Consistency + Effort / Time = Success!

Consistency + Effort / Time = Success!

By Steve Millanes

I would love to share with you how my health and fitness journey got started but first let me give you some history.  Growing up I was always active in sports playing football, basketball, and baseball.  My diet consisted of the occasional family meal, but I was always on the go fast food became a way of life.  When I graduated high school I was fortunate enough to earn a baseball scholarship to continue my playing days in college.  This kept me active in sports which made me continue my education.  I was lucky enough to learn about the importance of feeding my body with proper nutrition for the best athletic performance during one of my health classes.  The things I learned in this class stuck with me during my early 20’s and allowed me to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet.  

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When my playing days ended I maintained my fitness by going to the gym 3-5 days per week and let’s be real, there was no cardio involved.  I would go to the gym for 90 minutes but didn’t get great results. I had a mental plan for each workout but I learned that wasn’t effective as a written plan.  But while I was in my 20’s I was able to get decent results with an above average diet.

I got married at 27 and life changed as it does for so many.  I wasn’t working out as often and I was eating out way to much.  As a pharmaceutical sales manager I started to travel more for work and I was eating at restaurant regularly without any health concerns.  I would order whatever looked good (YOLO).  I didn’t drink much soda so that helped me out, but I would drink alcohol on a daily basis after work.  It got to a point where the most physical activity I was getting would be from playing golf with a cart and drinking 10 beers.  As you would imagine, after having my to oldest kids (Madison and Logan) it was catching up with me because I was eating worst and getting less physical activity.  Soon after having my third child (Braden) I got a divorce.  

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Steve at Pine Crest Lake, 2010

So at 33 years young I’m a father of 3 amazing kids and divorced.  This was an important cross road for me and I had a very important decision to make.  Was I gonna hangout in the bars or hangout in the gym?  I knew this would make or break me financially and health wise. I’m so thankful that I drove to the gym to get a membership with the goal of getting in shape for my kids.  I would go to the gym 5 days a week and I even tried to eat healthy.  I didn’t know how much food I should eat but when I ate I ate healthy food. I later learned that eating the right portions is a huge part of getting results in the gym.  Even though I went to the gym on a regular basis my result had more up and downs than the stock market. Why? ALCOHOL and because I didn’t have a meal plan.

So what was the event that made me wake up and get my act together? I’m glad you asked!  As I mentioned before, I work in the pharmaceutical industry and at the time I was selling insulin for diabetes.  I was 36 years young and at my Dr’s office for my annual check-up.  I asked my Dr to check my A1c (average blood sugar for 3 months) because I wanted to know what my numbers were since I was talking about diabetes all day for work.  I’m so glad I asked because what I found out changed my life... They revealed the results with me and I WAS PRE-DIABETIC!  I was blown away!  I wondered how could this happen to me. I kinda worked out, I kinda watched what I ate, and apparently I kinda had diabetes!  I was in shock. 

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One month later I was at the Hilton in Dallas for a big company meeting. All employees were invited to participate in a morning workout with a celebrity trainer.  About 400  of the 3000 showed up at 6 am for the workout. As I looked around to size the crowd I felt confident to see that I was in better shape than 90-95% of the room.  I was worried because I was never able to workout early in the morning without getting sick.  So right before the workout started the man himself came bouncing into the room with more swag than I have ever seen.  Who was it?  The celebrity trainer was the legendary Tony Horton.  He was 56 years old and I still had nightmares of him kicking my butt in P90x.  So as we got halfway into the workout I had to leave the room so I could lay down in the lobby on a couch.  What an ego check that was.  I learned that I couldn’t workout in the morning because of my pre-diabetes.  I felt better after 10 minutes so I tried to sneak back in and finish the workout.  After the workout I was able to get this cool pic with Tony and some co-workers.

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Right after that workout my mindset changed and I was determined to get control of my health.  My goal was to reverse my pre-diabetes! Why? I wanted to be around to watch my kids grow up.  I wanted to be physically fit so I could play with them with no restrictions.  I wanted to teach them how to live a long healthy life.  I also wanted to be a role model for my family and friends.  I cut back on my alcohol and I cut out soda for good.  I was gonna ask my fitness friends for help with planning things out. I was also going to use my Kinesiology degree to modify and improve the plan where I see fit.  After 2 weeks of following my program I started to see my physique change and when I completed the 90 day program I was able to reverse my pre-diabetes.  I was so proud of myself and excited with what I had done.  I learned how to eat and workout for my goals even while traveling for work. I continued to mix up my workouts from one program to the next.  I did some programs that required very little equipment and could be done at home.  Others had to be done at the gym so I could use all the equipment.  I did many of the workouts at home so my kids could see and they always asked if they could workout with me. Those workouts are my all time favorite.  

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Steve's Transformation

Then after 9 months of training I heard about a physique competition and I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to see how far I could push my physique.  So I registered and was put on the waiting list.  I decided that my goal was to be my best regardless if I got off the waiting list or not.  I gave it 100% everyday because I knew I would never reach my goals if I wasn’t consistent.  I had to travel for work so that meant 5:30 am workouts. It meant not drinking the free alcohol at company events.  I had to make healthy food choices when I was able to expense the delicious not so healthy food.  I did this and much more because I wanted to be my best more than I wanted immediate satisfaction.  

Then one night while on the road I saw this cute girl in the bar and she asked me about the book I was reading. Yes, I was reading at the hotel bar because It was a great time to get some personal development done.  Oh, what happen to the girl??? Read on...