Why should anyone be concerned with the “destination?”
I discuss the process of preparing for my first ever fitness model competition over a period of 4 months…which meant a total time of 10 minutes on stage. My story should be a good pivot point to treat your own weight loss journey as a journey, and not some “end” that we are so obsessed to achieve.
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Hi everybody. You’re listening to Contest Prep 11 of the Brad Newton Show on behalf of seekfitlife.com. It’s a show dedicated to anybody looking at competing, wanting inspiration or information or anybody else that’s wanting some advice or tips or strategies or inspiration on losing weight, losing fat, building a great body. Where I make all of the stuff we do at competition level relatable and simple for anybody to apply. I’m super pumped.
I’m actually recording this Saturday night before I go into the gym myself to practise my posing for about an hour and I’m going to be filming it as well. If you’re not already a subscriber of my YouTube channel you’ll get to see the video of me practising my posing late at night inside the gym and pretending I have an audience I’m standing in front of and nine judges. Go and check it out, go and subscribe over there or maybe SnapChat. I do also create stories on SnapChat with my comp prep and everything else. Just add Seek Fit Life, S-E-E-K Fit Life and you’ll get to see all the behind the scenes of what I do.
Thanks again for joining me. I want to talk about something that’s going to seem really, really cliché but I’m going to give it to you in a practical sense. That is, we’ve always been told to love the journey. We’ve always been told to not yearn for the destination, that we should enjoy the process of achieving something. It’s almost like we block out any reference to any mention of that because we’ve heard it so many times, it’s almost like death and taxes are certain, like loving the journey is almost certain to be something that’s brought up in some kind of self-help book out there on the market.
I want to give you context to that cliché in that when I was preparing for my first ever fitness model competition. If you haven’t already seen the reality TV series that was created around that, it was like a Vlog series. It was actually on Amazon. You can go to Amazon, you can stream it or go to YouTube and stream it. Four seasons, 60 episodes of my four months of competition prep of everything I did in my preparation leading up to literally less than 10 minutes being on the stage in front of those bright lights, nine judges and hundreds of people.
I want to emphasise that the four months of my preparation were some of the best months of my life even though there were challenging times. I injured my back and it hurt and I couldn’t train properly. It really fucked with my head because when you have a training injury it really screws with you. Let alone having a training injury and then you’re four weeks out from stepping on stage after spending thousands of dollars preparing for it. That really does screw with your head even more. Despite that the preparation was the best piece for me, it really was.
That journey involved being in Thailand for … Well, four months of preparation, there was two and a half, three weeks of that was in Thailand. I was in Thailand for New Years with a couple guys. There was the challenge of how do I stay on track and have fun with these guys but also stay on track and don’t lose sight of the end picture, the end goal? I was in Thailand, in Kopanang, and Kotel, and whatever and so those islands flooded. There was really, really bad rains, we got stuck on the islands, and then 38 people died from those floods.
We were stuck over there and so I ended up sandbagging businesses as part of my comp prep. If you go to my YouTube channel actually and I can’t remember the exact episodes but all this was captured on video. Me stuck in the floods, me walking through the rain, me almost getting swept away, that’s all being captured on my Go Pro. Go and check it out on YouTube because it captures the vivid detail of what I actually went through when I was there and how the electricity was cut, the water was cut for a few days, the ferry stopped running for a few days and so forth. I still made it to the gym, I was still training and I was still preparing even though I was on an island that was essentially under duress.
From there on, when I got off the island I then was travelling around other parts of Thailand where it was still raining. Eventually got back to Australia and I continued my prep here but then I was on night shift. I was doing, working a corporate job sitting on my ass doing night shift and doing that seven consecutive nights, 8:30 at night until seven in the morning, consecutively everyday and training in between all of that. I’d get home at 7:30 in the morning, get to bed by eight, wake up at one, 1:30, two, get up. Then do some filming, do some podcasting, run some business stuff, and then head off to the gym at four o’clock in the afternoon, train for an hour or so, come back, prepare my meals, go in to work, rinse and repeat. I did that seven days consecutively.
When you’re doing night shift and working a corporate job, you’re sitting on your ass and that kind of thing, already you have aspects of things working, you have those things working against you. Then I had my back injury, so look it goes on from there. That was four months worth of excitement and also turmoil. It was probably one of the most exciting and adventurous comp preps you’d probably ever find on the internet anywhere. If you’re familiar with comp prep it’s fairly consistent day in and day out. You go to bed early, you get a good night’s rest. You wake up, you train. I mean look, it’s quite predictable but not many people get stuck in floods, people die, and you have a back … This doesn’t happen very often and so that’s why it was made into a reality TV series.
Then after all of that I managed to get up on stage and I was … To be honest with you, very happy to just get up on stage. I was just happy that I made the competition, I didn’t get wiped out and that was literally less than 10 minutes. Now, I absolutely cherished those four months because those four months were what convinced me of what was possible with what I could do with my physique irrespective of the drama and the challenges I faced. Most people have this thing of, “I’m not going to start a weight loss programme or training programme or whatever until after I get back from holidays, or after this vacation or after this birthday party or after Christmas or whatever.”
I did my comp prep with every imaginable challenge you can imagine. I was doing it through Christmas, I was doing it through New Years, I was doing it through floods, I was doing it on an island where I didn’t have a kitchen. I had to improvise with meal planning and I had to find a gym that wasn’t flooded and train. I was walking through flood waters up to my knees to get to the gym, to continue training, and then sandbagging businesses which was also part of my training. Then, night shift and injuring my back. Then, doing late night posing sessions and doing physio on my back and things.
Those four months is what built me, it’s what shaped me. Most people don’t focus on that, they focus on the 10 minutes. The 10 minutes comes and goes so quickly that when it’s gone you ask yourself what’s next. You ask that question because you’re yearning for that process. What’s next is like asking for that to be extended, for there to be a part two. I ultimately believe that why live for 10 minutes? Why? It’s such a small, finite amount of time. As a competitor most people I’ve observed live for that 10 minutes of being on stage. The energy of being on stage with the crowd and the emcee and whatever. That being in the limelight is addictive. I love it and that’s what’s drawing me in to compete again and then move on to world titles and so forth but that is not what I live for.
I really think that as a listener whether you’re competing or not you’ve got to love the fucking journey. If you’re looking at just losing some weight and getting in shape it’s a fucking journey. Some people asked me, “Brad, how long did it take you to prepare for the competition?” I categorically say four months but it’s more like seven years, it’s more like 10 years. It’s actually … If you count me training in the bedroom when I was living with my parents, probably 12 years. Doing push-ups and sit-ups in my bedroom as a teenager was where it really started for me because I wanted that six pack as a teenager to go pick up chicks. Then I wavered in and out of fitness throughout my 20s and in and out of hospital and everything else that goes with it and it’s been a massive journey for me. You have to love this process.
When I got serious about my training it was probably about five years ago. It was relentless, trying to improve, learn everything, grow. That’s the attitude to have because everybody wants it fucking tomorrow. You just can’t and it sucks because we live in a world where it’s sold, weight loss is sold as a package. It’s not a package, it’s a fucking process. 30 day, 60 day, 90 day, there’s always a number associated to weight loss something. The seven day this, the 10 day that, the 30 day this, the 60 day transformation. It’s all BS, it’s an illusion. They’re great to get started with, don’t get me wrong. They’re great to create momentum.
If you’re sitting on the couch and you’re like, “I need to lose weight.” Then I’m here telling you, “Well, let’s get started with the process.” That’s not as appealing as you can lose X kilos in X days. From the perspective of goal setting, having a date, having a goal date is what they call being realistic with your goal setting. Calling it a process or calling it a journey doesn’t fall into the functional definition of goal setting which, by the way, I’m not a big fan of either. You have one fucking mission and you go for it. If you’re passionate about it you don’t need to write it down anyway, it’s in your head. That’s a whole new topic.
30, 60, 90, whatever number of days you call it is a great place to start a journey but I’m here to tell you right now it’s not a package. A weight loss body transformation is always a process. If you’re looking at losing weight start with a programme like that, 30, 60, 90, seven day cleanse, whatever you want to call it. Then you must realise that when you look at people like me, in photography, on Instagram or whatever, just realise that they’ve spent a lot of time working on that physique. We spend a lot of, we work really fucking hard. Now I record this at 20 past seven at night on a Saturday evening, that not many people will see that. I will leave the studio and I will take my gym bag and drag my sorry ass down to the gym at about eight o’clock tonight and I’ll be there until about nine, 9:30.
I’ll be practising my posing, my stage practise, and I’ll be doing that essentially four, five times a week. This is a process, this is a journey for me. I’m in this for the long game. If you’re listening to this and you are really serious about transforming your body get started with a programme, a transformation programme. You must keep in mind that by day 31, day 61, the day after that programme finishes that you start to adopt the mindset, the mentality that this is a process that you’ll always be working on. I’m always working on it. Anybody on Instagram that hashtags fitness model or hashtags perfect is bullshitting you. There’s no end game, none. It’s called retirement. It’s a journey.
I’m going to wrap this up. That was a little rant but I had to get it off my chest. I hope this was helpful and this is just honest truth coming from somebody who’s been training for a long time. To put it very blunt and clear to everybody, that you’re going to love this process. I hope you enjoyed this. Please, is you have any questions please send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m open to every single person listening to this all the time except when I’m sleeping. I have access to my phone, I answer to everybody’s email. I’m deeply committed to helping everybody. Send me an email, I get through all my emails. It’s me that messages everybody.
I don’t have a PA yet and I don’t want to have a PA, I want it to be me. If you have any questions about how do I get started, how to get a transformation going whatever you can always email me directly or you can go to my website. There’s lots of stuff that I have for free on there which will help you get started with a transformation, stuff that I wish I had when I first started. I spent a lot of time putting it together, online videos, I commit a lot of my time doing it because that’s what I give a shit about now is giving back and helping other people.
Thanks again for listening to this. If you don’t mind heading up to iTunes and writing one or two things about what you like about this series, it’ll help me a lot. It does keep me going, I do read all my reviews as well. I really appreciate your time. SnapChat, if you’re on SnapChat you get all the behind the scenes of how I’m working on improving what I do because I’m not perfect. You’ll get to see that and I share everything I do, meal planning, getting ready for competitions, yada, yada, yada, all shared by SnapChat. I tell stories on there, I also give nice little bits of advice. People there take snapshots, they ask me questions. Get on Snap and even just, I don’t know, ask questions through there as well. Thanks again for listening, you are super awesome. I can’t want to bring you more content on this platform very shortly. Thanks again for listening.