The Stunning Transformation of Valerie (100+ lbs Lighter!)

Valerie Before to After

Please make a few minutes today to watch this video — you will see the STUNNING body and life transformation of Valerie. She made the decision to make a change, set her mind in a new direction, and followed through with consistent exercise and healthy eating. As Valarie shows us in this story, where there’s a WILL, there’s a WAY!! Keep up the good work Valarie and for all of you participating in the Summer Transformation Challenge, please give it ALL you’ve got! You will get out of it what you put into it. ~Bill

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A Make-A-Wish Child’s Heart of Gold

In today’s blog I’m sharing an inspiring video that I really want you to see. It’s one of my favorite success-story videos out of all of the ones I’ve produced over the years. That’s because it teaches us the most fundamental lesson of all: to appreciate LIFE.

This story has its roots at Christmas time, 1994. I was making a list of which gifts to buy family members. But I realized that we already had everything we needed. With the surprising success of a health-food called MET-Rx which my company introduced to the fitness market in 1991, I was able to give considerable gifts already to my mom and dad, siblings, and grandparents. What I realized is that buying any more ‘stuff’ for us all was just redundant.

Coincidentally, later that day, I was reading the Denver newspaper (back when things were actually printed with ink on paper) and what grabbed my attention was a small article about an 8-year old girl named Abby, who had just undergone a life-saving heart transplant at Children’s Hospital. To celebrate her second-chance at life, the Make-A-Wish Foundation was looking to make her dream of going to Hawaii and swimming with the dolphins come true — they just needed a sponsor. I instantly knew this would be the best Christmas present of all… for Abby and her family as well as ours.

On behalf of the Phillips family, I gave Make-A-Wish a donation that would pay for not just Abby but for her whole family to go to Hawaii and have some very well deserved, care free fun in the sun (and also to swim with the dolphins).

On Christmas Eve, I gave a picture of Abby to each of my family members and explained her situation and her wish. Then I explained that our family helped make her dream come true. It was very emotional and brought good feelings to us all — better feelings than we would have had from just exchanging material gifts.

In the 19 years since then, I’ve been able to make 570 more Make-A-Wish kid’s dreams come true. It is unquestionably the very best part of the good luck I had back in the 90’s with my health-food businesses, MET-Rx and EAS.

Abby and I kept in touch over the years and as you’ll see in this video, she became a gold-medal winning athlete in swimming and has honored her second chance at life by taking very good care of her body. Today, she is a graduate of Michigan State University, married, and starting a family of her own.

At the time I visited Abby and made this video she was 19 years old. Because of her commitment to eating right and exercise, her doctor reported that even though Abby’s heart is 45 years old, it’s as healthy and strong as if it were her own. The transplanted heart has literally been rejuvenated — it is no longer older than she is. This is a stunning example of how miraculously the body can heal when we take care of it properly.

Important Lesson! We each have the same potential to rejuvenate our own hearts, adding years to our lifespan, if we do what Abby does: eat healthy, stay active, be grateful, and enjoy life to the fullest!

I never knew back in 1994 that reading that small newspaper story about Abby would have such a profound and transformative impact on my life, but it certainly has. I’ve learned so much from Make-A-Wish kids and their families over the years about how to face adversity, even tragedy, with grace and faith. These heroic children and brave moms and dads have been important mentors and teachers in my own personal growth over the years. I am very lucky.

I hope you enjoy the video — listen carefully and you’ll hear the part about her heart being as healthy and young as she is. It’s incredible what can happen when we wake up and start taking care of our physical selves with exercise and good nutrition.

~Bill Phillips

The Beautiful Transformation of Maria

—-In today’s blog I’m sharing the story of my beautiful wife, Maria. Her transformation started with a decision — a downright-determined, fully-committed decision that she made at a turning point in her life. This is something Maria has in common with many other people who have successfully made a healthy change from before to after. It’s the same conscious decision you have to make to experience breakthrough success.

Before and After Maria is very beautiful. I have loved her all along and I will continue to adore her no matter what. The reason I am so happy about her transformation is that it has not only improved her health but it’s helped her discover her true self — beautiful, intelligent, inspiring and self-confident. I love being married to her and yes, I realize everyday, I’m a very lucky guy!

The letter below was written by Maria and shared with her community and friends. As you read about her personal experience and positive results I think you’ll learn some key insights that will help you make exciting changes too. I’ve included some before and after pictures of Maria as well as a couple of her and I from our dream wedding last year in Maui. Hope you’re having a great day and that you enjoy Maria’s message! ~Bill—-

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How I Finally Got it Together —- By Maria

I’m Maria and this is a look at what worked for me… finally, after years of trying! My before and now pictures above show how much I have changed on the outside. I am 64 pounds lighter than I was before (180 lbs to 116 lbs). What you can’t see is how much I have grown and learned and healed on the inside (and I still have more to do).

I remember that it didn’t matter what anyone else told me, it didn’t click until I made the decision to change and do it for my own personal reasons; it wasn’t because my friends or family told me too. My doctor had mentioned that it would be good for me to lose weight and so I would try diets but I never got anywhere. I was beginning to accept that being overweight was destiny for me. That way of thinking changed in a big way one day though.

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I was looking at a friends photo of a weekend party we were at. I pointed to an overweight woman in one of the photos who I didn’t recognize at all and I asked “Who is that?” My friend quickly replied, “Don’t be silly Maria, that’s YOU!” I said to my friend “Seriously though… who is that?!” My friend held the picture closer to my eyes “Maria, I’m not kidding… this is you!” I looked at the overweight woman I didn’t recognize again… and under all that weight… it was me after all.

I was speechless and it felt like my heart hit the floor. I burst out into tears. I was completely shocked. Then I became mad and sad both at the same time. I was mad for letting myself get this far off track. I was scared, too. I will never forget that day; looking back I can see it was maybe the most important awakening of my life. I had the will at that point and I found a way to do it.

What worked? It is simple. I started doing interval exercise 5 days a week for 25 minutes. I worked out with weights and did aerobics. But more important than the workouts for me was the nutrition. I had to go against my own thinking at first and that meant eating throughout the day and not skipping meals. I started planning what I was going to eat and when the night before and I started eating before I got hungry. These were all new habits for me and not easy the first month. With time though, this healthy way of eating became my new routine and today it still feels very good and isn’t complicated.

Bill and Maria

What makes the eating plan work for me is that I don’t have to cook meals 6 times a day. Bill and I eat a combination of protein and carbohydrate balanced whole food meals and Right Light Nutrition Shakes. For example, on a typical day I’ll have 3 shakes and 2 meals. Bill aims for 3 meals and 3 shakes. One of the things that really helped me make progress is when the days got really busy and didn’t go according to schedule, I wouldn’t skip meals or grab something unhealthy — I’d just have a nutrition shake or a Right Nutrition Bar which I kept with my in my purse. When Bill and I are travelling and are just too busy to get to a kitchen or café we’ll put our backup plan into action… it’s a really simple backup plan… more shakes. Sometimes Bill will have 5 shakes and then dinner; I’ll have 4 then a meal. Our favorite meal is salmon, yam and steamed broccoli or spinach.

We follow the Eating for Life plan most days but occasionally we will have a ‘Free Day’ where we eat whatever we want. For example, we go to our favorite pizza place and order a large pizza — I have 2 slices and Bill eats the other 10 (he says it goes straight to his muscles!).

I think what is most important is that you are truly ready to change your eating and exercise habits. I know I was, and I continue to live this way today. Nothing worked for me until I was downright determined to changing. Once you make that shift in your mind, the body will follow. This is how it worked for me and I believe this is how it can work for you too.

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Thank you for reading my story and allowing me to share my experiences. I hope it helps at least one person out there who is stuck in a body they don’t like and a life they don’t love. -Maria Phillips

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How Dying Transformed This Man’s Life! (Video)

—-In today’s blog, I’m sharing with you one of my all-time favorite success story videos. It’s a story of a man named Richard Brown and how a brush with death transformed most every aspect of his life. What I love about Richard is his tremendous and authentic gratitude for life. Here’s someone who truly enjoys the simple things in life: waking up and taking a deep breath of fresh air, seeing his children smile, encouraging and being there for a friend.

But there was a time this husband and father took it all for granted. Like many of us, he assumed he’d live forever. He put taking care of his body on the backburner in order to put in more hours at work. He didn’t even really notice his unhealthy habits were killing him until one day it hit him like a bolt of lightning. This 7-minute video is one I especially encourage all parents to watch carefully. There are powerful lessons in Richard Brown’s upclose-and-personal story that everyone can learn from. (By the way… IF YOU ARE uplifted by this heart-warming story, please help spread the inspiration by sharing this blog on your Facebook profle.)

NOTE: In tomorrows blog, I’ll lay out a full day of my personal nutrition plan — showing you what meals, nutrition and protein shakes, as well as which supplements are working best for me. And next week, watch out for an exclusive story and stunning news about a scientific breakthrough that can, within a few weeks, boost your muscle strength and energy by more than 25 percent, improve fluid intelligence (IQ) by up to 40 percent, and strengthen your heart. This incredible discovery has been scientifically proven to slow the aging process (research studies have shown a 22% increase in lifespan) with consistant use. No, it’s not one of those expensive and possibly dangerous ‘anti-aging’ drugs; in fact, it’s not synthetic and you don’t need a doctors prescription to get it (at least not yet).It’s safe, it’s natural, and it works! What I’m going to tell you about in my blog next week may very well be the most exciting news I’ve ever had to share with people, who, like me, are interested in maximising their quality and quantity of life. Okay, that’s all I have to say for now. Have a great day (be sure to get in your workout!) and enjoy the video! ~Bill—-

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Young Man Survives Cancer, Transforms Life!

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He is 135 lbs lighter and healthier and happier than ever before!! (His hard work paid off!)

—- Note from Bill, before we begin: This is a pretty long story… but an incredible one at that. It shows that everybody is capable of making stunning changes in their bodies and lives; and it tells us that our greatest adversity can become our biggest blessing in life. Please, if you can make time, read and enjoy all of this story and do so when you can sit back, relax and take it all in. It’s a story that will uplift your life–I know because it has truly inspired mine. Please, if you enjoy this true story, share it with others — heart-centered, good news is rare in today’s media, but it’s exactly what most of us need in order to live with optimism and a positive mindset! If you’re interested in reading more real-life success stories and inspirational messages each week, please sign up to follow my blog right here. It’s FREE! —-

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Perhaps the best Transformation I have ever witnessed

Over the past 20 years I have been fortunate to be a part of some incredible body and life transformations. I used to regularly feature heroic, real-life before to after success stories in the magazine I used to write and publish, Muscle Media. In 1998 I made a documentary film about how people can transform their lives through fitness, positive thinking, and setting challenging and exciting goals for themselves.

And of course, my book Body-for-LIFE was all about how ordinary people can experience extraordinary personal growth by renewing their health and building their lives on a solid foundation of fitness.

Ever since then, I have stayed active helping people make positive changes in their lives but mostly at one-on-one level. I love teaching and encouraging people in person and in a situation where I can help them grow over time… and that is what I now have the opportunity to do at my private Transformation Fitness Center here in my hometown, Golden, Colorado. It is here that I have the opportunity to put the key tenets I’ve learned over the years to work on a daily basis… all with the focused intention of helping real people make really, really incredible changes to their bodies and lives. I love my work and am so grateful I get to do this full time. I intend to be helping people transform, God willing, right up until my very last breath.

Why?

Such an easy question to answer as you might imagine.

I love this work so much because I get to play a small part in the miraculous life turnarounds of people like our NEW Honorary Transformation Champion, George Umbreit. As you can see in his before and after pictures here, not only did he completely change physically but he has literally become more alive! No longer is he carrying 135 lbs of extra (and unhealthy) bodyfat. And no longer is he carrying the weight of depression, self-doubt, and isolation.

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From the Brink of Death, a New Man is Born

George (who will be 23 years of age tomorrow–June 8) is a reborn man: confident yet humble; happy and healthy; inspired and inspiring! Where he once was isolated (some days only leaving his room for ten minutes), now he has dozens of friends and lives an active lifestyle in the beautiful outdoors here in Colorado.

I can truly say that George’s stunning transformation is right up there with the top two or three I have ever witnessed (and I have seen hundreds of thousands of great transformations through my career in health and fitness). In fact, I am not sure I have ever seen it done better than this. Especially when you consider how far George has climbed to stand where he stands now. You see, when George was younger, he was told he may not live to see another birthday. Leukemia is a frightening diagnosis for any parent and child–George found himself in a brutal struggle to survive. Months of devastating chemotherapy and a nearly year-long stay in Children’s Hospital took him to the edge of life and death. No child should ever have to endure that much pain and suffering in my opinion.

Thank God, the doctors efforts and George’s incredible will to live pulled him through. I remember his wish being granted by our Make-A-Wish chapter here in Denver–when he got out of the hospital, he went on a Disney adventure he remembers well to this day.

The Cancer was Gone, but the Emotional Pain Remained

Physically, George was cured; but over the years, the emotional trauma of the disease simmered under the surface until it came out in the form of paralyzing anxiety and depression. He used food to ease the pain and calm the fear, like so many of us do at one point or another in our lives. Years went by and George’s weight climbed to nearly 400 lbs. (he is 6’4″). He felt out of place amongst peers of his age, trapped in a body that he didn’t like, isolated, lonely, angry and he almost lost all hope.

A Breakthrough Idea

One of George’s counselors, Charles, had been working out at my Transformation Center last summer. After seeing George struggle and knowing that he was not responding very well to typical therapy and treatment options for depression and PTSD, Charles had a idea. That idea was the breakthrough that saved George’s young life again.

Charles and I had talked about the remarkable scientific research which shows exercise, healthy eating, and community support is powerful medicine that heals body, mind, heart and soul. Our program is especially effective in this regard; it is designed to not only transform the body, but to help uplift the whole person. That’s because our program is positive, encouraging, unconditionally accepting, fun, practical, and empowered by faith in the God-given abilities that every person has within them to change–to heal–to transform their bodies and lives. It is a program that is not based on theory, but scientific fact. For these reasons and an intuitive hunch on Charles’ part, George was introduced to our Transformation Center.

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Tremendous Community Support Made the Difference

I remember the first day George came in for a visit and his first workout. I could tell George had the inner strength to do this and do it right. After all, he had already survived a very serious and life-threatening disease–this, in comparison, was just another mountain to climb. That first day, I got a photo with him and posted it on Facebook page (find me at Bill Phillips Transformation on FB). I said to my friends and readers that George could do this but he was going to need a lot of support and encouragement. I asked for their help. The response was over whelming–thousands of people from all over the world reached out to help lift George up. Even iconic celebrity Jerry Seinfeld, who has been doing Body-for-LIFE workouts for a decade now, congratulated and encouraged George when he stopped by our Transformation Center recently!

Back in those beginning weeks, and still today, I am convinced that George’s success has had a lot to do with all those powerful prayers and positive intentions from people like YOU. I have been around long enough in life to see and believe in things like that. It makes a difference in ways our present day science can’t really understand.

Looking back now, I am SO happy that I followed my intuition and video-taped George’s first few days in the Center including his first workouts, weigh in, as well as the initial discussions we had about what it was going to take for him to make this incredible breakthrough in his life. George promised he would give it his all and not give up. And that is exactly what he did. The key for George has been his CONSISTENCY. His change didn’t happen over night, but then again he didn’t gain the weight over night either.

A Simple, Smart Plan, Followed to the T = BIG RESULTS

George attended our 3-day Transformation Camp last summer, and since he lives here in Colorado, he has been coming here to the Center, giving the best effort he can every week. He works out for 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week (following my 5-25 interval intensity method). He ate 3 healthy meals from my Eating for Life book along with 3 Right Light Nutrition Shakes (for extra protein and vitamins) each day. He planned his meals ahead of time and followed his plan day after day. He scheduled his workout times for the week ahead and all but one time, he was here exactly when he said he would be.

Now, ten and a half months after he began, George is 135 lbs lighter and so much happier and healthier that his before photo from last summer has become virtually unrecognizable to me today. He truly left that person in his before photo in the past. Each day, when I see George here at the Center, I see a healthy, authentic, smart, caring, outgoing, fun and strong young man. That is who he was all along I think.

Your God-given Power and Ability to Change

True transformation is said to be both an ending and a beginning–a death and rebirth. It means that old ways of thinking, old ways of seeing yourself, old habits, old limiting beliefs… all that must go… it must die to make room for the birth and growth of a new mind. A mind that has faith in God-given abilities and strengths that promise us all that WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE, and no event, no person (not even ourselves!), can ever take that away. I’ve discovered that it sometimes takes significant adversity to break open those powerful and transformative abilities. They are always there though… always.

In George’s case, I can clearly see that his humble confidence, his great inner strength, his grateful and joyful approach to life… it’s here now because of the pain and suffering of his past. Let me say that again: George’s transformation is so incredible because of the adversity he has faced, not in spite of it. Lesson: Your biggest obstacle at this time may turn out to be your greatest blessing a year from now. George is proof.

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It’s been an Honor and Privilege to Help George Transform

When I told George that he had been selected as our Inspirational Transformation Champion for this year, his eyes lit up at first and he was truly surprised! But just a few moments later, he became real serious.

“Can I talk to you for a minute Bill?” he asked. We went to my office, sat down, and he leaned forward.

“I appreciate this award very much. It’s really awesome and I don’t want to disappoint you.” he explained in a soft, sincere tone.

“I don’t want you to take this the wrong way, but is it alright if I don’t accept the prize money?”

Now I was the one who looked surprised because this has never happened before! I asked him why he didn’t want it.

“I didn’t do this for money–I did it because I wanted to have a new life–to feel good about myself and have friends just like everybody else. I have that now. It wouldn’t be honest or right of me to accept money for it.”

I smiled, nodded my head in agreement. His eyes then lit up again and he said, “I would like to keep the gold medal though if that’s okay. It’s really cool!” I smiled even more, then put the blue ribbon over his head (something I need a small ladder to accomplish; he is 6’4″ and I’m 5’8″) and the gold Champion’s Medal rested appropriately over his renewed, healthy heart.

What I See

Yes, in all my 20+ years of helping people transform their bodies and lives, this experience has inspired beyond compare. What an honor and blessing it has been to be a part of this incredible young man’s rebirth. I am so proud of George and even though he has accomplished so much this past year, I know full well that THIS is JUST THE BEGINNING for him.

Go George go–I, and thousands of your new friends reading this from around the world are with you in spirit and behind you all the way!