FormerlyMe is an online movement to motivate and inspire people to become the best version of themselves by showing them my journey and experience in trying a new workout and lifestyle regime every 30 days. Every post, update, and video is ‘formerly me’ as I endeavor to become the best version of myself and become FormerlyMe. Each month CP Magazine will showcase a part of my journey to becoming the best version of myself. I hope that in turn this inspires and motivates you to start your own journey as well. For this month’s story we will focus on the first month of my journey.
I started my journey on November 8, 2019. I signed up at a local gym called Legacy Barbell in the Woodlands, Texas (LegacyBarbell.com). I met Gene Labrada who is the younger brother of pro bodybuilding Hall of Famer Lee Labrada. Gene Labrada is a Master Trainer, Rehab Specialist, Health Coach, and Nutrition Specialist. He is also the 2019 Branch Warren Classic Overall and Master’s Bodybuilding Champion. He has over 25 years of experience, originally getting certified in 1990. Gene has held certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the International Fitness Professionals Association, the International Dance and Exercise Association, and currently holds two certifications with the American Council on Exercise as a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. He is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
With Gene’s extensive knowledge in bodybuilding, sports nutrition, strength and conditioning, functional movement and performance, and corrective exercise and rehabilitation he was able to get me off to a great start. He measured my Basel Metabolic Rate (BMR) which is the rate your body burns calories just to survive and function on a basic level. Once we knew this number he was able to work on a nutrition plan tailored to me. A plan that would focus heavily upon protein sources.
One of the main protein sources that Gene recommended for me were eggs. He calls the “perfect” protein. I started to eat four eggs a day (two in the morning and two at night) along with two Labrada Lean Body Ready to Drink Protein Shakes, and would eat one portioned regular meal for lunch. I was eating a total of 1900 calories a day to create the 500 plus calorie deficit I needed to start my weight loss safely.
We had the nutrition plan set, and then it was time to hit the weights in the gym. Gene would train me for an hour five days a week. We were covering all of the typical weight exercises you expect. Curls, bench press, leg press, and we also did a lot of mobility exercises such as bird-dog yoga poses. Yet the most tremendous thing Gene taught me was to change the words I used to things that come with negative connection. Like the word diet. That word invokes a feeling of restriction and hunger. Instead he told me to use the word nutrition. It means nourishment. Instead of cheat days he had me use the word victory days because it was something earned not gained by cheating. I loved how these simple word changes became something powerful for me to focus on. Mindset is everything when making a huge change in your life. Words can help tremendously.
I ended the first month with a total weight of 11 pounds lost! I attribute the loss to the nutrition plan that Gene tailored to me. The benefits of utilizing a proper nutrition plan cannot be understated. At the end of the day what you put in your body is the most important thing you do for your health. I lost an average of .16 kilos a day on this plan. I was down 11 pounds, and that to me was a great start as I felt no hunger and was gaining energy day by day. I also started to notice other benefits like being able to get in and out of my car easier. Being able to walk longer without sweating so much as I used to do. I was seeing the small changes and beginning to believe I can really make a lasting change.
You can watch my videos of me training with Gene Labrada on the FormerlyMe YouTube channel here:
Follow my journey online at FormerlyMe.com and on the YouTube channel. Next month I will cover my time at F45 HIIT Training and my plant-based protein nutrition plan experience. Until next time that has been FormerlyMe!
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