Hi, my name is Daniel Buckley. I am a Nashville, TN native that has a passion for fitness and health.
About 10 years ago, I was a scrawny 145lb 5’11 video game nerd that had zero self-confidence and no idea how to fix it. I desperately wanted to gain muscle and look fit, but I had no idea what to do in a gym, much less the right things to eat for my goals. I spent a few years taking spin classes, swimming, and messing around with weights resulting in little to no results. I was so frustrated.
So, I started researching. Lord, help me.
I dove into every possible fitness and nutrition forum out there and was SO confused! Intermittent fasting, low carbs, Keto, fasted cardio, protein, strength training, hypertrophy training, overtraining, undertraining, recovery, ‘WHAT?!’
Way too much information!
I’d watch guys in the gym that looked really fit and try to copy what they were doing, but I didn’t realize they might not have had the same goals, proper form, experience, etc.
I almost quit, but I was determined to grow out of my scrawny body. (see pic)
Luckily, I started working with a girl that did bikini competitions and her husband had experience in bodybuilding.
She put me on a strict diet of steak, chicken, eggs, peanut butter sandwiches, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes… a lot of sweet potatoes! She taught me how to make a workout split based on my goals and helped me with any questions.
Boom, miraculously, I started seeing results. All I needed was a personalized program to follow that aligned with my goals of gaining muscle.
With that said, I continued to eat the same thing every day for months and months. I saw fantastic results, my confidence level went way up and I was happy.
However, I could do this because I was working full-time and in college. I literally had no life other than the gym and my nutrition. This isn’t very realistic for most people unless you enjoy not socializing, eating a bland diet, and obsessing over your body image 24/7.
HARD PASS. I like life too much.
Fast forward a few years to when I met my husband...
Although my husband is extremely fit and attractive, he enjoyed life like most people and was not going to be ok with my boring, bland lifestyle.
I had to make some changes.
This is when I decided to dive into truly learning about fitness and nutrition. I wanted to know how I could live my life and still maintain a great physique.
I still didn’t quite understand the nutrition side of things though, so I dove into Flexible Dieting.
This is where you hear the term macros and see guys eating 10 donuts while still having an eight-pack. Sounded pretty good to me.
Honestly, it was pretty good.
I did it for years and my body continued to improve. However, it required me to log my food daily and that made me absolutely obsessive.
Although it worked, I didn’t see myself or my clients logging food for the rest of our lives. So, I needed to figure out another way to continue improving my physique, enjoying life, and not obsessing over my food log.
That’s why I chose to pursue my Level 1 Certification with Precision Nutrition. This certification focuses on strategic habit building and behavior change versus providing meal plans with specific calorie and macronutrient counts.
It seriously has been a game changer.
Simple strategic habits like eating slowly (or fast for people wanting to gain weight), consuming protein at each meal, creating a sleep ritual, eating more colorful plants, etc. make it so easy.
I am no longer obsessing over hitting 200g of protein every day, I just consciously make wise food choices.
Side Note: In order to get to this point, you must track your calories and macronutrients for a minimum of 3 months.
From there, you will learn the make up of different foods in order to graduate to a more intuitive eating approach.
In conclusion, after many years, I have finally found balance in my health and fitness.
I maintain a pretty decent physique without obsessing over macros or spending 2 hours a day in the gym.
Along with that, I eat out 2-3 times a week, drink alcohol almost every weekend (although I am not recommending that), and travel at least once a month.
Most importantly, I am happy, I am healthy, and I live my life to the fullest without having to make a huge effort to maintain my appearance.
If my story relates to you and you want to find out how to have more balance and still achieve your health and fitness goals, please click the link below to read about my online coaching services. I’d love the opportunity to work with you to help you achieve your goal physique and provide the tools you need to maintain it for a lifetime.
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