5 Questions with Brian Valentin

Previously in 5 Questions, a4HBody answered question number five by directing us to Brian Valentin at 4 Hour Body Zone.  In his own words, here's 4HB'er Brian Valentine.

Brian Valentin at 4 Hour Body Zone"I'm a 35 year old husband and father of 2 kids (with a third on the way).  I’m a school counselor and an Air Force Reserve member. I’m also chubby, I wouldn’t say I’m “fat” or “obese” but I’m definitely heavier than someone barely 5’9″ should be – and I have a noticeable amount of body fat.  My goals (as they have been my entire adult life) is to rid myself of this extra weight and fat.  Some of this is for aesthetics purposes but most of it is for health purposes.  The aesthetic benefits are simply a nice side benefit of losing fat and being healthy!"

"I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science – exercise, health and fitness have always been interesting and important to me…but for some reason I never put the knowledge and interest to good work for my own self.  This is changing now."

1) What goals are you working towards on the 4HB program? 

 My main goal is to get my weight down to my "ideal" weight of between 165 and 175 pounds. I haven't been able to get a good bodyfat reading, but I would also like to have sub 15% BF at some point.

2) How is your progress so far, what have you found easy, and what has been your biggest challenge? 

Well I started on Dec 19th, 2010 at a weight of 196.2 (at a height of barely 5'9") - currently I am at 183.0.

I am amazed at how "easy" I find this diet to be, once you know which foods you will enjoy on the diet it becomes easy to maintain and eat according to the plan. What I really enjoy too is that it is natural foods, you don't have to go out and by XYZ shakes or nutrition bars to be successful on it.

I don't know if I can pinpoint just one biggest challenge. So I'll tell you some of the ones I face most often. Eating within the morning time frame. I find it very difficult to get my first meal in within 30 minutes of waking up. Eating in general, I notice that I do not have much of an appetite - I don't feel bad, I just don't feel hungry. It is a strange feeling. At first I thought that was due to the beans filling me up, but this past week we were on vacation and I didn't have access to beans very much, and I was still not hungry. Cheating has also been a bit difficult for me, I don't have a strong desire to cheat and when I do have my cheat meals I usually feel like crap afterwards. I think this may be hurting some of my progress because the cheat day or meal is good for bumping up the metabolism before it starts to cycle down. The last difficult thing I'm dealing with is pure laziness on my part - exercising. I know you are supposed to be able to do 4HB without exercise - but really? a healthy lifestyle includes exercise, and I need to get my a** in gear!

3) What’s one tip that you would share with someone who’s just starting the program? 

Just start it, don't say "oh, I'll start next monday" or "I have a [whatever event] coming up, so I will start after that" the Nike commercials used to say - JUST DO IT! Make a list of the things you need for your first week, lots and lots of beans and I would suggest salads. Lean ground beef and turkey also help extend meals. Get everything you'll need to be successful that first week and do it. No Procrastinating!

4) What is your favourite cheat day food?

Probably either pancakes or cheeseburger and french fries.

5) Who is another 4HB blogger you think our readers should know about? 

 This community is so awesome, it is hard to pinpoint just one person that I think everyone needs to know about. Fitarella and a4hourbody are some that I currently follow in my RSS reader - another 4HB'er who I've had a chance to chat with is Jason at Finding My Fitness.

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