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Wednesday, April 05, 2006


For those of you who have been following this blog, you know that I have been conditioning to prepare for a photo shoot for a fitness publication. Well it has been three weeks since I was asked to do that shoot. In that time, I have made some drastic changes in my physique that my body hasn't seen since filming George of the Jungle. But I haven't done it alone. I have had an amazing team of inspiring people around me to make that progress possible. My training partner, Matt Antrim, has met me in the gym and keeps me pushing when my body just wants to go back to sleep (I train at 5 am) but he's there making sure I show up and push myself! Kudos to Gregg Kappy who made it possible to monitor my fat loss. Also, thanks to Chad Landers of PUSH Private fitness for training and dieting tips throughout. And no acknowledgement of my fitness team would be complete without mentioning Mike Zumpano and Paul Klinger of Champion Nutrition for their constant insight and support. I am so lucky and grateful to have such a powerful and knowledgeable group of guys helping me out.

There is also my family, friends, and girlfriend who somehow tolerated my mood swings through some uncomfortable dieting. I don't know about you but I get cranky without my food! And finally, THANK YOU! I look forward to sharing my progress and knowing I'm being held accountable by all of you logging in and being a part of this journey. I can't wait to get some pictures from this shoot to share with you.

All Things are Possible when you have a great team. Who are you grateful for in your life who helps you make all things possible? Wanna shout out to them here? (Here is a good dry run for your Oscar speech!)

All Things Possible!


  • At 7:42 PM, April 05, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hmmm - looks I'm first with a comment again...

    Congratulations again Chris on being able to make such drastic changes in such a short amount of time - I knew about your dieting, of course, but had no idea that you were working out at 5 am. Heck, I wasn't even really aware that there was a 5 am!

    My family and friends are the ones who make all things possible for me - especially my parents and my late grandparents who provided my moral and ethical upbringing - but so many support me on a daily basis it's hard to narrow down for one "speech." It might sound cliche, but I'm not sure I could get through the day without their guidance and influence.

    My recent experience while directing "Beauty and the Beast" also allowed me to realize how fortunate I am to be surrounded by so many people that are willing to take my "vision," contribute to it, make it their own as well, and then create something memorable.

    Of course, Chris, you've been an inspiration as well. For example, your recent conditioning experience has inspired me to get serious about fitness again (it's been too long since I was a regular in the gym - but I tend to go at 5 pm) and one can't ignore your positive attitude!

    My recommendation is to make and maintain as many relationships in life as you can - each is important and can't be duplicated.

    Looking forward to everyone else's thoughts.


  • At 4:48 AM, April 07, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hi Chris --
    I, like Dave, and as I've mentioned before on this blog, continue to be amazed and grateful for the influences my parents, my husband's parents, my grandparents, my friends, and my children have had on my life. Being surrounded by people who believe in you, no matter what, truly makes you feel that all things are possible.

    And being inspired on a regular basis by this web community is a beautiful thing! It's been fun tuning in and following your career with you. Many times your "all things possible" outlook jump-starts my day. And now, as Dave said, we're being inspired to think about our own health and fitness. I enjoy hearing from everyone who has joined you on the journey.

    Hope your web family will continue to grow and prosper! -- Sue from Michigan

  • At 7:57 AM, April 07, 2006 , Anonymous Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Dave and Sue!

    Thanks for the great comments! Dave, I loved what you had to say about relationships. Like Sue said, the people who inspire you to believe that you can achieve anything are the real gold in your life. Bravo on renewing your fitness efforts. That is a worthy endeavor that will pay off with dividens of confidence, energy, and power that you'll use in every other aspect of your life. BTW, 5 am told me to tell you HI and it misses you.

    Hey Sue,I'm so glad you're inspired by this community that has gathered here at this site. I am too!! We have an awesome collection of thinkers and believers and optimists. I'm so grateful!

    Have a great weekend all!!

    All Things Possible!

  • At 12:12 PM, April 07, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    5:00 am for exercise..WOW!! this is what i call determinism and discipline... i look forward seeing the photos.. i am sure they will be worth it of all the efforts..

    Thank you for asking the Oscar question..i will be happy to share about those special people in my life..

    i am most grateful to this author (who writes about Sufism) who gave the answers of the most important questions of my life together with his personal support and compassion.. i found my path with his light.. i can't thank him enough..

    My nephew who is only 20 months old.. my little giant..since he was born he has been the GREATEST source of happiness for a little creature like him can be so wise and compassionate i still don't get it.. the love he gives away and the way he receives my love is so pure and enthusiastic that it lifts me up so much every time.. each of our special moments with him are miracles of life for me.

    My reiki instructor became one of my greatest supports when i needed the most. having someone on your side 24x7 at very difficult times creates a different kind of appreciation feeling. My parents, my host father (my American dad while i was an exchange student in NY long years ago), my close friends, especially my dear brother, also have been great support in my life.. they have always faith in me even for my craziest dreams and/or plans no matter how impossible they looked.. and believe me that i can push the limits.. i am such a dreamer.. as both Dave and Sue said feeling this support is a great strength to dream BIG.. i am also grateful for my American artist friends, some i have met in person, some i know only from the artist forum for 3 years now who has been giving me support even though i had to take long breaks to study painting..

    And Chris, you are certainly someone i am grateful for as one of the strongest inspirations to me by all means.. after knowing you and reading this forum i have started to ask myself more everyday what have i done for someone today? Is there anyone who needs me? Can i be more positive towards this thing? i also appreciate everyone here who are all very sincere, insightful and positive..

    Very best,

  • At 9:13 PM, April 07, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Unfortunately, 5:00 am is going to have to miss me for a lot longer (LOL)!

    I think that the strength to dream big is one of the most important strengths to have. After all, if all we had were small dreams only small things would get done. I can't remember who said it (an advertising firm founder is all I remember) but I believe that "if you reach for the stars, you never end up with a handful of mud."


  • At 12:02 AM, April 08, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Great posts everyone, I'll think this over and come up with something later ..I hope. *looks for fancy Oscar dress*

    @ Dave: may I add to that: 'If you aim for the Moon and miss, you'll still be among the Stars!'

    Happy dreaming everyone. Be Inspired!

  • At 1:25 PM, April 08, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

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  • At 2:54 AM, April 09, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Dave, i agree completely.. and i like both sayings ( yours and Jaschenka's) about the stars.. and like to add something else even though it is indirectly the same meaning.. i believe in good we travel in a journey forms and feeds our soul which is a permanent gain.. of course i would love a great result with a marvelous journey :) let me wish this for everyone here for their dream.. BTW, i have been meaning to tell you that it is brilliant that your Beauty and the Beast show received a very good response from the audience.. i love seeing the happy and pleased faces of the players on the stage after a show when they see such a response from the audience.. we don't get that chance in the movies..

    PS:somehow i managed to send my post twice and deleted on of them..

  • At 8:42 PM, April 09, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Thanks Lara - and I think one of the reasons that live entertainment is still thriving in this age of video, DVD, tv, and film is because of the interaction between the audience and the performers (actors, musicians, comedians, etc). There really isn't anything else like it in the entertainment business. Each art form has it's own strengths and the audience/performer relationship may be the biggest strength that live theatre has.

    Of course, movies and television are more than capable of evoking a reaction from their audience - it's just that the performers don't get to experience it first hand.

    Speaking of emotions and going back to an earlier topic if I may - I just watched "Hotel Rowanda" and "Crash" in one evening. Both of these movies certainly got an emotional reaction from me - and interestingly enough they both deal with similar topics (racism) in completely different ways. I recommend seeing them both if you haven't already!


  • At 9:56 AM, April 10, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    ...But seeing them both in the same evening? Now THAT'S a workout!

    Hey Dave, Laura, and Jaschenka! I loved the dialogue here. One of my favorite things about the internet, per Dave's racisim movie weekend, is that we can communicate to individuals of every race, color, and creed from all over the planet instantly and get to interact strictly on the basis of our ideas. In type, we don't have to grapple with our biases or reactions to how one looks or speaks, we get to share our ideas and beliefs - where I believe our true essence is. In that atmosphere, racism is practically impossible. Who would have thought the internet would become a tool for world unification and healing? I love it!!

    As for live theater, there is a real humanity there knowing that you are watching a real person have a real experience on stage at that moment breathing the same rarefied air. There is a courage that live performers must embody to be that open and vunerable in front of a live audience without trying to manipulate the outcome. I'm hoping to do some more live theater myself this year. It is an awesome forum to express and test your craft.

    All Things Possible!

  • At 10:38 AM, April 10, 2006 , Blogger MarathonShannon said...

    Hello Friends,

    Ther is so much love and joy on this site, I love checking it out! Chris, your diligent pursuit of physical excellence is an inspiration. Although I haven't met 5:00AM yet, I met his neighbor 5:30 as my friend Debbie and I began our new fitnes program together, this morning.

    We are following ther guidelines set up by the BIGGEST LOSER show. We have the work out DVDs and are following the prescribed menu to the letter.

    I make our lunches and put a note in Debbie's today that said "All Things Possible" and gave you credit, of course.

    Thanks for making this site available toall Chris. You are truly an inspiration.



  • At 3:09 PM, April 10, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Actually watching both in one evening was the opposite of a workout - I just didn't seem to have the energy to do anything else (all the adrenaline from "Beauty" and my travels must have finally left my body). But I am back up and around today!

    Shannon - so there is both a 5:00 am and a 5:30 am. Will wonders never cease??


  • At 9:49 AM, April 11, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Shannon!

    AWESOME!! You are off and running - LITERALLY! For those of you who don't know, Shannon and her friend Debbie are fully immersing themselves in the diet and exercize program that accompanies "The Biggest Loser" TV show. Shannon left her friends and job and actually moved to be with her training partner for this process. Now that is one of the finest examples of dedication to a fitness program I know of!! Shannon, you have my total respect and praise. Thanks for checking in and please keep us posted on your progress! Also, please tell 5:30a that Dave is on his way...I got a feeling!

    All Things Possible!!

  • At 7:34 PM, April 11, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Shannon - let me add my congratulations and well wishes for taking on your new fitness regimen with such gusto! I, who can't seem to even get out of bed a little earlier in the morning, bow to your dedication and hard work. Hurrah for you!! I know that all this effort will be worth it.


  • At 5:27 AM, April 12, 2006 , Anonymous christopher showerman said...

    Dave -

    That whole adrenaline thing you mentioned is real. I know after shooting George all I wanted to do was sleep for about a month. My entire system was totally fatigued. As much as we joke about getting up early, it is equally important to let the body repair. I find exercize to be a little model of life with it's ebb and flow. It was one of the first areas where I really felt that I had control over an aspect of my life and that power felt so good I didn't want to stop. Even still it is a great way to remember that we are all masters of our destinies and with our will power and determination hold the key for all things possible.


  • At 6:35 AM, April 12, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Enjoying the postings this week as I work to keep motivated on my walking exercise program. Doctor's orders! A daily dose of ATP helps a lot. Thanks Chris, and to all who write in!

  • At 4:41 AM, April 13, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    I completely agree with you on proper rest. I remember when I first started working out that I was frustrated with my progress - or rather - my lack thereof. I found out that I was actually overtraining. Once I started getting proper rest things went better. Of course my best gains/progress came during the time I was getting proper rest AND proper nutrition! Too many people keep thinking that there is some secret trick to getting into and/or staying in shape when in reality there are several key factors: exercise, rest, and nutrition and the dedication to follow through. I also agree that keeping fit is a great confidence booster - I know that when I feel good it is easier to take on the challenges that life presents us with.

    Which is where "attitude" comes in and as Sue said a daily dose of ATP sure helps!


    P.S. By the way, I couldn't help but notice the time of your last post, Chris - proof that you really are up and "at 'em" in what I would call the wee hours of the day!

  • At 8:10 AM, April 13, 2006 , Blogger Tom said...

    Hi Chris!
    i'm one of your newly french fan.
    I discovered you on "Georges" of course. you've a really funny and "living" play!
    i also feel that you re a really beauty model for me because longhair really rocks!!! (sadly you didn't keep it long!) i also do some fitness, but not as hard as you for now its seems!
    i prefer surfing, thats more funny to ride wave than weight steel...
    so, i'll give you all my support from the far shores of france, praying that you growing you muscles as you need (and your hair as i wish! lol)
    but still do your good job, and i hope seeing you soon on french screen!
    having fun! ;-)

  • At 5:50 PM, April 13, 2006 , Blogger MarathonShannon said...

    Dear Chris and Dave and all the Gang!

    Thank you so much for your sweet comments and encouragement. Here's the update you requested, Chris... today is DAY 4 and my training partner Debbie and I are going strong!

    The morning workouts are very callenging, but BOY--they do seem to be working, I'm feeling muscles I never knew about before! The plan has us working out 6 days a week and eating so many vegtables, I feel like I should just sleep in the produce section of Trader Joes.

    Officially we weigh in once a week, but I cheated and weighed in this morning. I was STUNNED that I have lost 5 pounds over these past four days. Crazy. I know the initial weight loss is often substantial, still I was VERY pleasantly surprised. I'll let you know where we stand after our Monday morning, "offical" weigh-in.

    Much love & good health to us all!

  • At 7:21 PM, April 13, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    I guess I get to be the first to congratulate you on your success!

    I know that you are "stunned" now but I also know that the best is yet to come for you and I'll be you'll even get to the point soon were you will be craving those vegetables.

    Keep up the good work - I can't wait to hear how your "official" weigh in goes.


  • At 1:17 AM, April 14, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Great job Shannon...


    as for the morning workouts, the bigger the pain the bigger the gain i guesss..

    i hope the rest goes easier with the very good feedback your already are recieving.

  • At 4:45 AM, April 14, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    G'morning All!!

    First Off, thank you TOM for checking in from FRANCE! You'll be happy to know that, even though I wore hair extensions in George, I am growing out my own hair now. or as you may say in France, it's a oui bit longer now - about to my shoulders. Thanks for your great comments.

    I'm going to join everyone else in congratulating SHANNON in a remarkable and inspiring start to her program. AWESOME!! You inspire me! Keep up the great progress!!

    Hope you all have a GOOD Friday and a GREAT weekend!

    All Things Possible!

  • At 9:18 AM, April 14, 2006 , Anonymous Tom said...

    Great thanks for the welcoming Chris!
    Shannon i wish you more succes for the nexte! and keep in mind thal food is one of the key for a bodyshape!
    i know the problem, so much good things to eating here in france (i really love too much french bread! lol)
    fortunatly it seems lots are not so calorics...
    its hard to still an athletic and cute surfer like me! :-))
    oh, Chris, i hope to see your new hair look soon!

    good week and chris and all friendly people here ;-)

  • At 1:26 AM, April 15, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey all.

    Sure looks like you got us all moving, Chris -including me (and that's saying a lot!) Way to go everyone, and big hurrah to you, Shannon. With a nickname like that you're sure to win! Extra tip for all of you who want to get some excersize: start doing agility classes with your dog! (I just took over my hubby's class and it sure is hard work)
    Bonjour monsieur Tom, bienvenue on this blog! -hey, we are almost neighbours.

    Chris, you're not working on a bit of a 'warrior-drawing' hairdo there, are you?! ;)

    Have a wonderful Easter weekend everybody..and don't eat too many chocolate eggs (or stroopwafels, Chris)!

    -XXX- Be Inspired!

  • At 2:18 PM, April 17, 2006 , Blogger MarathonShannon said...

    Dear Friends,

    Wow Chris, the people who participate in your forum are AWESOME. Since so many of your friends offered me their good wishes and support (Dave, Chris, Lara, Tome, Jaschenka~ thank you!) I just wanted to let you know how my first week went following the On-Line program of the Biggest Loser.

    My friend Debbie and I both did really well at our first offical "weigh-in". We were faithful to the menu and exercised as best we could! After just one week, Debbie lost 5.4 pounds this past week and I lost 7. Woohoo--three cheers for us!

    Thank you all very much for your kindness and good will. Here's to healthy life choices for all of us.

    Chris,when do you expect to have your next magazine cover hit the the news stands? I want to the first in line up here in San Francisco!


  • At 8:19 PM, April 17, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Thanks for letting us know the results of your first week - and once again I get to be the first to offer my congrats! Bravo on a job well done - you have taken the first steps on what I know will be a successful journey.


  • At 9:59 AM, April 18, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Shanon, nice to see that your success is official now.. i think getting the reward of a hard work is one of the best feelings.. i use to run in the university track team.. always loved the feeling of a good/winning race while i was so tired.. ( even though i haven't been running for quite some time i intend to start some day)

    it seems like teaming up with your friend Debbie is a great idea.. at least to me.. i also like to add that i love your positive and cheerful attitude towards such a challenge.. it sure is a supportive approach for anyone who may want to try something like this..

    excellent job !!!!!

  • At 3:59 PM, April 18, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    I couldn't agree more! Go Shannon!! You Rock!! Keep up the great work and thank you so much for keeping us posted! Good luck to the rest of us all as well with whatever program each of us is working on. Giving up is not an option!!

    All Things Possible!


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