Posted on July 13, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Michael has shown dedication to his goal of living a healthy lifestyle, I have seen him make conscious changes to improve the way he feels and looks. I am most proud of the time he puts into training. He has a very busy life and he makes sure he sets aside time to exercise at least four times a week. I know waking up early for him is big change, but he embraces it and gets after it. Every week I see great improvement in him, whether it is his diet or his feats he accomplishes in the gym. That's why I am proud to pick him as the July Gladiator of the Month!
How did you feel before you started training?
Before I started training I felt a lot less energetic. I think the longer I went without making change the more I felt like it was something that I'd be able to do.
Why did you decide to start training?
I am getting married at the end of August, and we are having a destination wedding. Wanting to look a bit more fit before then was a strong motivator. I have been wanting to make a change, be more healthy and active for some time though.
What types are easier since you started training and what do you like most about your new self?
I think my energy levels on days I workout are definitely a lot higher. I have even started to get up early to go to the gym. I've never been a morning person, so that was a big step. I also trying to keep a healthy diet has pushed me to try a bunch of new foods, which has been the best side effect of this.
How has your lifestyle changed since you started training?
In general I am just more active. Right now, it's mostly spending time at the gym, but I also like to make it a point to go for a walks at lunch time while at work.
What are some things you had to give up to get where you are today?
The biggest thing I had to give up was my free time. Between going to the the gym four times a week, to making sure to make a healthy meal at home. Training and being healthy is a big time commitment.
Feel free to tell me about how your life has changed.
Not a whole lot has changed, but I do feel more self confident now than before I started training. It has been nice to see the results of the hard work. I've lost a bunch of body fat, and am starting to show a bit of muscle definition. It is satisfying to know that I am in control of those changes. I don't think I have gotten to a point of where I want to be, but I am looking forward to working at it until I do. It's also been nice that my fiance has been working at being more fit and healthy too. It's been something we have been both proud to report our results to each other.