If you’re lucky, there comes a time in your life where you come face to face with what is not working for you. Maybe you ignored the gnawing problem for months or even years, but in one big fat moment, it just slaps you in the face. I reached that turning point a few years ago.
It was the beginning of the economic downturn. My internet sales business had taken a nosedive. Every day I had to worry about how many sales came in just to break even. I was newly married, so I felt financially responsible for someone besides myself. It was incredibly stressful. So I turned to food for comfort. I was eating really badly — pizza…burgers…refined carbs. And I felt too busy to exercise.
You can imagine what happened.
I gained a lot of weight, and it just killed my self esteem. In high school I had been so athletic. But here I was in my early 30s, overweight, out of shape, with a beer belly.
One night, my wife and I were eating at Red Lobster, and my jeans were digging into my stomach. It pissed me off how uncomfortable it felt and what I had done to my body. I mean I was really angry — when we left the restaurant I was actually yelling (at myself). I had had enough.
That night when we got home, I went out and walked for two hours, even though it was 10 o’clock at night. From that day on, I walked every single day for an hour or two up the steep hilly streets of Ashland. I changed my eating habits, eating more vegetables and whole grains and fish. And in a year I dropped 30 pounds.
Today, I’m in the best shape of my life.
I can run 10 miles no problem. My body is strong and toned. I’m so much more nimble than I used to be without that extra weight. And I feel better about myself. There’s something to be said for looking in the mirror and loving your reflection.
The experience has been so transformative for me that I’ve decided to dedicate my life to helping other people — people like you — transform their bodies and their lives.
Becoming a personal trainer made perfect sense to me.
I already had a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Fitness Management from Southern Oregon University. During the five years I ran my internet business, though, I had really gotten away from my fitness focus.
So in 2008, I got my certification as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. I’ve been helping people strength train, increase their cardiovascular fitness, and build the body of their dreams ever since. That’s what I love about what I do. I instill exercise in my clients so that it gets into their blood and becomes an indispensable part of their lives. I know that if I can do it, so can you!Have questions? Read my FAQ »