My BEFORE and AFTER, courtesy of P90X2

Let me start by saying the following…this is thoroughly embarrassing. There is no part of me that is boasting about my progress or showing off in any way. But I am proud of the immense effort I’ve put into my training the last three months, and I’m happy with my results thus far. I have a long ways to go to meet my overall goals, but I’m also happy with where I am right now. Did I start at 300 pounds and lose 100 and become “The Biggest Loser?” Nope. But it’s pretty clear what this industry can do to our bodies in a short period of time, and I decided enough was enough. And I took action. And the result is I feel better than I have in 15 years.


The answer is incredibly simple, but it’s far from easy:

  • I completely changed my diet
  • I trained with P90X2 five days a week and went hiking 1 day a week
  • I used various techniques to improve the quality of my sleep
  • I learned new ways to manage stress and not allow it to overcome me
  • I stopped making excuses and decided NOW was the time to do this

So why am I posting these photos despite my embarrassment? Because if posting this inspires even one person to make a change in their life for the better, it was worth my own personal discomfort.

These are real photos, I am not getting paid to post these. There is no airbrushing, color enhancements, or Photoshop work of any kind (full disclaimer: I did use Photoshop for the layout and adding type). These are 100% raw photos taken 107 days apart in the same room at the same time of day.


The most important thing to know about these last 107 days: I wasn’t on hiatus. I was working 10-12 hours a day cutting a network TV show (ABC’s Black Box). I was waking up at 6am every morning to watch my two kids (4 1/2 & 2 yrs old) until 8am…I was sitting in a car for 90 minutes a day commuting back and forth to Hollywood. I was putting my kids to bed if I arrived home on time. And as if all of this wasn’t enough, I was spending any remaining “free time” the last 107 days developing the Fitness In Post program.

Anyone reading this post can make positive changes in their life. That’s why I’m posting this despite my intense desire to do otherwise. My only regret is that I didn’t have the confidence and courage to do this 5 years ago. The next 3 months of your life will pass no matter what…so wouldn’t you rather use that time to the fullest?

Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. Zack helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs overcome procrastination, depression, and creative burnout so they can get sh*t done and achieve the most meaningful goals in their lives...without sacrificing their sanity in the process. If you’re interested in learning how to better manage your time, your energy, and develop ninja-like focus, download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”

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