I was 19 or 20 and around 180 pounds or so in this picture above. At this point, I had never been overweight in my life.
I worked in a tire store at the time and was in great shape. I’m dirty in this picture because I had just gotten off of work hehe. I did lots of snowboarding and other physical activities, however I took my health for granted because I was young, dumb and a bit careless. Subsequently, in only a handful of years my health status would change, and to my dismay, I became the “fat guy”.
At one point I was 70 pounds overweight and out of control. It took me A LONG time to fight through a host of issues, to reclaim my health. I struggled and then I struggled some more. To this day, fitness doesn’t come easy for me, because of a back injury–a herniated disk, bouts of depression and other health issues, but I do what I can. I’ve learned a lot in recent years and have learned to roll with the punches. I’m still not quite where I want to be health wise, but I’m working on it!
I had often wondered why I’ve been through all the pain and suffering that I’ve been through. For the longest time, I had no idea, and was mad as Hell because of life’s curveballs. Well, this became part of my desire to become a personal trainer, to help those who have felt like a lost cause with their health situation, and life in general.
With my health history in view, the picture has become very clear. It’s my own struggle that helps me relate to those of you who have simply given up on your own situation, perhaps you feel that you’re past the point of no return with your weight, or fitness level overall. Well, you ain’t. There’s hope!!!
As a personal trainer, I want to help people who are going through similar things that I went through, that previously, I would’ve had no reference for personally. Yes, I do know what it’s like to cry yourself to sleep due to anger/frustration/pain/despair etc. I’ve often ridden that horse into the night, and she runs fast. Being obese and having shoddy health just isn’t fun.
In closing, I can’t wave a magic wand and make your problems instantly disappear. But, what I can do, is help show you the road to greener pastures–we’ll set your “GPS” for success together, calibrating as needed–and I’ll walk that road with you; every step of the way. If you’re ready to make a change, I’m here and ready to help.
Yours in health,