An Embarrassing Confession I Wish I Didn’t Have to Make

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This is an Embarrassing Story to Tell, But if it Helps Someone Else get Back on Track with their Health, it will be Worth it to me. So here goes

Okay… let’s see. There are two photos of me posted along with my words. The photo on the right is me today, age 49. On the Left is ME in pretty bad condition, 2 years ago. In the summer of 2011 I had brutal accident which required emergency surgery and which put me in the hospital, then a wheelchair, then in a hospital bed at home for months. Just like everybody else, with inactivity and too much comfort food (ice cream is an incredible pain killer), I lost so much of my muscle and I gained fat… and I aged fast. I was so embarrassed and just literally in tears (inactivity and depression go hand in hand). But I knew what to do to pull out of the tailspin. Two years ago this month (in the Autumn of 2011 at age 47), I decided to completely change and rebuild my body and life.

I developed an new, inspiring vision for my future and transformed it into steps and stages… monthly, weekly, and daily goals were set and met. I created a new, positive environment and got support from true friends. Of course I had to completely change my eating and work hard in the weight room to rebuild my strength. I put my heart and soul into it and applied the key knowledge I have learned over the years… I put it to work very enthusiastically in my own life. I will tell the complete story and give my exact workout and nutrition and supplement program in an upcoming blog on my site BillPhillipsNews.com — watch for the whole story a week from today.

For now I can tell you this: I am more grateful for a healthy and strong body now than I EVER was before! I am grateful to be pain free and alive. My life has changed even more than my body since the devastating accident I had back in 2011. I wouldn’t go back and change any of it if I could because it has all been an edifying, humbling (although very embarrassing) and transformative experience. I have a new life today… a beautiful and smart and incredible wife now and a new fitness business which allows me to put my passion for fitness to work everyday!

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I tell my students and clients today what I learned painfully and personally… we all respond the same way to inactivity and over eating… I am just like you. And you are just like me in that when you start working out and eating right and you follow a smart plan, your body will reward you with incredible changes and renewed health!

I’ve been there… I know what it is like to be stuck in a body that is in pain and not doing what you want it to. It nearly broke my spirit and I nearly threw in the towel and blamed it all on aging and being over the hill. But I snapped out of it one day and said ‘F+#@ This! I am not settling for this! I AM GOING TO GET MY BODY AND LIFE BACK ON TRACK!’ And that is what I did and what I am doing… I will continue to get leaner and stronger and healthier each month… I will never have a final ‘After photo’… I will have a lot of Progress Photos which show the steady results of hard and humble work aimed at helping me improve my body and mind more each day. And finally, let me tell you this…

Don’t be surprised if what feels like your greatest adversity today becomes your biggest blessing two years from now… that is what happened for me and I thank God each day for helping me wake up to LIFE again!!

(If you want my help rebuilding your own body for life, come work with me personally at my fitness center in Colorado… we have an incredible 3-day Transformation Camp each month where I share what I know and help you get motivated to transform like I have done myself. Camp is the best investment you will ever make in your health. If you might want my help, email me at Bill@Transformation.com and we’ll send you details.)

Momentum is the Energy You Need!

Success Tip from Bill Phillips

Keep the momentum going and the energy flowing!

Let’s talk a little basic physics — getting an object at rest to begin moving requires far more energy than it does to keep it moving. Think of a rocket: 90% of the energy is spent on the initial thrust — on getting the blasted thing into the air. The remaining 10% is all that’s needed to keep it going. In a way, the same applies to transforming our bodies — it’s the act of getting started that is, by far, the most challenging stage of the process.

If you are moving ahead right now and have that advantage of MOMENTUM, please keep it going! You are in a position to make an extraordinary transformation. But, if you were to stop now, you would lose all that momentum and you would have to start all over again. I don’t want you to have to go through that, and I know you don’t either. So please, hang in there! Keep the momentum going and the energy flowing!

You can’t be both a Before and After Picture at the Same Time

SUCCESS TIP FROM BILL PHILLIPS

To transform your body and life, you have to want to change more than you want to stay the same.

One of the interesting contradictions of life is that we want to change, and yet at some level, we want to stay the same. But you can’t do both. Clearly, you can’t be a before photo and an after photo at the same time. Every single success story I have seen is created by the person wanting to change more than they wanted to stay the same. Sometimes people were absolutely at the end of their ropes — their health failing, their relationships suffering, their lives falling apart. Other times, people wanted to change because they knew that their lives could be even better.

Inspiration or desperation — whatever your reasons are for wanting to change, please don’t lose sight of them! If at some point during the 12 weeks you think of quitting, carefully read the reasons why you began… that can keep you going strong!

Deadline to Enter the $25,000 Challenge is TODAY!!

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Deadline to Enter is TODAY!! Oct. 28, 2013

Q: Bill, can I still enter your new Back-on-Track Challenge?

A: Yes! The rule is that you can enter my Back-on-Track Challenge between September 30 and October 28. That means you can enter NOW! The absolute deadline to begin is TODAY, Oct. 28, 2013!!! Click Here to sign up and you’ll receive the Rules and Regulations right away by email.

Q: I’m just starting the Challenge and I’m really excited to connect with other participants for support, accountability, and encouragement. Can we have a Facebook group set up just for us?

A: Absolutely! We have set up a Facebook group just for people in the Back-on-Track Challenge. Click Here to request to be added to the group. Once we verify you are signed up for the Challenge you will be added to the group. It is a great place to give and receive support, encouragement, and daily accountability.

Q: What resources and supplements do you recommend for the Challenge?

A: If you’ve done Body-for-LIFE before and had great success with it, get out your book and do it again. My Eating for Life book is also a very helpful resource I highly recommend. You can also learn more by reading and following my FREE blog: http://www.BillPhillipsNews.com

Click Here to read my blog about the breakthrough new supplement, STRONGEVITY Rx. I also now recommend Right Light protein shakes over Myoplex. You don’t have to use any supplements to participate in this challenge though — it’s FREE to enter!

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$25,000 in Cash and Prizes — The New Back on Track Challenge

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Bill Phillips, Author of Body-for-LIFE, Challenges YOU
to Get Your Health Back on Track!

$25,000 in CASH and Exciting Prizes!

Imagine… 12 weeks from now… your body is leaner, stronger, healthier than it’s been in years (or maybe ever).

Imagine… you have the energy to keep going strong from dawn to dusk and you’ve got the forward momentum and confidence to get every aspect of your life moving forward in a positive direction.

Imagine inspiring your family and friends, through your example, to make healthy changes in their lives too, not to mention the compliments they’ll be giving you on your new and improved body and smile!

Imagine you finally stopped procrastinating and waiting for “some day” to get back in shape. Imagine that you’ve finally re-taken control of your body and life and are steering it in the direction you know you need to go!

Wouldn’t all that be nice? Wouldn’t it be GREAT if what you’re imagining could become real…  all in as little as 12 weeks?

Good news… it can!

How?

For over 2 decades now, I’ve been helping people answer that question — I’ve been helping people get motivated to take action, and experience phenomenal success in their own before to after transformation. Their success leaves clues. There are some common denominators that have become remarkably clear to me over the years. What I have discovered is that most people know enough about exercise and healthy eating already (especially those who’ve read my Body-for-LIFE book in the past). But KNOWING IS NOT ENOUGH. The secret is that you have to cross the abyss between knowing and doing — you have to put your knowledge into action to get breakthrough results!

And that’s where a motivating challenge can make all the difference in the world. I’ve seen it happen time and time again… people get great results when they accept an exciting challenge with a timeline and deadline built in (exactly 12 weeks between start and finish), with incentives and rewards, and with the support, encouragement, and accountability of others who are also accepting the challenge to change. And so that is why I’ve set up this new Back on Track event.

I’m challenging YOU to stop procrastinating and start rebuilding your body and renewing your life! I’m challenging you to get your health and fitness Back on Track!

Look, if you’re at the point where you look in the mirror and honestly don’t like the body you see; if you’ve been in great shape before and would love to look and feel like that again; if deep down inside you’re anxious and concerned about the direction your health is going; if you’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired… AND, if you’re ready to confront the situation head on (instead of denying it or pretending it doesn’t exist) than this challenge is for you! Because really, isn’t it time to stop messing around and start getting serious  about your health and fitness? If not now, when are you going to do it?

I’m putting up $25,000 in Cash and Prizes as a reward for those who give it their all!

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Are You Getting off Track? Three Warning Signs…

Transformation is a continual path of rich and rewarding personal growth that leads to greater physical health and mental clarity. Or at least it has the potential to be. The key is to keep on doing what’s working and to steer clear of common obstacles and roadblocks in the process.

Knowing which pitfalls to be on the lookout for can save you a whole lot of time and trouble; it can also help you prevent a slip, a slide or a complete relapse back into your “before” condition. With that in mind, let me tell you about three of the most common signs that there’s transformation trouble ahead.

Warning Sign #1: You’ve Found a New Comfort Zone

The motivation to transform is high when you’re hanging on by a thread. For example, a drowning man makes all kinds of promises to God that he will right his ways and change his life. But once his feet are firmly back on the ground, his motivation to do the work necessary to change instantly becomes very low. He is comfortable again.

All too often this happens in the transformation process. When someone has a personal health scare or reaches a moral rock bottom, their willingness to commit themselves to the transformation process is high. Their compliance is strong. They’re excellent students and they get great results. Their results can be so good, in fact, that their motivation to keep on growing all but dissolves. And they find a new comfort zone, which leads to transformation trouble.

It’s imperative we understand that every comfort zone becomes a “comfort trap” eventually. Any place that we can hide out and indulge in excessive amounts of so-called pleasure will become dangerous as it fosters apathy addiction, as well as removes us from the natural flow of evolutionary pressure. The key is becoming more comfortable with continual change and less comfortable with staying the same. And that is so important in our transformation process. But, unfortunately, it’s something that we can easily overlook.

To keep moving forward, what I teach is to continually accept new challenges and invite positive pressure into your life. This works most every time. Challenges like transforming your life’s greatest adversity from tragedy to triumph, to overcome an addiction, or even train for and complete a marathon can really keep us on our toes mentally and emotionally. Embracing challenges keeps us in the dynamic flow of life, and it also keeps us from getting stuck or resisting the Divine Will. It also helps us to become more comfortable and excited about life while we’re in the process of change.

What challenge have you embraced in your life that is giving you positive pressure to move forward today? If something specific doesn’t come to mind right away, you may very well be headed for transformation trouble. You can course correct now by accepting a challenge which invokes the power of positive pressure and keeps you from settling into a new comfort zone.

Warning Sign #2: You Have No Specific, Inspiring Goals

When we set specific and inspiring goals with a timeline and deadline, we discover that this immediately focuses our energy and improves our clarity. And, in turn, this increases our motivation and propels us into action, doing the work that needs to be done to arrive at our predetermined destination.

The ability to set meaningful, energizing goals is something that we should all learn by the sixth grade. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people never become proficient at this essential skill for making your life work; and as a result, far too many folks never get the opportunity to discover even a fraction of their true potential. Like boats without a rudder, people with no specific and inspiring goals drift through life.

Meaningful and inspiring goals give our lives direction. And since we can follow so many different routes in life today, selecting a goal is literally among the most important decisions that we’ll ever make.

With transformation, we aspire to set goals which make our own lives healthier and happier, and which also make a difference in the lives of others. When we do this, we’re constantly growing, learning and bettering ourselves, and we’re also improving the world around us by being the change.

It’s really remarkable the way this works, time and time again. When we decide what we truly want out of all the possible things we could choose, and we focus on that objective each day, it is as if we invoke a creative force beyond our abilities. We don’t know exactly how it works, but most every person who absolutely commits themselves to achieving meaningful goals can give personal testimony to the power of its effects.

Probably the only thing that I find more stunning than the power of setting meaningful and inspiring goals is how often people overlook this vitally important practice. Thousands of people who’ve completed the 18-week Transformation, and over a million people who have done the Body-for-LIFE Challenge over the past decade, have all had a direct, firsthand experience with how effective this relatively simple practice is; yet, as soon as they achieve their initial goals, many people don’t set new ones. And right there, their progress begins to end.

So what are your meaningful and inspiring transformation goals right now? They should be specific, measurable, with a firm timeline and deadline. And they should give you a feeling of excitement and enthusiasm when you envision yourself achieving them. If you can’t bring your specific goals to mind right away, that’s a sign your transformation is headed for trouble, or perhaps you’re already in it. You can course correct now by becoming clear about your goals and committing to them.

Warning Sign #3: You’ve Strayed from the Group

Among my favorite television programs are those gorgeous HD shows on Discovery which are basically chronicles of natural life. They’re always filled with inspiring beauty and occasionally a life lesson or two. For example, watching the migrating herds of gazelle crossing the Serengeti, there’s always one that strays from the group and ends up in trouble.

For us, being connected to community and not straying away is also a good idea. Especially a community like ours where pretty much everyone holds the intention of making healthy changes in their lives which make a difference in the lives of others. The strength of a group of people who hold a similar intention cannot be underestimated. There’s the advantage of being able to give and receive support and encouragement. There’s the added benefit of accountability and camaraderie. And there’s the power of the unconditional group support. The advantages of this type of fellowship have been well known for hundreds, even thousands of years; and now, even modern science is verifying the positive effects.

Remember the importance of “right environments” and realize that people are a very big part of that. We become what we surround ourselves with, to a very significant extent; and without healthy, open, honest and transforming people in our lives, it’s hard to achieve our goals. Yet the opposite is also true – we do well at making challenging changes in our lives when we’re connected to others who are making challenging changes in theirs.

Whether your goals include losing weight, overcoming addiction, working through a bout of depression, or reaching a new personal best, connecting with a supportive, positive, unconditional community where others are seeking the same or similar victories is essential. More and more we’re realizing that significant and meaningful transformation in our lives is something that is hard to achieve on our own. We need help from others to succeed, and we also need the opportunity to help others succeed. Yet sometimes we behave as if that weren’t so. And we stray from the community and try to go it alone. There again is a sign of transformation trouble.

Conclusion

Make no mistake, in our heart of hearts we all want to experience continual growth and betterment of ourselves and our lives. Transformation is an ongoing process that can allow us to move forward in that direction. It’s a lifelong journey that can help us continually experience better physical and mental fitness. However, it only works if we work it. As soon as we take our eye off the ball and move our attention and focus elsewhere (deliberately or accidentally), our growth comes to a standstill, or more accurately put, it begins to regress.

And so with this reminder to be on the lookout for transformation trouble before it goes unnoticed for too long, we’ve got the opportunity to bring our awareness back to the right place. You don’t have to wait until you fall back to your before condition to realize that you’ve gone off course; you can begin to recognize that right here and now. Course correction and being on the lookout for trouble ahead is very much a part of becoming a successful, long-term transformer. As you develop mastery in this skillset, you’ll find your results are more consistent, sustainable, inspiring and enjoyable. =)