Q&A with Kevin Checksfield
Q: Describe your life before the Body-for-LIFE® Challenge?
I was working 12 hour shifts from 6 pm to 6 am and had come up with every excuse as to why I didn’t have time to exercise. I was sleeping excessively and was lethargic when I was awake. As for my diet I relied heavily on fast food. As a police officer sometimes there isn’t the opportunity to sit down and have something to good to eat and you are forced to eat in your car between calls. I quickly found myself going through the drive thru two sometimes three times a night.
Q: What made you finally decide to take that first step and enter the Challenge?
I was involved in a foot pursuit of a suspect who was fleeing from a traffic shoot I was conducting and even through the chase only lasted about 150 yards I was totally drained at the end. I felt faint and dizzy and thought I was going to pass out. It was at this point that I realized my fitness level of lack thereof could get me seriously injured or worse, killed.
Q: What were your very first impressions of the program? Did you struggle or was it liberating?
My first impression of the program was one of denial. Denial that this type of program which has helped so many people lose weight could help me gain weight (muscle of course). It seemed very simplistic and I guess at some point in time I forgot that sometimes the best answer to a problem is the simplest answer. At first I struggled, not so much with the workouts (although I think my body would have disagreed), but with diet. Once I figured out that it was easier to cook in bulk and prepare meals for several days in advance it was smooth sailing and became second nature to me.
Q: Talk about the moment you first began to see changes in your body and/or outlook?
Others claimed that they were noticing a change almost immediately, but I thought they were just trying to be polite and provide encouragement. I couldn’t see any difference and this confirmed my belief that this was just another fad diet. Then I took my four week progress pictures and put them side by side with my initial photo and that is when it hit me. This really does work and work well. I guess when you look in the mirror daily it’s hard to see and changes in yourself, but when you look at the big picture and compare your body over an extended period of time the results stand out. At this point I felt re-energized and dedicated myself even further.
Q: Did you have to over-come any obstacles during your 12-Week Challenge?
As with anything new, especially a change as drastic as this was for me, there will always be setbacks, but I was fortunate enough to have a great support system that would not allow me to quit or relax.
Q: How did you feel on the very last day of your Challenge?
I had quite possibly the greatest sense of accomplishment in my life thus far. I remember looking at myself now and at myself 12-Weeks prior and wondering how I had ever let myself get to that point. I remember thinking it doesn’t look like the same person and then I realized that I wasn’t the same person as I was 12-Weeks ago. I was a better me!
Q: What was the reaction of your friends and family to the amazing changes you made?
Everyone was so supportive and proud and I remember my future mother-in-law calling me “Hot” as she felt my bicep. My friends were amazed and were forced to eat their own words when they said it would never work.
Q: Do you still follow the Body-for-LIFE® program?
Yes, most definitely. While the workout has been modified slightly the principle is still the same and as my workout partner and friend Nick Boswell tells me it is “Body-for-LIFE®” not “Body-for-12 Weeks”.
Q: If someone were to ask your advice about starting—and finishing—the Challenge, what would you tell them?
I would tell them that it would be a truly life altering, or in some cases possibly a life saving, experience. This isn’t some fad diet or miracle pill that claims some outrageous weight loss, this is a lifestyle and with good deal of dedication and determination everyone can have the body they always dreamt of having.
Q: How has your life changed since doing the Challenge?
Overall I’m a happier person. I have more energy, a more positive attitude, and a better outlook on life. There isn’t anything out there that I feel I can’t take on and accomplish. This program has boosted my self confidence and self esteem.
Q: Where do you think you’d be if you had never done the Challenge?
I would probably be in the drive thru lane of some fast food restaurant, unhappy with my appearance, in horrible shape and complaining about my lack of energy. It’s hard to even think about think about where I would be, but I know it’s not a place I’d ever want to visit again.
Q: What is your favorite free day meal?
Well, I don’t necessarily have a free day so much as a free meal, but I’m Italian and my mother is a wonderful cook so I would say my favorite thing is whatever she happens to be cooking at the time.
Q: How have you spread the word of Body-for-LIFE® to other folks?
Yes, and I even got my best friend to start the challenge. Eight weeks in he has lost 27 pounds and counting.
Q: What are your current goals?
My current goals are to continue my healthy lifestyle and try to gain some additional muscle mass while maintaining a relatively low body fat.
Q: Quotes that inspire?
Success is easy. It just means getting up one more time than you fall – Ben Franklin
Q: Define Success?
Success is setting a goal that holds intrinsic value to one’s self and then shattering it!
Q: Please provide a sample of your daily nutrition during the 12-Week Program.
Most of my days look the same with just some slight variations.
Meal 1: Whole grain cereal, cottage cheese and fat free yogurt. Or a 4 egg omelet w/ Turkey and cheese, whole grain toast with natural peanut butter.
Meal 2: (PWO) Myoplex® RTD shake and Phosphagen Elite
Meal 3: Chicken breast, brown rice and vegetables. Sometimes I substitute the chicken Breast for a turkey mignon
Meal 4: Myoplex® Deluxe meal replacement bar and a fat free cheese stick
Meal 5: Tuna Fish or Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread
Meal 6: Myoplex® RTD shake and L-Glutamine
* On Day 7 (Normally Sunday) one of “food” meals will be my cheat meal and the rest of the day I will follow the above outline.
Q: What are your favorite EAS® products?
Myoplex® Original, Myoplex® Deluxe, L-Glutamine, CLA, Thermo DynamX, Phosphagen Elite, Catapult