Don Stemen lifts at his favorite gym.
DELPHOS — Getting in shape is probably the most common goal among adults, not only for New Year’s resolutions but throughout the year as well. Unfortunately, it’s also the goal that most commonly goes unachieved because despite good intentions, motivation to exercise often wanes and dietary sabotage abounds. It is a very rare person who can look at a donut or a bag of chips and say “no” time and time again.
Delphos native Don Stemen, 25, has become one of these rare people. Since breaking into the world of bodybuilding, fitness has become more than just a goal or a hobby to him. It defines how he lives his life.
“I hadn’t thought seriously about bodybuilding until my friend Cody Jones put a bug in my ear about it,” Stemen said. “I was already putting in the gym time at Peak Wellness but I didn’t really start training until about 8-10 months ago after I found a show I wanted to train for. That was when I started to adopt the lifestyle.”
Part of the lifestyle is changing what you eat. Stemen says eating right is a choice he has to make to be successful in bodybuilding.
“Food intake has to be regulated, specifically to include high protein and low carbs,” he said. “The carbs you do eat have to be from fibrous sources, like brown rice. I eat every 3-4 hours and everything is portioned out.
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