Extreme Weight Loss: John!

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>>John: Hi, my name is John Robinson, uh, cast member of season 5, EWL. >>Team Powell: What was most, uh, difficult part of your transformation? >>J: Getting into a routine and putting myself first, and realizing that I had to continue to do that, actually push my family to the back and keep myself, excuse me, in the forefront because I just realized that if I didn’t keep my schedule, if I didn’t keep my promises to myself, and keep moving forward that way, that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do for them. It was the hardest year of my life, thus far. I’ve never, losing my mother suddenly, to starting the show, to boot camp, injuries, and having chosen badly and getting kicked off, and having to move on from all that and still dealing with my mom’s estate, lawyers, job, work, kids, I just, you know, you feel like you’re gonna’ lose it. As hard as it was, uh, when you’re on the other side of it, I look back and I’m like, I wouldn\’92t change anything, because I don\’92t know if I would have as much success with going forward the normal pace, the normal way everything went, you know, I kinda’ feel good that I did it this way. I can help others do the same thing I did, because a lot of people think that, when they watch the show that, Well, if I had a year to do that, then, yeah, I’d be, I’d be in shape, yeah, you don’t need that.

You don’t need cameras, you don’t need a TV show, you don’t need a celebrity trainer, you can do it on your own, it’s just a matter of making that decision and having guidance and having a support system. And I didn’t do this by myself, I had my family, I had trainers, I had, uh, friends to keep, to help keep me accountable. >>TP: What’s your favorite workout, or favorite way to do cardio? >>J: I, umm, I still hate cardio, and I don’t (laughs) love cardio, so the way I kinda’ gotten around it throughout the whole year is that I, I really hated CrossFit at first, it’s, it’s regimented, and from me being an athlete and in the military, I needed some kind of structure, and that’s one thing I told Chris a lot, a lot of people say, Well, you’re an athlete, you should know how to get in shape. Well, when you’re an athlete, you have coaches and trainers to tell you what to do. I never knew, really knew how to make a work out program for myself.

I’ve always had someone give it to me. It’s hard. You hit it hard, you go in and you get your butt kicked for an hour or so, and you’re done for the day.

And I like that. I like the efficiency of my workouts. >>TP: Can you give me your best Chris and Heidi impersonation? >>J: [Laughs] I would always see Chris do the …….. He gives you the big sigh, he gives you the sad eyes, Well I just need, you know… just, you can do it, you know, what am I gonna’ do with you?

>>John: Hi, my name is John Robinson, uh, cast member of season 5, EWL. >>Team Powell: What was most, uh, difficult part of your transformation? >>J: Getting into a routine and putting myself first, and realizing that I had to continue to do that, actually push my family to the back and keep myself, excuse me, in the forefront because I just realized that if I didn’t keep my schedule, if I didn’t keep my promises to myself, and keep moving forward that way, that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do for them. It was the hardest year of my life, thus far. I’ve never, losing my mother suddenly, to starting the show, to boot camp, injuries, and having chosen badly and getting kicked off, and having to move on from all that and still dealing with my mom’s estate, lawyers, job, work, kids, I just, you know, you feel like you’re gonna’ lose it. As hard as it was, uh, when you’re on the other side of it, I look back and I’m like, I wouldn\’92t change anything, because I don\’92t know if I would have as much success with going forward the normal pace, the normal way everything went, you know, I kinda’ feel good that I did it this way. I can help others do the same thing I did, because a lot of people think that, when they watch the show that, Well, if I had a year to do that, then, yeah, I’d be, I’d be in shape, yeah, you don’t need that.

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You don’t need cameras, you don’t need a TV show, you don’t need a celebrity trainer, you can do it on your own, it’s just a matter of making that decision and having guidance and having a support system. And I didn’t do this by myself, I had my family, I had trainers, I had, uh, friends to keep, to help keep me accountable. >>TP: What’s your favorite workout, or favorite way to do cardio? >>J: I, umm, I still hate cardio, and I don’t (laughs) love cardio, so the way I kinda’ gotten around it throughout the whole year is that I, I really hated CrossFit at first, it’s, it’s regimented, and from me being an athlete and in the military, I needed some kind of structure, and that’s one thing I told Chris a lot, a lot of people say, Well, you’re an athlete, you should know how to get in shape. Well, when you’re an athlete, you have coaches and trainers to tell you what to do. I never knew, really knew how to make a work out program for myself.

I’ve always had someone give it to me. It’s hard. You hit it hard, you go in and you get your butt kicked for an hour or so, and you’re done for the day.

And I like that. I like the efficiency of my workouts. >>TP: Can you give me your best Chris and Heidi impersonation? >>J: [Laughs] I would always see Chris do the …….. He gives you the big sigh, he gives you the sad eyes, Well I just need, you know… just, you can do it, you know, what am I gonna’ do with you?

And I just kept seeing that over and over again, and Heidi kind of, a different variation, but she has a, a, a soft person first, and then she goes, Well, you gotta’ get out there and do it! And she just, she flips, and you’re kind of like, Whoa, because you don’t, you don’t expect it, she kinda’ scares you with it, after awhile, you’re like, …she’s like, I don’t wanna’ hear that S***, you get down there, and you get the reps in or you’re gonna’ do another one! And I’m like, okay….

To sum up Chris in one word, I would say Compassionate. He has the passion for what he does, and it’s kinda‘ rubbed off on me, in the same way, uh, they’re both passionate about helping people, but for someone who’s never had a weight problem, and for him to, uh, deal with all the stuff he has to deal with, the whining and complaining, I was like, You’re good, I’d probably get to a point, I’d say like stay fat, you know [laughs] like I can’t hear this anymore. To sum up Heidi in one word, us, she’s, she’s so Driven, she’s, you can see it in her, you can see it in her speech, when she talks to you, she just is so, it’s almost as if , you know she wants to give you a smack just to wake you up, because she knows and sees within you, and she sees your potential right away, and she’s gonna’ keep pushing and pushing and pushing, and she’s so persistent.

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