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    I started lifting around 1992 to try and get rid of some fat. I did pretty good and added some muscle but never did get rid of my fat and then after I graduated from high school I got away from it for a while. Around 2003 I started to try and take it a little more serious and then my father had a stroke and had to medically retire from his job and go on social security. My mother was already on social security because of her terminal illnesses. Needless to say, my Mom and Dad could not live on their income of social security, it was barely enough to cover their house note and insurance. My wife and I decided to build an addition on the back of their house so we could help take care of them .

    While we were building the addition I ran into an old friend at a seminar with Jay Cutler at the gym and my friend and I decided to start training together and he has helped me a lot. I did get back into training and more dedicated than before. We went several times a week after work and on weekends while we were building the addition on my parent’s house and it was going real good. Then Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005, which was also my birthday, and we lost our home and most of the contents, we were in the area on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that had the 30 foot storm surge. We were blessed that we did not loose any lives but it is still hard to look at everything you have worked for be destroyed in a matter of hours. We had to stay with my uncle with 16 other family members till we were able to move in to FEMA trailers.

    Also, my wife and I were out of work for many months because of the storm damage to our places of employment. A month after the storm I almost lost my mother to e-coli poisoning and she was in the hospital for a little over a week and then the day after she went home, we had to have the ambulance pick up my father because we thought he was having another stroke, but it turned out that his blood oxygen was low so they took him to the hospital and found out he had fluid on his lungs and diagnosed him with non-Hodgkin’s leukemia. He was in the hospital for a couple of weeks and then things started getting a little better, work started back up and the gym opened back up, and we moved into two FEMA trailers while my brother, uncle and myself are building our new home. It has been hard working 40 hour work weeks at the shipyard as a pipefitter and then trying to work on the house on nights and weekends, but I still manage to get to the gym, sometimes as early as 3:30 a.m. and as late as midnight.

    Just when we thought things were getting better, my wife and I were back at work, we were building our home and I was going to the gym on a regular basis, on September 2, 2007, we had to have the ambulance pick up my father again, The doctors said he was very dehydrated so they admitted him while they were running test and then found a mass around his colon and said he had colitis real bad and sepsis all in his body. They sent off some biopsies for testing and while they were waiting on the results he started swelling all over his body and then stopped breathing. They had to do emergency surgery on him that night and the surgeon did not even close him up because he did not expect him to make it through the night. The doctor found a blood clot in the main artery going to his small intestines that killed almost all of his small intestine. One of the other doctors told us that the surgeon saved my fathers life because they usually do not find that type blood clot till an autopsy is performed. He was in the hospital for over a month, and then had to stay in bed for about 3 weeks till he healed. The doctor is waiting till he is completely healed before they do anything about the mass around his colon which the doctor believes is either colon or rectal cancer. I was out of work for another 7 weeks straight and I still miss work from time to time for doctor appointments for Mom and Dad. It is hard to try and stay focused and positive when you constantly have something tragic happening in your life. Please don’t misunderstand what I am writing, I do not think for one minute of my Mom or my Dad as a burden, they are a blessing and have always supported me and are always there for me, so in my eyes, I am blessed.

    I am dedicated to training but sometimes I don’t have the time to sit around and try to understand how to diet and what supplements I should take and how long I should do cardio. Right now I weigh 375 pounds and I am 5’11” and I have muscle but I also have fat. I try and do cardio in the morning before work and I workout on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and when I can, I go other times during the week. I am so thankful that the gym I go to is open 24 hours a day.

    I would like to be considered for either challenge and I would love to turn my life around. I can’t go on with all this fat. I have a beautiful wife and 2 wonderful sons and I just need to get healthy. My father is only 60 years old with all these medical problems and my mother is only 55 years old. I would like to get in shape for them and to possibly step on a body building stage one day, I have too much to live for. I would love to get some guidance and some help from someone who knows what they are doing but I just cannot afford to hire anyone.

    Thanks for giving me the chance to tell my story.

    God Bless
    Aaron Williams
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    I am a 33 year old male and I come from the island of Cyprus. Hiding behind a key board just does not cut it any more – I need to say it as it is – once and for all if I am ever going to live past the age of 40.

    I am over weight (with a body fat percentage of 30-35%), I suffer from high blood pressure, I have high uric acid levels and I have fatty liver. All these effects have been brought about by one thing and one thing alone – poor diet choices, yo-yo dieting, lack of exercise and I have only one person to blame and that is me. I cant climb a flight of stairs without my knees burning and me fighting for air.

    I lack the discipline to follow things out; I have a lovely wife and a 3 ½ year old daughter to which I should be a role model, a pillar of strength and yet the way I am going my daughter will end up coming home one day teary eyed crying about someone has just made fun of her FAT father. And that will just kill me. It won’t be too long when my daughter will turn round and say “dad, you eat all these bad choices – why should I eat healthy??” and then it will be a downward slope for her too just like her father. I cant let that happen

    For once in my life I really want to be held accountable for something – its not about receiving free supplements for 16 weeks or being handed out free nutritional and exercise information, but its been part of a team for 16 weeks, knowing that if I cheat, I will not only be cheating myself or my family, but I will be cheating my team, for once I post a weekly progress picture that Clearly shows that I have not stuck to the program – then I will have let them down.

    We all have that love that light burning deep within each and every one of us, our true self, but I have taken my body through so many years of abuse (bad eating – gauging fists of diet pills) that I have destroyed my body and my spirit, I have built a big wall around that inner light and it just cant shine through no more, help me bring that wall down brick by brick over the course of the 16 weeks – allow me to be accountable to something – to belong to a team and I wont let you down.

    What ever the outcome I just want to say a big thank you to dave, john, Mr G and mhp for giving out this priceless transformation challenge, for if only we manage to change only one persons life in this short time lived then when time finally arrives for us to depart we can go out as champions and you 4 guys are definitely that.

    God Bless from Cyprus

    Pan



    I could not edit my original post. As embarrassing as this is here are my pictures and a snap shot of the scale (118.8 kg around 262 pounds).....
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    My story starts six years ago. I was 26 and skinny. 180 lbs @ 6’ 1
    I started working out and I loved it. I was eating right. I was reading every mag. I quit smoking. I was taking supplements (and stuff). And over the next two years I gained 50 pounds. I never had abs, but I had size, big chest and big arms.
    Then one day I took a couple Lortabs, and from there I never looked back. For three years I was addicted to pain killers and in
    the end I was eating 25 10/500 tabs a day, plus methadone and oxycoton.
    You name the painkiller I took it. I started smoking again. I lost all interest in working
    Out. I lost all interest in everything but my pills. I ended up at the doctor with chest pains only to find out it was much more. I put my body through shit. And I put my family thru hell. Over three years I built up a wall of debt with loans and credit cards. Now a year clean I am still consumed by the debt. I am now 32 years old, 230 lbs(not muscle) and I keep telling myself I am going start working out again but I don’t. I am still eating a bucket of ice cream before bed, still smoking, and eating donuts for breakfast. I need Help. I need a kick in my ass. I need this transformation challenge.


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    Here is my story:

    Five years ago I was in respectable shape, around 200 lbs and 8% body fat. My wife and I were eagerly awaiting the arival of our first child. My mother-in-law was then diagnosed with cancer when my wife was 5 months pregnant. The stress caused my wife to go into labor early (6 months) and she was put on bedrest for the rest of the pregnancy.

    Immediately after my son was born my wife refused to have anything to do with the baby. Post partum depression. She refused to feed him, change him, or even watch him. I spent the first month handling all the night time feedings while working full time. She refused to allow me to go to the gym, threatening to hurt the baby if I went. She also refused to get any type of treatment for her condition. My mother-in-law helped while she could, but she ended up getting sicker and passed away shortly before my son's first birthday.

    My job was going OK, but the combination of long hours and little activivty caused me to start putting on weight. I gained about 30 lbs within the first 6 months while starting to lose all that hard-earned muscle I had put on. About a year later I got a promotion at work that would require my family to relocate to the midwest. The money was too good to pass up, so we went.

    My company asked me to show commitment and buy a house, so my wife and I sold our condo back east and had a house built near the office I was managing in the midwest. I was working extremely long hours 6 days a week and continued to balloon up, but financially things were going well. Until corporate politics resulted in my boss being fired, along with all of his hires - including me.

    I couldn't get a similar job out there, and within a few months I could no longer afford the payments on the house or the cars. I had to sell all our new furniture to buy food. We tried to sell the house but couldn't find a buyer. We finally decided to pack up our stuff and head home. I had to borrow $3,000 from a family member to pay for the moving truck.

    To make a long story short, we ended up losing the house, I lost my car, and we had to cash in our investments to come up with the money to get an apartment back home. I was able to find a job, but at only 60% of what I was making. My wife was going to go back to work once we got my son into school.

    During the physical required to get admitted to school, the doctors noticed something unusual about my then 3-year old son and referred us to a specialist for some more tests. They diagnosed my son with Autism. He was going to need special schools, and since it's virtually impossible to get a babysitter for an Autistic child, my wife wasn't going to be able to go back to work. We really struggled financially, and there were times when there wasn't much food in the house.

    Then more bad news. The company I was working for wasn't able to get the venture money they needed to continue, and I got laid off. And by this point I had gained so much weight that I was starting to have episodes of sleep apnea where I would wake up in the middle of the night unable to breathe. I started to get chest pains.

    In November 2006 I went to the doctor to get checked out. I now weighed 297 lbs. I forced myself to take out my bodyfat scale when I got home and found out I was at 47.8% body fat. I felt like shit all the time, couldn't sleep at night, and was flat broke. I decided that I had to do something about it or else I wasn't going to be around to see my son grow up.

    I joined a gym right after Thanksgiving and started watching what I was eating. I told my wife she wasn't going to stop me from working out any more, and if she didn't like it, she could leave. I started going twice a day to the gym, cut way back on my carbs, and made sure I was getting enough protein. And the weight started coming off.

    I lost 18 lbs my first month, and continued to lose about 3 lbs a week after that. I dropped 70 lbs in about 4 months, but then the weight loss started to slow down. I continued to lose at a slower pace until July, but then I got stuck and the weight refused to come off. I fought the same 3 lbs for about 6 weeks. I managed to get through the plateau and started to lose a little again, but then I started to show symptoms of overtraining at the beginning of October and now I’ve stalled out again.

    I feel better, can sleep at night, and I fit into clothes I haven't worn in 5 years. And I now have a good job and am up for a promotion that will allow me to start making a decent living again if I get it. Everyone says I look a lot better, but I need to see this through all the way. I’m sitting around 190 lbs now, but I need to finish what I have started. My goal is to drop another 30 lbs of body fat and replace it with 20 lbs of muscle. I want to compete in masters class bodybuilding shows next year.



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    I am 44 years old, and I want to change.
    I will cut to the chase: Earlier this year my wife Liz, who was already permanently disabled, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. We have spent all of our time (and much of our savings) since fighting through a maze of doctors, surgery and treatments. I have done nothing much but work, eat and remain by her side. She sits with me often as I surf through the MD forum – even on my laptop during her chemotherapy sessions (No Bull is her fave!).
    Unfortunately, I have all but stopped working out, and have gained at least 35 additional pounds of pure blubber bringing my weight to about 275 at 5'9". I haven’t wanted to leave my wife at the house alone, and she doesn’t often feel well enough to come to the gym with me. And in encouraging my wife to eat calorie dense foods during chemo, I found comfort there myself.
    My wife's prognosis seems pretty good and she is nearing the end of her radiation treatments. She has made me promise to start working out again. She is worried about my mental and physical well-being; as usual more worried about me than herself. But she is right. I have to regain some of what I’ve lost. If not for myself, then so I can stick around and take care of her in the best way possible.
    Though I've never been in such poor condition, I am very coachable. When I do train, I train like a madman – maybe too intensely if anything. And I'm still pretty damn strong for a desk jockey. My photos are (extremely) embarrassing to me, but the trained eye might be able to make out a little of what I used to have going. If given the opportunity, I know I can do this. With your help, I can turn this ship around and really change my entire being.
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    My name is Alex Favre I live on Long Island, I am 19 years old, 5' 11'' and 192 lbs. I first became interested in the sport of bodybuilding during my junior year of high school. I was a basketball player trying to get stronger for my sport. Once I started to train it became part of my life. At 150 lbs I could bench 115 lbs. I was pushed around by many kids that were much bigger and stronger than I and after a couple months I began seeing gains in size, strength and confidence. Eventually I was hooked. I idolize the great bodybuilders of my time and aspire to be an example of what hard work and determination can amount too. Although I am stronger and more confident I am searching for the expert knowledge that I need to become a great bodybuilder. I love Muscular Development and the information it provides, I believe that this is a chance of a lifetime for me to come closer to my dream. A chance to receive this extensive training, dieting and supplement tips would give me the edge I need to jump start my bodybuilding career. I recently met Mr. G at my local gym where we talked about bodybuilding, The Olympia, the importance of a good diet and many other training related topics. Mr. G is a great guy and is the example of who I want to be as an adult. It would be an honor to train with him and learn from him what it takes to succeed in the world of bodybuilding. As he was leaving the gym he gave me his lifting straps and some words of knowledge. I know that I am extremely dedicated and would be thrilled to be given a chance to learn from some of the best. Thank you very much in condsidering me.
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    Here's the list of. . .

    INSPIRATIONAL CHALLENGE

    GYMNATION
    TGUMPPER
    BIG RED
    LICKETY SPLIT
    CHRISDILLARENZO

    ***All those athletes picked need to post very clear photos of themselves from the front, back, and sides......and they must include their real names. Also, please email me (huge285@aol.com) with your complete name, address, email, and contact phone number. Anyone who can't comply with these very simple rules cannot be involved in this challenge. Plus, no home address means no supplements!!!...lol

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    Thank you so much for this opportunity, honest to god this is the best thing that has happend to me. I want to thank my fiance Lucia for entering me in this and without her and all of you this would not be possible. I would also like to thank Dave for all the good he does.Good luck to all of you guys!
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    sorry here are the chris dilorenzo pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by huge285 View Post
    Here's the list of. . .

    INSPIRATIONAL CHALLENGE

    GYMNATION
    TGUMPPER
    BIG RED
    LICKETY SPLIT
    CHRISDILLARENZO

    ***All those athletes picked need to post very clear photos of themselves from the front, back, and sides......and they must include their real names. Also, please email me (huge285@aol.com) with your complete name, address, email, and contact phone number. Anyone who can't comply with these very simple rules cannot be involved in this challenge. Plus, no home address means no supplements!!!...lol
    Good luck to you all, This challenge will truly change your outlook on life and Dave, Mr.G and MHP are probably the best guys to guide you.

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    Here are my pictures, and thank you for this opportunity. My name is Aaron Williams
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    Congratulations to the chosen contestants!!! Good luck to all of you with your Transformation, Im sure you will all do great! Especially with diet, training and not to mention motivational support you will be receiving from Dave, Mr.G, and Victor! I'll be here to answer any questions you may have on the MHP products you will receiving, or anything else in general...

    All the Best!

    Ilir

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    Quote Originally Posted by IlirG View Post
    Congratulations to the chosen contestants!!! Good luck to all of you with your Transformation, Im sure you will all do great! Especially with diet, training and not to mention motivational support you will be receiving from Dave, Mr.G, and Victor! I'll be here to answer any questions you may have on the MHP products you will receiving, or anything else in general...

    All the Best!

    Ilir
    Thanks Ilir. I look forward to the help, and the opportunity, to improve my health, fitness and life. I will be a better person for my wife and for myself.

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    I submitted myself for the 2nd MD Transformation Challenge, but unfortunately was not selected. Don't get me wrong, you guys who were chosen have been through difficult times. You deserve to be chosen. I rejoice with you that you have the opportunity of a lifetime with Dave, Mr. G, and MHP. However, as for me, following Mr. G's mantra of "never give up! never give up! never give up!" I didn't give up. Instead of hanging my head because I was not selected, I emailed Dave Palumbo and asked if it was okay if I could track right along with the Transformation Challenge contestants and post my pictures weekly, even though I would receive no MHP supplements and not be an official participant. Dave was gracious enough to allow me to do so. So with that, I am posting my first pictures as an unofficial Transformation Challenge participant. I hope all of you official contestants relish the tremendous opportunity you've been given. This Transformation Challenge (and the previous one) is such an encouragement. Here are my pics. (Yeah, I've got a long way to go, but 16 weeks is a long time). BTW, on what day does the 16 weeks start?

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