Q&A with Jeff Payton
Q: Describe your life before the Body-for-LIFE® Challenge?
My life before the challenge could be described as hit and miss exercise and nutrition. I have always been involved in some form of exercise but never steady. I am involved in the Martial Arts which kept my aerobic endurance up, but my diet and strength training always suffered.
Q: What made you finally decide to take that first step and enter the Challenge?
When I was told that I would be entering the contest with seven of my co-workers, working out with them daily to stay motivated and being able to discuss workouts, nutrition and gains and losses, there was no question that this would be a great journey.
Q: What were your very first impressions of the program? Did you struggle or was it liberating?
As with any new diet or exercise program, I was skeptical. With this program I felt knowledge was power, so I bought the Body-for-LIFE® Book, read everything I could about the program, read the testimonials and got psyched. At no time during the program did I struggle or find it difficult. The liberating part was knowing that it worked and that I could reach my goals.
Q: Talk about the moment you first began to see changes in your body and/or outlook?
For everyone who has ever tried to take off weight or build muscle, there is no better feeling than noticing the loose waistband, the belt that has to be cinched up one notch or the t-shirt that looks a little tighter around the biceps. As I was losing weight, I was building muscle, so I noticed positive results for two of my goals with one program. There is no better motivator than pure results.
Q: Did you have to over-come any obstacles during your 12-Week Challenge?
My obstacles were food and routines. First I had to eliminate the unhealthy foods from my home and replace them with healthy foods that did not bore me into wanting to quite the program. I had to be sure the food and supplements I was taking were readily available so I would not stray from the program. Secondly, I had to establish a routine with my eating patterns and my workout schedule. Once I had done this, eating six meals a day and working out consistently became second nature.
Q: How did you feel on the very last day of your Challenge?
I felt very relieved that the pressure was off and very proud that I had accomplished more than I had thought possible in a 12-Week time frame. When there are a group of seven people counting on each one in the group to perform their best for 12-Weeks, it can be daunting. I felt I did my part to assist the group and I also felt I had achieved a personal goal of better lifelong fitness.
Q: What was the reaction of your friends and family to the amazing changes you made?
My family was as proud of me as I was of them. My wife and son assisted me throughout the challenge and were also able to lose weight and increase their daily activity. Family and friends are very proud of what I have done and encourage me to continue to live a healthy lifestyle.
Q: Do you still follow the Body-for-LIFE® program?
Yes, through the holidays of the 2006 season tested my dedication severely, I have been able to continue with the workouts, though not as intense. Nutrition has been sketchy with no supplementation. I am set to begin the program again on February 5th, 2007 and this time I will not stop. I feel way too good!
Q: If someone were to ask your advice about starting—and finishing—the Challenge, what would you tell them?
I would simply tell them that the Body-for-LIFE® Challenge was the easiest and most successful way I have found to take off weight, build muscle and gain energy. I have been asked by many to describe the program in my own words and I always repeat the following: “Remember what the doctors have been telling us all our lives; eat right, exercise and drink lots of water? That’s what this program is all about!”
Q: How has your life changed since doing the Challenge?
I would say the only noticeable change in my life would be the motivation to stay in shape. I feel so much better with the right proportion of body fat and muscle that I don’t ever want to be “out of shape” again.
Q: Where do you think you’d be if you had never done the Challenge?
I would still be that hit and miss exercise and nutrition guy with very little energy or desire to make myself better. Martial arts were my lifesaver before the challenge and now I have with my improved level of fitness, I spend a lot of time in the outdoors.
Q: After going through the 12 Weeks, how was your mindset different that it was before? Were you able to face the challenges in your life with more confidence?
Just don’t ever tell me I can’t finish something I started. Confidence has never been a problem with me. This 12-Week program has just instilled in me that life can be as good as you make it. If you choose to lie around and get fat, you will. If you choose to get up, eat right and exercise, God willing, you will be able to enjoy life well into your retirement and beyond.
Q: What is your favorite free day meal?
Breakfast (anything with hash browns) was always what I looked forward to. But even more than that, I like ice cream, so that always made my cheat day special. Towards the end of the Challenge, I was so impressed with the results I was obtaining, I really didn’t cheat.
Q: How have you spread the word of Body-for-LIFE® to other folks?
Seeing is believing. I have talked to people for endless hours about the program to many friends and people I don’t even know. But, all I have to do is break out the video that features out group or show them the before and after pictures and the rest is a piece of cake (low fat, low carb, of course).
Q: What are your current goals?
My goals are to literally get into the best shape of my life. I am about three months away from obtaining my black belt in “Kenpo” and I need to increase my endurance prior to testing. Since beginning this challenge, I keep looking at the pictures of two previous Champions of the challenge, Porter Freeman (97) and Dr. Jeff Life (98). I look at what they achieved at their age and the fact they have maintained that level of fitness and I understand that anything is possible.
Q: Quotes that inspire?
“Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution.”
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
“That’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back again.”
Q: Define Success?
Success to me is defined in two ways. First would be any goal that you set for yourself and accomplish. Second for me would be any night that I can lay my head down on my pillow and know that I have made someone else’s day easier or better.
Q: Any final thoughts?
It has been a great ride and I believe that it has only just begun. I look forward to a future of better health and nutrition and a kinship with the people at EAS® and Body-for-LIFE®!
Q: What are your favorite EAS® products?
Myoplex® Original, Myoplex® Lite, AdvantEdge® Carb Control Bars