Suzette, Tea, Christy and Lilla.

I think I need a little more time to digest your specific questions regarding my mindset during this time period because that old mindset is so far removed from my current mindset. It's going to take time for me to put my thoughts in a coherent fashion.

However, I will discuss where I went wrong with my weight training, cardio and nutrition during this time period over the coming days and weeks.

For my fellow Shredders who are new to this I do believe there is one very important thing you take away from this post.

When you speak the truth as you see it, you become stronger and the people who read your blog will see that.

In short, The truth shall set you free...

Shredder Pact:

We will focus on the single daily actions that produce results.

We will "burn our bridges" and not look back.

We will never surrender.

Until tomorrow...

Eat Clean,
Shred Hard,
Think BIG!

Adam Waters, NESTA-CPT

As you can probably tell I have been in a very reflective mood the last 2 days. A part of the reason why is because of this ongoing contest that I referred to on Day 401. To be honest I am getting little tired of seeing that thumbnail image used to represent my video as it does continually remind me of my first blog attempt (and also because I'm in pajama shorts!)

Anyway, below is the current state of play between the Top 3 videos (by Digg Count).

P.S. Below are my Day 404 RTP Blog Daily pictures for December 17, 2007: Mission 4 - Day 29 of 125.


Anonymous said...

Adam, You are so right! Facing your truths will set you free. I think exposing your past opens up the real you that makes you that real person we all can relate to. We each have our own stories to tell, our own skeletons we don't want to expose to other people. But I think once we break free of that "old" person, that person we don't ever want to be again, we can truly live the life we are intended to live. Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom to reach the mountain tops.
For myself, I know it is hard to explain in words where I was at in my lowest point. I do agree with you in that you are a different person. You have to be in order to be able to make such a transformation. You are different not just on the outside but on the inside, most importantly! The inside has to transform first before the outside will!
I look back at myself from a little over a year ago and I, too, don't recognize myself, inside and out! It's like, "was I really like that? Is that really me?"
Thanks for sharing "you" with us! It makes that connection I feel with you even more tight.

Tearose said...

I understand what you mean about not recognizing the "old you". I see pics when I was at my heaviest of 263lbs and I just don't know that person, I don't want to know that person lol. We want to pretend that person didn't exist. But that person is what brought us to be the person we are now. Also great post Suzette! As Suzette said, thanks for sharing your old blog :)

Nick said...

Hey Adam,

What intrigues me about successful 'physique transformations' is that more often than not they seem to originate at the end of a really shit day, itself usually the culmination of many weeks or months of 'shit days'.

Once things gets going its the step by step successes (and accountability factors) that keep it going. But in order to see those initial results you need a burst of determination to get there. I think that’s where being discontent with your physique and broader life comes in. It’s the catalyst that gets things started, and hopefully by the time its burnt out you’ve gathered the momentum to keep going. I wonder if you’d burnt out that energy when you hit the negative bod-pod hurdle? But still, that’s what pushed you on to M1!

One of my housemates eats a 13” take away pizza to himself 4 nights a week! That’s 2000 calories in a single meal! no joke! When I first began my M1 it made it very hard not to give in to temptation. It was my initial energy that got me through things like that. And now not only is the urge virtually gone, but I find I actually pity him and the 18 stones he weighs, when its really so easy for him to improve himself.

Michael said...

Wow, some amazing insight. I have to agree that the honesty part is what propels me down the path I'm on. I've told some friends about my blog and they are checking it regularly and that also helps me keep moving in the right direction. It is amazing. True accountability is an amazingly strong thing. said...

Hey Adam ... I really enjoyed todays post and I think you are spot on ... the truth will set you free!

The hardest thing I had to do was to face up to the truth of my own personal situation and health status. It is easy to overlook the fact that you have become obese, unhealthy and in poor health. Especially when it just creeps up on you over time.

Getting to the point of accepting the truth for what it is helped me to get on the right track.

I found the best technique to reveal the truth is to take your picture, document the reality and observe it for all it is. I decided not to hide from the truth, ignore it or deny it any longer.

The truth really does set you free.

I agree with Nick's post above ... what turned me around was the PAIN motivation created by facing up to the truth. It was a massive level of discontent. PAIN motivation is a great way to change your course and get onto a new path.

Thanks for todays post ... you helped me to gain some insight on what turned me around ... the truth :)


Donna said...

Hi Adam,
I found your blog by chance and I'm glad I did. You've done so well. Congratulations on inspiring others as well. Just so you know, you've given me a kick up the behind to get alot fitter. It's been a year since I really exercised to any effect.(I've always been active) But I don't know what happened in 07 to have me just not do a thing. I'm looking forward to feeling more like myself in 08, so I'll be checking in to your blog to see how you're doing. I'm a Queenslander too, so the weather can't be an excuse for me can it.
All the best