I've Walked in Your Shoes...
In 2009, my life reached a turning point.
Externally, everything seemed perfect—I had a wonderful wife, a successful career, and I was always doing fun trips or events.
But internally, I was struggling. My job felt unfulfilling, and despite being aware of my declining fitness, I was in denial about the extent of it.
The moment of truth came when I saw myself on my store's security footage, barely recognizing the person I had become. This was a wake-up call. I realized it was time for a change, not just physically but in my overall approach to life.
Motivated by this realization, I started on a journey that led to an 80-pound weight loss in just 10 months. But more importantly, this transformation ignited a passion in me to help others achieve their health and wellness goals.
Breaking Free From the Weight Loss Cycle
My journey to a healthier me wasn't my first rodeo.
I'd tried every diet, exercise program, and quick fix out there, only to find myself caught in a frustrating cycle of losing 20-25 pounds and then regaining even more.
But the breakthrough came when I stopped chasing quick fixes and started focusing on sustainable change.
The first big obstacle that I had to overcome was that I worked in a mall and the food court was my only real option for food.
I started with small, manageable swaps in my diet, like choosing smaller fries or opting for a single cheeseburger instead of a double. These gradual changes, made over months, led to more healthy swaps and a sustainable 80-pound weight loss.
When it came to exercise, I chose to avoid boring treadmill workouts and picked activities I enjoyed, like strength training, basketball and swimming, making fitness a fun part of my life rather than a chore.
Read more about my story from this article from Precision Nutrition: "How to lose 50, 75, 100+ pounds—from 3 health coaches who’ve done it themselves"
A New Direction in Health and Wellness
My journey into strength training started with limited knowledge from my high school football days. Quickly, I realized that what worked at 16 wasn't cutting it in my 30s, so I turned to personal trainers at my local gym.
However, it wasn't smooth sailing. I went through six trainers due to various reasons, leading to a lack of consistency and progress. Frustrated and ready to quit, I was informed that canceling my membership would mean losing the 72 30-minute personal training sessions I had accumulated. Determined to use them up, I doubled up my sessions, focusing not on fitness but just getting through them.
Then, something unexpected happened: I met Rob, a former Navy Seal. Unlike any trainer before, Rob explained the 'what' and 'why' behind each exercise. This not only led to visible results but also ignited a passion for health and fitness within me. It was the lightbulb moment that combined my love for coaching with my newfound enthusiasm for fitness, paving the way for my new career.