Stacey Looked at His Family History of Disease & Chose a Better Life

Words from Brad:
These are excerpts from Stacey’s journal entries about his life which motivated him to complete his first 3-month transformation.

Words from Stacey:
I am not sure when, but it may have been late 2005 after the death of my Uncle Brinos in a car accident, I decided to start a regular exercise program. My weight had got up to around 119 kgs ( 262 lbs). I had only ever gone over 120 kgs once in my life (went up to 130 kgs) and I did not want to go there again. I had been going to many funerals of Uncles / Aunties and friends parents etc over the last year or two and it was starting to worry me. My father had died at 64 from cancer and my mother has also history of that terrible disease. I was thinking if I kept on living the poor lifestyle I was caught up in then it would not be long before my family and friends would be coming to my funeral.

Stacey Gavrily's awesome transformation


The Start of My Transformation

I went out and bought some new training shoes and started my normal diet that I would use to lose weight. I joined the gym and went for a handful of times and kept on making excuses on why I could not go. The main one being a self employed Commercial Agent / Private Inquiry Agent. I was working long hours and it became an obsession of mine for the business to grow. I would sometimes get up at Midnight and do paperwork on the computer all night and then go out on the road during the day till 9.00 to 10.00pm. This to do field calls, serve documents, find people and also repossess their cars. (ed. a very stressful job!)

I would lose a few kilos but then would put them back on. I would eat a healthy meal and then go straight out and buy junk food such as chocolates, lollies, chips, fatty foods from take away shops and fast food outlets. I would eat battered savs, seafood sticks, scallops, plain sausages, chicken & chips, pies, sausage rolls, cakes, pizza, KFC etc. I would eat it regular and eat it fast. I would drink 4 to 6 litres of Diet Coke a day. I was not sleeping well and would go to bed around 11.00pm and start waking from 1.00am most nights. I would worry about many things which included work, money and relationship issues. I was going out on week ends and would drink 15 to 30 Jim Beam Bourbons and Diet Cokes a night and eat all the fatty foods that go with getting “pissed”. I would also gamble heavily sometimes while out drinking. It was a type of an escape for me, out alone, trying not to worry about my problems. I would then waste my whole daytime on week ends being hung over. My golf I enjoy playing on Saturdays was getting worse.

I have constantly suffered from “Gout” since my early 20’s and it has only ever been good when I went on a diet, did regular exercise and stopped drinking heavily.

Since I was in my early 20’s, I have gone on may health kicks / transformation diets, trying to lose weight. I had lost over 20 kgs on a number of occasions but put it straight back on (sometimes quickly or sometimes over a number of years). I tried Herbal Life on one occasion, running every day with a diet on a number of occasions and I even had my jaw badly broken playing football in 1980 which made me lose plenty of weight. On all these occasions, I put the weight back on.

It got to November 2007 and I just came back from a great 4 days away with my old school mates from Macquarie Boys High. I looked at the photos from that trip and noticed how fat I really was. My weight was again up to 119 kgs and the dreaded 120 kgs was the next digit on the scales.

The training shoes I bought in late 2005 are now very worn. I may have used them 5 to 6 times down the gym in 2 years. I used these shoes as my work shoes and did no sport / fitness in them.

Over the last 2 years, I have been writing cheques every month for my gym membership. I would see this $79.90 going to waste every month but I would not cancel the membership. I thought if I did cancel then I would then completely give up, never trying to get fit and healthy ever again. I would get over 120 kgs and never return.

The gym membership has cost me around $2,000.00 over the last 2 years and this equates to around $400.00 each visit to the gym.

I went out and spent $250.00 on a very good pair of training shoes and also some training t-shirts.

Whilst at Fitness First Gym in Dee Why one day, I inquired there about getting a Personal Trainer to help me reach my goals and complete the “Body for Life” transformation challenge. I read the board in the gym with all the names of the personal trainers and a brief summary of their qualifications and experience. I noticed the Personal Trainer “Brad Rasmus” had many things listed that I was looking for. He had experience in taking 3 people to the “Top 10” in Body for Life and many other things on his summary impressed me. I asked a few people working at the gym about “Brad” and they highly recommended him. I took his card and rang him straight away, leaving a message on his voicemail. He rang me back later that night and we had a bit of a chat. Brad sent me some emails with information to read and fill out and I made several appointments to see him.

The sessions went well and Brad gave me much information on what was needed for me to meet my goals. This information has helped me start getting myself ready to start the “Body for Life” challenge. Brad informed me of my problems which needed to be fixed straight away . He stressed that my posture, flexibility and core strength was not good and put a program in place to help me make them better. He also gave me Golf specific things to do in my program that will help me play better golf.

I felt our sessions were going very well and could see the weight coming off me and my posture appeared to be improving (and other things).

From the 4/12/07 to the 8/1/08;

My weight went from 115.2 kgs to 108.4 kgs (loss of 6.8 kgs).

Chest went from 122.3 cm to 118.7 cm’s (loss of 3.6 cm’s)

Waist (narrow) went from 111 cm’s to 105.2 cm’s (loss of 5.8 cm’s)

Bodyfat % from 24% to 21% (loss of 3%) (ed. using bio-impedance scales)

My Posture (refer to my right side photos taken by Brad) and Flexibility also improved.

I then decided to start the “Body for Life” challenge on Monday 14/1/08 and “WILL” complete it on 6/4/08. No “buts” or “maybes”, I will complete it and will do 2 more during the year to change my life for ever.

I have never been so committed to anything more then this in my whole life and this will make me a better person for the experience.

Brad thought it would be a good idea to share my experience with others by writing something as I go along on this “Journey” and he will put it on his website.

Stacey Gavrily

Transformation Update – Week 7

Where do I start? It has been a unbelievable last 41 days. I have gone from struggling around 26 January 2008 (when work & personal issues caused me to doubt if I could do it) to today where I am only 5 weeks away from concluding the 12 weeks (first of 3). I am seeing the results of my planning, hard work, commitment, sweat, hard work etc.

I went and saw Brad that day and the results were unbelievable. But they were believable as I had put in the hard work, commitment, planning etc to get these results. I had the power to change, the faith to do it, the dreams & goals that made me want to succeed and the drive to succeed and change my life (and not just “go along for the ride in life”).

The success was from “earning it” and not just “owning it”. I did not give up and I will succeed.

From 8/1/08 to 12/2/08 (5 weeks);

My weight went from 108.4 kgs to 100.6 kgs (loss of 7.8 kgs). A loss of 14.6 kgs since 4/12/07.

Chest went from 118.7 cm’s to 115.4 cm’s (loss of 3.3 cm’s). A loss of 6.9 cm’s since 4/12/07.

Waist (narrowest part) went from 105.2 cm’s to 98.9 cm’s (loss of 6.3 cm’s). A loss of 12.1 cm’s since 4/12/07.

Bodyfat % from 21% to 14% (loss of 7%). This using bio – impedance scales. A loss of 10% since 4/12/07.

My posture and flexibility is still improving..

How have I done this? I committed to a 3 month challenge. I asked myself, do I want to be the old me or a new me. I must stand up to me and have faith, have the goals & drive plus the power to change. But the most important thing to me was that I must continue to “Dream” and to then set “Goals”. Every transformation starts as a dream and by setting goals and achieving them , all the hard work will pay off and I will succeed in “reaching my dream”.

This challenge has helped me dream, set goals, plan, eat and work out correctly. Also plan my day better so I can get everything done and not just let time “pass me by”. It helps me “give it my best”. Life has given me a choice, either learn to overcome challenge or succumb to them. I believe I will overcome this challenge and succeed. I will win by giving it “my best” and there will be no limit to how much I can “change”. I will continue to “drive” and stop “just going along for the ride”.

I see Brad every Monday at 9.00am for a strength session and this has been a great help. By seeing him, it helps me with doing the strength sessions correctly and he pushes me that little bit more. But most importantly, what he has told me to do, I have done (No if’s or butt’s). If you pay a professional to help you, why waste your money by not doing what he has suggested. The results are there to see and they don’t lie.

Thanks to everyone who has been supportive to me over the last month or so. I have received many emails of support and words of encourage in person or by phone. Every little bit of support by you has helped me so much.

People are interested in what I am trying to do and it makes me feel good about myself and will help in reaching my “Dreams & Goals”.

Until next time.

Debra Defied her Rheumatoid Arthritis through Strength Training

Knee Arthritis

Words from Brad:
I couldn’t believe someone Debra’s age had endured pain, for more than 2 years, that is usually associated with older people. When I told her strength training was a viable tool to help her reduce her arthritic pain she was keen to try it out and it certainly worked wonders for her. 10kg down and 12% less bodyfat is an added bonus too!

Debra Waghorn - Weight Loss, Knee Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Word’s from Debra:
“It’s been 2 years that I have had bad knees (ed. rheumatoid arthritis). Ever since I have had the problem, I didn’t know what to do, so I decided to try working with Brad. It has been great! I haven’t been to the doctors since, my knee strength has been improving rapidly, and they have been feeling much better overall. Not eating foods that are acidic for me and decreasing the amount of refined carbs I have been eating has helped too.

Since I have been seeing Brad, my knees are so much better. I can now do movement I haven’t been able to do for a long time. I can now go on the stepper, x-trainer, bike, swim and am doing lots of challenging weights. I used to have a hard time getting up from my lounge or chair, now I have no problems. I can feel a big difference in myself, from Brad helping me with my knees. I also feel a lot happier with myself too which is fantastic. Being a full time hotel porter, I have to bend my knees constantly to pick up bags, now I have no problems.

My advice is to keep pushing. Even when you are feeling like it’s not working and you are in a bit of pain (arthritic pain) keep going…. In a months time or so you feel a lot better and like a different person.”

Sam Discovered There is More to Health Than Being Thin

Sam Mancini - Triathlon | Weight Loss | Functional Training

“Sport and exercise have always been a significant part of my life. Motivation to exercise has never been an issue for me however boredom definitely plays a role in the consistency of my training. I have invested a lot of time and money over the years counting calories, trying various fad diets and always trying to get to my goal weight ‘under 60kgs’. I used to follow a strict low fat diet and trained hard however never seemed to be able to lose the extra weight. Most of my training was anaerobic / interval based. I believed stretching was a waste of time and weights would make me bulk up.

Sam Mancini - Triathlon | Weight Loss | Functional Training

A friend of mine recommended Brad and after looking through his website, I was certainly interested in his holistic / dynamic approach to training. I read through some of the success stories detailed on his website. I was inspired by the people featured in the articles and was intrigued as to how they achieved their lifestyle / fitness goals.

During my initial sessions with him, I was asked to complete several questionnaires relating to my current lifestyle. I have to say, I was shocked at the poor results I got in many areas of my health. It was a big reality check that there is more to health and fitness than just being thin. My flexibility, digestion and general energy levels scored poorly. I also had reoccurring pain in my neck and knees which was limiting the activities / sports I could participate in.

During my initial sessions, Brad also asked me to complete a food diary and recommended I look at the various aspects of my social life that could be sabotaging my weight loss goals. i.e. the amount of alcohol I consumed and the amount of rest I gave my body to repair itself. I did not believe that a few drinks on a Friday and Saturday night could make a difference, however I believe eliminating alcohol from my diet to be a major factor in obtaining my weight loss goals.

My initial program with Brad was based on flexibility, core strength and sport specific weight training. The exercises included in the program were challenging, dynamic and motivated me to work hard in order to progress to the next level. In between sessions Brad was always available to assist me with any questions / hurdles I have come across in my training program.

Brad’s knowledge, dedication and support are truly inspirational. Since training with him, I have incorporated regular weight training into my exercise regime, made time for stretching (love that foam roller), introduced more FAT (heaven forbid) into my diet and reduced my alcohol consumption. The pain I was experiencing in my neck and knees is nearly gone and my posture has improved significantly. I recently completed my first Olympic length triathlon and managed to get through an entire rowing season injury free.

Oh, I forgot to mention. I also managed to lose that stubborn 10kgs and feel fantastic.

Thanks Brad for all your help and support!”

Sue’s Focus On The Power of Now Completely Changed Her Health!

Sue Nadjarian

How I changed my life around.

It took a long time for me to finally understand how important it is to keep fit and look the best you can.

How did I do it? Well I finally said enough is enough. I was sick of constantly saying ‘I’m gonna do it’. Finally I broke through the barrier of self doubt, and half-hearted attempts at making a change. It wasn’t easy, but now I fully understand that optimal health is a whole package deal. I now have more insight into how much a role my thoughts and emotions played in my ability to change my body and health.

Sue Nadjarian
Sue’s health and body changed when she realised how powerful her thoughts were.

First, the tool you need is your mind. Give yourself a goal and do it only when you are prepared to give it one hundred percent. Once you have finally said enough is enough, there will be no stopping you. I know because I have been on that yo-yo ride for a long time.

At 62, I am feeling great. Loving the exercise, training, and love all the positive feedback from other people about how great I look. The power of positive thinking comes to mind also knowing that I can do this and loving every moment of it. The feedback alone is worth the journey and hard work you put into it. When everyone notices and starts to comment on how well you look and you know you do, that’s when you feel like you will never look back again. I have so much energy, my skin looks healthy, I have lost body fat and I feel so much stronger. A positive thought about all of this is that I am much happier. Most of my mind baggage is gone, I’m reading and understanding a lot more about the body and the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Drinking for a long time was my downfall. Now that’s all under control I can focus on the more important things, such as getting healthy.

In a nut shell its all about how bad do you want it. It is a life time change, but YOU can do it and it is surprising how easy it becomes once you start seeing the results and also when other people notice it as well. I just love it all.

Get great coaches / trainers! No better ones than Brad and Bex! They are the whole package deal to making the first steps to looking good, and feeling good about yourself. I can’t say enough about the holistic CHEK Practitioner approach for training and overall health. It’s an absolute must.

So good luck on your journey. One you will surely love as I do! Also the quote that I look at everyday which I find to be true. When you think you’re going to falter, think positive, don’t give up and remember:

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

*The book Sue credits as the catalyst in changing her mindset is The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle, a book that has changed millions of lives.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

What have you read or heard that profoundly changed the way you think about health, life, or both?

Andy Eliminated Stomach Bloating and Lost Weight for Good

Andy Parker – Weight Loss | Stomach Bloating

Words from Brad:

Andy came to me with a goal of losing the spare tyre. When assessing his body, he only had one previous injury to his ankle and was pain free. His posture was pretty good other than his forward head posture affecting his ability to breath.  However, my ‘Holistic Health Questionnaire’ revealed that Andy’s digestive system was screaming out for help, so I knew that was the first thing we had to address.

Stomach bloating was a long time issue of concern

But the bloating and spare tyre couldn’t be fixed from the outside in, only from the inside out. There was no point stressing his digestive system more with intense exercise, and no amount of core workouts will give you a flat stomach in this situation, so instead we spent a lot of time cleaning up his nutrition and lifestyle choices. Andy’s diet gradually became more and more primal, he drank plenty of filtered water, got to bed earlier most nights, laid on a foam roller regularly to improve his posture and breathing, and became aware of how his thoughts could also affect his digestion and health.

One supplement I got him to take was a Certified Organic Probiotic called In-Liven. This made a big difference and worked considerably better than the over the counter pill version from the chemist (from his observations). This plus all the other diet and lifestyle changes healed his digestive system and then his body changed dramatically. He is a great example of how poor digestive health can greatly affect our body shape and overall health.

His last 3 months with me were completing a Holistic Functional version of ‘Body for Life’ that I have created . Incorporating the inspiration, regularity and goal setting from Body for Life using C.H.E.K. principles. He was certainly determined and results paid off. Not only did his bloating go away completely, but his body shape changed dramatically!

Andy Parker - Weight Loss | Stomach Bloating

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