As Tom's weight began to drop, it wasn't only his body that changed – his mindset changed too. His customers and employees were all telling him how good he looked, and everyone had the same question: "How did you do it?" His typical response was, quite simply, was to point to his improved diet. Eventually, at 52 years, Tom made his physique competition debut – and was quickly hooked. "I love the meal prep diet," he explained. "I love the fact that I only compete against me." Fast-forward three years, and Tom is still killing it in competitions and living his best life. He currently follows a clean eating macro program, and he's in contest prep for a show for a natural, drug-tested bodybuilding competition. The key to his success is the fact that he cooks all his meals ahead of time, with portions weighed out and ready to go.
"I was so happy ... to be able to keep my snacks, lunch, and dinner all in one bag. I have brought my 6 Pack Bag to work every day for the past 3 years."
Apart from sticking to a clean diet and prepping for competitions, one of Tom's most important goals these days is to continue to share his story. "Cancer didn't beat me – it actually saved my life," Tom said. Now, he talks to anyone and everyone about men's health. His dream is to have a big blue bus out at events, offering free PSA blood tests for men. "Early detection can beat this cancer," Tom explained. "Just think. 1-7 men will get prostate cancer, so if there are 50,000 people at a sporting event or concert, and I get just 10% to take a test, how many men can we save?" Tom is just a regular guy who ate junk food, drank too many beers, and didn't take care of his body. One day, he almost lost it all. Now, he loves his healthy, fitness-centric lifestyle. He loves how he feels – and, with a wink, points out that being single doesn't hurt him at pool parties during the summer!
"With my 6 Pack, I can keep my supplements and all the meals in one place."
It's true, and Tom's success story is living proof, all the more inspiring for the fact that he is so steadfastly focused on spreading awareness of prostate cancer – especially relevant this month, as September is Prostate Awareness Month – and the benefits of early detection. If these words can help save even just one life, it has all been worth it. As if Tom's story wasn't motivating enough (we're not sure if that's possible), find even more inspiration to change your life in our entire collection of Transformations Stories.
"Anyone can make a change. I did at 52 years old. So can you."