I am a mid 30's guy that likes to joke around. I've been into martial arts most of my life, and I don't really like working out for the sake of working out. I'd much rather participate in an activity (like martial arts). I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and between Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Wing Chun Kung fu, I have about 22 years experience in martial arts. I am a big fan of
I am a mid 30's guy that likes to joke around. I've been into martial arts most of my life, and I don't really like working out for the sake of working out. I'd much rather participate in an activity (like martial arts). I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and between Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Wing Chun Kung fu, I have about 22 years experience in martial arts. I am a big fan of Dr. Suess and the Muppets. I like long walks on the beach, pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. I am into Yoga....X.
My fitness journey began about 14 years ago when I stepped on the scale and I was the heaviest I had ever been. I had lost my mojo. I decided I NEEDED to do something. So I stopped drinking soda. After a month, I had lost 12 lbs with no other changes to diet or exercise. So I figured if that worked so well, what could I do if I worked out. I started a workout program and began to learn about exercising and eating. I followed my workout and eating plan with no deviation (like a boss!). I'm the type of person that doesn't like wasted effort, so I tried to learn as much as I could about everything I was doing to be sure I was doing it properly and efficiently. Over the next year and a half I dropped about 55lbs of fat and gained about 20lbs of muscle. -flex-
Then the holiday season came and I thought that over the season it would be ok to not follow my plan for eating or working out as long as I started again January 1. At this point, I had been eating well and exercising for quite some time, so it should be easy enough. Right? January 1 came and went, and I never started. I tried, but for some reason it seemed much more difficult this time and I could never find that routine or fire again.
Over the next few years I gained everything back, and had that same feeling the first time I stepped on the scale and was at my heaviest. It was devastating. I started working out again, but nothing close to the intensity and frequency I did my first go around. This time I was married, and had a child. I was working full time and going to school part time in the evenings. I followed a popular diet plan and it worked well for me. I didn't see the results I had with my first trip into the fitness world, but I was satisfied with what I was getting for the effort put forth. Like all attempts to become fit, this one fizzled out.
Over the next few years I put all the weight back on again (See the pattern developing here?) and again I hit my heaviest. This time, I worked full time, owned a house, lived 40 minutes from work, and had two more children (a set of twins), and a dog. Life was extremely busy. My responsibilities became excuses for my lack of exercise. I tried several different programs including P90X (which I fell in love with) but about 6 weeks into it, I lost my motivation and stopped. I was constantly tired and workouts became less and less frequent until I wasn't doing them at all. I did lose a bit of weight and put on some muscle, but I still didn't have that "fire" I had 14 years ago.
Fast forward a few more years, all the weight came back, and I lived a very sedentary life style. I'd go to work, come home and play video games. Neither my wife nor I liked to cook or clean. Kids were pretty picky eaters, so food was based around convenience. I lost my passion for all things. I kept trying to find that activity that would draw me in, but nothing grabbed my interest. It was just so much easier to come home, plop down in my computer chair and play games. I'd order a pizza or some sort of delivery food when it was dinner time, and that was that.
That was just a few short months ago. About a month ago, battling fatigue, depression, sleep issues and who knows what else, I decided something HAD to change. My kids were learning my horrible habits. I was heading down the road to heart disease which took my grandma and almost took a friend I graduated high school with. I had the doctor run a vitamin analysis to see where my fatigue was coming from. Everything was good except vitamin D (which doesn't cause fatigue). I had read and learned a lot over the last 14 years about fitness and nutrition. The knowledge was there, I just had to find a way to put it to use.
I started P90X again, but something is different this time with my mentality. I am feeling that fire I felt 14 years ago. Working out, sleeping properly, and eating properly has given me the energy I so desperately needed. With each small gain, my motivation increases. Each time it's easier to button my pants, I want to continue on this path. My kids are picking up the good eating habits and they even like to get into the workouts with me. Things are going in the right direction and I feel great!
I decided to become a coach, not because I have all the answers, but I know how difficult this journey, this lifestyle change, can be. I also know how rewarding it is when you stick to it and see results. I want to share my experience with those who may be facing the same struggles I did, and get you to a point where you can rejoice in your own progress. I want to share the awesome feeling of becoming fit and healthy. Would you like a partner for your journey? I'm right here.
My transformation story stats on August 3rd 2013 with P90X. That first day was a tough day. I could barely make it through the workouts. I wasn't doing near the reps of Tony Horton and crew. I was More ...
My transformation story stats on August 3rd 2013 with P90X. That first day was a tough day. I could barely make it through the workouts. I wasn't doing near the reps of Tony Horton and crew. I was blasted after the workout and ended up going to bed about 3 hours earlier than normal. The only reason it wasn't 4 because I couldn't go to bed before the kids. lol. The next day I was really sore! So much so, I decided to order the P90X Recovery drink and added Shakeology to it.
30 Day Results - I lost 11 lbs and an inch in my waist and hips. I am extremely pleased with these results and can't wait to see 60 and 90 day results. You can see more detailed results in my Blog here - http://www.teambeachbody.com/edit-profile/blog/-/blogs/my-first-30-days-on-p90x-results?_33_redirect=%2Fedit-profile%2Fblog
First let me say that the mere fact that I completed all 90 days of any workout program is amazing for me. This was my 3rd attempt at P90X over the years and I was determined to finish it. I had a More ...
"Diet" , we use that word a lot. "I'm going on a diet so I can lose these extra pounds." In its original meaning, it was supposed to mean everything you ate whether that was good or bad. Now it's More ...
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