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Monday, March 24, 2008

Weight Loss Blog Interviews - Andrew Scott

I had to opportunity to interview Andrew Scott, a Scotsman living in Indonesia about his weight loss program. I met Andrew when he answered the call to be a beta tester for the 12 week course in whole food eating I'm developing. In a post I did the other day about other , I quoted from Andrew's website Discipline or Regret where he says:

It’s time to think for myself, it’s time to educate myself about my body and the foods that I eat and how exercise affects it. And that’s what I did, for months I read and asked people and read some more. Then the time comes when all that knowledge has to be turned into actions to be come wisdom. I had to initiate all the information I had, and I am ... I am embracing the pain of discipline because I don’t want to suffer the pain of regret!

RobHi Andrew, thanks for doing the interview. Lets start with your age.

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comI'm 29 Rob.

RobWhere are you currently living?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comI live in Surabaya, Indonesia, but I'm originally from Scotland

RobAnd what do you do in Indonesia?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comI'm a happily married English teacher with an eleven month old son

RobWhat was your reason for starting your weight loss program?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comI went on a Dr. visit in January and he told me if I don't lose weight I probably wont see 40. I have a beautiful wife and son, heck I have got lots to live for!

RobWow, powerful motivation. What was your starting weight when you began?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comMy starting weight 15 weeks ago was 302lbs and now it's 282lbs

RobCongratulations - well done Andrew! 20 pounds down in 15 weeks, a safe and effective weight loss. Do you have a weight loss goal? Is it a weight number or body fat number you’re shooting for?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comMy weight loss goal is 220lbs, I am going home to Scotland in June for a holiday and I'll be having my body fat checked out. I also have a goal of a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.92

RobWhat sort of exercise program are you following?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comAt the start I was using the Abs Diet and then I started making my own workouts. But now I am following the Turbulence Training workouts

RobYes, Turbulence Training by Craig Ballantyne, excellent. I'm in the middle of an right now. How often do you workout / train?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comI am doing 3 strength training workouts per week (Mon, Wed & Fri) and then 3 interval training workouts on the other days (Tue, Thu & Sat), with Sundays off. I do all my workouts at 4am in the morning, not because I want to but it's the only time I have.

RobWow, 6 workouts a week, awesome, and 4 am! now that's commitment. Someone who's driven to get results, to get to their goal will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Nice to see you putting in such a huge effort. What's your favorite exercise?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comI enjoy working my back and chest muscles, so anything that works them and gets them burning.

RobAre there any obstacles you had to overcome to begin exercising / keep exercising?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comGetting up at 4am! If I try to do my workouts after work I get lazy and then inconsistent.

RobWhat is your goal in regards to exercising?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comI am really digging into the science of exercising, before I would focus on small muscles but now I am targeting the big muscle groups to blast my fat!

RobYes, once you begin exercising or make a change in your eating program, it's always fun to read more and discover the science of it all. I like science, but I like the ancient / natural approaches too. The natural approaches seem to get forgotten by maney. What sort of nutrition program are you following?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comI started off with the Abs Diet program. But now I am happy to say that I am beta testing your "12 weeks to a Former Fat Guy" course; coming away from processed foods and sugar.

RobYes, that's kinda how we met, you're a subscriber of my newsletter and when I put out the request for beta testers, you answered. Thanks for being involved. What is one of the cardinal rules of nutrition that you have learned, always follow or never break?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comThere are many that I don't want to break with my new lifestyle; I drink bottled water (about 2.5 - 3 liters per day). Eating more protein, and low carbs. One thing I have learnt is that not all carbs are bad.

RobYep, it's mostly processed carbs that are bad, not all carbs. Do you have a food tip that you’d like to share?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comEat between meals!! Don't let anyone tell you that you can't eat between meals. If you have healthy snacks between your meals then you'll spike your metabolism into burning fat throughout the day.

RobDo you allow for a reward meal? A reward day?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comI have a Cheat Meal usually on Saturdays for my dinner. Everything can be on the menu, but I am usually still very careful.

RobAh ha, I see you're regarding it as a cheat meal, not a reward meal - interesting. How important do you regard proper rest and sleep in your weight loss program?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comIf I don't get a good nights sleep then my muscles wont get the recovery they need. I would like to be getting about 8 hours per night, but at the moment I am getting about 7 hours. I try to have a 30 min nap on workout days at about 4pm.

RobWhat sort of nutritional supplements do you use?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comI am using Whey Protein.

RobWhy did you start blogging your journey at http://www.disciplineorregret.com?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comI started the blog to keep myself accountable and to encourage others.

RobAwesome. Tell the world your story and your goals and you have a huge audience to keep accountable to. Nice. If you had any advice to anyone who’s considering starting a weight loss journey, or someone who knows they should start but haven’t yet, what would you say?

Andrew - DiscipleOrRegret.comBe very careful with all the weight loss lies out there. Start to educate your self with eating & exercise. I have but myself into this formula.

Educate + Initiate + Evaluate = Success!

People can motivate you but you really need to take yourself seriously and know what you want and how to get there.

Evaluation is the key to show you where you have come from (mini successes) and also how you can build upon and improve what you are doing.

RobThanks for taking a moment out of your busy day to share your story with us Andrew.

You can visit Andrew's website at Disipline or Regret

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Rob Coopers Fat burning tips In 1990 Rob weighed 475 pounds and was able to burn almost 300 lbs of fat in just two and a half years. Rob does weight management coaching from his office in Edmonton Alberta Canada. Rob's diet is based on a "System Specific Organic Whole Food" line of foods along with various fat burning, muscle building tips from Tom Venuto. Tom's Philosophy is very similar to Rob's and he's happy to recommend them

Rob is currently using the Seven Minute Muscle Workout program.


At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Jason said...

Great Interview. Another excellent article on this site.

At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Exercising at four am. That is amazing. Nice to 'meet' someone else on Rob's plan..


At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Nathalie said...

hi there, are you still looking for beta testers for your new program?

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Art Gonzalez said...

Great post. For healthful weight loss I would emphasize though the importance of proper hydration. A technique I was taught about a year ago is to drink six glasses of water (it's difficult when you are starting!) first thing in the morning. Then wait about 45 minutes or an hour (while you are getting ready) to eat or drink anything else. Then continue drinking clean pure water the rest of the day as normal. This technique stimulates all the internal organs and brings them rapidly to prime condition. You will feel the difference in a few days. Also another tip is to take ice cold showers. It will feel you with super energy and also make you sleep better at night.

Art Gonzalez
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At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

Art, I advise 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning.

6 is a lot of water to drink and may impair electrolyte balance don't you think?

2 first thing in the morning, and then 2 hours after meals, another glass

At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

Nathalie, at the moment I'm not, I'm sorry to say.

There are over 20 beta testers going through my program and because of where they're at and the system I'm using to communicate with them, taking on anyone new at the moment would simply not work.

I'm still thinking about how to get another 5 or so people involved, but simply haven't figured out the logistics of it.

Thanks for asking


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