For Valentines Day this year I promised my wife i would write a blog post and tell a little of my story. I’m telling some of my story to show why I have come to believe in Beachbody as their programs and Shakeology has completely changed our lives in the past year.
So here we go… It was 2009 and I wanted more in my life, I had a calling to serve my country but did not know what that looked like for me. So, I did what any young man with this question does… off to the recruiters I went to see what jobs they had. The one requirement I had was i wanted a job that would allow me to jump out of a perfectly good air plane into the battle field. Walking into the Air Force recruiter with this one requirement, it made the potential jobs list very small. Four jobs to be exact. I chose the one that best suited my personality, and asked how fast I could leave. The recruiter told me I had to pass a physical agility test consisting of two (2) 30 meter underwater swims, a timed 500 meter swim, a timed 1 1/2 mile run, pull ups, push ups, and sit ups. My response was “When can I do it?” A date was set a couple weeks out for me to take the test and I thought I was ready. The day came and I started the test. It kicked my butt, I passed with descent numbers but realized I needed to do more in the gym to prepare for the job I had picked and the selection process that was coming. With that in mind, I set off to get ready for a selection only 10% of people who try actually accomplish.
Fast forward to the spring of 2010 where I find myself day one of selection. Sitting at attention on the pool deck dreading what could come. The swim coach shouts “500 meter warm up, go”. Other recruits and I enter the water and start with the warm up. I hear a loud voice yelling “Stop! Everyone out of the water! Smith didn’t enter the pool right”. The same voice says, “Grab the pool deck, 100 flutter kicks, ready go”. This continued for our 2.5 hour pool work out. All I could think was , “wow, 2 hours into day 1 and this sucks”. I came to realize the more you embraced the suck, the suck wasn’t that bad. Workouts like this continued day in and day out as week one came to an end. We had lost 5 recruits the first week and as we got to the weekend to rest, many wondered what was in store for the rest of us come week two.
Week two started much like week one. The recruits and I screwed up less but still got smoked every workout. Losing a couple more recruits, we started to come together as a team. I realized I had pushed myself harder and farther than I ever thought possible in those two weeks. I learned my body could withstand anything my brain was willing to push it through. After this profound realization, I found that selection was fun. It was a molding time in my life. I discovered I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. Due to circumstances out of my control I was not able to finish my military career, maybe i will write more about this later……
Fast forward to one year ago, I am happily married to my amazing wife and best friend. We both had started new careers 1-year prior and our first child had arrived. The craziness of life had set in. Finding time to work out was not in the day-to-day schedule for us. When our son was 3-months old, my wife discovered Beachbody and a work out called 22 Minute Hard Corps. She told me she wanted to do the program to get back in shape after baby. I remember her telling me it was only 22 minutes long and that part of the proceeds from this program, goes to Veterans. “I’m in!” I was thinking it would be easy workouts and I could fight off some of the office weight I had gained from my job. You have to remember I was the former Crossfit obsessed, functional fitness guru, workout twice-a-day guy and running to the gym was my form of transportation. “What’s 22 minutes of home workouts?”, I thought. Wow… was I wrong! This program Beachbody put together was no joke. Tony Horton…he’s no joke! Not only did the workouts kick my butt, a few weeks in, I can honestly say I felt as fit as I was years prior training for the military working out for hours a day! Best part of all, I got to work out with my wife at home while our son watched from his play pen.
Family time and fitness, what a great combo. From my perspective, if you are a person looking to get in shape, to lose weight, to build muscle, or even to strengthen your relationship and support your wife….DO THIS! Beachbody really does offer some amazing programs!
Even those of you who are working full time with families and a crazy schedule, you can find time to take care of yourself. Make it a family activity. You ALL will feel better. You ALL will feel stronger. You ALL will feel more energized and enjoy life together more when you’re healthy. You don’t have to spend hours at a gym each day. We are proof of that.
Just remember, whatever you choose to accomplish in your health, your fitness, or in your life… embrace the process and Never Quit.
Now, excuse me while I go drink some Shakeology with my wifey after our Cardio 2 & Core 2 workout. 🙂
–Mr. Health Patriot