August 2, 2011

Tuesday Attitude: Results or Excuses?

“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”   -J. Rohn
Results! The journey of Eric…from 268 to 183…An accomplishment that deserves recognition!

“Overall I have lost approximately 85 pounds. The first 50 I lost pretty much by just working out at Corps Fitness. For the first year and a half I was usually the last one done a workout. Definitely the slowest runner. I have allergy-asthma issues that I always used as an excuse. As my diet got better and I started to lose weight I found that I was not the last one done a workout and that I started keeping up with the group when we would run. I assumed that it was just easier because I was not carrying around that extra weight. Then we did a challenge where we did dead lifts and burpees. And my time got better. And the reason it was better was because the second time we tested I was able to do each burpee fast and continuous and in 4 breaths. The difference was my breathing and my heart rate. I was able to push past the point where I would normally get dizzy and lightheaded and find a place where I was consistent and calm in a way. This has rolled over into other exercises that I always had a problem with such as double unders. When we did the double under challenge I did 50 in 2 minutes getting 17 in a row. Last week during class I was able to do 30 in a row then today during class I did 35 in a row. It’s all heart rate and breathing which I now have better control over. ”

“The first major dietary change was avoiding food that will spike my insulin. I started eating foods with a low glycemic index such as beans and cottage cheese along with lean protein and tons of vegetables. The food I avoided were breads, pastas, flour and anything with sugar. Basically the white stuff. I also stopped buying food in a box. So I got away from processed foods. I followed a diet in a book called the 4 hour body. In this book the author describes a “slow carb” diet. Recently with guidance from coach Sam S. I have taken my nutrition to the next level and completely eliminated dairy from my diet and now follow the “paleo” diet which has really increased my performance during workouts. I dislike using the term “I’m on a diet”. For me if you tell me I can’t have something I want 6 of them. Then what do you do when you are done the “diet”, go back to pizza and French fries? I try to see it now as nutrition and a lifestyle change in the way I consume food. The last 7 months as I have tried different ways of eating I have learned what works and what does not work for me. I do not know which “diet” I will follow. I do know that the food I consume affects my mood, my workouts, my performance, my stamina, my energy level, my recovery time and just about every area of my life.”

“Eating right and having less weight to carry around Corps Fitness has had a synergistic affect on my workouts, performance and recovery. I am able to do more reps with more weight in less time, or push it for the whole 30 seconds or for the whole amrap. By being able to work harder I feel I burn more calories which has me dropping more fat. Then by eating right my hormones are balanced and I have built more muscle. My recovery time has also improved. I currently workout 3 days on 1 day off. Corps Fitness work outs have not gotten easier I just feel like I’m going to die less often.”

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    Sam Scaffidi August 2, 2011 Reply

    Way to go, Eric!

    Success comes from commitment; thanks for reminding us.

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    Wicasa Yatapika August 2, 2011 Reply

    Eric you are an inspiration to me and I am sure many others! You have come far on your Journey and with the insights and knowledge you have gained along with the hard work and perseverance you exhibit I am sure you will go even further and make more gains fitness and peace-of-mind wise!

    Well done Phreak!!!

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    karen oxholm August 2, 2011 Reply

    Great job, Eric! Way to take control of your life and make it better.

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    Melissa August 2, 2011 Reply

    That’s absolutely tremendous Eric! I couldn’t agree with you more on your comments about how food has a major effect on your moods, stamina, etc. You’ve done a fabulous job…congrats!!!

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    Jan August 2, 2011 Reply

    Finding the tools you needed to create crazy-positive changes to your health & well-being is fantastic! You have empowered yourself in so many ways, and you’ll always have access to this information – which is def one way to ‘stay the course.’ Total inspiration, Eric!!! Congratulations!

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    Scott August 2, 2011 Reply

    You might enjoy subscribing to the free newsletter “Mark’s Daily Apple” for great Paleo ideas.

    Keep it up!

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    James August 2, 2011 Reply

    Wow, unbelievably awesome! Just goes to show what someone can do when they decide to do it. I applaude your mental and physical toughness!

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    Maria N. August 2, 2011 Reply

    Way to go, Eric! So great to see your progress week after week, month after month. Keep it up, and the success builds on itself.

    So true that proper food and exercise IS the cure to so much that is ailing us.
    Keep it going!

    “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”
    -Hippocrates (460 BC)

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    Kate August 2, 2011 Reply

    Eric, you are an inspiration to all of us. I have told your story to many of my friends. I am glad you put it in writing because I think they thought I was exaggerating. I am so proud of you and always honored to work out with you. BTW – you did 37 DUs on saturday – thankfully because you saved me:)

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    DanO August 2, 2011 Reply

    Congrats Eric! Hurry up and relapse- it’s lonely in the back of the pack! Just kidding of course, I’m proud of you and your accomplishments. It wasn’t so long ago that you were toiling alone with Kaag as you began the transformation process. Look at you now- way to go buddy!

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    Eric Esterbrook August 2, 2011 Reply

    Thank you to everyone!!!! This would not be possible with out the support, motivation, and encouragement from the members of Corps Fitness. I enjoy working out with each of you. A special thanks to Kaag for creating this “culture” in his gym and to Matt D. for your guidance and willingness to share different ways that nutrition can enhance workouts.

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    mfg August 7, 2011 Reply

    Impressive Eric! Congrats on such an achievement! Keep at it brother,, you are such an inspiration!

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