Sunday, October 8, 2017

How Ryan Became a New Person!

Hi Motiv8ers,

Today I want to share a Motiv8ers story.  Ryan Shonts story.  Ryan attends the 7:30am Ramsey SET and every day that I see this guy, I am so inspired by his determination to get into the best shape of his life.

Below is Ryan 5 months ago.
Now here is Ryan today, 30 pounds lighter and finishing his first ever half marathon.

Motiv8ers, Ryan is on a journey.  A journey to become a whole new awesome person that can do anything both physical and mentally that he sets his mind to.  But he didn't start out that way.  He had a life changing experience while out on vacation that shifted his mindset towards his health and now he is on a journey to becoming the healthiest person he can be.

Check out his story below:

"Prior to joining Motiv8 I thought I lived an active lifestyle; I would hike the Barton Springs Greenbelt, ride my bike, go for a swim, or walk around town lake on the weekends. In retrospect I was living a pretty sedentary lifestyle; fitness and eating well were not a huge priority in my life. The active things I would do were more of a leisure activity or opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. We are all busy, going way too fast, wrapped up in our day to day lives; working long days at the office, running errands, keeping up with a social life, and for those of you with kids - I don't know how you do it. 

I love to travel, I use it as a time to check in with myself, meet interesting people, and be exposed to other cultures. I went to Ireland in August which opened my eyes to many things; most importantly, I want to be able to travel, explore, hike, and climb for a really long time. There were so many tourists in wheelchairs or overweight or with other health problems that were unable to see so much of Ireland's historical landmarks and nature. I realized that there are hundreds of reasons for the current circumstances of these other tourists; but I made up my mind that I was going to be proactive about my present and future health. 

I live a few blocks from Ramsey Park and had seen the Motiv8 group a few times. I decided to do a little more research on other gyms, trainers, and programs; I finally committed to joining in mid September. My first workout was tough, but all the other Motiv8ers were positive, encouraging, and on a similar journey to the one I am on - the pursuit of a healthier life. I love a good challenge; to  improve, to become more efficient, and faster. Why would I not treat my health in the same way? 

What I didn't know during that first Motiv8 SET in the middle of September was that I was going to do a lot more than go to a "boot camp" a few times a week. Ty and the 7:30AM Ramsey group have become a part of my daily routine and lifestyle, we show up, we sweat, we make funny noises, we laugh; we get stronger, happier and healthier. Starting my day with Motiv8 means I am beginning the day doing something for myself. I focus on my mind and body, I don't worry about what happened yesterday or what my outlook calendar and inbox have waiting for me. I start my day with a challenge for myself, a community, and the intent to improve. Whatever happens for the rest of my day I can feel good knowing that I started out the day with a decision invest in myself. 

Motiv8 has been instrumental in helping me with my fitness and diet goals; always offering helpful tips on how to improve form, eating, and overall wellness. The biggest accomplishment and benefit that Motiv8 has helped me with is a holistic approach to my health. Outside of our workout, I try to implement as many of Ty and other motiv8r's tips as possible. Other than going to SET 4-5 times a week the biggest change I have made has been my shift from eating processed foods, boxed meals, and other easy, fast prep foods. I stick to a vegetarian diet, focused on whole foods and simple ingredients; keeping track of my calories, making sure I have the proper nutrition to fuel my workouts. 

With all of these changes I began to notice that I had more energy, consistently throughout the day and that my body wanted to do more. Avoiding the processed foods eliminates the "haze" or "food coma" feeling. Showing up for SET keeps me accountable and Ty constantly changing up the workout routine keeps me engaged. I have more energy during and after work to go for a walk or other light exercise and attend social events. On the weekends I still want to do all the outdoorsy things I enjoy; I have even started going for 30 minute jogs. 

I have enjoyed seeing all of the progress I have made in my health in just 5 months and learning what motiv8's me. I look forward to seeing what I can accomplish in the future and enjoy getting to motiv8 others along the way."  Ryan Shonts

Motiv8ers when I met Ryan 5 months ago he couldn't run the full warm-up lap without having to walk.  Also, we had to give him many modifications for many of the exercises in boot camp.  The workouts were hard for him and he had to take a lot of breaks.  But, from that first workout I could see the determination in his eyes to get healthier and day after day he showed that grit to not fall back into being his past self.  He was determined to create a whole new Ryan Shonts.  Over the next 5 months Ryan did every thing right and his results speak for themselves.  Here is what he did every week.
  1. He came to at least 3 to 4 Motiv8 workouts a week.
  2. He worked hard on his diet and took to heart that in order to make a change, and see change quickly, you have to make your whole diet from real whole foods.  Your diet has to be clean.  Whole plant based foods were key to his success and he slowly over time eliminated the processed foods.
  3. He did low intensity Cardio on his own outside of SET to help burn the fat and he did it consistently 2 to 3 times per week.
  4. Every day I noticed that he was mentally making the effort to improve each day.  On his first day he started with 10 pound weights.  Now he is easily using the 20 pound weights and having a great time.  And, he conquered his first Half Marathon this past weekend.
Ryan is the perfect example of Loving the Process and allowing himself to let the program make him a new person.  He didn't resist it.  He generated the Motiv8ion to show up every day and he followed the process. Ryan dude keep up the good work and embrace this new person you are becoming.  We are so proud of you.

Motiv8ers if this blog has Motiv8ed you post below and ask any questions you might have about Ryan's process to getting super healthy.  Also reach out to your Motiv8 Coach for help as well.  Remember we are here for you! And, remember if you are new to any workout program.  The first few weeks are tough but hang in there and just show up.  If you consistently stay at it your body will quickly respond in a positive way and you will begin to get stronger and healthier.  Just make sure to stay Consistent.  That is KEY!  =)

CONSISTENCY is the key word!

Motiv8ers that is all for today.

Stay EPIC and Don't Forget to be AWESOME!

Post below if you have questions and give Ryan a huge high five when you see him.

Thank you Ryan for being so AWESOME!

Coach Ty Out!

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