By Jan Hauser
Weight Loss Coach, Personal Trainer Food
“Tactics without Strategy is the noise before defeat” Sun Tzu – Art of War
Weight loss is a war; to win it you must have a complete, efficient strategy that fits into your daily battle of life. RECON gives you the precise strategy of a surgical strike so you can get in shape and feel great…fast!
Personal Trainer Food is pleased to introduce RECON, the first ever men’s program that offers you a complete strategy with delivered “real-man food,” an easy, progressive fitness plan, and the intel needed to succeed throughout your life.
Is RECON right for you, your husband, dad or brother?
We challenged 10 men from different walks of life to do the RECON program. Watch as they take the 8 week RECON challenge to burn fat, become stronger, tougher, and get their bodies back—get the insider’s scoop to how this new program can help you live the life you deserve!
Meet the Men of the RECON Challenge…
43 years old
5’7″, 260 pounds
I was not much of an athlete until I got into high school. That’s when I got into cross-country running. After high school, I joined the Army. I worked on heavy equipment such as tracked personnel carriers and 5+ ton trucks. You can imagine that was a lot of heavy lifting! My unit was always deployment ready. Being in shape was easy because of my work and training for combat readiness.
In the military, I weighed 170 pounds. I could easily run 5 miles, and go on 20 mile hikes. I can’t do those things today because of my weight. If I tried I would be sore for days!
When I got out of the military, I was able to stay in shape for a while, but then I got married and started my family. I was working and going to school at the same time, so I had little time to think about eating right and exercising. This led me to gain about 100 pounds in the last 12 years.
I have tried all kinds of diets. They might have worked to lose a couple of pounds, but then I would end up gaining a couple more back! It seems that the older I get, the harder it is to lose weight. I ride my bike to work and back every day, but the weight just won’t budge.
I have seen the results Personal Trainer Food gets for other people, and I want to show my family and the world that it works; I want to be an inspiration to others with this RECON Challenge!
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Operations at Christ’s Haven for Kids
52 years old
5’8″, 218 pounds
Many pounds and years ago, I was an All-American Gymnast. I also received individual All-American honors on High Bar and Vault. I competed and trained with the U.S. Men’s Olympic Gymnastics team as well. I have always been an active person, but my weight has crept up over the years.
I have used Personal Trainer Food in the past, and saw great success. Being lighter and having more energy helped me to participate in more of my favorite physical activities. But last year, I suffered an Achilles injury. Soon after I recovered from that, I started having knee problems.
The frustration over this led me to eat unhealthy foods. I consumed a lot of bad stuff like French fries, pizza and Butterfinger Blizzards. I also have a weakness for Mexican food; before my main course would arrive at the table, I would consume a ridiculous amount of tortillas, queso, salsa, and chips.
My work involves caring for orphans and displaced children, providing all their physical needs including medical, clothing, housing, food, and education. I do a lot of work outside making sure our facility and vehicles are providing the safety required four our kids. We also take them out camping and on long, challenging hikes. I was unable to go on a recent hike because my increased weight caused me to injure my ankle.
I need to lose the weight I have gained over the last two years from being injured and eating poorly. I also need knee replacement surgery, but need to get to my goal weight first. Losing weight with RECON allow me to keep up with my active lifestyle, and continue my work helping children in need.
46 years old
5’9″, 196 pounds
I am currently in remission for a type of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The diagnosis was a complete shock as I was in the process of losing some weight to get healthier. I had already lost 33 pounds by using Personal Trainer Food. But over the course of chemotherapy treatments in the last 6 months, I have gained some of the weight back.
I beat my cancer with the unwavering support of my family, my faith in God, diligent medical care, and proper nutrition along with limited exercise. All these things helped me to keep a positive attitude during my battle. I believe that losing the weight I gained since my diagnosis will help to build my immune system and increase my ability to participate in more activities.
The overall process of feeling and looking better adds life to my years and years to my life, which is more than the cancer allows. The experience of having cancer has left me to be free, honest and happy, knowing that if I can beat it, anything is possible!
My family is my world, especially my two beautiful daughters aged 15 and 19. My motivation is to do everything in my power to be healthy and live a long life so I can help my daughters become even greater young women than they are now– and to play with my grandchildren who I someday hope to have!
30 years old
5’7″, 228.6 pounds
I have struggled with being overweight my entire life. I have tried to lose weight in the past but it always seems to come back. I guess I never really made the decision to truly change my lifestyle and eating habits– once and for all.
I love days that I can cookout, drink and play the guitar surrounded by friends and family, I do it as often as possible. But when you’re eating and drinking with friends, it’s easy to get carried away and just be in the moment. That is when I tend to make poor choices in food and drinks. I believe that is something that has really held me back from getting the weight off and reaching my goal. I really hope that RECON can help me embrace new habits, while still enjoying my time with my friends and family.
One of my biggest frustrations with weight loss is maintaining control of my habits, and eating too much of the bad foods that everyone loves. Even if I was trying to eat healthy, I would treat myself to a “cheat” day, and end up indulging myself with everything I could.
Now that I am 30, I want to make a lifestyle change to be healthier so I will be able to do things that my weight has held me back from. I’m not as concerned about how I look as I am with getting healthy and being in good shape. I believe that RECON will help me be able to run around with my future family and kids, while being a great example for them.
Surgical Equipment Repair Technician
38 years old
5’6″, 173 pounds
I began to gain weight in my mid 20’s when I started socially drinking more frequently. I also eat a lot of fast food…which isn’t good. I have tacos, burgers, pizza and tortillas all the time. I’ve never been big on sweets, it is the starchy stuff that has put the weight on like breads and potatoes—and I love rice!
I would like to maybe see a six pack and see some muscular definition as well. I carry most of my weight around my stomach; I have always had a huge belly. Even though I am one of the smallest RECON challengers, I know that this kind of fat is really bad for my health.
Over the years, I have gained weight and I am not as energetic. This year alone, I have been to the doctor three times. I’ve been sick with different things like colds, fevers, and allergies. I feel like all of this is due to just not taking care of myself.
I just don’t have the energy to go out and do things with my wife and kids. My wife always has a date set aside for family time and I never go anymore because I’m too tired. I’m missing out on all the good times. I see their pictures and videos and I’m not in them. I want to spend time with them without forcing myself because I have no energy.
48 years old
6’0″, 320 pounds
I was in great shape back in 1996, weighing in at 205 pounds. I was very active, playing full court 5 on 5 basketball, 36 holes of golf, and driving around with my buddies looking for pick up tackle football games.
But my eating habits have never been good. I would eat two Big Mac meals and a hot fudge sundae or a double meat Whataburger and a couple fried apple pies. I joke with people that I ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner…twice. Okay, it wasn’t a joke! It was true. After eating dinner I would go out around 9 or 10 pm to get a burger and then go home to sleep.
I started dropping my activities as I got bigger. My marriage also ended, and I took the divorce hard. I continued to put on weight over the 10 years since the divorce. I’ve said I’ll date when I get back in shape and feel good about me. Now I’m ready to make that happen.
I would love to go out and get some new clothes to upgrade my look. Lots of nice things I see in stores don’t come in XXXL. I’m also uncomfortable dressing up for work because nothing ever fits right. I think everyone can sense when I feel uncomfortable, and that limits my ability to expand my career options.
I have a beautiful 15 year old daughter who I am very proud of. She’s the most important thing to me and I want to make sure I’m around as long as I can be for her. When she was four, I was already over 250 so she has never known me to be in shape. So as much as this push to get in shape is for me, it’s also for her. She is my real motivation.
33 years old
5’11”, 225 pounds
In my 20’s, I could eat as much as I wanted and I didn’t really gain weight. I could eat a whole pizza by myself and could binge on whatever sweets I wanted.
Over the years, I have tried to improve my diet. I have slowly decreased the amount of junk food I eat, and I stay away from fast food and delivery as much as possible. I even became a vegetarian to try to improve my health.
Today, I am the same weight as I was in high school. Despite this, I still have more body fat than I would like. I want a leaner, stronger, healthier body. Having been a vegetarian for the last six years, I think that increasing protein from meat sources will help me lose the fat that doesn’t seem to want to go away.
I’m motivated by my girlfriend. She is anxious to do Personal Trainer Food along with me while I do the RECON Challenge! How cool is that?
35 years old
6’3″, 229 pounds
As a full time DJ, my social life has caused me to get off track. I have tried to lose weight but it keeps coming back. I kind of watch what I eat, but I make bad food choices, especially late at night. The thing about being a DJ is that people are always buying you a drink.
I am ready to change my lifestyle to be healthier as I get older. I don’t necessarily feel old right now, but I have to remind myself that I’m not as young as I used to be. I see a lot of people my age who don’t care how they look, or what they put in their bodies. Worst of all, they are not thinking about their health. Most of them end up regretting those decisions later on. I don’t want to be one of those people; I never want to have regrets in life!
It’s not like a have a lot of fat to lose, but I do want to get lean again. My ideal body would look a lot like Ryan Reynolds. But, as long as I look good in…and out of a fitted t-shirt, I’ll be happy! Of course a six-pack would be great too!
I am motivated and supported by my girlfriend. She inspires me because she never makes excuses or lets anything get in her way. She makes me want to be a better man.
35 years old
6’3″, 273 pounds
I was in great shape back when I played sports, ran 6 days a week and lifted weights. Things slowed down when I began having neck and back problems after being hit by a car during a foot chase while on patrol in 2006.
In 2011, I was assigned to a desk job. When assigned to patrol, I was on my feet 80% of the time with only 20% desk work. My desk job reversed that ratio. The habit of grabbing fast food, especially during a major case leaves me little time to search for clean food. I began to gain weight and started losing my energy.
I want to lose weight for two reasons. First, I want to be here for my wife. You have to understand, she is a tiny little thing. I have to reach stuff on the top shelves for her and open doors for her, so I need to be around for a while!
And secondly, my life is in the hands of my co-workers and theirs are in mine. I need to be able to last 3 minutes in a ground fight or run for a couple miles. These officers have families and it’s my job to ensure they get home safe. I want to make sure I am physically fit enough to help my co-workers out if I need to.
Do you need to lose weight in a hurry? You could be down 10-20 pounds or more in your first 28 days with RECON. Don’t believe us? Watch these men and see!
High School Football and Powerlifting Coach
49 years old
5’10”, 285 pounds
From the time I was little, I wanted to play football. Despite several knee injuries, I lettered 4 years, even earning All-Conference. I decided that if I couldn’t continue to play, I would coach the game I love. My job keeps me pretty active still, but my diet has kept my weight much higher than it should be. I’ve hovered between 270-300 pounds for the past 20 years.
Being a stocky man worked well for me when I used to play football, but today, my weight has become a health issue. I’ve been pre-diabetic for a while and my blood sugar numbers have crept into the warning zone, putting me on daily medication. For the past year, I have also been dealing with a blood clot issue that has me taking daily meds.
These looming issues have made me realize that I need to do something serious to improve my health. I’m ready to do whatever it takes!
I have a beautiful wife of 21 years, and 3 amazing daughters. I need to make these changes not just for myself, but for my family. Losing the weight will also help me become a better coach. I hope my example will inspire my players to be the best they can be.
I’m excited about RECON! I know it will be the difference-maker in my life.
About the Writer
Jan is a 13-year veteran in the fitness industry and has personally coached and trained thousands of people to live fit and healthy lives around the world. 100 pounds ago, she knew exactly what it is like to be obese, sick and unhappy, feeling like there was nothing that could be done about the excess fat she had gained. That is why she couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Personal Trainer Food team today. She has successfully and permanently lost the fat using the principles of this program.