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Special update: The six year anniversary of my transformation and JSF.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 by  
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I’ve got a red letter update today, but if you missed yesterday’s update, please take a moment to read it – especially if you are just starting out on your fitness journey.

Today is a very special day for me: it was six years ago on this day that I started my transformation, and also the day that I began an extremely rudimentary version of this web site. It occurred to me back then (almost as an afterthought) that taking progress pictures every single day would be a useful means of noticing small changes from one day to the next, and would also make an interesting animation at the “end” of my transformation. I had no way of knowing at the time just how important that one seemingly insignificant choice would be…

For the first 479 days of my transformation I took front and profile progress pictures each and every single day without fail. During that time I dropped over 55 pounds of fat, added muscle, reduced my body fat from 30% to 8%, and transformed from an unhealthy, negative, reclusive, drug and alcohol abusing slob into the healthy, positive, outgoing and athletic man I’d long dreamed of becoming. People really responded to the daily photographs, food logs and daily updates. The web site slowly transformed along with my body, and became more popular than I ever could have imagined. If you are interested in reading about the early history of JSF and the JSF Forums, I posted a time line here.

Here is the animation of the first 371 daily pictures (requires Quicktime). These pictures were taken from January 6, 2003 through January 11, 2004.

A lot has changed since those early days. I’ve continued to learn, train and grow. Today I actually weigh more than I did in my “before” photograph, but that weight is muscle and not fat. For a more recent look at my transformation, I shot some video footage after my workout last Friday evening, and edited it into a sort of JSF promotional video by adding text, photographs and music. Here is the video (by the way, I made an unfortunate typo in the video, and put “January 3, 2003” as my start date. It should read “January 6, 2003”):

The video is also on my Youtube channel, so please feel free to rate it, comment on it, post it around and spread the word – let’s help as many people as we can reach their fitness goals in 2009! The powerful new JSF servers can handle the load!

Also worth mentioning is that for six years now I’ve updated this site each and every single day without fail (with the exception of planned vacations). Further, I’ve never – not even once – missed my self-imposed deadline of updating this site by 9:00 AM each morning. This is something I’m proud of, but why is it significant to my health and fitness goals? Because I believe that if you make a commitment to do something, you do it – end of story. Once you begin to establish a pattern of always following through with your commitments, doing so becomes second nature; on the other hand, if you are someone who doesn’t live up to your word, failure will become your habit. The choice I made six years ago to improve my health and appearance taught me a thing or two along the way about about commitment, dedication and not allowing myself to make excuses. I know those of you who stick with your programs will find that improvements to your health and appearance are just the beginning…

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