Where Do I Start…

I am always honored when I get a message (FB, phone call, email, whatever) from a friend or even a stranger who is asking about my story.  Asking for my advice about where to start when it comes to weight loss.  I am not an expert nor have I ever claimed to be an expert…BUT.  I’ve been there.  I’ve worked it off.  I learned how to live a healthy lifestyle and I love talking with others about how they can do the same thing……..or even better!!!

What you see below is a sample of what I wrote back to just such a message this morning.

First of all. Thanks for picking on me. Lol.  Helping people take their lives back is my passion, that’s why I live in the public honestly.

What got me started??

I got sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I wasn’t a good husband.
I wasn’t a good father.
I couldn’t help my wife with house chores.
I couldn’t play with my kids much anymore.
I was tired. I was grumpy.
I slept all the time.
I felt horrible.
I had neck issues.
I had back issues.
I could probably go on and on, but you get the idea.
Here’s the bottom line though, I had to change something or I wasn’t gonna last very much longer.

You mentioned running.  Let me say that you don’t have to be a runner.  I hear that a lot actually and my answer is always the same.  There are SO many things that can be done from a fitness stand point, but we can get more into that later.

Let me share my three success factors that I’ve tried to live by since I started my journey.  Call them basic principles if you want to, I believe they are necessary

  1. Know what/how much you are eating
    1. This is crucial to your success
  2. Shut up and sweat
    1. DO THE WORK
  3. Do it every single day
    1. Make it a lifestyle

It’s all about lifestyle, right?  Start by looking at what/how much you eat. I use myfitnesspal to track my food. It’s free and works well.  Start there. I wouldn’t even change anything for about a week.  Just track everything you eat.  You will probably be surprised at what you see, maybe even floored by what you are putting in your body.  THEN and only then make adjustments.

Now that you know WHAT/HOW much you are eating, start by making small changes in your life. Not all at once, you will get frustrated and give up. It happens every day with people.  Small changes, maybe give up soda and a 15 min walk. Do that for a week. Now that this is a habit, make another change…. And so on

Please. Let me help. Use me. Ask questions.

What is your story now?  How can I help?



Be Still…..

Today I was reminded again how much I love to run.

Today is National Running Day, of course I had to run this morning. I ran with my music low and only one ear piece in. Hearing the birds sing. Hearing the crickets. The occasional car. Feeling my heart beat. Wiping the sweat from my eyes. Firing my glutes to push up the hills. Simply feeling alive was amazing

Two songs stood out during the run. The first was What Faith Can Do. An amazing song that really speaks to my heart in many ways. If I’m being honest, I fought back a tear or two as I listened to the words. The other song was Be Still and know the He is God. This was my finishing song and brought such a peace over me. I love it when a training run turns into something special.

This is why I run
I run for my life
I run for my family
I run for my health
I run for the endorphins I get
I run for the training. Training my mind and body
I run because I thrive on the training
I run because it helps my discipline
I run because it drives me
I run for me

Yes….I love to run

Sometimes being “still” means we go for a nice run…..

Happy national running day