"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't." - Bill Nye
It's time for OOOOONNNNEEEE MIIIINNNNUUUTTTTEEE with last year's 90-DTC runner up Kelly Strever!
If you don't understand why I just aggressively shout-typed "one minute" I highly encourage you to workout with Kelly (he's regularly in the Boom Room for the 6:45pm classes). Speaking of working out with Kelly, my first workout ever at LFT was way back in early July and the only other boomer in my class was Mister Kelly Strever. The lovely and incomparable Ashley Elliott was our coach. Apparently everyone else had fancy schmancy 4th of July plans. Needless to say he was the perfect person to welcome me to the Boom Room and Ashley of course mopped the floor with both of us. I was hooked.
Enough about me, let's talk about the man of the hour! Kelly was runner up in last year's 90-DTC which is an incredible feat! As we all know there are no losers in this challenge but maybe if we perked our ears and took a listen to some of our most successful boomers, we would be able to achieve more in our own journey.
I had a little chat with Kelly to find out more about how he did it.
What was your mindset as the start of the challenge was coming closer? How were you feeling?
My mindset was and is how I always take on anything in life, I work at giving my 100% and being completely real with myself and my surroundings. I went into the challenge with a clear outlook, nothing was going to get in the way of my initial goals.
What was the most challenging thing (or things) for you and how did you overcome them?
Obviously, the nutrition, which is going to be the number one on top of anyone’s list. But there are a few others, such as balancing work, home and gym life into one. Thank goodness, I have a wonderful wife that understands and knows that once I set my mind to something I am committed.
Were there moments where you messed up or fell off the wagon so to speak? What happened and how did you move forward?
I wouldn’t say it was falling off the wagon but allowing yourself to live, but yes there were times I would allow myself to have that extra snack, knowing full well I had to put in the extra work to not let it hang around. As far as going to do my daily workouts I was always there.
How often did you exercise? Anything outside of LFT?
I tend to hit LFT 6-7 days a week for my weight training, I really believe in the product and enjoy the friendships that I have built by being the loud mouth in the room. Yes, I do workout outside of LFT, I really like to run an average between 5-6 miles a day unless I am training for the longer distance OC races where I can go between 10-18 miles a day.
Are there any helpful websites or apps you recommend?
Really just My Fitness Pal so that I can track my calories and macros. When you start tracking food on a daily basis it is a true eye opener as to some of the bad stuff you eat.
Was there a point where things got easier as the weeks passed?
The tracking of the food always gets easier, but as the end came near the running and the workouts were ramped up and exhaustion always sets in.
What type of diet did you follow?
Mine was more of an intake of calories versus burned. I stopped eating the crap foods with the snacks between the snacks and went straight whole foods such as real meats, raw vegetables and limited the sugar intake from fruits. Although, I love oranges so that was my sweet for the morning. Also, the best diet is cooking at home because you have complete control as to what goes into your food.
Did you work with a nutritionist?
Not for this, although I have worked with nutritionists in the past and have been able to extrapolate what works for me.
Did you take any supplements?
I do, Maxx Muscle has Maxxtor which that I feel works great for me, so other than that nothing else.
What would you do differently if you could? (Or what have you learned that you’ll apply to this next 90-DTC?)
I learned that I needed to start working on my running earlier since I am a runner. LFT absolutely has cardio but I need that extra bit to help clear my mind and to stay focused on who I am at the end.
Where did you get emotional support?
My wife, family and team.
Did your family join you in the challenge or did you work around them?
Yes, my wife did, but as far as children they are older, so we have a very buffet style meal set up.
Has this transformation been life changing for you? How so?
I think anytime you start something that is mentally and physically challenging you change as a person, so absolutely I changed. I got stronger physically and know exactly where I can push my limits with my body and nutrition.
What did you achieve or gain through this challenge? (Can be a list of things physical and/or emotional)
I made it to the end, I started my weight loss journey almost 5 years ago where I was 100 plus pounds overweight, pre-diabetic and had bursitis in all of my joints, so every day that I wake and have the opportunity to go on a run, work my full-time job and go workout with the “Happy Hour Crew” at LFT is achievement in itself.
What is the best advice you could give those of us attempting this 2018 90-DTC?
Go into it with a clear mind, set your goals, and don’t get yourself hung up when life decides to pitch a curve ball. Also, don’t forget to use your support system that is all around you, it’s okay when someone calls you out as long as you pay it forward.
And just for fun, if you could be any animal what would you be and why?
There are so many, this is a tough question to answer. But if I had to I would have to say a Bald Eagle, because they can fly anywhere they want, which means I could be on vacation anytime I wanted to be.
Fly Kelly Fly! Listen to what this man has to say, he knows what he's talking about! He has transformed entirely and continues to thrive to this day. Kelly, not only are you basically the mascot of LFT but you are an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for being you and good luck on this year's 90-DTC! (He will be stiff competition folks!)
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