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Troy Willems: "Embrace the process."

Congratulations Troy for completing another photo-shoot challenge with us!

Tell us, what was the best part of this journey?

Being able to achieve a good result without having to rely on tasteless chicken and broccoli. Also seeing the impact of the foundation of a successful 2017, and how that helped me get my body in a better shape for 2018. Persistence and commitment pays off!

What was the biggest habit holding you back?

Prioritising most things above my meal prep, family, finances, injuries.  I haven’t completely conquered it yet, but I am more aware of it now and prepared to call myself out when I look for an excuse not to do the fundamentals of food prep.

An example of Troy's food prep - slow cooked chicken stew

What did you struggle with the most on this journey, and how did you overcome it?

Complacency was my biggest struggle over the first 6 months of the program. I over-achieved last year and felt that what I did way back then would enable me to be less compliant and still “maintain” (whatever the hell that means) those 2017 results. 

I struggled to maintain eating the boring foods I ate in 2017, I no longer enjoyed eating so I reduced the amount of times I ate and had more nutritional excursions than I needed to.

I overcame this initially with a ‘wake up’ photo message initiated by Trish outlining how much I had let things slip in 2018. It hurt but wasn’t unexpected. I’m not blind and I could see it in the mirror each day but having someone call you out forced yet another snap point.

Another snap point came just a few weeks later when Dave told me to step up my LIA (light entensity activity) intensity because “I am not 60 years old”.  I used those words of wisdom from that point on with my training.

Troy getting his workout done at his local gym

What did you find the easiest on this journey, and how did you overcome it?

Believe it or not when I flip the ‘on’ switch in my head I find the entire process quite simple.  I have the plan and just tick off each ‘job’ when completed.

Favourite motivational quote:

“Do it for the after selfie.”

What advice would you give to someone who resonates with your story and might be struggling?

Look at your previous best and then look at where you are now. If you have gone backwards that should be all you need to get your ass back into gear.

In bullet point form, list 3 ingredients that you feel are vital to a successful transformation?

  1. Plan and prioritize the important stuff – food, exercise, sleep.
  2. Record data on the above – if you can see what you were supposed to do and what you actually did all in the one place, you can see the deficiencies in real time. Trying to recall that data at the end of the day or the week delays your ability to fix those things that are holding you back when they are holding you back.
  3. Treat all the steps to success as “jobs” on your to-do list each day. Get them done and cross them off as you go.

Troy has worked hard over the past 2 years to make food work for him and not against him

Tell us about yourself?

My back story is long and very complicated, so I’ll give a very brief overview of where I came from. I spent most of my childhood, teenage years and 20’s overweight, sick, depressed and regularly used alcohol as a coping mechanism for my life between the ages of 13 and 30. 

I originally lost 35kgs in 12 months just before my 30th birthday by severely limiting calories and exercising up to 15 hrs per week.  I have spent the best part of the last 9 years trying to undo all the health and metabolic damages from that approach to weight loss. I have been working on rebuilding my metabolism for the last 5 years and I can finally see some progress.

The MP program appears simple in principle, but the real guts of the program is refining the program for your own lifestyle and your own goals, and in that there are literally thousands of ways to get results for yourself.  The only way to find those few combinations that work for you is embrace the trial and error, embrace the learning process and understand how to best work the program into your life. 

The only way to do this is to stay focused on you and commit to the program long term.  Program after program, year after year the things you’ll learn about yourself will help you take those next steps, and refine the process to get the results you are working towards. 

If I can string together another full 12 months without getting complacent, I will be unstoppable.

Troy :)

PS: You can read more about Troy here

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