My Story –
My Story – Fitness
Have you ever been asked to tell your story? I was challenged by a member of Beachbody Corporate to tell my story of how I changed my mentality with health and fitness as well as how I changed our lifestyle. It’s not easy for me to tell my story for a lot of reasons, but I do hope you’ll read this. Maybe something in this will inspire you to move on with doing the things you need to do for you and your family.
I may talk in the future more about how I grew up working on a farm, eating anything and everything I wanted and also being an emotional eater. Bottom line is, after graduating from a military college, I found out the hard way that being an emotional eater and continuing to eat anything and everything you want, without working hard on a farm, coupled with getting older and a slowing metabolism,is a recipe for disaster. The weight gain didn’t happen overnight. It was a slow process. We had our first child when I was 30, the second when I was nearly 32, and the third at 35. During that time, I continued to live an unhealthy lifestyle, eating whatever, whenever and not worrying about my health at all. By the time I was 41, we were expecting our fourth child and I was weighing nearly 300 lbs at 6’3″. I knew I was at an unhealthy weight and I really didn’t feel good but really didn’t want to put in the effort to try to change. I felt completely and utterly stuck and hopeless.
One day in late April, 2007 while sitting at home flipping TV channels, I happened to come across the P90X infomercial. I was intrigued but knew it was over my head, even after graduating from a military college. Having that background, I knew it was real. I knew there were no short cuts. I knew if I was going to get in shape and lose weight, I had to workout seriously and change my eating habits. So, I did what anyone in my situation would do, I didn’t order it. I was too afraid. Instead, being an Engineer, I did some research online. I read positive and negative reviews and it seemed there were more negative reviews than positive. I know sometimes people bash things unnecessarily but it still affected my decision to buy.
The next Saturday, I was flipping channels again. I ran across the infomercial again and called my wife Melanie into the room. She watched it for a few minutes with me and being the loving, encouraging wife I needed at that time, she told me exactly what I needed to hear. She said, and I quote, “You won’t do it” and proceeded to walk out of the room. I went and got my card and ordered it immediately. I also ordered the P90X Pullup Bar, Recovery Drink, Meal Replacement Shakes, P90X bars, and went out and bought a set of adjustable dumbbells. I decided I was going to do it to show her I would and in the back of my mind, I somehow knew, this was likely my last chance. My Dad had died of Pancreatic Cancer and had been overweight most of his adult life after being injured severely in a car accident at the age of 37.
P90X was HARD. I knew I would be sore but I wasn’t expecting to be as sore as I was. My wife told me I grunted in my sleep when I turned over at night. I remember commenting to a friend that the only thing not sore on me was my eyelashes. But, I nearly immediately saw results. I lost 40 lbs during my first 90 days with P90X and lost another 40 lbs during my next 90 days. I actually saw my abs again and felt better than I had felt in my early 20s and was in my 40s.
During my first 90 days with P90X, I had been getting encouragement from a Beachbody Coach that had been assigned to me when I ordered P90X. She was incredible, staying with me during the journey, but I also stayed in touch with her and reached out to her when I had questions, doubts and was having problems. It was definitely a partnership. It was at that time that I decided I wanted to be a Coach also. I had no idea I could make money doing it, but I wanted to help other people the way I had been helped. When I found out I could make money doing it by being a part of Beachbody’s Marketing Arm, I didn’t fully embrace it. However, I knew if I could make $250 a month, I could pay for the products I was already using and help offset some of the travel baseball expenses I had being a travel baseball coach. I had no idea it would change my life in so many ways.
First, being a Beachbody Coach meant I could never go back to where I was. Once I began telling people about the programs and offering to be their Coach, I knew they were watching me. I haven’t always been perfect. I’m still a big time emotional eater and have had setbacks, including losing my Mom to Alzheimer’s/Dementia in 2015. I wrote a little while back an article about me never being an underwear model. You can read it HERE.
Although I know I will likely never get that phone call to be an underwear model, I know I can be the best I can be. At nearly 52 years old now with my wife being 54, neither of us are on any medications. We aren’t necessarily the models of perfection in fitness but we are extremely healthy. The only time we go to a Doctor is for the very rare strep throat or flu. We attribute that to the Beachbody workout programs along with Shakeology (our daily dose of dense nutrition) and a reasonable diet. I would love to think we will always be this healthy but we know age will play a huge part in that, as well as genetics, but again, we will most certainly be better going forward than we ever would have had it not been for finding Beachbody.
My Story – Financial
The challenge given me by a member of Beachbody Corporate was not only to tell my story of fitness but how we changed our financial fitness as well by being Beachbody Coaches. This is the part that’s a bit more difficult for me because I don’t want to feel like I’m bragging or boasting, but, the story needs to be told so you know you can do it too.
Before moving on, a bit of housekeeping. I need to do the standard Team Beachbody financial income disclaimer.
“Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings located in the Coach Online Office for the most recent information on our Coaches’ actual incomes.”
In addition, the following link is a statement of coaches’ actual compensation and needs to be included also: http://tbbcoa.ch/TBB_SOICE
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