Matt didn’t always follow the Coach Wayne way of doing things. He didn’t stick 100% to the nutrition. He had his cheat meals of burgers, beer, and pizza. Do I approve of that? No! But the beauty of a fitness journey is that it’s not MY journey …. it’s YOURS. Do what works for you.
But the bottom line is that despite those inconsistencies, he kept pushing play. He kept bringing it. He ate clean most of the time. He worked on his diet. And he’s a WHOLE lot better off now than when he started.
Did he get as amazing of results as me? No (LOL!!) But that’s what he gets for saying he’s “sick of coaches who say you have to eat clean 100% of the time” LOL! Just imagine if you had followed my advice ;-).
We don’t all have to approach our fitness the same way. That’s fine. But we all need to do something. Matt did that. And I’m proud of him! Way to go bud!
Matt’s Story =
I felt like I was always “in shape” growing up. I love sports and all sorts of physical activities. After college, I noticed my weight starting creeping up on a yearly basis. I decided to get a physical when I turned 30 and was shocked to find I weighed in at 175 lbs and had a cholesterol number of 227! This might not seem terrible for a guy with who’s 5′ 9″ but it definitely wasn’t something I expected. I still thought I was in “good shape” and close to my college weight of 160.
My biggest vice is food. I love food. Always have, always will. My wife is a great cook and I’m a fast food junkie! Did I mention I also like to drink beer and scotch? Yeah, there’s that too. I had to find a balance for my busy work life, food addiction and home life of raising two boys.
A friend of mine introduced P90x to me. I thought working out from home would be cool so I gave it a go. At first, I didn’t change my diet at all! I stuck it out for about a month. Saw my numbers (reps, lifting weight) increase slightly, but found myself just eating more and not “seeing” results. I gave up on it after a month and got back into my usual routine.
Finally the light bulb went off in my head. I needed to commit to SOMETHING. I was working 12 hour days, grouchy, and taking it out of my family, friends, and employees.
I tried P90x again. This time watching only my calorie intake while doing it. Amazing how nutrition can help. I lost a couple pounds in the first week and I was hooked. I continued to monitor my calories using myfitnesspal.com and the results started to roll in. I couldn’t believe it! I went from hating pull-ups to being excited about the challenge of the next workout! About 45 days through, a co-worker told me about Insanity and let me borrow his copy. WOW! This is real cardio! Coming from a guy who has always been good at long distance running this kicked my butt! I started supplementing Insanity 2 days a week in addition to P90x.
After 90 days I lost 15 pounds and put on a lot of muscle. I watched my calories but still ate burgers, pizza, and other “cheat” meals once in a while. It’s all about moderation and stopping when your stomach is full. If we ordered pizza I would only eat 2 slices. If we were drinking with friends I would only drink a couple beers. Again, it’s all about moderation - but you don’t have to give up everything to get ripped!
I went back to the doctor and found my cholestorel went down to 188! I was thrilled.
Thanks Rich! Gotta have a good life balance! Eddie: probably only 2-3 drinks a week on average - but I did have those 6 or so drink nights once in a while! Burgers are fine. Just cook em with 96/4 and a wheat bun with no cheese!
Great job Matt!! I'm like you... I don't want to totally cut everything out of my diet, so I try to watch my caloric intake and, like you, I'll eat 2 slices of pizza instead of 4 or 5 now :). You got great results doing it your way. My results aren't as nice as yours (I don't need to be ripped at 42 yrs old), but it's nice to see someone who got great results and didn't have to eat 100% clean the whole time. Keep bringing it man!
@ Drew, I'm happy someone brought up IF on here. I've been doing it for a year now and have had great results. I would reccommend anyone that's interested to read "eat stop eat". I think it's by John barban. And your actually not starving yourself. You fast for 24 hours but you still eating everyday. I'd you ate at 7:00 on Monday you don't eat again until 7:00 tuesday. It's reccommended for only twice a week. I still eat healthy but I eat what I want on fasting days to kill the urge. To be honest, working out to stay healthy is all good but at the end of the day we are really working out to look good with our shirts off.. Lol. So if I can do IF and can still indulge once in a while without sacrificing my 6 pack it works for me.
Good job Matt. And Coach, you always impress me your open minded responses and approach. Let's keep bringing it.
Hey coach wayne, quick q. So its nathan again (the 11 year old that works out) and i finished day 11 of insanity the asylum (game day). In case you didn't know, Game day is supposed to be the mother of all workouts (sorry to quote from p90x) and i pushed really hard during this workout and i definitely think I'm gonna be sore tomorrow but about 30-45 minutes after it, i always get mad at myself because i thought i could have done better during the workout but during the workout i did the best i could. How do i get rid of this feeling?
Hey Nathan, only you know if you gave it your all. If you didn't, then demand more of yourself next time. If you did, you are good to go man! Don't second guess yourself later. Just keep bringing it!
@Matt, Initially it was will-power, but now I get wicked hangovers if I have even a second beer/glass of wine so mostly I dont bother.
I totally can appreciate that Wayne.And I don't disagree at all. I totally respect your response in every way. obviously you can put bad fuel in a ferrari and have it look like a Ferrari.. but is it going to run like one is the real question. Don't worry i haven't sacrificed health for results haha. I personally don't fast.. I'm a type 1 diabetic so if it's past my feeding period and I have lower blood sugar I'm not going to say "oh well can't eat". I've found iifym to be a great way of approaching nutrition for me just because it allows me to be the safest from a diabetic standpoint as well as work towards fitness goals with what I have (living in university residence with cafe food). I like to think that I'm doing okay for being a diabetic and working with what I've got.
Danny, I hear yah. MMMMMM beer. :) The difference is you said "one" beer. Most people can't stop at 1 or 2. That's why you have succeeded.
This is what I do myself and tell others to do too. Its a change of lifestyle so I think its better to live realistically, I live like I will be in x years from now. I may not "cheat" to the extent of others but I will have an occasional blip ie today I had a burger at a BBQ and right now Im having "a" beer, but thats all it is and its not likely to happen again for a month if not longer. Ive dropped nearly 3 stone in 6 months, most of it from dialing in my nutrition which might not be as good as it could have been but Im happy with it.
Chris, No problem! Not all of us can be like Big Wayne and not have a beer now and then! Just gotta bring it everyday!
Dave, Thanks man! I did a Hybrid by incorporating Insanity to my P90x schedule after about 45 days. Kempo got a little easy and Plyo needed to be mixed up. Check out teamfunctionalfitness.com for the entire hybrid schedule!
^ sorry I went dyslexic there. I am saying that there are people that have followed different nutritional approaches and defied what is right and wrong in terms of what we believe when it comes to nutrition
Amazing results.. Wayne just an fyi.. but if you're interested look up iifym or intermittant fasting and what it's about. There's been plenty of bodybuilders and fitness professionals (layne norton who is a natural bodybuilder and has a phd in nutritional sciences fitness model kanye sumbat and the poster child for both IF martin Martin Berkhan and joseph rakich. I'm all for clean healthy eating, but there can be a massive difference between eating for health and eating for a better physique. Again I don't want to start anything on TR because I respect what you guys do. I'm just suggesting there are multiple ways to skin a cat when it comes to nutrition and fitness :)
No doubt Drew there are as many approaches to nutrition as there are people = The P90X balanced approach Veganism Paleo Ketogenic / no carb Fasting Raw etc. etc. There are bodybuilders who swear by all the above approaches. I am simply interested in sharing what I've found to be the most effective at getting healthy and keeping my body healthy for the long term. I have some issues with diets that are purely to aid in physique while clearly not an overall healthy approach (and I'd lump ketogenic/no carb and your fasting approach in that category, whether or not you agree with me). I don't doubt that a person can lose body fat by eliminating all carbs and only eating protein and fats. But I don't think it's a reasonable long term way to properly fuel your body. And I don't doubt that fasting can also have some short term benefits. But I don't think it's the way our bodies were made to function. Feel free to disagree. Like I said, there are as many different ways to diet as there are people. Do what you feel is the best combination of results and health (don't sacrifice health for physical results).
Matt, great results! Your story is exactly what I needed to hear. I've struggled to stay focused with my diet. Every time I "cheated" I would just say, "oh well, there goes everything". I used it as an excuse to quit and would have to start all over again. Seeing your results and knowing you would cheat every now and then gives me a new perspective. I'm going to build a new diet with a cheat meal or two each week and make sure I don't over do it. Thanks for the eye opener!!