I am so excited to be bringing you this Transformation Thursday post and a new TR Hall of Famer – Yosef!
I have had the awesome privilege of emailing with Yosef over his journey. We’d talk about the programs, workouts, supplements, nutrition, and more. It is really what I love to do – help people and pass on the knowledge I have.
Yosef can tell you…. but he CRUSHED IT! Take a read and give him a big congrats!
My name is Yosef Golubchik. I am a 6’ 0” tall, 31 year old father of three and a couple years ago I lost 90 lbs in 10 months thanks to the help, advice, guidance, and support I received from Coach Wayne Wyatt and teamRIPPED!!!
My entire life, I was always chubby. Family that chose to spoil me, my ability to procure treats at every opportunity, and a vicious sweet tooth truly produced the perfect storm for “fat kid” syndrome. As I got into my teenage and college years, I actually made this “work” for me as it helped develop my identity as a big, funny guy who loved food. Junior year of high school I weighed in at 220 lbs. On my wedding day, at 21 years of age, I swelled up to 240 lbs. and last year, at 27 years of age I had ballooned to 265 lbs.!
I did some quick math and realized that at this rate, when I’m 50, I will have already been dead for 10 years. Also, my casket would likely need to be a blimp. I decided it was time for a change. Lucky for me, it was around this time that I discovered teamRIPPED!!!
Everything changed. For the first time in my life I felt like I was not just an obese person trying to lose weight while making sure to be “normal” and allowing myself the “psychologically needed” treat here and there. I was a warrior. I was a soldier fighting for my life but for the first time, I finally had the weapons and tools in the form of knowledge and awareness to not just win some battles, but to achieve victory in the entire war.
I realized that I was severely addicted to processed food. The nice people at Nabisco and Pepperidge Farm are not chefs or cooks but rather scientists charged with the task of lining their bosses’ pockets not with keeping me healthy. I felt violated and angry.
Cheats? Please! For 10 years I would lose 20-30 lbs. only to always gain it back because I “deserved a pat on the back” or “what’s one little (insert junk food item here)”. I imagined I was an actual soldier in a bunker. Are they going to weddings and business lunches? Can they raid the fridge at night? No. There are people in this world who have it a lot harder than the obese population of America. Our problem is that we have too much affordable, great tasting, and available food. Think about that. There’s no Biggest Loser Somalia.
I knew that changing my body would not be easy. I had to thoroughly wrap my mind around that concept. I created a tremendous amount of vulnerability by linking a weight loss journey with my entire identity as someone who either can or cannot accomplish goals. Failure was not an option. I remember thinking that I’ll give this science thing a shot. If I truly track everything that I eat, not just “eat healthy”, and commit to an exercise program, never skipping or missing a workout, let me see what I can do. My results really surprised me and everyone in my life.
I dived into Insanity with Shaun T and then got extreme with Tony Horton and P90X. Employing a holistic mindset regarding character I learned that the type of person that is okay with skipping one workout will skip many and the type of person that is comfortable with one little cheat treat will inevitably succumb to more and more. This was the mindset that I brought, day in, day out.
I am aware that this kind of approach and mentality may not work for many people. However, I wonder if perhaps there are millions out there for whom this path is exactly what they need. It’s easier for our own psyche to stay in the dark, in denial, and lie to ourselves. Just “trying” to eat healthy and walking everyday may work for weight maintenance but not serious change. Anything in life that is great doesn’t come easy, and if something comes easy, it isn’t truly great.
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