In this podcast, I share my fitness journey where I was always sick, sugar addicted, and in and out of hospital.
I discuss the kind of diet I had growing up as a teenager and how I struggled for years with a junk food addiction, unsupportive parents, and yo-yo dieting that left me frustrated and defeated.
I share how I wasted thousands of dollars on seminars, books, bodybuilding magazines, trying to get that “cover model” body.
I give the complete reveal that my journey as a fitness model competitor was far from perfect.
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Hi everybody, and you’re listening to contest prep one of the Brad Newton Show on behalf seekfitlife.com. In this episode I am going to discuss, this is going to be a series so we’re going to be discussing my journey as a fitness model competitor. Me preparing for the stage, all of the behind the scenes, everything will be discussed in contest prep. This is it. If you’re interested in following this little series then check it out because I’m going to be releasing more details over time about what I do to prepare for the stage.
In this episode I will want to specifically focus on my journey from going from hospital, literally, to being a fitness model competitor. I don’t often talk about this story very often in my videos, in fact, I only touch on my journey very briefly on my videos. But I want to spend some time to really explain to everybody listening to this that it’s never been a smooth sail, like it was a lot of ups and down.
In fact, I came from very humble beginnings. In fact, I came from not so bright beginnings from a health and fitness perspective, and that I had really, really bad lifestyle with my health and fitness, and now I’m in a situation where I’m a fitness model competitor. If you want photos of my transformation you can literally just go on my website, seekfitlife.com, and I think it’s /get-started. I believe the photos are there, you go and check it out. You’ll see photos of my out of shape, there might have been one from in a hospital, and now as a fitness model competitor this have been a massive transformation.
Let’s talk about that. For me, my journey was really rough, it was really, really rough. I was sick and in and out of a hospital on a regular basis with really, really bad illness, and it was all due to lifestyle, it was all due to eating foods. I was eating takeaway food all the time, I was eating doughnuts and lollies and things, and I had no self-control. I had blotchy skin, I was picking at my skin all the time because it actually felt like something was eating out my skin. That’s how bad I was.
I had this sugar addiction, and it was so bad that I was literally picking at my skin all the time, scratching at it. I remember my ex-girlfriend at the time was like, “You need to stop, you know, picking at your skin.” She’d always drive my hand away, she’d always grab my hand and pull it away. I had this blotchy, scabby skin around my neck, and my chest, and my shoulders and things. To be honest, I was self-conscious. I wasn’t self-confident, I didn’t like how I looked, I didn’t like how I felt.
I was tired, I was miserable, I was moody, my emotions were like this rollercoaster. I was tired all the time, I’d sleep like eight, nine hours and I’d wake up tired. I was really cranky and I was just wasn’t a pleasant person to be around and that’s why my ex-girlfriend is … One of the reasons why she’s now my ex because I’d take out my emotional lows on her, and she’d always complain about how moody I was.
The truth was I was sugar addicted, and I didn’t know that at the time, I didn’t get it. I didn’t even get … Talking about me being moody and emotional and whatever, I was like, “Really? I don’t think so. I think you are being moody and emotional.” In hindsight she was totally right, she was totally correct. How she could have coped with me for so long, I don’t know, but now of course we’re not together.
I was sugar addicted. My blood sugar levels were up and down, I was eating blocks of chocolate all the time, I couldn’t just have one chocolate bar, I’d have like two, or three or four of them. If they’re like $1 specials at the supermarket I’d buy half a dozen of them and eat them all at once. I’d have not just one biscuit but the whole packet. I was stuffing my face all the time everyday. This is no exaggeration, it was really bad.
I didn’t have parents that were role models for health and fitness. I was raised predominantly by my father, he smokes cigarettes from like 12, like 14 or something. You’re just kind of painting a picture here, I was raised on Coca-Cola, cheese and Vegemite sandwiches and bags of lollies. I will spend my pocket money on bags of lollies, and like $5 of pocket money, and $10 of pocket money and that’s just have been invested into rubbish food. I didn’t give a shit to be honest, I didn’t care.
I wasn’t skinny nor was I fat as a teenager but I wasn’t healthy. If you look at photos of me in my teenage years, I just wasn’t healthy, and there’s a massive difference between being fit and being healthy. If you look at my timeline photos, I’ve been skinny, I’ve been skinny fat, and I’ve been fat. Now that I’m ripped and lean and whatever, my physique has been everywhere. I know what it’s like to be skinny, and I know what it’s like to be fat, I know what it’s like to be a mixture, I just know, I’ve been there.
I spent like thousands of dollars literally going to to seminars, reading books, doing juice cleanses and other kind of quackery that really just has no basis and any signs, and I kind of bought into all of that. I’ve tried all these different juice cleanses, and programmes, and detoxes and that kind of stuff. I’ve tried many different diets and training programmes, and go to different seminars, and listening to gurus talking about how you can’t have this but you can have this and whatever. They didn’t necessarily have the body that most people wanted anyway but they’re just people that kind of wanting money I guess and they really didn’t give a shit about whether the people got results or not. That’s how I feel in hindsight now.
Anyway, the situation actually got worse, that was kind of my teenage years. When I moved out of home when I was 18 in my early 20s, I didn’t know how to cook. I was raised as I’ve said mainly by my father. I never really learned how to cook, I never had YouTube back them. We could just get a YouTube and type in how to do a chicken masala or whatever, like that just wasn’t an option. You had to go to a cooking school, you’ll be lucky to have a mother that would have taught you how to cook some recipes and stuff and I just never … Two-minute noodles was like my best recipe. If the instructions were in the packet then I can cook it, but they weren’t on the packet then God forbid.
So I didn’t know how to cook, I knew that vegetables were healthy but I never bought them because they were too expensive, that was my excuse, like it’s too expensive to eat healthy. Then when I started earning money, when I finished uni and I started earning some money, then I said I never had the time because I was working. I always had a fucking excuse for why I couldn’t really get into shape, it was always like it was too expensive and I can’t afford or I didn’t have the time. There’s always an excuse, always.
If you’re listening to this, your like, “Whoa, that’s exactly what I have right now.” It’s like, “Yes, I’ve had that too, don’t you worry, I’ve been there, I’ve been there.” I always had an excuse. In my early 20s I lived in the confectionary aisle, I’d go to the supermarket. I can never forget this. I’d always got Kohl’s and I’d always go there like 10, 11 o’clock at night because there doughnuts were on special for like ¢99 or ¢87 or whatever. At times that was actually reduced three time down like ¢47 or something. I was like, “This is a massive, this is a huge bonus. I’ll be getting six doughnuts for 40 something cents.”
Of course I would go and eat them all and whatever, and then I’ll come back the following day and do the same thing. I’m not exaggerating, I’m talking about every second day I was having six doughnuts, and then I was having a bag of party mix lollies every second day, every second day. That’s how it was, ice cream, doughnuts, everything that was sweet I ate it and I didn’t give a shit. I really didn’t, I didn’t care.
When I went to a hospital on a regular basis, and I’m talking of regular basis, every couple of months I was in a hospital. I was like in an isolation chamber where doctors would have to wear like these space suits and stuff, they come and see me and have all these scans done and blood tests and everything. They literally just came back and said, “Look, there’s nothing that we can see in the blood tests, it looks completely normal.” I was like this is of course typical, right? The doctors don’t even know what’s wrong with me.
Literally, the doctors concluded that it was pretty much my lifestyle, then if I didn’t change my ways I was guaranteed to have diabetes and my longevity would be put into question, like my life would be put into question. I was in my fucking early 20s. Early 20s, and the doctors are saying that your longevity is put into question, and you can get diabetes, and if you don’t change your lifestyle. I’m like, “Gosh, wow.” Can you imagine being in your early 20s and laying in an isolation chamber? Where like my ex-girlfriend was coming in and dressed up in an outfit, and the doctors were coming in dressed up like they’re going to the moon.
It was scary. I can never forget laying on that bed and looking at sign, and the sign was back to front because the sign was kind of facing outwards so people who were looking in could read it, not people like me that were in the bed. I could see through the sign and it said, “Infectious zone” or something like that. I was like, “Fuck, I’m like the infected person.” There was a sign, like a hazard sign, like infected zone. I was like, “Oh my God, this is really bad, like this is … I’m the person who’s infection.”
It kind of hit me, and then I just went on this mission thereafter. There wasn’t a tipping point, that wasn’t even really the tipping point. I went on this mission to start turning things around. So I looked at celebrity diet programmes like Ryan Reynold’s, he got shredded for Blade Trinity so I was really fascinated by his physique. I actually used his physique as a model to work toward. I got heavily involved in his nutrition plan and everything, and that’s a whole new story there as well.
I went out of my way to [inaudible 00:11:43] replicate everything he ate, to try and have that physique that he had for that movie role, Blade Trinity. Then I tried being vegan, vegetarian, I was a pesco for awhile, pescetarians . I tried ungodly number of juice cleanses, fasting programmes, all the weird tricks and buyer hacks and other couple of bullshit whatever. I’ve tried food combining and I’ve tried being a fruitarian, like a fruit diet. I need fruit from the moment wake up to like 2 o’clock in the afternoon, and then I’d have like complex carbs thereafter but it was fruit for the whole morning.
I’d spend a lot of money buying fruit because that shit does not sit around, you know, 20 minutes you’re hungry, but the diet called for eating fruit. Then I started reading body building books but I didn’t want to become a body builder. It got [inaudible 00:12:34] those real quick. I figured if I can learn some of the fundamentals from body building books then I could at least have half the physique that they’ve achieved and be happy.
I found out that most of these body builders are on steroids which makes pretty much all their advice null and void, and only applicable if you’re also taking steroids because these guys synthesise muscle much faster than somebody like me who’s a complete natural. Then I turned to magazine workout programmes, and then I’m spending money on magazines every month and it was like workout of the month. I can never forget to see these shredded dudes in the front cover and the you go, “Oh, like secret to six-pack abs by such and such” and then you turn to the middle section and then you’d learn the programme that they would do to get shredded abs. It was like some bullshit super set programme which …
Of course these magazines don’t ever really give you the full picture of what the athlete really does, they just give you like, “Hey, this is the six steps you need to do” but they didn’t give you the nutrition programme or anything else. That pretty much just makes their advice debunk as well.
Anyway, I wasted hundreds of dollars on magazines with the shredded dudes in the cover. On top of that I was working a corporate job, I still am as I record this now sitting in my arse doing night shift. I’ve been doing night shift for seven years now. I knew nobody that was shredded and maintained it with all these variables. I was surrounded by people who just questioned every single fucking thing I was eating. Like when I started to make changes in my lifestyle and what I was eating, it was like, “Why are you eating this? Why are you eating that? Why are doing this this? Why you’re … Just too much protein. I don’t know.”
It was so frustrating because I never ever would question people on what they eat. I was like, “Well you know what, if you had 18 fucking cheeseburgers, I think the 19th one is gonna kill you, I think you should stop eating these cheeseburgers.” I’d never say that, I’d never say that, but then they’d turn around and say, “Are you getting enough magnesium?” I was like, “Well, are you getting enough green vegetables?” But I’d never say that, I’d just keep my mouth shut.
On top of that I spend a lot of time travelling, I was two or three months on the road travelling, even more than that. There was absolutely no advice on how to lose weight while travelling. I spent years trying, failing, spending money, wasting money, being frustrated, and then this what happened. I had tried and failed so many times that I actually started to believe that I didn’t win the genetic lottery conducive of having ripped abs and a body that I can absolutely parade and surround with on the beach, and be happy and proud of.
I honest started to believe that I was just a genetic mishap, like this is just not going to happen for me. Mister Greek god over there with his eight-pack, with girls kind of scantily clad hanging off this guy drinking piña coladas. I was like, “Well fuck, I’m not even having piña coladas and I’m still out of shape, and this guy’s, he’s got everything. He’s got that slick [inaudible 00:15:51] look and the shredded abs, and the girls.” I was like, “This is just not for me, like I just don’t, I just don’t have it.”
I started to quietly become … It’s like very in with depression, it’s like learned helplessness. Like the animal study where the animals get electrocuted with the electric fence and stuff, it’s a terrible study. I think it’s Martin Seligman or the Seligman study or something like that where the animal, they just learn to become helpless. Every time they try and escape the compound, they get electrocuted and they get to the point where they just lay down and not die but they just lay down and become depressed because they’ve learned to become helpless.
Humans learn to become helpless in different things and that’s what exactly happened to me. You try so many different things and then it just doesn’t work out, you learn to become helpless. I actually started to make small changes. I need to get rid of the sugar addiction, and so I first and foremost focused on dropping this food addiction, and I’d talk more about this in another audio at another time. That’s a whole new story as well about how I got rid of my sugar addiction, because that’s where I had to start for me, I had to get rid of my sugar addiction first.
Then I started to see results, I started to feel better, my mood picked up, it was more stable. I started to crave less of the things that I wanted the most which was chocolate, and doughnuts, and biscuits and things. That was the segue into into a life that would never be the same again and would turn out to be the life that I live now where I’m not competing, and I’m in the best shape of my life, and I’m now going to the world titles to compete in a fitness model competition. Can you believe that? That was the very beginning of the change for me was getting rid of the sugar addiction and then not craving these foods as much, and then it went on from there slowly swapping food out for more healthy alternatives.
I started to learn more about training principles, nutrition principles, and then I’ve started to very, very slowly over time put everything together. And know, again, nobody was coaching me or teaching me, I had to figure this out for myself, experimenting, trial and error, getting frustrated, but I started to see results very slowly. Of course when you start to see results this creates momentum that I was on the right track. This reinforce itself, quite a bit of a snowball.
I started to ignore the people around me that were influencing me, that I should be doing this not and everything. I just started to ignore these people and I built this tunnel vision. I didn’t receive any support from my family. I would go to the gym late at night when nobody was around, I’d read the little plaques and that kind of stuff and just mess around. I’d just experiment, trial and error. Remember, I was doing all of this stuff before YouTube came along.
There was no YouTube, there was no Google, the latest now. I remember I was raised with magazines and that was the primary source of information. I just figured this stuff out, and then once I lost the weight and I had a half decent physique, and I started to feel really amazing, it was down to them, how do I maintain this. That was the next challenge because you hear these stories about people losing weight but then they put it back on again and even more so.
I was like, “How do I maintain what I’ve worked hard to achieve?” and then I spent the next couple of years experimenting with how do I maintain results. I started doing more learning, and it just went on from there. When I’ve actually figured it out and I was able to maintain that physique, I started doing online video courses, that was about 12 months ago, sharing with people what I did and what I’m doing, and then passing it on to other people.
Now as of three or four or five weeks ago at the time of recording the audio, I’ve now decided to compete. Now it’s coming first in the fitness model competition in two divisions, and then coming runner up in an overall, and then it puts me in a position where I compete now. I’m getting ready for the world titles in Thailand in June 2017 and the nationals in October November 2017. It’s just completely … I’m lost for words, I just can’t describe to you.
This has been my journey, and then given my humble beginnings and also very depressing beginnings, I’d never expected in a million years that I would ever be competing in anything and I’d never be a model in anything, in any capacity. That’s pretty much my back story and where I’ve come from. I don’t really have much more to add to that, but I will be continuing releasing the audio series as a contest prep series. I’m going to give everybody who’s interested the in competing or interested in losing weight my audio journal of everything I go through with my contest prep because I just feel like no one’s really documented it in any kind of form.
I do this with videos as well, I kept talking about them in my contest prep in a … My first of fitness model competition, remember this, was only a few weeks ago, right? I started that contest prep in October, November 2016, and I’m now recording this, so today is the 28th of March. My entire contest prep is video documented. If you’re interested in watching that series you go to my website and you can check it out, there’s links and stuff. It’s now on Amazon. If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber you can actually stream my entire com prep series.
I’ve made it into a reality TV series and so you will get to see all my highs and lows and all my challenges around me getting ready for the stage, and everything I did behind the scenes to go from where I was when I started my contest prep right through to winning. I had someone, a videographer on the day who shot everything, the whole competition, me winning of course, we shot everything except the drug testing because we weren’t allowed to do that but everything is documented.
Go and check it out, it’s called My First INBA Fitness Model Competition or something like that and it’s on Amazon. As a Prime subscriber you can stream it and/or you can go to my YouTube channel, my website, it’s all on there as well, so go and check it out. I’m not shooting the next series in video form as well, it’s going to be called My Journey to the World Titles. Again, it’s everything that I do behind the scenes, nutrition training, mindset, my ups and downs in getting ready for the world championship. I’m going to be documenting this journey via audio as well.
If you like this series please just stay on top of it. I want you to subscribe to the series. This is going to be completely uncut, raw, exactly how I feel, there’s no filters here, and you’ll get exactly the story of what it takes for a fitness model competitor to get ready for the stage. Thank you so much for tuning in and listening to my story. I hope you’ve taken some value, maybe some appreciation of who I am. If you’re familiar with my other courses and videos and stuff, at least by listening to this you’ve just gotten a complete picture of my upbringing, and my story and how I’ve got to where I am today, that it wasn’t completely easy for me.
It was challenging and at times I did feel like giving up, but the big takeaway here is that it … If you’re listening to this and you think, “Well, I’m just an ordinary person.” I’m just an ordinary guy, I’m nobody special. I don’t try and put myself in any pedestal. I’m as humble as they come, I’m a very humble guy and I don’t think that I’m better than anybody else. I just think that I’m now in a position where I might know a little bit more than other people but it doesn’t make me more intelligent, it just means that I’ve had more fucking bad experiences and I’ve had a lot of bad ups and downs with this process.
So when someone talks to me about the challenges they’ve had in their diet or whatever, I’m like, “I get it, I’ve been there. Like I know.” I have a genuine understanding, a genuine empathy for people. I’m in a position now where I don’t perceive myself as knowing everything. I don’t know everything, I’m still learning as well, but I’m in a position now where I know enough to help people. If you’re listening to this and you think you have ordinary genetics, then I’m here to tell you right now that you definitely have the genetic capacity for greatness.
I know right now you may not feel that way and that’s okay because I felt that way as well. Stay on top of what I teach and share because I can assure you that if you stay on top of what I share long enough, it’ll eventually rub off on you and I’ll eventually want to hear a story from you. If you like this series please subscribe once and send me an email, email@example.com. It’s going to be an awesome, awesomely big brand one day, I can feel it, I can sense it. Shoot me an email, share your story, I’m more than happy to help you out. Thank you very much.
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