With a few weeks in the books, the breaking point has arrived. Mentally, I am starting to lose it with frustration. If I get one rep wrong or am a few minutes late for a meal, I feel like I am screwing this up. EXPECTATIONS All of the experts have let me know how much of a challenge an 8-week transformation would be, especially for an ectomorph like myself. It's a challenge that I am up for, but not seeing immediate results gets to me mentally. I feel like any slight mistake is the reason for not having an eight-pack in 14 days because that is what people expect from someone leaner—they expect it's easier. STAYING FOCUSED Dan has been a phenomenal trainer in reassuring me to stay focused, rather than getting tangled into being a perfectionist. My co-workers have been supportive. My girlfriend is even following the same diet that I am to show her support for what I've committed to. Still, their positivity and support is almost outweighed by my need to get this right. I want to run on the treadmill until my legs collapse, I want to lift until every muscle is at failure, but I need to do a better job channeling things. That has been my biggest challenge. I need the skill and focus—because to me, this will be a failure if I don't get it right. COMMITTED This has taken over my life. I have divorced parents and a long distance relationship, so my usual weekends used to be visiting family. I used to go out with friends to catch the game at a sports bar after work. I used to be able to eat a dinner with my family that always included pasta and garlic bread. Now, if I am not doing my 9-6 job working with advertisers, I am rushing home to get to the grocery store, preparing for tomorrow's five meals or training my ass off. But it's worth it.
Charlie admits the biggest challenges during the past three weeks of his training and diet overhaul.