Brett Seeley B&W Artistic post Colo State Shoot-August 2015

Another amazing shoot with the famous and ultra talented Brett Seeley! This one took a lot of guts, admittedly a very new experience for me- but the result is pure art!

 

Dustin Sheffield Western Americana Shoot Pre Colo State-July 2015


Shooting again with one of my favorite photographers and creative masterminds, Dustin and Natalie Sheffield of DSP Active. This time, a country western blend with Americana. This shoot was such fun to produce! Special thanks to Alicia Tait, who supplied the horses, location, and her angelic smile to make this shoot complete. The resulting images were truly AMAZING-so much so that only about half of the final edits will be available to be seen on social media, while the other half are submitted to various publications such as Colorado Lifestyle, Fitness, and Outdoor magazines, clothing lines, and even romance novel publishers! Stay tuned for more news and more releases!

2015 Colorado State Championships-July 11, 2015

Finally getting around to posting stage pics. Toughest competition I have ever stood against, kudos to the amazing athletes on stage. Special thanks to my sponsors: ReadyFitGo : Healthy take away for meal prep, total lifesaver. Max Muscle Nutrition Denver for the best supplements and undying support. Action Spine & Sports Medicine for holding this tired, beat up, and worn out bod together and keeping it tuned and running like a race engine. Most of all, biggest thanks to the mastermind behind it all, my coachWatty Watt Allen Watkins. Team TnT for life! And finally, my workout partner and brother who endured all my 90 min lifts till 10 pm, Brian Firkins, best support a guy could have. Love you all!

 

Dustin Sheffield lifestyle shoot 11 Oct 2013

I was approached by a photographer whom I had never truly known, worked with, or even seen his work, but I “went for it”. The experience was amazing – fast, efficient, organized, sets pre planned and lighting preset, highly creative and a joy to work with. As we shot and I previewed, I saw his use of color and lighting is amazing. The end result, seen here, I couldn’t be more thrilled with! I gained a new artist to use again & again, refer with highest recommendations, and a new friend. Thanks, Dustin – you wowed me!

Max Muscle Corporate Photo & Video Shoot! October 2013

I have been honored by the invitation to the headquarters of Max Muscle Sports Nutrition in Orange County, Calif for an exciting shoot with 4 other finalists from this year’s MaxFormation top 10! Like living a dream I never thought I’d see after 13 years of being overweight, can’t believe this is happening to ME!

Training for Colo Natural NPC, August 5, 2013

2013 Summer Off Season, Summer 2013

Max Muscle Mile High NPC-June 12, 2013

Training for Mile High NPC-May 2013

Tony Contreras Shoot, May 2013

Brett Seeley shoot- April 2013

Northern Colo NPC. April 2013

The Old Me. January 2013

This is the old me.  This was me, before I began training on Jan 2, 2013.

I was a physical disaster.  I wore a 38-40 inch waist, which spoke nothing of the far larger belly I carried above my waistline.  I couldn’t perform most crossfit type exercises, it was physically impossible.  In fact, to my embarrassment, I had to hold my breath to bend over far enough to tie my shoes, it was a strain getting around my belly.  My blood pressure had risen to the point of needing medication. At one point, the stress had deteriorated my health to the point where I was losing blood via my GI tract, had ulcers, and stress tension causing pinched nerves making me think I had had a stroke when part of my face went numb!  I was working myself to death, and bandaging it with cocktails.

The mental and emotional effect was far worse……. I KNEW I was unattractive. I was embarrassed to go shirtless at the beach or pool.  I had to creatively wear cloths to hide my gut. I looked OLD. I was aware of my lack of mobility, and that jogging across the parking lot would have me breathing hard.  Women were no longer interested in me, and I had grown quite lonely.  Pouring myself in to my work, I realized I had no life left – no hobbies, no activities, no travel, adventure, all that had been lost years ago.  I had become miserable with myself.

Even when I was “doing better” and able to find my way in to the gym, all the progress I made during the week I would completely and thoroughly undo during the weekend by eating poorly and drinking.  It was like I was in a time warp – two steps forward, three steps back – and losing ground.  Meanwhile I was surrounded by competitors at The Gym, and saw the example they set.  I witnessed the progress, the growth, the trials and tribulations, the discipline, the camaraderie.  I wanted THAT life! I wanted to be a part of that team, that life.  I wanted to experience it, to live it.  I began to say “one of these days I’ll do a show”…. “when I get the office settled down, I’ll do a show”, “when I hire someone to free up the time, I’ll do a show”.  No one believed me, with good reason!  Finally I realized……. I was making excuses, and I was a “someday” guy………  a “wanna be”.

I was on the verge of becoming professionally and mentally burned out, and having an emotional  and / or breakdown.

Frankly speaking,  I had slipped, I had let myself go.   Plain and simple, I was FAT.