This past year, Bob Brenner went from about 450 pounds to under 200 pounds. Bob lost the highest percentage of body fat while on, ABC's Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition, of all contestants on the show. In January, he had about 11.9% body fat, and is now around 10.5%.
At the beginning of his transformation Bob's knees gave out. The doctor recommended he have surgery. About stopping the process and getting surgery Bob said, "This is so important. This is my life, my marriage, my job. I will not put my life on hold." He put off surgery, continued to workout with Chris Powell, and now has his healthiest body ever.
About being on the show Bob says, "I was truly given a gift and I want to share it, and make that my life. At age 42, I was able to redefine my purpose." He now gives others the opportunity to transform their life. Bob is a life coach and professional speaker. His website is icoachtransform.com. Currently, he coaches clients to take hold of their health, and commit to their own transformation process.
I had the privilege to talk with Bob about life after the show.
What are Bob Brenner's workouts, now after the show?
Kelly, my wife, and I wake up 20 after 4 a.m. and I'm at the gym by 4:45 or 4:50 a.m. We do 45 to 50 minutes five days a week, of group fitness classes that include cardio and core lifting workouts. I went from working out three hours a day seven days a week, to 45 to 50 minutes five days a week, with weekends being optional.
What's your advice for those starting their weight loss journey?
1. Get your diet under control. I know my trigger foods. I keep acceptable foods in the house. I am a food addict. I focus on one day at a time. I take control of food on a daily basis.
2. Make a commitment to yourself to get out and move. Honor your commitment to yourself. Make attainable commitments and goals. Make your commitments realistic, and based on a schedule. You are the first person you break promises to, and then you feel bad about yourself. Setting small attainable goals, and achieving them, builds personal integrity.
3. Everyone needs an accountability partner. Someone who will not judge them, love them, and give good advice. My current accountability partner is my trainer, John, at my local gym. You need someone you can confess your mistakes to, and move on.
4. Have faith. Whether it is faith in Christ, yourself, friends or something; just have faith. Come to terms with your addictions and take ownership. I failed at weight loss for 20 years, and finally surrendered to God, and said the only way I can do this is through you.
You can learn more about Bob's weight loss advice, hear about the diet he follows, and his acceptable foods list by contacting him at icoachtransform.com.
While on the show, about obesity, Bob said, "It can take away a person's livelihood and marriage; it is a painful existence." Describing his commitment to transformation he said, "I've spent a lot of time allowing obesity to win, and I just made it a mindset that I wasn't going to let that happen."
"You are proof that if you want it bad enough, there are no excuses," said by trainer, Chris Powell, at the end of the show to Bob.
If you want help with your own transformation, or would like Bob to speak at your organization you can contact him at his website icoachtransform.com.