Greg’s 12WBT Story

Community // Madeleine // 6 February 2013

Greg Greg with his daughter Laura at Christmas in 2011, left, then on Christmas Day in 2012, right.
If you want to know how to get something done, ask a super busy person! A year ago, 54 year old executive Greg felt he was bigger than he should be, then his doctor confirmed it. He signed up to 12WBT and lost over 20 kilos. He now looks 15 years younger and has more muscle definition than when he was in his late-20s – something that has astonished his 19 year old son!

What’s truly amazing about Greg’s story is that he has the kind of routine that would make a lot of people throw their hands in the air and say “There’s no WAY I have time to stick to a health program”.  He works long hours, travels a lot and lives and works in Brisbane during the week, heading home to Adelaide on weekends to be with his wife and two kids.

Greg shared with us why the 12WBT has proved ideal for his busy lifestyle. 

What led you to the 12 Week Body Transformation?

I’ve always been sort of solid and muscly. I used to play AFL and even back then when I was really fit, I was still 95 kilos. Before the 12WBT, I don’t think you would say I was obese but I felt way too big.

Part of the weight gain happened when I first started starting to travel back and forth from Adelaide to Brisbane for work. I’d been living by myself, travelling quite a bit around the place, and eating too much. I don’t drink but I had been having big breakfasts at hotels and things like that. I knew I had put on weight because I was starting to get to the point where I couldn’t get business shirts to fit me!

But really there were two things that led me to join 12WBT. I went for a medical check up in Adelaide in December 2011 and the doctor said, “You’ve got to lose some weight, your blood pressure is too high”.

Then I had a conference in Perth and we had a group photograph. Up until then I’d been avoiding photos. But I saw the photo in our company newsletter a couple of weeks later, and I almost didn’t recognise myself. I thought “I have to do something.”

I did some research and found the 12 Week Body Transformation online and thought I might give it ago.

Greg1Greg with his son Jonathan before the 12WBT
How active were you before 12WBT?

I hadn’t consistently exercised for a while. I’d go for a run every now and then or the odd walk on a weekend, but nothing really regular.

Were you much of a cook?

Yes, but I’d always use lots of butter. I’d eat custard, white bread with lots of butter, big pieces of steaks, entrees and desserts… all the stuff I don’t eat now! Then there would always be one night a week where I’d have takeaway – chips with the kids – KFC or a hamburger.

I ate twice as much as what I actually needed to and wasn’t having enough good food or fresh fruit and vegetables.

What did your family think when you started the program?

I initially kept it very low key. I didn’t even tell my wife to begin with! I started on the Advanced Lean & Fit Program in Round 2, 2011 and I’d come home on weekends and follow 12WBT Nutrition Plans. But I didn’t actually tell my family. I just said in the first week of the program, “How about I cook on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights while I am in town?” Of course my wife said “That would be fabulous!”

I had been doing 12WBT for a few weeks and came home to Adelaide one Friday night and my wife said “Have you been losing weight?!” The weight was just starting to fall off – I think by that point I’d lost about six kilos in three weeks. She said “Your face is looking thinner, you don’t look as tubby,” and I said “Yeah… I’ve just started doing this program.”

I think another three weeks went by and another six kilos were gone and she said “What are you doing?! How are you losing weight?” and I said “Oh I’m doing this 12WBT program.” I think she was worried something was wrong or I’d started on some cult thing or something because the weight loss was so rapid!

After you explained, what was her reaction?

My family has been very supportive.

He is now completing the Advanced Lean & Strong program and says he is leaner and stronger than when he was playing Aussie Rules three decades ago.
You work as an executive in the mining industry and it sounds as if your job is quite demanding. Your routine is also quite irregular as commuting means you can’t go for a food shop on the weekends. How do you make it work?

Normally I plan my menu and shopping list on the plane over from Adelaide to Brisbane or on the return flight on the Monday morning. I go straight to work in Brisbane on Monday then go shopping that night for the whole week having already worked out how many days I’ll be in town.

I need to be really organised, and that’s one of the reasons that I really like this program, it is all laid out for you. Particularly in the first 12 weeks, when I was really trying to get my weight down, the fact that there was there Shopping List just made it easy. The Nutrition Plan generally has recipes for two people but I’d just go through the Shopping List I was given and cut everything in half.

How do you stick to the 12WBT Program when you are travelling for work?

I joined a gym that has got branches around Australia and if there isn’t one where I am going, I’ll book a hotel that’s got a gym. I work my meeting schedules so I can either exercise in the morning or the evening when I get back to the hotel.

The hardest part is making good decisions at night. Breakfasts are easy as most hotels have got a continental breakfast menu. It’s the dinners that are the hard bit. If I have to go out with clients I just have to make sure I’m careful. I won’t have two courses and I make sure I pick the right sort of things off the menu.

I have learnt to be very disciplined. I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve had McDonald’s chips, for example. But I still look at them sometimes and think “Oh I’d kill for one of those…”

Everyone has those moments!

Chocolate is still my weakness, but that’s another story…

We would say everything in moderation!


How much weight did you lose that first Round?

17 kilos. I went from 108kg to 91kg.

If you had been so successful losing weight in those first 12 weeks, why did you decide to return for another Round?

I came back because the Program worked really well with my lifestyle. It gave me a workout plan and my week’s menu. I now don’t waste food. I shop just for what I need for that week and not for any extra. And actually because I eat relatively efficiently at home and cook for myself all the time, I find it saves me money because I’m not eating out.

The temptation when you live alone – as I do during the week – is not to cook but to go and get a takeaway or pizza for dinner. But the good thing was even if I was working late in Brisbane, I knew there was enough food at home plus recipes that I could cook myself a good meal.

So it has been really, really good and I thought after I first lost the weight “Why not continue?” I had read about the Advanced Lean & Strong program and I thought since I was at my goal weight – or what I thought was my goal weight – I’d try to work on my strength.

I then lost another four or five kilos on that program – which was unexpected! When I was fit and playing football in my late twenties I was heavier than I am now. I’ve been 87kg for the past six months.

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Greg and a very proud Laura
What do your kids think of you doing this? They must be proud of you!

My daughter is very proud. My 20 year old son is a bit peeved…


…Because dad’s more cut than he is.

That’s hilarious!

He had a whole bunch of friends over to our house for an Australia Day party. There were some girls there that I’d known since they were about 14. My son and his mates were standing around and one girl saw me and said “My God, look at you!” Then she turned to the boys and said “You should all take a leaf out of your father’s book and get healthy!” They weren’t very impressed.

You are 54 but you do look about 15 years younger in recent pictures. It’s pretty amazing.

I know. It’s been quite bizarre. A year ago, if someone said to me I was going to lose close to 20 kilos I would have thought I’d look terrible and have heaps of loose skin flapping around. But I don’t. It just hasn’t been like that. The 12WBT has been a very healthy way to lose weight. My daughter in particular is very, very proud of me. She is 12 and she wants me to be around for a long time so she thinks it’s pretty cool that dad is looking so fit and healthy!

Greg’s Stats

Start weight: 108kg
Weight loss in first 12WBT Round: 17kg
Total weight loss: 21kg
Current weight: 87kg
Goal weight: 87kg

Sign up for the next Round of the 12 Week Body Transformation.



  1. Jacqueline Reply

    What an inspiration! Especially with the difficult lifestyle he leads due to work. If he can do it whilst travelling around like that, then we all should be able to at home all week!
    You’re right, looks SO MUCH younger!
    Good job Greg! 🙂

  2. Kelly McClure Reply

    Absolutely rocking Greg. Hope your wife is pleased as much as your kids.

  3. Jane Sloan Reply

    WOW! Greg looks amazing! What an inspiration! I’m on round 1…. a 12WBT virgin. I have 2 kids and a bad back. My back has prevented (excuses, excuses!) me from doing the exercise I want and like. My back hurt… I didn’t exercise… weight increased and due to this, the pressure on my back increased = sore back. It’s a huge snowball (kind of like me!). I WILL lose my flab. I am about to join the workforce again and want to be able to get out of bed without feeling rotton.
    My kids get upset with me because I can’t play active games with them. This WILL change. The final nail in the coffin was my son telling me my tummy was bouncy. ENOUGH!!!
    My friend did the 12WBT, and she looks amazing. She is fit and healthy and full of energy. I want my life back. I want to be in control of myself and my eating. I have never been so determined to do something as what I am now.

  4. Jane Vella Reply

    Amazing Greg, you have just giving me the lift I needed today to keep on track of my goals.

    Thank you

  5. Luisa Reply

    Read your story, Congratulations on such a great effort and what an inspiration you are.

    This is my first try at the 12WBT, and so far so good…just got to do more exercises, but Im sticking with walking as I have a bad back, but am determined to also lose 20-30 kilos by Christmas.

    Keep up the good work.



  6. Ange Reply

    Congratulations Greg, you look amazing and definitely a lot younger than your age! I’m only into day 3 of my first round of 12WBT and despite feeling sore, I am determined more than ever to achieve my goal. Just seeing the amazing results you have achieved gives me so much inspiration.

  7. Mel Reply

    Well done Greg, amazing results and you look so healthy and fit. Just what I needed to read to keep me going
    Cheers Mel

  8. Ja Scott Reply

    wow Greg if you can do that the i can too im roughly 125 kgs and 166cm in height and and a baby due in 15 weeks so im quite keen to get healthy and fit for my baby girl and a new leaf in life but i also dont want to tell my partner because shes one of them people that dont believe in programs to lose weight so she doesnt motivate me to want to do it this is why i need to join a supportive group and work on it love the story by the way

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