Transformation Weight Loss Success Story photographed by Julie Wilcoxson at

Charles Phillips – November 2014

1. What made you join Transformations 4 Life Boot Camps?
I was overweight and out of shape. I was on several different medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides.  I knew I needed to do something but what. I tried working out on my own in the past but never stayed with it. Gyms didn’t interest me.  They seem to impersonal .Then I heard about this boot camp thing. Several people in my Life Group do it and I would hear them talking about it. I would peek over my wife’s shoulder as she was looking at Facebook and I would see posts from people who had gone to boot camp and what they had done.  So I thought I would give it a try and see what it was like.  The first workout I didn’t know what to expect. Fortunately several of the “older” members helped me out and gave me direction since I had no clue as to what I was doing.  By the end I realized just how bad out of shape I was in. The next morning my muscles confirmed this because I could barely move.  But it was a good feeling because I knew I had done something.  The feeling of accomplishment after each work out is a big motivator to keep doing it.

2. How long have you been coming?
I started coming to boot camp in mid-February.  When I first started I was coming to all of the afternoon workouts but because of my work schedule during the summer I was only making it to one. Since I hate missing, I started coming to the Monday afternoon workout and the two early morning workouts on Wednesday and Friday. I like how that breaks the schedule up doing it every other day but that 5 o’clock wake up is really tough!

3. What have you enjoyed the most?
The camaraderie. The feeling of being with other people who are all working towards the same goal of improving their health. Sure I could do this on my own but it’s a totally different experience for me and honestly I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it.  I also enjoy the improved health, slimmer waist line and all of the other benefits of working up a good sweat.

4. What results have you experienced so far?
Since I started I have lost about 25 pounds. I feel much better and have more energy. I have decreased my medication and my overall numbers are the best that I have ever seen them. My clothes fit much better. In fact some of my old stuff I could no longer wear I can now get back into. On the down side, depending on your perspective, I have had to buy a lot of new clothes to replace my now baggy stuff.

5. What have you learned about yourself?
I used to think that as I was getting older the medication, gaining weight, and not having much energy was just part of it and that was life. I now realize that’s not the case.  If I continue to work hard and stay committed to this like I have been then as I continue to age I will be able to enjoy that time with my wife and kids and not have to worry about my health.

6. What new goals have you set for yourself?
I would like to lose a few more pounds. Maybe get down to 190-195.Continue to work on toning up the flabby areas. And work on my overall strength and endurance.