I have had a strong relationship with food as far back as I can remember. My mom worked full time as I was growing up and wasn’t much of a cook. My dad was rarely around and we didn’t have much money. I remembering getting excited based on what was on the school menu. (Pizza and spaghetti were my favorites.) After school I was pretty much on my own. I wasn’t what you would call fat, but I did have a very high percentage of body fat as early as age 5 or 6. Compared to kids today I was fairly active playing in the neighborhood, riding my bike, etc… But my diet consisted of hot dogs, bags of chips, candy, frozen dinners. No wonder I was the kid who never took off his shirt at the pool.
This carried on for years. It wasn’t until I was 14 that I chose to want to lose weight and look more like the kids at school I envied. I was in 8th grade and wanted to play football. When I tried out I was told I needed to lose weight – 25 pounds to be exact in order to play with kids my own age. There was no way I could play with the older boys (they would have crushed me). I had 8 weeks to lose the weight, so my mission began. I had no advice, no reading material, no guidance whatsoever. My diet consisted of carrots, crackers, celery, cottage cheese and water. (I’m sure I ate a few other things but all I recall is how hungry I was.) And by shear determination the day of the weigh-in I had lost 25 lbs on the dot. My mom was worried the entire time that I might be causing harm to myself. The real harm was my eating habits prior to my starvation dieting. The value that came from that experience is even at 14 I found that if I put my mind to it I could accomplish anything I set out to do, including starving to reach a goal.
From that point forward I didn’t live on carrot sticks and cottage cheese but realized the correlation between food and fat gain.
When I was 15 we moved to Texas. At 16 I took a bus 30 minutes each way to sweep an old gym three times a week in downtown Dallas just so I could work out there. By 17 I was working 20 hours a week at a local health club. It was in my blood. While other kids were studying regular class content at the library, I was reading anything and everything I could get my hands on about nutrition, bodybuilding and exercise. At 19 I was a manager at the health club, and a year later I started my own personal training business. The irony is I’m still learning new things daily, and the biggest lesson is to be more open-minded both about training and nutrition. I’m 54 now, and it takes as long as it takes. It took me 48 years to be comfortable with my shirt off at the pool.
I think when I do seminars, anyone who has ever struggled with any type of weight control often says, “He understands me and what I’ve been going through my entire life.” There is a good reason for that. I am no different than you. I’ve lived it for decades. I’ve also devoted my life to a new way, a better way than starvation diets of carrot sticks and cottage cheese. I’m here for you. Follow me to achieving results you never thought possible and more importantly to a healthier new you!