Hey everyone! My name’s Mario Tomic, founder and main writer here on ShockingFit.com. I’m 26 year old fitness and nutrition enthusiast who after 3 years of dedicated training and dieting decided to compete as a fitness model at Musclemania events which is a top natural athlete competition in world.
I love training and eating healthy, having an awesome healthy body and clear mind is the greatest feeling in the world. One day I decided to make ShockingFit.com to share my story and knowledge I accumulated over the years. My goal is to help people who are on the same journey I was once was so they can learn my experience and save time by avoiding some mistakes I did. This site has a mission to improve your life by providing real information backed up by real life experience.
How I transformed from a fat beer belly PC Gamer to a Fitness Model competitor
My journey started 3 years ago, at that time if someone told me I was about to compete as a model one day I’d probably call him crazy or drugged as I wasn’t the best example of a healthy person. Imagine a World of Warcraft player eating only chips and sandwiches, drinks tons of sugar soda, sits by the computer all day all night who has absolutely no physical activity except clicking a gaming mouse. Heaviest I was lifting was a sandwich and a bottle of Coca-Cola. I guess I was spending some calories by walking 30 seconds to the bathroom occasionally if the game was on pause :).
PC Gaming or Nightlife
Even after I somehow finally decided to “get a life” and quit PC gaming my next ultimate goal in life was to party. Those were the wild times, I would sometimes drink 4-5 days in row eating only chips and sweets or some other crappy food I could find. If you ever tried clubbing 2-3 nights in a row you know how that just consumes your reality and you end up in zombie mode most of the time due to very little sleep and no food, imagine doing that for a year :D Let’s just say that workout and health were something alien for me at the time.
First step toward a better future
After I graduated college I decided it’s time to change things, it was just impossible to continue that lifestyle anymore, it just didn’t feel right. First step was to sign in a gym, having no prior experience in fitness I asked one of my friends who I knew was training before to recommend a book to get me started and he told me about a workout and diet book written by Jeff Anderson which would eventually get me into reading a lot of fitness and diet books. I think I’ve read that first book at least 5 times to get it completely in my head. This picture was taken a little mode over 6 months of intense training and applying all the principles in the book. Who says you smile with a beer belly :)
How did I start all this?
I started with a firm decision and I believe that’s the only way, you have to be able to imagine yourself doing all these things and just make that your reality. It sounds simple when you say you have to cook every day, eat every 3 hours, travel with food, count every calorie, pick only healthy food, saying no to drinking but I assure you it’s not very easy. From time to time you lose the motivation and this is when it’s most important to keep going, you sometimes have to force the reality when things turn against and you must do so to achieve your goals.
Surround yourself with people who inspire you!
Luckily for me I ended up in a gym filled with awesome people. I believe this was one of the things that had the most effect on my results. It’s very important to be surrounded with people who bring out the best out of you, fitness and health is very simple but not easy to apply and sometimes you need that little push to make it through.
Willpower was the hardest thing in the beginning, at that time it’s crucial to be very clear about your goals and have people that reinforce the new beliefs you set for yourself. Having someone to remind you of those goals is priceless.
How fitness and health improved my life?
My life was changed completely, fitness lifestyle has made my think about other aspects of life I can improve and become better in. It has affected my business and social life as well as overall well-being. Eating healthy food helps your stay younger, energetic and passionate about life. Training improves creativity, memory, mental power and makes you feel great and confident about your body. Things like yoga make you feel connected to the universe and relieve stress which is one of the biggest enemies of enjoying life and living happy. Here’s a picture of me doing yoga on a beautiful beach in Croatia:
I hope my writing on this site will help you achieve your fitness and health goals. Feel free to contact me and leave your questions in any post if you need more information on my writing and I’d be happy to help you out. Take a look around the site I’m sure you’ll find something useful.
Some of my future goals are:
- Compete as a Fitness model at Musclemania
- make ShockingFit.com one of the best fitness sites in the world
- contribute to society with my knowledge
- travel to Asia
- learn salsa in 2013
- learn Spanish and French
- grow organic food in my own garden
- start my own company
- write a book about nutrition
Progress Update: Photos from 19.9.2012.
Progress Update: Photo from 15.4.2013.
Stay awesome and good luck with your fitness goals ;)
Best regards, Mario Tomic
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