Humble beginnings. High School circa 1991 with my friend Libbi.
Humble beginnings. High School circa 1991 with my friend Libbi.

I was introduced to healthy living as a young kid. I was pretty hyper back then and my mom realized that sugar made me even more hyper (she is brilliant, I tell you). She removed sugar from our diets. which meant no more Scooter Pies or Froot Loops. Sorry, dad, for having you suffer along side us.

At 17 years old I began to compete in bodybuilding, got certified in personal training and began my career in fitness. I maintained great conditioning until I had my first shoulder surgery at 38 years old. That’s when I discovered all things “bad.” I ate all kinds of food, both healthy and unhealthy with the same appetite I had while I was working out. I gained 25 pounds of pure fat in only 10 weeks. It was a crazy diet success story in reverse.

The blessing was that I learned what it was to live like a “normal” person. I found myself not really caring about my appearance anymore. I told myself that most people were overweight and I fit right in. I was like one of them. Only problem is that I was lying to myself. I did care. I just didn’t want to put in the effort. That was a first. I began to feel the way regular, everyday people felt about fitness and nutrition. That’s when I had my epiphany…

I was busy. Crazy busy. And I knew that it was going to take a lot of effort to get where I wanted to go. I was daunted by the amount of work it would take. Anybody else ever feel like that? So, I came to the conclusion that if I felt like most people and i looked like most people and I had goals like most people… then if I could help myself, then I COULD HELP MOST PEOPLE!

Stay tuned in for more and see how you can set out to acheive any goal you want while still living your life.

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