It has been 30 days since my return from Afghanistan and
life is different…….
After this deployment I have changed in so many ways…mentally,
physical and emotionally. I am stronger, more hale, and energetic. My body and
mind are finally in sync. There are things
that happen during war that changes a person forever; it’s an experience that
only a few can ever relate to. I have learned the true meaning of the phrase “life
is too short.” In the blink of an eye everything can change, so every day
should be lived like it is your last.
I want to compete wither it’s at an amateur level or professional
level. I am an active duty soldier but this is my dream, what I want, and
NOTHING is going to stop me. Life is too
short, so dream big and go after everything you want. GO HARD!!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen.....as most of you know I posted a blog around new years titled "2012 Here I Come." Well I have been meaning to update you guys on my progress. The bet was between me and a friend, I have two little nieces HARMONY(6yrs) and HEAVEN(4yrs) my sister Tiffany(24yrs) has been going through a tuff time. I wanted to start a trust fund for my nieces. So for every mile I ran my friend and father would match it $1 dollar for 1mile. I started 1 Jan 2012 and it was suppose to end 1 April 2012 but due to my friends getting hurt we paused for a few weeks. I still ran but they didn't count towards my total because he couldn't run. Anyway I have decided to continue until my b day 18 Aug. My dad said he will still match it but my friend unfortunately dropped out. Well the numbers are in thus fare and since 1 Jan 2012 till present I have a grand total of..........292.71miles. I want to reach $500 before 18 Aug. I love my nieces so much and I wish I could give them the world but for now I want to make sure they have a bright future. My sister dosent know Im doing this so I hope to surprise her although I will be in Afghanistan when 18 Aug comes. Rule number 6 "always give back," every day we take and take sometimes we need to give back. HARMONY and HEAVEN this is my gift to you. Gota keep pushing no matter what. I will continue to update you guys as my end date is near. GO HARD!!!
I learned that being healthy starts with what you put in your body. In order for your body to perform at its best you have to fuel it with the proper foods. This was hard for me in week 10, 11, and 12 due to some dental things I had to get done But this was a typical day for me.....
4:45a.m - whey French vanilla protein shake 1 scoop & 1 red apple (I love fruit in the morning)
8:00a.m- 2 eggs with red and green peppers & I drink my first (38oz of water)
11:00a.m- tuna with 1/2cup whole grain rice and 1/2cup steamed broccoli (16oz of water)
2:00p.m - I eat light because I head to the gym around 5:00 ½ cup oatmeal with 1tsp of honey oats (16oz of water)
4:30p.m - Pre work out shake and 1 banana
5:00pm-7:15 at gym (38oz of water)
7:30pm- protein shake and 1 can of V8
8:00p.m - baked lemon chicken breast & 1 sweet potato (16oz of water)
9:30pm- starting to wine down but I sometimes get hungry. I always have protein snacks laying around weather I made it from a recipe out of Her Fitness Mag or it’s from GNC. I also snack on my fav walnuts, cashews, or almonds.
11:00p.m- time for bed 1 scoop of whey casinen (16oz of water)
I also used alot of supplement for added performance and nutrition. I received a prize package from MP so at the time it was my main supplement brand. But here is a list of all the supplements that helped during this challenge.
Pre work out- MP Assault
Vitamins- MP Armor V multi-nutrient complex (week 10 switched to ON daily womens vitamin)
Fish Oil- ON complex fish oil
Recovery- MP Ammino Acids
Protien- ON Whey French Vinnila & Vinnila Caseine befor bed
Fat Burner- Oxy Elite Pro
It took me a little bit of trial and error to find a work out plan that worked for me but I mainly used "Alpha Omega Power Systems Periodized Bodybuilding Program" it is 5 days per week system. I used the other two days 1 as a rest day and the other as a yoga or stretch day. It consist of the following....
WORK OUT PLAN
Mon CHEST & TRICEPS- bench press, decline bench, incline dumb bell, fly press, tricep exensions, an pushdowns.
Tue LEGS- leg extensions, squats, front squats, calves seated raises, and hip sled.
Wed ABS & OBLIQUES- leg raises, twist ups, rope crunches, hanging leg raises, and med ball throws.
Thur- REST DAY
Fri SHOULDERS BACK & TRAPS - seated rows, pull overs, military press with dumbless, shurgs, and lat front raises.
Sat DISTANCE RUN DAY & BICEPS- I ran indoor and outdoors for 7-10miles. Then in the evenings biceps, bar curls, and dumbell curles.
Sun YOGA DAY or STREACH- I often used this day to relax and treat myself weaither it as a ped and manicure or a day in the sauna.
I also tried to mix things up and use cables one week and dumbells the next. Weeks 1-3 were for reps, weeks 4-6 were for weight, weeks 7-9 were for max reps low weight ( I tried to focuse on sculpting), and weeks 10-12 were back to heavy.
This has been a fun amazing journey, I am stronger mentally and physically then ever before. I want to thank my bb.com family for helping to support me during these difficult 12 weeks. With out the motivational threads and post from everyone I know I could not have made it. I am very greatful to have such an opportunity to be apart of this Transformation Challenge. To the bb.com team thank you for the opportunity, and to Dazziling Danniel thx for putting up with us from week to week. God bless and as always.......GO HARD!
I can't beleive it has been 12 weeks already. This has been an amazing journey. I have met so many beautiful, motivational & insperational people and I have grown as a person. Looking back at where I was and where I am now the only thing I can do is smile. My journey started more than 12 weeks ago, this is my second online competetion. I started off at 205lbs with 34% bf miserable and unhappy, I now weigh 164lbs at 10%bf. My goal was to be 145lbs, but after dropping to 151lbs I started to pack on mean muscle so I did not reach my goal. But I couldn't be happier with where I am, and after careful consideration I don,t know if I would look healthy at 145lbs lol. I have learned the true meaning of living healthy. Over the past 12 weeks I have had my fair share of mistakes, break downs, and mishaps. But through the amazing support channel that I have been blessed to have I found the strength to keep getting up. Whether it was support from my chain of command or my bb.com family everyone was there to help pick me up.
Everyday I wake up I consider myself blessed, when I look in the mirror I am a winner! I want to inspire people and show them if I can do it, they can do it!Doctors told me long ago that after having knee surgery I would never run again, they said after breaking my arm in three places I would never lift another weight or do another pushup. They told me I couldn't serve my country beacuse I was "too physically broke." Well today I have the fastest female 2 mile run time in my company and every sun/sat is a distance day were I run 7-10miles. Although still unable to bench press my old max weight of 291lbs I can lift as many weights as I want and do as many push ups that my little heart desires.
My biggest thanks goes out to all the contestants in the bb group. Everyday it was motivational quotes, stories and insperational threads. I looked forward to logging on and seeing what everyone was up to. I wish I could name off everyone that has help support me but I would be here until Christmas. So to each and everyone of you "Thank you." I hope to continue my transformation through the summer and one day stand on stage and compete. Thank you again to ON, bb.com, and everyone who had a helping hand. God bless and as always......GO HARD!
I just had to share my excitement! This week has been a very crazy week. I have been fighting for my reenlistment in the Army. As everyone knows the Military is down sizing and there are allot of solders that will be civilians soon. For the past week it seemed like I would be one of those civilians. My BDE SGM told me I had no self improvement over the course of my 3.5 years in the army. He told me I had a low GT score and they were not going to retain me. It was a very big blow to my heart, I felt like a pice of S*it, and didn't know if I was getting out or staying in. I spoke with my chain of command and they assured me that they would all fight for me to stay in. Well yesterday they finally won the battle....at 0930 on 21 March I raised my right hand and swore to defend this great nation for another term.
As if that was not enough stress on my shoulders, I was told I had to take a P.T. test today! I have been so busy in the gym going hard because this is my last week of the $100K Transformation that I did not have a rest day to prepare for this P.T. test. I was so nervous, I kept trying to sike my mind out but my nervous got the best of me. Anyway My last P.T. test was in Nov 2011 and I did awesome. I had the fastest 2mile run time ever at 17min 14sec, and I was 5% under for tape. But this is why I consider myself blessed.....
I fought and fought and finally I rein listed, with out the determination and grace of God I would not be able to still consider myself a solider. I took my P.T. test and gave everything I had. My run time was 15min 58sec new record, and for the first time in my military carrier I made weight at 164lbs...2lbs under what the military considers my max weight and I did not have to be taped. The only thing I could do was cry! I am blessed to be here, and able to share my stories and thought with you. Some of you know what I have been through, after my knee surgery doctors told me I would never run again. After breaking my arm they told me I would never lift or do push ups again. Everything they told me I couldn't do, or I could not accomplish I have done!
I have been blessed to have an amazing support channel full of people that have helped push me and motivate me every step of the way. Being in the army has taught me allot, from leadership to respect. It has been the best period of my life thus far. But being apart of the bb.com community has also taught me how to be a better person. This web site gave me all the tools to success, and taught me a whole new meaning to "dig deep." If I made a list of everyone who has help me during this difficult time I would be here until Christmas, so to EVERYONE who had a helping hand in my success I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
It is a honor to reenlist to protect and sever each and every one of you. Thank you again for ALL the support. It is a blessing to be apart of something bigger then myself. Thank you EVERYONE...GO HARD!
- I try to read this every morning...it really helps get my mind right for the day and fits well with the hard journey we have all chosen to make.
1. I will promise to do my best. My best will vary from day to day, from hour to hour, and from minute to minute. But in that minute, I will do the very best that I can.
2. Lactic acid is my friend. The wind is my friend. Anything that opposes me is actually helping me to become stronger. If I had no opposition, I would be weak.
3. If I can run, I run. If I have to walk, I walk. When I am forced to crawl, I crawl. And then I rest and live to fight another day, but only after I have gave my all.
4. I fear no man, but I do fear my workout. If I don't fear my workout, it is not hard enough and I need to re-evaluate it.
5. I may hurt, I may puke, I may even cry. But I will never quit. Ever!
6. I never cheat. There is no honor in cheating. What joy can there be in a victory I did not earn?
7. A workout missed is an opportunity missed. I will not cheat myself of the opportunity to become a better athlete and person.
8. I understand the value of the push-up, the pull-up, the sit-up, the squat, and the deadlift. Do them correctly and explosively.
9. I will give everything I have. And when that runs out, I will find even more within myself.
10. I don't complain, Complaining is for crybabies. There are 11,232 babies born in the US every day. I will leave the crying to them. I will soldier on!
- Oliver Blanchard
Back in Oct of 2010 I weighed in at 204lbs. During this period I was deployed in Afganistan. All I did was work out, day in and day out! I thought I was makeing progress I was ganing muscle and weight. But it isnt intill almost a year later that I look back at my pictures and see how un healthy and un happy I was. I look at myself now at 169lbs and I feel amazing. Its less stress on my joints I can run more and I feel comfortable all around. So it just goes to show there is no outline of healthy, its what ever you feel comfortable with. Weither you are 200lbs or 115lbs it is up to you to find your happy medium!
As my goal dead line comes closer and closer ...I can only help but look back at the year and see how I have changed. My goal was to transform myself, and enspire as many people with my story as possible. I am stronger mentaly and physicaly. I have broken boundries that I would have never guessed as possible. But I still need to push myself...I am not were I want to be. I will never stop, and I will never give up. I want to push myself pass the limit of impossible. I will one day stand on stage infront of the world and say "this is me." There have been many obsticels during this challange. I started my transformation/challange in Aug and 12 weeks later I am at the best I have ever been. The hardest thing during these 12 weeks was the sacrafice! I found the time I spent in the gym sometimes to be more than the hours of sleep I got at night. But any time you make an investment in your life long health it is worth every min, every hour, of every day!
I did the 12 week SIMPLEY HUGE PROGRAM by muscle fitness.com for the first 4 weeks but found myself at a lost and wanting more. So I started to find my own program that worked for me. It consits of 6 days a week of intense work out and 1 day of rest and 1 day spent on nothing but streaching(having good lines are important). I used a few supplements to help my transformation, my biggest thanks goes out to the creaters of oxy elite. I started this supplement during my 5th week and it has gave me that extra push! I have also used jack 3d(awsome pre work out). For post work out I used ammino acids, and whey protine. I also take multi vitamins, one a day womens and lemone fish oils! With all of these combined they helped me stay pumped and ready to go for my next work out session.
This 12 week challange has changed me in so many ways. I feel like I can do anything! No mile is to far, no mountain is to high. I have more self confidence than I have had in a long time. As a kid I was always the larger one, the one who was looked at as BIG BONEDED! It wasent untill high school I found a love for sports. I did it all vollyball, basketball, and soccer there wasent one season that I wasent playing some kind of sport. I had an oppertunity to attend Penn State and play vollyball but as we all know life dose not always play out according to what we plan. So in 2008 after graduating high school I decided to follow in my fathers foot steps and join the army. I started to train for basic and begin transforming my BIG BONEDED body into a fighting machine. After graduating from basic and AIT I came to Fort Campbell KY in great shape and still training to be better. But life is so full of surprizes, in 2010 right befor my first deployment to Afganistan I broke my knee cap and needed surgery. I tried to put it off as long as I could but in order to deploy and continue my tranning I had to get the surgery. The road to recovey was long and painful but it tought me alot. After the all clear from the doctor I finaly deployed with my unit. In order to fully get back on my feet I had to train and rehab like no tommrow. I became a gym rat, I was at the gym 3 times a day everyday. For anyone who has ever deployed you understand the gym becomes the only thing that keeps you sane. Weighting in at 205lbs at 5'6 I was a muscle machine, lifting right up there with the guys from my unit. But as I returned state side on Feb 2011 and began adjusting to life it was only 2 months later in April 2011 that another life surprize happend. I was traning for air assault and fell off of a rope and severly broke my arm! This time no surgey just 11 1/2 weeks in a cast. Just enough time to lose all the muscle mass I worked so hard for and my 291lbs max bench press. First off it was my right arm, I am right handed, and upper body happens to be my favorit to train. So I was very unmotivated as it took almost 3 months for my bones to heal. But then I found this challange and became determind to get myself back. I turned my attention to cardio, abs and lower body. I started to run everyday with the cast on my arm and with in 4 weeks my weight droped. First by single pounds then by 5lbs and 10lbs at a time. Today I weigh in at 159lbs at 5'6 the smallest I have been since middle school. I feel amazing still recovering and still running, going to the gym is apart of my life. I do it to stay health and keep my tathered worn out body in one pice. I work out everyday to keep transforming my body and push the boundries of impossible. There is no words to express the feelings I get in the gym while working out. Everyone says it called a natural high, and if so then I'm addicted! I think I should be consider the 2011 military representative beacuse I know that I have what it takes. I think the ability to be willing to lay down my life for the humanity of man kind and my country at any moment of any day is enough to be considered the winner of this challenge. To be singled out of a military of thousands of people, to represent something bigger than myself, would be an honor of a life time! To motivate others to achive there dreams and goals through my story would be amazing. I want to one day have an IFBB pro card of my own but intill that day comes, to represent one of our nations fighting forces would be the beginning of a hard fought dream. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this contest and considering me as the 2011 military representative.