“If you could change just one thing about your original transformation, what would that be and why?”
That’s actually a question I get a lot, and the answer is not as cut and dried as most people expect.
My short answer? Nothing. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Do not infer from my answer that mistakes weren’t made, because lots of mistakes were made. My initial transformation was highly successful, but it was far from ideal. I was still learning about proper fat loss back in 2003, and every misstep was a learning experience.
People often look at failure as something negative, but I don’t see it that way at all. Failures are only negative when you don’t question why and then repeat your errors. Learning from mistakes is what brings about improvement.
So while my answer to James’s question is “I wouldn’t change anything”, I’m not suggesting that others should knowingly repeat the mistakes I made. For example, during my initial transformation I was under-eating, and I would never cut body fat on so few calories knowing what I know now (this subject is addressed in my FAQ).
My advice to those who are seeking to lose fat is simply this: spend some time reading and learning (check out the various primers in the Beginner’s Forum), but don’t get caught in the trap of over-thinking things. I’ve seen a million transformations, and the one we all have in common is mistakes were made.
Continue your education as you lose fat, monitor your body composition, adjust as you go and stay 100% connected to the process. If you do those things, remain committed and work hard you will reach your goals every time.