Sometimes we all need a little extra umph! I’m trying my best to scour the web or trick some of the people I have worked with directly to share their stories regarding insane body transformations, crazy personal transformations, or just jaw dropping inspiration. This is definitely a work in progress so bare with me. If you have a story you’d like to share or can recommend someone I should get in touch with please give me a shout here
I’m a little partial to this one and not because Ami is a friend and client of mine but simply because he is a super cool dude with a family, kids, and real world obligations. But homie pushed through it and dominated in a big way. The picture you see is only 3 months later. Hopefully I can get the shots up of him at the 6 month mark.
We are doing these success stories as a means to an end. Seeing people achieve big things is inspiring. Especially when it is something you might be trying to achieve yourself. Even more so when the task at hand is difficult, takes patience, and requires us to learn new skills and over come fears and personal limitations….
“One of my favorite things about living is that each of us has the ability to reinvent ourself on a whim. It’s true, you, me, and the guy next door can consciously make a decision at any given moment to make changes in our lives that will start a domino effect leading us to eventually becoming the person we have always wanted to be.” -Limitless365
I came across Matt on Facebook a few months back. I believe he mentioned Limitless365 in a status update. I went to check it out and what I saw was the picture above. I had to get in-touch with Macklemore’s doppelganger (kidding Matt, well not really. You guys do really look alike).
He has made such a dramatic and inspiring transformation and lucky for us he was willing to share is journey.
Ladies and gents… Matt Ball.
My favorite thing about writing here on Limitless is connecting with the community. I get so stoked when you guys and gals take time out of your busy schedules to connect with me personally. It literally puts the biggest, dopiest grin on my face.
It’s even cooler when someone writes to tell me about a personal transformation that they’ve recently experienced. It’s been an honor to connect with Ami, Matt, Steffi, Kim, Jason, and Linda. A few weeks ago the lovely little lady you see in that picture above emailed me with the following:
” Your words and wisdom have helped me reached my goals!! The paleo diet has changed my life and I will never go back to my old ways ever again. When I first began eating paleo, I got a lot of negative feedback. Even from my cousin who is a doctor! But no one can argue with these results. Of course, now all my friends and family want to jump on the paleo bandwagon, but it feels so amazing proving everyone wrong.”
A few months ago I received an email form Kimberly after I asked you all the question “How do you handle criticism?” It went a little something like this…
…The success I am experiencing currently is because over the past few years of tackling my issues, I realized many of these same strategies and put them into play. You have to PLAN if you want to succeed.
- Structure your day
- Prepare food in advance
- Take food with you…wherever I am, there is my food.
- Turn off the TV; take care of daily business first….
- pick up heavy stuff frequently and walk ….a lot
Doing all these things has helped me eliminate 81 lbs of fat off my body, I have lost it and I will NEVER find it again…
81 pounds! I had to interview her. Little did I know the insight and amazing journey she would tell. Without further ado, I give you Kimberly…
One of my favorite things about writing on Limitless is hearing from you all. I love going back and forth with you about what’s going on in your life, what you are struggling with, and more importantly the strategies you have used to overcome those hurdles. I wanted to share a success story I have been holding on to for some time now. It’s from my good buddy Jason. I think you can relate. He was working two jobs, is married, and has 2 (now 3) kid do’s. He made time to get healthy, pursue some dreams, and all the while maintain a happy household (maybe his wife had more to do with that one )
If he can do it. You can do it. Ok, without further ado… please welcome Jason.
YOU got me to try Paleo! On September 11th I joined your site and you sent me a free download about Paleo. After reading it I thought, hmmmm. My blood type is O Negative, and O is said to be the blood type of the cavemen, so maybe I should try eating like a caveman. I did my usual “what’s the worst thing that can happen?” thought process I do when trying to make a decision, and went grocery shopping that night after work and started the very next day. (If I put stuff off, it won’t ever get started)
By day 5 I felt like hell. I would have sworn I had the flu. It was awful. No seriously, AWFUL. And it didn’t really go away until about day 15. The ONLY, and I mean ONLY thing that kept me going and sticking to it through that period was that I could actually see and feel my body shrinking! Really! It was. Right before my eyes. Well, if that won’t motivate someone, I sure as hell don’t know what will! So after the flu-like, no energy feeling went away (did I mention how awful it was?) I started my morning yoga routine back up. I did yoga everyday for 6 years, but stopped all of a sudden about 5 years ago. I don’t even know why. I think my husband’s constant chaos just shut me down in so many ways. So anyway, I started my yoga back up and I am feeling great again.
I tried my best to get her to reveal herself but she refused. Regardless, one of the Limitless crazies passed along an amazing email that I had to share. She outlines 4 things she learned from dominating her nutritional habits. It’s pretty awesome to see how it translated to the rest of her life.
I came across David Siteman Garland when I started Limitless365 a few months back. I was having a tough time building my passion into a personal brand that I was proud of. I wanted to create something that GENUINELY helped people live healthier, more passionate, and LIMITLESS lives. I didn’t just want to be a voice that was never heard. I was aiming for really creating change and helping people to do the same.
I came across David’s site the same with a simple google search. “BADASS PERSONAL BRANDS.”
David runs “The Rise To The Top.” It’s literally THE uncensored, uncut, unconventional show ( & resource) for BADASS experts, thought leaders and personal brands.
What got me to stick around the site was actually a personal goal he had. David wanted to win the Iron Man Magazines “Most Inspiring Fitness Transformation.” UPDATE: He dominated! Just look at these results.
A while back I got a chance to connect with some pretty cool folks that answered a question I threw out at the readers. I got some pretty cool responses the question “How has chaining your eating and exercise habits effected your life?”
It’s really amazing that everyone was really open to sharing…. some saying too much JK!
Below are some responses I thought some of you could really relate to. I hope they help and if any of you need help with any struggles just shout me an email. I am more than happy to brain storm some solutions with you.
Ben was a pretty cool cat that I connected with on Linkedin a while back.
Things have been so crazy here at the blog that it took me a little while to get this up.
But regardless, it is super important to hear success stories. Goals can get tough. It takes real handwork, dedication, and persistence. It is really easy for use to make excuses and to just give up. Hear how Ben juggled a family, career, and other difficulties to get his health, mind, body, and soul back in line.
If you want to transform your life YOU have to do it! Ben did it….. here we go!
They say that in the present, we are a reflection of everything we have ever experienced. These experiences come in all shapes and sizes, some of them are good, some of them are bad, some of them are terrible, and some of them are f*&king fantastic! And all of them combined make up the person that looks back at you in the mirror. This is my story.
Derek is the founder & CEO of Greatist. A website that values making health and fitness easier to understand and was a big influence and still is of Limitless365.
Harvard University graduate where he built two 60+ member organizations that are still thriving today. onharvardtime.com and hutvnetwork.com (Harvard Undergraduate Television)
Derek digs theme parks, theme bars, basketball, and meeting new peeps and discussing life’s passions with them.
When he’s not blood, sweat, and tears over at Greatist, Derek can be found sipping black coffee with cinnamon, swinging kettlebells, running really fast, and lifting heavy shi* and putting it back down repeatedly.