Courtney Wise – Transformation contest

Courtney Wise – Transformation contest

Courtney Wise - Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise – Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise - Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise – Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise - Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise – Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise - Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise – Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

My story is all about me. I didn’t have anyone tell me I needed to loose weight. I didn’t have anyone name call or put me down. I had positive people in my life who always supported me.

My story comes from me being unhappy. Me always complaining about my weight. Me always dreading clothes shopping because I didn’t like the way I looked. My self confidence was down. I had a hard time doing physical activities that I loved, or knew I couldn’t try some.

I woke up one day and wondered, “Why am I complaining? Why haven’t I started? What is keeping me from obtaining what I want?”

Then answer was simple, it was me. I was depressed. I was overweight. I threw myself a pity party every other day. The only thing keeping me from obtaining what I wanted was myself. I only had myself to blame.

That was all it took. It took me starting action. I began simple, with adjusting my diet (though I knew nothing about it) and cardio. Some gym classes-  an unexperienced newbie in the gym who was terrified to even use the machines, because I was afraid to look “untrained” like I didn’t know what I was doing.

Every pound that shed, and every new person I met with a passion for fitness, put a little spark into my motivation. I picked the brains of those who let me. I graduated to “upstairs” where the weight lifting section resided. I moved to the free weight section TERRIFIED. I hired a personal trainer and learned so much more. I was HOOKED. It was now my passion. My stress relief. My fun.

What I learned was it is a community. A community of people who have similar goals and are your cheerleader. They will help guide you, stand by your side, sing your praises, and pick you back up when you fall.

I have fallen, I have picked myself up. I have educated myself. I have grown. I have lost wight. I have gained it. I have gained muscle. I have lost it. I have found my happy place. I am confident. I am happy. I am proud.

I went from 189 pounds – size 16/18 jeans, to a size 2. It wasn’t a fad diet, it wasn’t a gimmick, it wasn’t a weight loss pill. It was ME. I choose to put in the hours, log my food and educate myself. I love inspiring those like me. I love the path I have chosen. PROUD AND HAPPY.

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Clarence Watkins – Transformation contest

Clarence Watkins – Transformation contest

Four years ago I weighed over 325LBS and I was very unhappy and seen no light for my future. I had no friends so the only way I seen to comfort myself was through food. I ate and ate until my heart was content or till I was happy. By the time I was 22 I had reached 325LBs I decided that it was time to change and start living a better, healthier life. I started on my 22nd birthday with my weight loss journey. First by cutting out all bad food then started going to the track everyday and run. Before I knew it I started running more longer than I did the last time and the weight started melting off. For 2 1/2 years I did this. I then started working at the YMCA in my town and I meet a group of guys that were physique and bodybuilding competitors and they suggested I started lifting with them. At first I was like “I don’t want to get big again”. They told me that I wouldn’t so I agreed and started lifting with the in October of 2013. They proceeded to suggest that I should compete before I could even think I went off of impulse and registered for NPC Vancouver that following April. I can’t lie, it was one of the best decisions I had made in my life. The people, the lifestyle is truly amazing and I never thought that I would be among these type of people. I absolutely love it.

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