Happy Camper: Donald Jenkins – Nashville, TN

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VITAL STATS

NAME: Donald Jenkins

AGE: 34

OCCUPATION: Sales Manager

HOME BASE: Nashville, TN

HOBBIES: Anything outside, especially tennis.

MISSION: Accomplished! Did a self-imposed 30-day Challenge at Barry’s Bootcamp Nashville which turned into a 60-day Challenge!

MEASUREMENTS BEFORE and AFTER

HEIGHT: 5 ft. 10

WEIGHT: 186 to 179.4

WAIST: 36 3/4 to 34

CHEST: 41 1/2 to 40.5

QUADS: 23 to 22.5

ARMS: STAYED AT 15

 

HEALTH HISTORY

I have always been active and for the longest time just did my own versions of workout plans. I have always wanted to do a 30 day physical challenge, especially with measurements and before and after pictures. I have had enough New Year resolutions not work out that I wanted to start right after Thanksgiving to survive the Holiday weight gain, but also feel great and accomplished on New Year’s instead of just trying to start.

THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE BEGINS

The Rules were simple. At least 5 days a week (I went 6/week) of Barry’s Bootcamp in Nashville, TN, and just be aware of everything that was going in my mouth. I wanted this to be a start to a way-of-life diet, not a CRASH diet. I actually ended up eating a lot more. I was just constantly aware of what I was eating and drinking, and tried to make the right decisions.

OBSTACLES

The biggest challenge is ALWAYS starting! The lows were the first week of being sore, tired and really hungry without “seeing” a lot of change. That is really where all the Nashville trainers helped. I have taken all of their classes and they were all great. Pushing you in class is expected, but the outside support and consulting of what to expect and when is what kept me going to the next day. I took mostly Amzie Williams’ classes, who is very challenging and entertaining as well. Antonio Compton’s class and motivation were key to my success as well. Paige Fuson not only provided great classes, but outside of Barry’s motivation and tips to maximize results. I started “feeling” (physically and energy level) the difference at the end of week two, but still not a lot of visual difference. Once again, frustrated but now more motivated than ever to keep going.  I saw the majority of my “noticeably” physical difference in week 4. That is the best part.

THE 30 DAYS TURNS INTO 60 DAYS…AND NOW 90 DAYS!

When I overcame the mental trenches of pushing through by the end of week 3, it had become a habit and almost an addiction to better myself.  They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. I can’t stop now. What a great habit to have!! The only real change is the amount of classes I attend per week. Instead of 6, I go 3. With a few alterations of the schedule, I have continued with this pursuit to push myself almost completing 90 days.

 

MISSION OUTCOME

My biggest perspective change has been the realization and confirmation that the hardest part of anything is starting. By pushing through mental challenges, it gives you the confidence to challenge yourself in other areas of your life and know that the more resistance you experience the more you are improving yourself!

Lately I have picked up reading, writing and piano. A byproduct of this challenge by the way. All of these I have wanted to do but never started, or got frustrated to the point of quitting.

I have met my original goal, but have since set HIGHER ones. I never want to be at a place where I feel I have arrived. I believe you can always do, and BE Better!

ADVICE FROM THE TRENCHES

Just START! It is the hardest part. Allow the trainers to push and encourage you to just take the next step… don’t focus on all the steps at once, just the next one.

 

Follow Donald Jenkins’ ongoing life adventures on Twitter @donaldsjenkins and his blog: donaldjenkinsnow.com