MEDIA Transformation of the Week 2012


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When Eli hit the bottom of a tough downward spiral, he built himself back up by transforming his body. Now he wants to share his fat-loss journey with the world.

Why I Got Started

I was not this heavy all my life, but as my life descended into a downward spiral and my 18-year marriage began to dissolve, I turned to food. In March of 2008, I made an accounting of my life and realized I was headed for death because of my weight AND my cigarette smoking.

One day while traveling on business, I looked in the mirror after showering in the hotel and couldn't believe I had let myself get that way. I literally said to myself ... 

"How the hell did you let yourself get like this?"

That evening I lay in bed thinking I had to do something and I had to do it right.

How I Did It

Around March of 2008, shortly before the end of my marriage, I had what many would call an epiphany. One day I looked at myself in the mirror and couldn't believe how unhealthy and just plain fat I allowed myself to get. At that moment I knew I had to do something to change this.

As I thought about past attempts to lose weight I realized that the "quick fixes" and fad diets I had tried, althoughsuccessful in the short-term, were not going to work if I wanted to make life-long changes. That is when I decided to try a different approach and came up with the principles of ONE STEP AT A TIME = SUCCESS!

Small, consistent changes allowed me to achieve the body I have today, 180 pounds with 10% body fat. I am also an avid runner, having finished my last 10K in 47:48 and my last 5K in 23:10, both being my personal best times.

My drive and passion today is in helping inspire, motivate and teach others how to achieve fitness success too.

Male Tansformations: Eli Sapharti