Congratulations to Jim Scanlon on a very successful 12 weeks! Jim’s incredible attention to the cause and effect of his actions has brought about so much valuable learning for him! It has been an absolute pleasure working with him and I look forward to what the next 12 weeks will bring! Keep up the great work Jimmy!
Lost 21 pounds
Lost 1.5% body fat
Gained .9% muscle
Lost 2.25 inches - waist
Lost 1.75 inches - hips
Lost 2.75 inch - chest
What was your expectation prior to starting the program?
My only expectation was to get back towards leading a healthy lifestyle. Having read what others had shared I saw that this wasn't just a weight loss program. I bought into what I read in the handbook about eating and training like an athlete.
I had success in the past with the Paleo diet. After a sizeable weight loss I started to regain some. Forgive me for being human. It's a condition I've struggled with since birth. With this I don't feel deprived of anything and as long as I budget wisely nothing is really off limits. The first thing I noticed was my energy level increasing. Why not put that extra energy into challenging myself at workouts? It's been paying off in a fairly big way. I'm feeling younger both mentally and physically. Strength wise, I found a few of my lifts I'm doing AMRAPS with weights that are closing in on my PR's. Not bad for an old guy.
What are some of the most powerful lessons you are walking away with?
The first thing I did was not compare any results I have with the results of what I read from other members. We're all different. Any positive results would still be a positive change for me. Learning to navigate the many obstacles we face in every day life is big. As a firefighter I had a few good ones as we all have. One day I packed food for a 24 hour shift and ended staying for 48. Good thing I left a scale at work. Various training schedules and some sleepless nights were things that I had to adapt to.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
I'd say my greatest accomplishment was having the courage to put myself first. I think a lot of people know exactly what I mean. Often times we want to do for others and find ourselves neglecting our own needs. Why wouldn't people who depend on us, want us to be at our best? Not being afraid to put others on hold has allowed me to be in a better place personally.