The driving force behind my decision to start blogging about fitness way back when was the prospect of having a worldwide audience that I could positively impact with my message.
It just made sense. I truly believed – as I still do – that I was uniquely blessed and qualified to help others achieve their fitness goals.
So how could I not take to the internet and maximize my potential to do just that?
In fact, if I hadn’t made that decision, I wouldn’t be able to share today’s incredible physical transformation success story – one that is sure to inspire you.
This story originates more than four thousand miles away from my home in St. Louis, MO. It begins in the country of France, where a then almost 50 years old, down-on-her-luck woman named Wendy stumbled across my Ripped Out program while searching for a way to build what she considered to be her ideal body.
The road would not be an easy one for Wendy. Many past failures haunted her, telling her that her goal was impossible, and that I probably wasn’t any different than the others in a long list of online trainers who had failed her in the past.
Still, her desire to change was as strong as ever and she decided to take one more chance. Since I’m sharing this with you, you can probably guess how this story ends.
This story is not about patting myself on the back. And it’s not just about praising Wendy for what she’s accomplished, though I hope you will join me in doing so.
I’m sharing this story to inspire you. To show you what’s possible when you have a clear vision of what you want and are willing to 100% commit yourself to achieving it.
On top of that, you will need a stubbornness that won’t allow you to give up and a resolve to humble yourself to the point of not letting your pride keep you from letting someone who’s accomplished what you hope to accomplish guide you along.
Though it doesn’t do justice to the totality of her transformation journey, this perfectly describes Wendy. Once she made the decision to take control of her body, nothing was going to get in her way.
Trust me when I tell you that the list of excuses at Wendy’s disposal was extensive. Nobody is immune to them. We’re all great at inventing new ones. And they never go away.
And so goes Wendy’s story…
I’m going to share Wendy’s incredible before and after photos soon enough (patience, young grasshopper). But In order for you to truly appreciate all that she had to overcome, I’ve asked Wendy to share her story in her own words.
With that, I’m going to let Wendy take it away:
How I Finally Took Control of My Body After 33 Years
By Wendy N.
Even though I’ve now overcome it, it’s never easy to admit to shameful behavior. Yes, I’ve beaten my demons and won my war with myself. But it wasn’t easy.
I am now almost one year into ‘Project New Me’ and have completely changed my habits, my body and my life. In so doing, I feel that I have something to offer others who may be struggling with the same problems and insecurities I struggled with.
If I can inspire just one person to turn their lives around, then I will gladly share my story and pay it forward.
If you’re reading this, the chances are that you’re fighting your own war with yourself (in one way or another). And I would like to reach out with this story to encourage you and help you to win.
Never forget that YOU are the captain of your own ship and that anything is possible if you want it badly enough.
The bad news is that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Overcoming the obstacles in your way will require dedication and consistent hard work.
Your obstacles will be both self-generated and those that are deliberately put in your way by others. Doubt is a big one.
There have been so many times when I’ve wondered, “Is what I’m working toward really worth all this?”
But believe me when I tell you that, yes, it most certainly is worth it!
With that, it’s time for me to take what is a very difficult step for me and share the details of my story.
Defining My Many Problems
For as long as I can remember – all of my adult life, really – I’ve craved a lean, muscular physique. The kind that would turn heads while donning a bikini at the beach.
My most coveted desire was to have toned, ripped, six-pack abs.
I was a chubby child at school. Not what I’d consider to be fat or obese.
Chubby. I hated it. I wanted to change it. But I didn’t know how to do it.
At University I discovered how to lose the weight – the dangerous and unhealthy way – and developed an eating disorder. While much of the developing world was starving, there I was with my head over the toilet, purging my body of the food that made me feel so greedy, guilty and ashamed for eating.
I’ll say no more, as I’m deeply ashamed of it. Other than to say that this monster of bulimia had its hooks in me for 33 long years. Oh how nice it is to be referring to that part of my life in past tense!!
But that’s not all I was dealing with during those 30 or so years. I also had a heavy dependency on alcohol.
For all that time, I maintained what would be considered to be a “normal” body weight. My weight may have been “normal”, but I was deeply dissatisfied with my shape.
It didn’t matter how my weight changed. My bloated belly and spare tire never went away.
My bloated belly reached an all-time worst as I was turning 46. I still remember asking my doctor if it was normal for me to resemble someone who is pregnant with twins!
The female doctor was most unsympathetic, sending me off with these words ringing in my ears: “Join the club. It’s your age, dear. Hormones change as menopause approaches and it isn’t going to get any better.”
I began asking myself if I really believed that what she said was true? Did I really have no other choice but to resign myself to being fat just because I was a middle-aged woman?
It was tempting to believe she was right and that all hope was lost. I weighed 55 kgs (121lbs) at a height of 5’3″. Again, my BMI was “normal” and I wasn’t considered to be overweight.
But my shape and body’s composition was all wrong – and I desired more than anything to change it.
I refused to believe that my doctor’s words were true and I set out to prove her wrong.
I returned home that day and started a strict diet and exercise plan. It took me 2 years to shed 5 kgs, but I finally weighed 50 kgs (110lbs).
I had a BMI of 20, which was approaching the low side of the normal range. I was much fitter, too. At least in the cardiovascular sense of the word. My physical appearance was still anything but “fit” and the protruding belly was still there.
The spare tire and bloated appearance had hardly changed. Physically, I hadn’t really achieved much, other than creating a smaller version of the same dissatisfying shape.
Here is how I looked after 2 years of trying to sculpt a lean and sexy body:
It was progress, for sure. But still a far cry from the body I desired.
Speaking of which…
Not long after I took this photo of myself posing in front of the mirror something happened.
Late one night, while flipping through the channels on the TV, I stumbled upon a figure model show. And there, right in front of me on the screen, was an exact image of the physique I had always wanted!
With a renewed vision of my goal freshly ingrained on my psyche, I resolved then and there to attain it, regardless of what it would require to do so.
Looking back, I can tell you that one of the most vital things you can do when embarking on any kind of physical transformation is defining the goal. I found a photo on the internet of the young figure model I’d seen on that late night show. And, using the wonders of modern technology, I Photoshopped my head onto her body:
So there I was, exactly as I’ve always wanted to look. As silly as it sounds, that Photoshopped image had a profound effect on me.
The more I looked at it, the more obsessed I became with making it a reality. I even printed off several large glossy copies. I stuck one on my fridge door and several in my home gym.
I also made it the background wallpaper on my computer desktop.
I wanted to be reminded of that image at every opportunity.
With my 50th birthday then 8 months away, I decided that my gift to myself was going to be that body. I was going to prove that getting older and being menopausal didn’t have to mean resigning myself to what my doctor believed to be a “normal” middle-aged physique.
I knew what I was currently doing wasn’t going to cut it. So I started to do some research (lots and lots of research) to formulate a plan of action.
My Plan of Fate
After many struggles, and finally kicking the alcohol and eating disorder out of my life, I knew that I needed a nutrition plan and a training program that would enable me to shed fat and build muscle at the same time.
This is not an easy task. Especially when you consider that most trainers will tell you that burning fat and building muscle typically require opposing nutritional protocols. I’ve even heard some people say it’s impossible.
During one of my bouts of extensive research, I stumbled across a man who not only said building muscle while shedding fat is very much possible but had even created a program specifically centered around this goal.
Assuming he wasn’t scamming me, which I was certainly skeptical of, there were only 2 requirements he placed on me:
1. Purchase his program
2. Trust his instructions
I saw the price tag and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t even that expensive. And, if it worked, it would be the best money I’d spent in a long time.
There was also a 60-day money back guarantee. I figured, what did I have to lose?
So, still somewhat skeptical, I took a leap of faith. And so began my journey with Craig Leonard at the helm.
Even after reading through the program (which made a lot of sense), I was still skeptical if I could trust Craig. But that all changed when I emailed him my first few questions.
Craig offers one-on-one email support as part of his Ripped Out system, but I figured it would be a service that offered nothing but canned responses to common questions. Expecting an actual email back from Craig was more of a hope than an expectation at this point.
I was astounded when I received a personal reply – not one of those automated responses – but Craig personally answering my questions and concerns.
This was truly the most amazing thing I received from my purchase of Ripped Out – a personal trainer and nutritional expert willing to put his expertise at my personal disposal – all for the very small one-time fee to purchase Ripped Out.
All I had to do was trust and follow the program, put the effort in and let Craig know whenever I had any questions.
That’s it, people. No pills, expensive supplements, or impossible time requirements.
If you want to transform your body- along with your self-confidence and many other areas of your life – all you need to do is get a copy and follow Craig’s program.
Comply with the nutritional and training plans. Put the effort in. Be disciplined. Be determined. And be patient.
That’s it. If you can do that, you will measure losses in body fat every week (as Craig shows you how to do), and your body will be transformed soon enough.
So, it’s been nine months since I started using Ripped Out, and you’re probably curious to see what’s happened to my body in that time.
The Revealing of My Results
Well, I can’t pretend that I’ve reached my goal body just yet. My body is still a work in progress.
During the past nine months I’ve managed to totally change my eating habits and now train 6 days a week (3 weight training days interspersed with 3 cardio days). This is actually a lighter training commitment than Craig’s most effective training requirements in Ripped Out, so who knows what would have happened if I could have committed more time per week to training?
Physically, I’ve reduced my belly circumference from a whopping 81 centimeters to a lean 68 centimeters. My body fat has dropped from 25% to 17% while only losing 2 kg of mass.
This is proof-positive that Craig’s system does exactly what he says it will: Enable you to build muscle while losing all of your unwanted body fat. I am living proof that this scenario isn’t impossible, as most others would have you believe.
The only negative aspect in all this is that I’ve had to spend some money purchasing a whole new wardrobe of skinny-fit jeans.
I know you’re probably dying to see the photos of my results, so here we go…
The “Before” photo was taken on October 2nd, 2013. The “After” was taken on July 3rd, 2014, approximately 9 months later.
If you think you can’t do this… If you think you’re too old or lack the ability…
Believe me, if a 50 year-old bulimic, alcohol-dependent can do this, ANYONE can!
I am truly a new person. Happy, healthy and confident. Life is just too short to be stuck in a body or lifestyle that you’re unhappy with.
YOU have the key in your hands. It just takes effort, time and an appropriate program – like Ripped Out – for which I owe a big thank you to my online personal trainer and nutritionist, Craig Leonard! I can’t recommend Craig or his program enough.
Give him an honest try, get the results you desire and never look back!
A Few Final Thoughts From Craig
After reading Wendy’s story, all I can really think is how humbled I feel to have been given the opportunity to help her make such a drastic change in her life. As her experience makes clear, the benefits physical fitness provides extends well beyond how good we look while baring some skin.
It can literally transform us from the inside out to such a degree that it simply can’t be sufficiently articulated in a way that those who’ve not yet experienced it can understand. You have to experience it for yourself.
I need to be clear that Wendy’s results are not typical. Out of the hundreds of copies of Ripped Out that have been sold, less than a dozen individuals have experienced this kind of dramatic transformation.
All that said, these kind of results are typical for those who are willing to dedicate themselves to consistently following my instructions. Every person who has consistently followed my instructions in Ripped Out, including yours truly, have experienced changes in the composition of their body that are similar to Wendy’s.
In fact, I’ll be sharing a couple more incredible transformation success stories in the near future to once again show just how powerful Ripped Out is as a body transformation system.
In other words, the only reason these results aren’t typical is because the typical person buys the program and fails to follow it – or only follows it for a week or two before moving on to the next “big thing”.
This doesn’t mean that it’s easy. It’s not. Wendy worked hard to achieve such a dramatic physical transformation and I ask you to join me in congratulating her on such an amazing and inspirational success story.
Please leave her a comment below to congratulate her or ask her any questions you might have about her story. I know that she’d love to hear from you.