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The first six weeks

December 21, 2010 - Craig Harvey
Last year I wrote a column and referred to myself as "fluffy."

Unfortunately, that nickname has stuck with my since that column in the fall of 2009.

In an effort to shed that nickname, and some pounds, I have decided to take on the Steiger Challenge — also known as Nate Built SpeciFX.

Nathan Steiger is a soon to be professional body builder residing in Forestville. He has taken first-place at the 2010 Erik Fankhouser National Physique Committee (NPC). In his first ever show, he earned the title Mr. Buffalo as he he took home trophies in every division that he was in, including the Men's overall novice and open championships. He also won the NPC Rochester as he won every possible trophy there. He placed 13th in the Country and then 8th in the Continent at subsequent shows.

When he is not at the gym, Steiger works at his day job for Steiger Realty. He also created Nate Built SpeciFX, planning diet, nutrition and workout programs for others looking to lose weight or get in shape for bodybuilding.

Enter Fluffy Harvey.

The first stage of the program lasts four months. I have been on the program for six weeks and have lost 20 pounds.

When Nathan and I first spoke, I shared with him my unhealthy eating habits and lack of training at the gym.

The first thing he did was give me a meal plan which consists of protein, protein, protein and some more protein.

No more chicken wings, pizza, Slim Jims (which don't make you slim) and most importantly, no more 12-oz. curls at the local brewery.

Secondly, Nathan gave me a workout plan. I had to start with 20 minutes of cardio every day and then work out at the gym five days a week, focusing on different muscle groups each day.

After two weeks, I could not stand the diet portion of the program and was ready to quit. After expressing my frustration, Nathan reassured me things would get easier.

"All your life you are trained to use carbs, but now we are shocking your system to kick fat's butt and shed it quickly and safely while building some muscle," Nathan told me. "I am here for you ALL THE WAY and I am in your corner to talk to and guide you through this."

A short time into the program, Nathan and I met at a local gym so he could show me proper techniques for each workout he has instructed for me.

I stuck with the program and surely enough, the results have become evident with each passing week. I am now seeing holes in my belt I never knew existed.

After the third week of following the diet to the letter, I was told I am allowed one cheat meal per week. I used my first cheat meal Thanksgiving Day. The taste of something other than chicken and eggs was a welcomed change.

The only change in my workout since I started has been the fact I have to get on the treadmill for 45 minutes a day now.

But hey, Nathan hasn't failed my yet, so why start to question his expertise now?

Check my blog every two weeks as I will update my progress and let you know how my quest to shed the Fluffy nickname is going.

In my next blog, I will tell you how, or if, I followed the diet during Christmas.


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