I found a passion for fitness when I found joy in soccer late into my childhood. Unfortunately, my sedentary childhood left me with a significant disadvantage which was being overweight, close to being obese, and having poor fitness levels. I learned to eat better and exercise more through trial and error. After a few failed attempts, willpower and a lot of time I came across success. I lost about 20 pounds of fat and gained 10-15 pounds in muscle.
When I got to college, I no longer had the amount of free time that once I had. So I started to gain weight, but this time, I managed to prevent it from getting out of hand. I learned to make health work for me between school, work, hobbies and the social aspects of life that I enjoyed, like drinking a beer with friends. Finding success came with a lot of failed attempts as well.
When I graduated college, I faced the same challenge in a different manner. Now I had a full-time job, more work-related skills to learn, and I had to adjust to a different lifestyle – and the stress that comes with it. But once again, I learned to adapt to my new environment.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that as time demand changes, the skill set we need to be healthy changes with it.
I’m a big believer of “less is more.” Because it forces you to focus on the essentials that allow you to reach your goals. Instead of the small details which have little to no effect on helping you achieve your goals.
Helping others learn how to make health a part of their daily lives is one of the most fulfilling roles I’ve ever had.