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Step Away From The Chicken!

May 11, 2010 by Joey Vaillancourt · 9 Comments 

I thought today I would share with you a story about something that happened to me about 2 months ago, while I was preparing for my competition.

First, I want to let you know that I am a proud uncle of two adorable nephews, Keegun and Kolton.

This is a picture of them below.

Keegun And Kolton

Of course, being there uncle, I do my best to be a good role model, and I try to be there for them anytime they need me.

But a couple of months ago, I did something I was not proud of…

It was Easter weekend and I had went down to my hometown to visit my sister and her family for the afternoon and to have lunch.

Now during this time I should point out that I was in full-on competition prep, with only about 2 weeks away. I had been doing fat loss training twice a day, barely eating, my energy levels were low and I was just plain not fun to be around by that point.

Now of course, this was just temporary, but nevertheless, it forced me to do something I hope my little nephew will one day forget.

Hopefully this isn’t a childhood memory that will scar him for life.

As lunch was being served, I was exposed to a variety of very tempting foods including chilli, buttered buns, spagehtti-o’s (yes even those were tempting) and some deserts that I knew I could not possibly have because of my fat loss diet.

Luckily for me, there was salad! My savior. I do not blame my sister for not having food, because I always come prepared and this time was no exception as I did have all my meals for the day packed with me.

But, the time they decided to eat, did not co-incide with my next meal time, so I decided to just munch on some salad and save my meal for later.

I had about 4 bowls of plain salad as I watched everyone enjoy their buffet style meal. However, during this meal, Keegun, said he was not hungry and he opted for not finishing his meal.

There it was, a full bowl of spicy chilli, a half eaten bun and a small bowl of ice cream left there unwanted…as I saw it being taken from the table, I think a tear fel from my eye, lol.

Later on, about 1 hour later, it was time for my meal of a small chicken breast 5 almonds and plain brocolli. Yummy eh?

Now although it may not sound too apetizing, at the time, I looked forward to that meal as if it was my last. I literally savoured every bite because I knew that I did not have the luxury of eating anything else.

As I sat down for my meal, by myself, my nephew Keegun joined me at the table.

Keegun: “Watcha eating Joe (he calls me Joe)?

Almost immediately I knew where this was going…the kid wanted my food…

Me: “Not much buddy, just some plain chicken and some vegetables”

Keegun: “Can I have some?” – The four words no starving dieter wants to hear!

But how can you say no to this face?

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But him being my nephew, I decided to give him a piece, after all, he will probably just eat it and run because it was plain chicken right?


Keegun: “Can I have some more?” He asked after inhaling the first piece.

Again, I hesitated, but gave him another sliver which he immediately swallowed whole.

Keegun: “More?”

He started getting serious…

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By this point, I was recalling all the delicious food he just disgarded because he wasn’t hungry at the time.

Finally I cracked, and I said no…

Ill never forget the look on his face when he realized that I really wasn’t going to give him anymore…

Looked something like this actually…

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He left the table, confused and disappointed as I sat there by myself eating what was left of my meal, feeling horrible…

Obviously, I would never do that under normal circumstances, but desperate times called for desperate measures.

On the way back home that night I was still thinking about what I did that day and if it really was wrong or right and what I could do to make up for it.

Then it hit me…The only reason the little guy wanted any of my food was because he looks up to me.

He wanted MY chicken because I was eating it. Had he just had been served the chicken as part of the regular meal, he probably would have did the same as he did with his chilli, buns and ice cream.

Although it might sound selfish, it made me feel a bit better.

Not to say I felt better that I did what I did, but at least I knew that what I did was the in-direct reason he looks up to me in the first place.

He has said on more than one occassion, “Joe’s got big mountains on his arms!”

Here is a picture of him showing off his ‘Guns’!

Keegun Gunz

He think’s I am a larger than life bodybuilder, when in fact and I am a decent sized fitness model.

But had I not been so commited over the years and taken it to the extreme on occassion and sacrificed, I may have never reached the level at which I am at now.

You see what I am saying?

That is a powerful thing to be able to inspire others and I am very proud to say my little nephew looks up to me. Although he might think twice about sharing his food with me next time :)

So that brings me to my main point today. How serious are you?

Who do you want to inspire or who inspires you?

Everyone wants to build muscle or burn fat for different reasons and I fully support you no matter what that reason may be.

But I urge you to consider some deeper reasons to getting in shape, trying to gain muscle and being a confident role model to someone who looks up to you.

Not only will this be beneficial to the person who looks up to you, but it will also make it easier for you to stick to your goals.

Next time your in the gym and you want to just go home because your ‘tired’, think about the people you will let down and I can almost guarantee you will stay in that gym and complete the workout.

Go above and beyond in and out of the gym and inspire others!

I would like everyone to share a personal inspirational story if you have one.

I plan on making this particular post where people can draw inpspiration from when they are feeling a bit low or need an extra boost.

Let’s hear what you got!?



9 Responses to “Step Away From The Chicken!”
  1. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Just read the blog, still makes me laugh. But it is true! My little boy looks up to you and I am happy that he has such a great role model in you! (may have to talk about the whole sharing thing…lol) He is just as proud of his uncle with “big mountains” then I am of my little brother. You are truly an insperation to so many. Keep up the great work and your dedication to inspire others to follow their dreams!

  2. Joey Vaillancourt Joey Vaillancourt says:

    @Jennifer – Thanks sis!

    I really appreciate that, and I am very proud of all my family as well. I am better now about sharing, but I still wouldnt mess with me if there is cheesecake around! ha :)

    Thanks again, you made my morning :)

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