When I was in 7th grade I entered a newspaper photo caption contest.
The photo was of a quarterback getting ready to throw a pass. There were offensive and defensive players all around him. The angle of the photo made it look like the quarterback was reading a sign on the wall of the stadium. A teammate was looking at the quarterback. To me it looked like the caption should read:
“Stop reading the sign and throw the ball!”
I cut out the newspaper entry form, wrote down my caption, folded it up and placed it inside an envelope which I then mailed to the Corsicana Daily Sun newspaper. I forgot about it and life went on. I came home from school a couple of weeks later to find an envelope on the kitchen table with a return address from the Corsicana Daily Sun. I ripped it open and a check for $25.00 dollars fell out. The check had my name on it.
I WON! FIRST PLACE!
From that day forward my Mom has encouraged me to be a writer. I didn’t see the connection. Sure I wrote the occasional love letter to girls, Christmas wish lists and the words “sloppy joes” on the weekly grocery store shopping list…but that was about it.
During my lost years in my early 20’s I would say to anyone who would listen that I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I hated everything. Except fitness. My Mom suggested that I “be a coach”.
“Ha, ha, I would never want to be a coach,” I would reply smugly as if I was too good to be a coach.
I became a personal trainer (which is very much like a coach). I liked it and was good at it. I started a training business and it blossomed into a full time gig. I’ve been training people since 1985.
I met Joe Vitale in 2006. He’s an author. He’s struggled with his weight for years getting up to 300lbs at one point in his life. Through a series of coincidences, I met Joe, became friends with him and shortly after, became his trainer. I trained him. He wrote books. I watched as he wrote and released some of the most inspiring books that I’ve ever read. He wrote “The Attractor Factor”, “The Key”, “Zero Limits”, “Faith”, and more.
Joe entered a transformation contest in 2007, got his weight down below 200lbs and received an honorable mention in the contest for his age group. I trained him and oversaw his nutrition during this process. The dieting was tough. At that time, the only diet that I knew could work was one that followed the low carb/low calorie protocol. I know Joe struggled with the diet. He was low on energy and had to fight back hunger every day. This is especially tough when you’re an author and need creativity and brain power to write blogs, books and articles.
After the transformation contest, Joe took a much needed vacation to Hawaii. We took a break from training and went on about our lives. We always stayed in touch via emails, text messages and occasional visits.
MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION
Joe continued to inspire and motivate me with his books and I continued to look for ways to keep him motivated and inspired with his fitness goals. I knew that Joe was still struggling with the nutrition part. He wanted to get a fitter, healthier body but he didn’t want to suffer for the reasons mentioned above. His workouts were good but the constant dieting was a struggle. He tried a few other diets which caused him to lose weight but then he gained it back again.
— Joe Vitale (@mrfire) September 24, 2013
September 2013 was an awakening month for Joe. He mentioned me in the tweet above recently because he has been following a nutrition plan that I created which is not low carb, not overly restrictive and gives him lots of energy. I discovered these nutritional principles 5 years ago, dusted them off and have been painstakingly refining and tweaking them. I’m down to 175 from 205lbs. I won Austin’s Fittest Man Over 50 this year.
I work from home and chase 4 young boys around 7 days a week. I understand the parent struggle to find balance while taking care of family, school activities, little league, illnesses, homework, birthdays, holidays,etc. There is no turning the phone off, locking the door and saying “I’ll just take the day off today.” Even as I write this, I can hear my 2 yr old instigating trouble with his 7 year old brother. I need energy. Lots of it. I need a program that works. I’m not waiting around on the latest research touting the benefits of this supplement or that diet. I’m taking matters into my own hands.
It feels good to give back to Joe. It’s fun to see how excited he’s become as his clothes become looser and looser. He emails me almost every day with another breakthrough.
My mom is 78, pumps iron, runs, walks, does yoga and plays with her umpteen grandchildren at family gatherings. She sends me pictures of herself standing on her head. Both Joe and my mom are heroes and sources of inspiration. Joe’s an inspiration to me and to hundreds of thousands around the world with his books and movies. My mom? She makes the best sloppy joe’s ever.
– Scott (coach, author, sloppy joe eater)
P.S. I offer a “Fitness Weekend” for those of you who feel overwhelmed, powerless or just need a weekend of motivation and inspiration to get back on track. I receive emails like the one below regularly.
I am now 46 years old and time for a real change. I just lost a close friend suddenly at the age of 48. That is hitting way too close to home. I have so much discipline in all aspects of my life, except for one. I cannot control myself consistently when it comes to poor eating habits. As a result, I have hypertension…yet still I cannot do whats necessary to lose the weight. I can work out/exercise pretty consistently, but we both know healthy eating is the key in making a real change. I have pretty much tried everything on my own…and failed. I am seeking real help for the first time in my life.
I don’t have any disillusions about looking like an underwear model. I just want to lower by blood pressure, be healthy, be around for my kids…and for the first time in my life to sit by the pool or on the beach without a shirt and not feel self conscious.
I honestly do not know specifically what you do for your clients, but you clearly have the knowledge, expertise, and the discipline. I feel I could make a real long term change in my life with the proper guidance and counseling. Could you help me or point me in the right direction?
Thank you for help,
As mentioned, I receive emails like the one above regularly. Why me? I’ve been told it’s because I am married with 4 kids and understand the challenges of balancing a busy life while taking care of myself. As rewarding as parenthood is, more times than not, there’s just not enough time for ourselves. October 2015 is booked but November 2015 is available to attend my Fitness Weekend. For more information and to find a date that suits you best, please click here!