Body Transformation: Introduction

Why We’re Here: My Keys To Living Fit

By: Paul Hickey, Managing Publisher

Growing up, I used to stand in front of my bathroom mirror up until about 7th grade and flex my “muscles.” Of course, at that time I had no real muscles, and hadn’t really even started lifting weights yet, but I was naturally intrigued by fitness and had been absolutely obsessed with sports since I was about 6 years old.

I only remember these early moments of vanity because one day, my mom saw me flexing with my shirt off and showed me a male model in a catalog with his shirt off and said, “Paul, I was just wondering – do you actually believe that your body will look like this one day?”

My response was very short and simple. “Yes, of course,” I said.

She kind of smiled and said “I thought so,” but I really wasn’t sure where she was going with all of this.

She then followed up with this statement – “You see, most people think this way, but they don’t understand the amount of work it takes to get their body to look like that.”

1469140278_bodyShe was absolutely right. The harsh reality, delivered early in life by a loving mother.

I’m grateful for that interaction for many reasons. She may not even remember that, or have any clue the impact that seemingly insignificant exchange has had on my life, but almost every day while I’m working out, I use that as motivation – in a positive way, of course.

Probably like many of you, I’ve always had a natural interest in fitness, working out and even eating healthy, but until this year had never mastered the execution and consistency that it takes to actually achieve any kind of lasting results what-so-ever.

A burning frustration with my body type on January 1, 2016 motivated me more than ever and I knew a permanent change had to be made in my life. This would not be a quick fix; it would be a process, and results would be achieved.

My goal was simple. I wanted the six-pack that my mom indirectly told me I’d never have. But in order to achieve my goal, a life plan was necessary. This would be no diet.

Habits would have to change.

The content on this website chronicles my ever evolving life plan in a way that anyone can take in and make their own. Some will be short snippets, tips and product reviews. Others will be new workouts and things I’ve tried that I believe help continuously build the life plan. Then, there will be some more editorial style “thoughts from the heart” and philosophical content in long form. That said, here are the habits that I’ve successfully been able to revamp in about 4 months time, starting January 1, 2016. Aka, below are the reasons why we’re here.

Keys To Living Fit

  • I’ve Completely Replaced Diet Coke With Water

    Yep, that’s right. No more soda of any kind. Not only don’t I drink it anymore, but I don’t even crave it or want it. You’ll find out how I did it later.


  • I’ve Traded In Egg McMuffins for Protein Packed Yogurt Parfaits

    I used to crave junk food in the mornings, and let’s be honest, even though Egg McMuffins are McDonald’s low calorie option, they’re still junk food. Trading them in for protein packed Yogurt Parfaits are one of my top new habits contributing to my results. You’ll find out how I make them and why I crave them.

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  • Intense Workouts 6 Days a Week

    I used to workout just to check it off the list and feel good about myself. In reality I was burning some calories so I could just eat more. In my new life plan, I fuel my body throughout the day so I can workout harder the next day. I take only Saturdays off to recharge. 5 mile runs followed by free weights each weekday, boxing class mixed in, and long 10 mile runs on Sundays.

  • No Eating After 7 p.m.

    The clock is important, but is the hardest thing to stay consistent with. Traveling, working, visiting family and even simply running errands can throw off your day. Dinner doesn’t have to be at a consistent time, but it helps. Even when you can’t control your schedule, there’s one important thing to make sure of. Finish all your eating before 7 p.m. local time. There are many other tips I’ll write about, but this one is simple and set in stone. Only water, ice water or black coffee/tea after 7 p.m.

  • Much More To Come

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