Brett Davis – Male Transformation Winner 2017
Living with my body has been a lifelong struggle! I’ve been aware of my weight since the first time the kids at primary school started to pick on me and isolate me as the chubby fat kid and from those days forward I went through life misunderstood because I was always judged by my body size and shape before everything else. I’ve learned to realize how shallow those judgments were but that knowing doesn’t make the pain of their impact any less real. I was playing basketball since the age of 7, but I continued to become more and more overweight. At the age of 11 my roller-coaster of yoyo dieting started when my parents joined me up to a gym for a diet and exercise plan, but it was a constant battle. I was striving to cover over my feelings of low self esteem and tried to put on my happy face when I was amongst people. There were periods of time I was great at fooling even myself that life was as it should be. I learned that I could be ‘healthy’ in public but at night while the house was sleeping I would have access to the pantry and fridge where I could find some much needed comfort in toast, ice cream, chips, cakes and anything else I thought I could have unnoticed.
By the time I was in year 10 at high school my parents joined me up to weight watchers, I was counting points and it worked- I lost a bit of weight but it didn’t last. I started to do some cycling to see if that would work for me, I liked it but it didn’t stop my yoyo diet cycle. When I graduated from high school, instead of being excited I was feeling depressed, worthless had never had a girlfriend and had no direction in life. I would go out for walks imagining what it might be like to never come back. After more diets ranging from blood group diets to food delivery diets to shakes my weight just ebbed and flowed. I managed to lose 25Kg and maintain my weight at around 90Kg for about 18 months. I joined the gym again and started to get back into cycling and I even became an aerobic fitness instructor! I was able to re-live this part of my life much to the amusement of my It’s personal friends by taking the warm up in I.C.E aerobic style!!
Gradually though I allowed my habits to creep back in as I had never really identified them or challenged them at their core. Sheer willpower is what I was relying on and I now see that that was never going to work long term. My weight ballooned to over 150kg, I was diagnosed with diabetes which I had seen my father struggle with so I realized I was in trouble. I started to exercise again and tried some more diets, but they were just not sustainable and not affordable. I gradually increased my cardio and focused on cycling to motivate myself with a goal. I again dropped weight, I managed to reverse the diabetes but despite all the cardio and cycling my weight crept back up.
I was noticing the success some of my friends were having at It’s personal transformation and I had set the goal of completing the three peaks cycling challenge but I needed help. I started my journey with MP FIRE and nutrition – the best decision of my life!! I have learned SO much from my Dutch princess and my Koukla!! These girls have never let me skip a beat, they have educated me guided me, and led me through the process of reprogramming my metabolism and for the first time in my life even after countless diets AND having been an instructor myself I understand how my body functions and what I need to do to keep it functioning more efficiently all the time! I’m so excited that my life now isn’t about getting to a goal and finishing, it’s about setting goals and continually amending them again and again and again. Mostly, I can’t believe how much food I can eat and how convenient this lifestyle is! With some egg muffins never far away I can be prepped wherever I go! My confidence has grown and I can finally say I truly feel proud to be me! The difference is I don’t need to struggle, I don’t need to starve and I have a clear understanding of why my body is performing and functioning better than ever before. To the astonishment of many doubters I smashed the Three Peaks Challenge earlier this year with my MP ‘framily’ (like-minded people supporting each other as family) behind me all the way! I’ve learned how to become more efficient and now by doing less I’m actually achieving more! My girls at It’s Personal have a way of making me feel they are there just for me, but I know their dedication and passion spreads far and wide – my wife Tina has also started training and amending her lifestyle after seeing my achievements after so many failures in the past.
I’ve reached the weight loss part of this journey but my life doesn’t need to change. My focus now will be learning how to maintain and build on the muscle I have despite the cycling training so I can continue to tone and reverse the damage my body has sustained after years of abuse. My amazing trainers have me covered as I now embark on the muscle mass program, it wont involve huge changes just a continuation of the tweeks and adjustments I’ve been managing all along. I’m no longer scared of failure because MP has given me complete understanding of why the next change or adjustment will progress me on my journey – its not because I’m fat, its not because there are people out there who have to fuel their own insecurities at the expense of others, for the first time this is truly for me because I know I’m capable of achieving and I can be truly excited about what lies ahead! Thank you It’s Personal and thank you MP!