If there’s one thing that united the two of us, it was probably our love of food, though Danilo blames our fatal attraction on his “Adonis DNA.” If we honestly resembled the likes of anyone at all, I’d say the Cookie Monster or one of those Hungry, Hungry Hippos would be more accurate because we were hardcore foodies always on the hunt for new and exciting food experiences. I was even given the nickname “Bottomless Pit” since I ate too much for my own good. True story. While it seemed all good at the time, the problem was that most of these foods were: (a) processed, (b) genetically modified, (c) loaded with salt, sugar, and other obscure hieroglyphic ingredients that no ordinary human being can pronounce or (d) all of the above.
The Wake-Up Call
We thought our poor eating habits were justified, considering we both looked fit and excelled in recreational and competitive sports. But sure enough, regular physical activities were replaced completely by compulsive overeating, casual drinking, not to mention marathons of sitting on the couch playing PlayStation 3 and watching the Food Network. We just didn’t care until our laziness began taking a toll on our physical shape and overall vitality. Eventually, I started suffering from chronic back pain and Danilo fell out of playing soccer – a sport he loves possibly more than me.
We decided to meet with a BBD Fitness Coach who explained that optimal physique and wellness is developed by 80% NUTRITION and 20% EXERCISE & GENETICS. Way to boost Danilo’s ego. With that in mind, he probably thought “Uh, genetics? Adonis DNA. Check!” Anyways, as crazy as it sounds, we started by eating more often (5-6 times/day), sticking only to complex carbs, lean proteins, healthy fats, and lots of water. With nutrition down packed, we began training with Mike, who tailored dynamic, high intensity circuits that consistently challenged our physical and mental limits. At first I couldn’t tell if I was dripping in sweat or tears. Nevertheless, we can’t thank Mike enough for putting up with my incessant complaining and whipping us into shape. Even though I detested and craved working out, it’s now an indispensable part of my life just like my love-hate relationship with Danilo.
Admittedly, staying disciplined didn’t come very easy. In fact, every day was a battle between choosing what we wanted now and what we wanted most: a 6-pack of beer or a 6-pack of abs? We had our fair share of relapses, but thanks to the expertise and genuine support from Mike and everyone at BBD, we’re now in the best shape of our lives and *drum roll* Danilo got himself back into playing competitive soccer in the Ontario Soccer League! Best of all, we were able to work at it together – mind you, feeling sexy doesn’t hurt either.
There are no limits to our progress. We could always use more definition, increased strength…a tighter butt. Beast mode never sleeps! While we’re proud of the bodies we’ve earned, at the end of the day we understand this is a continuous investment in the preservation of our health that produces a ton of collateral benefits and enables all of life’s enjoyments. Seriously. Everything gets better. Many people spend so much time watching their health – we’re too busy enjoying it.
Words of Wisdom
This isn’t a rigid lifestyle of deprivation. We still happily indulge in the occasional beer, pizza, and wings. Failure is inevitable and is as much a part of the journey as our successes, but quitting is an option – you can choose to quit or stick it out. For me, it helped to keep a fitness motivation board on Pinterest to remind myself why I started and why I keep going. The thoughts and images that fill your mind followed through with consistent action are the driving forces of what will translate into your reality. So you can sit back and rob your body of the beauty and strength of which it’s capable, or you can build the best version of you with the BBD family.
To all the amazing Personal Trainers who’ve had the chance to train Danilo and I – you’re welcome. Just kidding, it was our privilege.