Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Beginnings

For those who don't know already, it's official: I'm a health coach!

I've joined forces with my formidable wife Stacy (who continues to inspire on a daily basis), in a mission to help others create health in their lives the way we've been able to create it in our own.

I couldn't be more thrilled!

See, I spent most of my middle-age life teetering on the edge of obesity, always having to buy clothes that were just billowy enough to hide the rolls, and talking myself into the notion that "hey, I'm not that overweight," when in reality the BMI chart was telling me that I couldn't possibly be more overweight without lumbering into the obese category.  I monkeyed around here and there with diets and eating plans, and I'd shave a few lbs here and there, but they always came back in the end (or, more often, in the middle).

Then I had something of a wake-up call a little over a year ago.  I went to test ride a mountain bike out in one of the beautiful desert parks in & around Phoenix, a little 3-mile tour around pristine single-track on a state-of-the-art full suspension mountain bike.  And those three miles darn near finished me off!  Seriously, it took me an hour, because I had to stop for 15 minutes every mile or so just to catch my breath and let my heart wind down.

It was then I realized how I'd let myself go, and decided to do something about it.  That something was NOT going to be another diet.  I realized I needed to reorient the way I lived my life.

In the past year or so, I've made it my goal to create health in my own life.  Phase One was getting my body to a healthy weight.  And when I say "healthy weight" I'm referring to what the BMI chart indicates to be healthy.

I know a lot of folks out there think those BMI charts are crap, and how could someone be healthy if they were that skinny, and I'm not that overweight, and what about Arnold Schwarzenegger, if he measured his BMI, he'd be overweight too!  Well, maybe it's presumptuous of me to think that's what "a lot of folks" think, but it is what I was thinking.

Now that I'm a healthy BMI (!), I can tell you it's not crap, it feels beyond healthy, I really was that overweight, and no disrespect intended, but friend, you and I are not Arnold Schwarzenegger.

And a healthy weight is just the beginning!  Phase Two has commenced!  Now I get to look forward to a life unshackled by unnecessary, unwanted, and unhealthy fat.  Now I can buy clothes that fit and look good!  Now I can do things I never seriously thought I could do before (I can ride my bike more than 3 miles now without feeling like I'm gonna pass out).

And now I can help you do it too!

If you've found your way to this blog, and you've read this post, I have a question for you.  Do you know anyone who is trying to manage their weight?  Is that person you?  Whether you're off-the-BMI-charts morbidly obese, or you're in "decent shape" but can't seem to get rid of that gut, I can help.  Consider it my way of "paying it forward."  I used to think it was impossible to feel this good again, but I feel like a teenager now, and I want others to know that it is possible.

Contact me, and let's talk about creating health in your life!  DavidJamesPhillips@Gmail.com

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