It's Not About Me



'It's Not About Me'

Through my walk in Faith I’ve learned that when you give a testimony of your challenges, experiences, and trials it becomes a tool to help and inspire others.  So this Transformation story is not about me, but the hurdles we all can overcome.  From childhood, I was a big kid – plain and simple.  Like most, all of my life I made excuses and justified why I was big.  Does this sound familiar? – “I’m just a big guy”, “I come from a family of heavy people”, “I don’t like to lift weights”, “I have big bones”, “I don’t have time to work out”, “I watch what I eat…and I just can’t lose weight”. I heard and used them all.  I was somewhat active most of my life, love to dance and box, but I was in love with food.  And even when I thought I was eating healthy, I was misinformed as to what eating healthy really means.

By the time I was in my early 30’s my weight fluctuated from 235 to 245  (all justified of course …lol) although I was ‘working out’.  And then my health started to decline.  Whenever you have a health scare it’s enough to make you take exercising seriously, and that I did after quickly ballooning to 270lbs.  So much so, I became a group fitness instructor and personal trainer.  Through this part of my journey I learned that I HAD TO MOVE MY BODY – no matter what.  And although my weight became more manageable and kept my health issues somewhat under check, I was still missing out on the nutrition part by falling into trends, diets, etc.  Aesthetically I looked good, but I was missing out on properly fueling my body and that wasn’t helping my health.

Then I found CrossFit…a new journey.  CrossFit not only provided me with the normal attributes of functional training, sports performance, and keeping me fit, but it also introduce me to proper nutrition.  An attribute that I’m still learning about as I age, become more athletic, and have greater demands on my body.  Fueling myself properly along with exercising has made a huge difference in my ability to cope with my health issues.   As I manage an autoimmune disease which causes all kinds of havoc on my body, I have learned that being educated on what I put in my body is key for me to remain healthy – as it should be for anyone in any circumstances – even everyday life.

So here are some key thoughts … you don’t have to do CrossFit or a BERN BABY BERN class, but you MUST do something.  Diets do not work, you must work hard to reprogram your eating behavior.  Don’t deprive yourself and truly know what moderation means.  Seek help!  Just because you joined a gym doesn’t mean you will be doing the right things.  Hire a competent trainer and/or nutritionists to work with your goals.  I’m in the business of saving lives – saving you from yourself!  Start a fitness program today and learn how to properly eat for everyday living and even high performance.

If I can do this, anyone absolutely can!!!  In one week we will be starting our Nutritional Challenge at CrossFit Sanctuary.  This could be your chance to hit your restart button – I’m here for you!  We will conquer this challenge together.


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