Look closely at this photo…
I am smiling as bright as sunshine itself.
You can’t imagine how joyful I felt when Body-for-Life fitness legend Bill Phillips presented me with a medal and a certificate for completing his 12-week transformation challenge.
It was my third time to complete his challenge in the last twelve months, and my third medal, but the first one presented to me in public by Bill himself.
I was as giddy as a star struck teenager meeting a super hero.
And I have met super heroes, like the Hulk Lou Ferrigno…
And Superman Dean Cain…
But look at me now…
If you’ve been following this blog, you know I have been on a physical transformation journey for one year now. It started when I attended Bill’s Transformation Camp in February 2013.
I have stayed true to Bill’s teachings. I eat right, workout intensely five days a week, follow his principles for self awareness, spirituality, generosity, forgiveness, supporting others in their quest, and more.
The results speak for themselves. I’ve released at least 50 pounds of extra weight, added at least 15 pounds of muscle, and feel like a young Hercules.
A lot of people are supporting me, too, as you can see from this art that was given to me:
Bill’s latest weekend camp is called LIFE. It stands for Learning + Inspiration + Fitness + Energy. I just returned from the very first one at his center in Denver.
I loved it.
It’s a refined and more on target version of his Transformation Camp. The eating advice is the same, the workouts are changed a little, the new stories are moving and inspiring, and the daily worksheets (now in full color) are more specific; more like a game you can play to win every day.
One big change is Bill wants us to begin with a life vision.
From there, create a year goal, a six month goal, and then a 12 week goal.
That assignment alone helped me feel inspired and fired up to keep moving forward.
It’s no longer about twelve weeks; it’s about life.
I strongly recommend Bill’s work. It isn’t about weight loss per se as it is about living with integrity and wellness.
I regard Bill as a hero in my life; a source of transformation and inspiration from way back in 2004 when I entered and completed five back-to-back Body-For-Life challenges (and received an honorable mention for one of them).
Bill is a genius at sorting through all the conflicting data about health and fitness, and boiling it down to what actually works across the board for all of us.
He’s not a jock so much as a spiritual teacher in the gym.
He’s the Socrates of fitness.
The Buddha of health.
The Aurelius of spiritual-physical balance.
I love the man and his work.
His latest book, Transformation, should be read by all of us. (He’s working on a new book, which I am excited to read.)
The people who attend his weekend events are from all ages and all walks of life. Each has a story and a struggle, and each is ready to transform under Bill’s guidance.
Every time I attend one of his events — and I’ve been to four now — I am always moved by the people, their life paths, and their commitment to positive change.
Previous posts about Bill Philips and my Transformation progress:
March 1 2013 http://blog.mrfire.com/transformation-on-demand/
May 16 2013 http://blog.mrfire.com/transformation-update/
October 22, 2013 http://blog.mrfire.com/transformation-part-three/
I fully endorse Bill Phillips. I am not an affiliate for anything he offers (he doesn’t know I’m writing this) but I fully recommend all of it.
Meanwhile, follow your dreams with passion, commitment, and the fire of inspiration.
This post isn’t about me (okay, yes it is) so much as it is a reminder that you can achieve your dreams, too.
Anything is possible.
PS – Lucky you. You can watch me workout with Bill Phillips in this quick video filmed by his wife Maria. I’m on my last set of reps, lifting 100 pounds (two 50 pound dumbbells) like a gorilla ready for his feeding. Enjoy!