2006 Champion, Experienced

Lorenzo Calderon

Champion 2006, Calderon


Occupation: Technician

Products: Myoplex®, HMB®

Results: Lost 11.3% body fat *

Goal: Size and Strength

Lorenzo Calderon

Feeling down and depressed, drinking probably 5 of 7 days. Eating anything and everything that wasn’t healthy not to mention smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. There I was, totally blind and oblivious to the reality of my life. I take that back…what life?

I was sitting in front of my PC surfing the web and my brother Marco said to me “Lorenzo, you’re getting fat.” Those words echoed in my head as I looked down at myself and thought, “What am I doing to myself.” My response to him was total silence. But those 4 words were to become the driving force behind the transformation that would change my life forever.

I needed to make a change, but not just any change. It had to be a major one. I had to abandon all these things there were destroying me. The things that I was using to escape my depressed and mediocre life and ironically were taking me deeper into it. I knew it had to be swift. I knew it had to be now.

As I looked back and remembered reading some of the amazing life changing stories of previous EAS Body-for-LIFE® contestants, I thought to myself, “That’s it.” I need to set a goal so high for myself that if I fall somewhere in between, its got to be much better than were I am now. But never would I have envisioned what was about to unfold. So I began. I quit smoking and drinking cold turkey and started to change my eating habits following the suggestions in your Body-for-LIFE® guide. I quickly noticed that the carving for that cigarette and that drink were being replaced with a craving for that next run and that I just couldn’t wait to get back to the gym. I’ve always known that I have an addictive personality and I always thought that was a bad thing. Little did I know that same addictive personality would be what would make this transformation possible. I felt this fire start to burn inside like nothing I had ever felt before. It was a hunger to succeed. To be better and more disciplined than the day before. My friends and family quickly noticed the change. People started asking me, “Lorenzo, what are you doing!” “You look great!” Whatever it was, they wanted the secret. I would say there is no secret. As a matter of fact, they all already possess what they need to be able to accomplish the same thing that I have. All they have to do is search within and pull out the passion, dedication and persistence that lies within all of us. The secrets to success. I would tell them in detail how I had accomplished what I had. It’s like flicking a switch. I would say. I would tell them how great I feel and how I was finally in control of my life. So much so that there is nothing I can’t accomplish if I set my mind to it. We set our own limits. It’s not the world without that controls us, it is the world within that controls the world without. The greatest satisfaction comes from seeing how some people have been so inspired by my change that they have started their own journey. A journey I began because of 4 little words. Thank you, Marco. I love you. Thank you all the previous Body-for-LIFE® champions. You have all been an inspiration.

*Individual results will vary

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