Where I Was
My breakfast used to be (and I have witnesses that can verify with horror) 1-2 frosted iced honeybuns and a Mr. Pibb. Typically, the rest of the day included burgers, fries, sodas (usually 2-3 cans a day), pizza, ice cream, and I pretty much owned all chip companies. Even to this day, I dig me some chips. Mmmmm, starchy, salty carbs. My favorite was dinner, in which I typically put away a full size bag of chips while “deciding” what to eat for dinner. You see, I knew I was going to eat an entire frozen pizza but I acted like I didn’t know what I wanted so I would have an excuse to snack on the chips.
I did alot of sitting, and alot of watching TV…. but a whole lot more of playstation. One night, I threw an interception playing Madden. Being upset, I threw the controller, and when I went to pick it up, I looked down and my feet were nowhere in site. I saw my belly and asked, “Where did this thing come from?” I was closing in at almost 300 lbs.
That was my “moment”. I had to do something about it. This wasn’t me. All of a sudden, I felt like I didn’t even know who I was. Enough was enough. I actually jumped on the “New Year Bandwagon” in 2003. I was going on vacation that Summer and I set a goal of 50 lbs by the time I was going to leave.
Since then, I have dropped another 30 lbs and have kept it off for years. So, grab a calculator… no seriously, grab one because that’s what I had to do and I don’t want you to make me feel stupid. That’s over 100 lbs lost (105 total). If a stubborn guy like me can make a transformation, so can you.
Why I Do What I Do
I wanted to help people so bad as a fitness trainer, that I once held 5 jobs as I put together my client base using nothing but business cards and word-of-mouth advertising. I’ve been there, I know how you feel. Starting at the gym, brand new to fitness, can be intimidating. I know I was intimidated. But know that I was once there, just like many other people.
Although I tried being the “jack-of-all-fitness-trades” trainer, I started to get burned out. I didn’t get excited helping someone with their golf game. I would help them, but it didn’t get me excited like getting with a full-time mom that only has 3 days a week to work out and needs to lose 30 lbs so she can keep up with her kids. That’s why I do this. Watching someone lose the last 5 lbs is just as invigorating as watching someone lose 70 lbs. It never gets old. I love helping people lose fat, so that’s why I decided to specialize in fat loss and to refer people who want to improve their tennis game to other trainers.