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howtobefit
Albuquerque, NM
On January 8th, 2007, I became a Team Beachbody member. I am still a Team Beachbody member today, but for the last 5 years, I have also been a full time Team Beachbody Coach. Being a coach has given me the opportunity to work from home and raise my children and that is a blessing beyond words. The income and the freedom of owning your own business is just icing on the cake.

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Transformation story

My first transformation story began on May 17, 1985 when in an instant, I went from a super healthy, very accomplished runner winning races or always being in contention to barely being able to run.  More ...
My first transformation story began on May 17, 1985 when in an instant, I went from a super healthy, very accomplished runner winning races or always being in contention to barely being able to run. On that evening, I hit a van broadside that had pulled in front of me at 40 mph. Surviving virtually unscathed was my greatest blessing, but seeing 13 doctors over the next 3 years to try to determine why I was getting repeated sinus infections, my strength and energy were gone and at my worst, could not walk up a flight of stairs, proved fruitless. That is until a dentist determined that as a result of the accident, I had incurred a hairline fracture in a tooth, had an infection in my jawbone and a cyst had formed in my sinus.

The infection was surgically treated and the cyst removed in separate operations, but the latter operation (since shown to be a bad option), left my sinus surgically altered and never able to function normally again. That, in combination with the countless prescriptions for antibiotics that I was given over those three years, virtually ended my competitive running career and contributed to a diagnosis of CFIDS - Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome - meaning my immune system was compromised and I would get sick repeatedly over the next 23 years.

Although my super health was gone and there was an ache in my heart because I could not run the way that I used to, my spirit remained. I was forced to leave my job managing a woodworking company because I couldn't tolerate the fumes and dust or do the physical labor. I realized my situation and the opportunity that I had to help others facing similar situations to mine and became a personal trainer focusing on the importance and benefits of health and wellness. I also began coaching runners so that I could continue to be involved with running. Finally, I started my Howtobefit.com website to spread the gospel of fitness on the Internet and began selling Polar heart rate monitors to augment my income.

My second transformation began at the end of December 2006 when I heard about Million Dollar Body and on January 8, 2007 when I became a Million Dollar Body Coach. Over the next 11 months, through determination and, frankly, divine intervention, I made the transition from full time e-commerce to full time MDB coaching and it was the best thing that I have ever done. It was a struggle, though, breaking my patterns and habits and although I was using BeachBody products and doing P90X, I continued to focus on running and recreating the past. That I know now, was a mistake.

Beginning in 2008, I fully committed to P90X as my primary fitness activity and made running secondary. The combination of the overall fitness that I have now and the low stress career of being a full time Team Beachbody Independent Coach promoting and living a healthy lifestyle that advocates positive change and successful living, I am now in a prolonged stretch of excellent health. I also now have the productive life back that I once took for granted and so treasure as one of my greatest gifts.

As of mid July 2008, I continue to enjoy the health that eluded me for so many years and have settled into the life that I have always wanted of helping other people achieve their goals, doing what I love to do and most importantly, spending unlimited time with my family.

March 2009 Update - I've achieved a balance in my life that is unprecedented. I am able to be a stay at home Dad and husband, work at home Dad, full time Team Beachbody Coach and once again have achieved a high level of fitness because of this balance. Beachbody has given me the kind of success that you can only pray for.

May 2010 Update - Unfortunately I am now a single dad and I am working full time as a coach and Grace and Carly are living with me. It will be a struggle, but we will make it with God's help.

July 2011 Update - After over a year of praying my heart out for our family, the girls and I had our prayers answered and Christy and I got married. We are a Team Beachbody family once again and now I can go back to focusing on becoming one of the top Team Beachbody coaches again with the support of my entire family.

December 2012 Grace and Carly just turned 8 and 6 and both are doing well in school and I cherish every moment that I get to spend with them as both a full time work at home Team Beachbody Dad!

Time to post an update since Grace and Carly just turned 9 and 7 this past week!

Life as a full time, work at home, dad is GREAT and we continue on with our journey. Mine this year started with a complete root tear of the medial meniscus in my left knee on a run on New Year's Day morning. With prayer and Beachbody Joint Support (I give full credit to both), my knee is pain free and I can run as much as want to now (which isn't a lot because I balance my priorities better). Faith and family always come first, but I still work out 6 days a week alternating Beachbody workouts and running.

What a difference a year makes. Last year, I started out the year with a torn meniscus. This year, I am starting out with a torn marriage. We've had a very difficult time over the past five years and there is a time when the realization hits that we just can't keep repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We are in the early stages of the separation and my primary and only concern is our daughters and their well being. After that, the focus will be on creating a new life for them and I am thrilled to be starting on that journey with them.

Programs
Meal plan:
Your current meal plan is: Power Vegetarian at 2100 calories with 300 added calories.
Workout programs:
P90X® - primary program
ChaLEAN Extreme®
10-Minute Trainer®
Power 90®
Hip Hop Abs®
Gear:
P90X Chin-Up Bar
Heart Rate Monitor
Resistance Bands
PowerStands™
Supplements:
Shakeology®
ActiVit® Multi-Vitamins
Joint Support Super Formula
Cordastra
Energy and Endurance™ Pre-Workout Formula
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05/08/14
I just realized that I haven't blogged here in 4 months and that is really bad - actually given what has happened in those four months, it's not too surprising. As it turns out, the day before my More ...
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Well I'm sure going to make a great attempt at making me the best ever this year.  I don't know if on December 31st, 2014 I will be able to say that, but it won't be for lack of trying. Let's More ...
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