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“My Army Career Was Over Because I Couldn’t Lose Weight”

Faced with the chaos of mounting personal losses, Anthony Touart turned to Jim Stoppani to take back control of his life

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Responsibilities as a Young Father Left Little Time for Activity

I had my first kid when I was 17. I dropped out of high school and started working. I’d get off work and the rest of the day was spent with my wife and kids. I wasn’t active at all. I’d eat whatever my wife was making for dinner, sit in front of the TV, etc. What most people think of as everyday "normal" life. Once my early 20s hit, I cared literally nothing about health. I drank all the time and generally stopped taking care of myself. By my mid-20s, I was working a dead end job, I had two daughters, and we were struggling financially just trying to live. I made a decision to try to join the Army.

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Even with the Physical Demands of Army Training, I Struggled with My Weight

I talked to a recruiter, and I had to lose weight if I wanted to enlist. I arrived at basic training still overweight, but by the time I left I was in decent shape. The problem was, once you leave training and school you are back in the “real world”. My whole Army career I had issues maintaining weight, passing the physical fitness tests, etc. The only time I was motivated was when I was deployed and had a dedicated workout partner who showed me a few things. Afterward, I reverted to everyday Army life. No lifting, no real exercise except the mandatory day-to-day PT. I did everything I could to get out of doing it on a regular basis. I wanted no part of physical exercise.

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Personal Losses Led to Further Decline and Weight Gain

In November of 2012, I was on the range and got a phone call that my parents and my oldest daughter were involved in a car accident. My daughter was in the ICU for two weeks. She couldn’t walk for months and had to learn how to walk all over again. My dad had no real injuries. My mom was killed at the scene. It put me in a bad place for a long time.

It was the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with. I didn't cope well with it at all. Drinking alcohol and eating were my ways to deal with the loss of my mom, and my daughter being hurt as badly as she was. I was at the heaviest I had ever been, around 250 lbs and 33% body fat. That can’t happen in the Army. My leadership started talking about discharging me for not meeting the height and weight requirements.

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I Didn’t Know Enough about Fitness to Succeed on My Own

I started searching the internet for programs to use, supplements to take, etc. I was completely uneducated. I had no knowledge about any of it: Proper nutrition, programming, or supplementation. So I searched and I came across a program called Shortcut to Shred. I started reading, saw these pictures of a tattooed guy who was absolutely shredded, and thought “This is perfect”.

I started it...and failed miserably. I liked the idea of training but would destroy any progress with awful eating habits. My weight wasn’t changing, the drive just wasn’t there. My Unit’s leadership made the decision to separate me from the Army for being overweight. I had to explain to my wife and four kids that my Army career was over because I couldn’t lose weight.

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Following Jim Stoppani’s Programs to the Letter Finally Gave Me the Results I Wanted

I started to realize I was just wasting my time and throwing money away on supplements every month by not taking my nutrition seriously. Then I got a text from my cousin that my uncle had passed away from heart failure. This was the second aunt or uncle to pass from some kind of heart problem, too. I knew that, if I continued down the same path, at some point I could face the same fate. I made a decision that day to make a change.

I wasn't just eating whatever I wanted anymore. I wanted results, I wanted to be healthy all the way around. I started eating clean foods, and I followed the diet from Shortcut to Shred almost to a “T”. The program had everything laid out for me, all you have to do is follow the directions. The diet plan was easy to follow and fit my needs. I used to think of diets as restrictions, like you can only eat specific foods: Chicken, broccoli, etc. But you can definitely have your treats and still get a lean and muscular physique.

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Physical Transformation Can Change Your Entire Life for the Better

You start to see changes in your day-to-day life, your eating habits, the way you think, and of course the way you look. It's one of the best feelings in the world. All the work you put in starts to show. It's simply awesome! Once I saw the progress I was making, I was hooked. I wanted more. Using Jim Stoppani’s programs and JYM Supplements to get what I couldn’t from food alone really made it all come together for me. It was life-changing. I knew I was on the path I’d follow the rest of my life. Since then I’ve competed in two physique shows, and I’m seriously considering doing another in the near future. I'm never satisfied, now. I always want more.

Just start. Don't wait for that right time or the right day of the week. Don’t wait for tragedies or setbacks to force you into it. The timing will never be perfect, so just go and get it. And when you start, be patient, trust the process. “It doesn't get easier, You get stronger." We all fall down. There are always stumbles. Whenever you do, get right back up and keep going. You'll love yourself for it.

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