21 Years In The Making, Or Is It?

Many years ago there was a young boy who really liked to eat food. He enjoyed eating whatever was put in front of him. Always savoring the taste of each piece of food that had been given to him. Little did he know, things were about to change.

It was an ordinary day. He was in elementary school and on this particular day, just like any other school day, he had to walk to school. You see, he didn’t live to far from his school so that wasn’t out of the ordinary. He gets to school and then things are about to change forever.

When this young boy got to school, it started out normal. He went to class and learned what the teacher was teaching for that particular time of day. He then went to lunch, sat down at the table, and then ate his food. Once he was done with lunch, the teacher came and got the kids to take back to class.

So the teacher taught a little bit more to the class before it was time for recess. Now recess is suppose to be fun and entertaining. Not for this young boy it wasn’t.

While playing during recess, there happened to be some kids that liked to make fun of other kids. Kids being kids right? Well on this particular day this young boy happened to be one of those kids. You see, this young boy was a little heavier than most of the kids in his class. As I said earlier in the post, he really likes eating food. So while the kids were at recess they began calling the young boy a lot of different names. It got so bad that he was upset the rest of the school day. Once school was over he ended up crying all the way home.

In case you’re wondering who this young boy is, it happens to be. I was 10 going on 11 years old when this happened. While you might think that this was the end of me, this is actually where the journey begins.

I’m so grateful for the parents that I have. On that day that I came home crying they asked me what was wrong. So I told them what had happened at school and they got upset a little, but they didn’t dwell on it. Instead, they said if this bothers you, then maybe we need to do something about it. So we began to change history.

Now, I want to emphasize that my parents did what was best for me with what they knew at the time. What we ended up doing was, I was going to have a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and a sensible dinner. If you’ve been around a long time, you’ll know what that was. This was the program of doing Slim Fast. So what I did was have a Slim Fast for breakfast and lunch and my sensible dinner was putting a healthy choice meal in the microwave. I can’t remember how long I did this, but it was quite some time. From this moment on, I told myself that I never wanted to be fat again and that I wanted to help others who have had similar issues.

For the record, with the information that I know now, I wouldn’t do what my parents told me to do even though it worked. However, this was the information that was being taught years ago and people followed it. People were getting results. So why not follow something that worked?

When I turned 15, I began to do some weightlifting. I believe at the time, it was said that kids had to wait until then to start weight training. Now I could be wrong about that. That was so long ago. Those numbers have changed since then.

Several years later I was so excited to turn 18 because that was the age that I had to be in order to get my personal training certification. I also got certified in fitness and nutrition. You see, my goal was to help as many people to succeed with their health and fitness goals that I wanted to learn all that I could so I could accomplish that. Might I add, I’m always continuing to learn.

Once I became certified, I began working part time at the local gym. Being able to train people and help people with questions while there, was almost surreal. My goal was coming true, but I knew there was something bigger for me to do.

As I began to workout myself at the local gym, I started becoming friends with a lot of the other trainers that worked there. We began to create a bond with each other. What I liked about the trainers were each one had different experiences in the fitness field.

I remember this one trainer, he was in his early 70’s, who liked to do bodybuilding shows. I had known about bodybuilding, but never knew anyone that actually did it. So I was intrigued as to what it was about. I went to some of the shows to see how they were done. After seeing some of the shows that he had done, I was like, I think I could do this. My friend was an inspiration for me to start bodybuilding. I then began training for my first show.

Bodybuilding definitely was an experience I’ll never forget and it was also challenging. During my years of bodybuilding, I took home 2nd and 3rd place trophies. I had put my body through some vigorous training, which included weights and nutrition, in order to get them. On October 9, 2010, I went on stage for the last time. Because I had put a lot of time and effort into my bodybuilding career, I wanted to step away and start a family.

Several weeks prior to my last stage appearance, I met this beautiful woman named Jennifer at a church function my church was putting on. It took us a couple weeks before we actually set a time and day to go on our first date. That date eventually was set for the day after my last show. For our date, we ended up going to Starbucks for a nice quiet place to chat and get to know each other. At the end of the date, we had set up another time and date for an additional date. Guess I did something right!

Now you’re probably wonder what does all of this have to do with Fitness Reboot. Well, I’m getting to that.

So months had gone by and we had gone on quite a number of dates together. I guess we were starting to like each other. We were enjoying each other’s company. I even had invited her to workout with me. This was starting to get serious. Lol!

I began thinking of what could the next step be for me and my life. Here Jennifer and I had been dating for almost 4 months now. We knew what we wanted in relationships. So I began the next process. That would be of asking her to marry me.

Before I actually popped the question, I had done a few things. A month or so before I asked her to marry me, I had her pick out her own wedding ring. Once that was out of the way, I went to her dad and asked him for permission to marry his daughter. The last thing I did was I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. Well, she did say, “yes.”

Now that we’re married, we’re raising two beautiful daughters. We don’t know what to do  with our life without them. They definitely do make life interesting for us both. Wouldn’t trade them for anything. They’re definitely molding us into being better people.

Well, it’s time. The moment you’ve been waiting for. You’re now about to learn how Fitness Reboot was born. At the beginning of 2018, I decided I wanted to get back on stage after an 8 year hiatus. Fitness Reboot started out as a way to track my progress and share my results with the world. It’s now become more than that. I’ve designed Fitness Reboot to be of the highest quality to ensure we’re equipped to help you reach your goals of a healthy and fit lifestyle. Working out is not something that sounds fun, but with our tips and techniques we definitely try to make it fun.

If you’d like to be a part of the Fitness Reboot family go here.

By |2018-11-08T16:06:49+00:00October 1st, 2018|Fitness, Health|10 Comments

About the Author:

I'm a husband and father to two wonderful little girls. I've been in the fitness industry for going on 21 years now. I did Bodybuilding for several years and took home 2nd and 3rd place trophies. My passion is to help as many people live a vibrant and joyful life without the weight of the world holding them down.

10 Comments

  1. Rob October 4, 2018 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Good read. Thanks for sharing. Always nice to get someones back story.

    • JC October 8, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Thanks Rob! Glad you enjoyed reading it. We all have a story of where we’ve been. I’m glad I got to share mine.

  2. DeeDee October 7, 2018 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    The best of luck to you! I look forward to watching your journey💕

    • JC October 8, 2018 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Thanks DeeDee! Thanks for being a part of my journey. Looking forward to seeing where I go as well.

  3. Mitch Teemley October 23, 2018 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Hi JC, thanks for the Follow! Looking forward to reading your post, but apart from this one and one by Jen I don’t see any others.

    • JC October 24, 2018 at 6:26 am - Reply

      Hey Mitch! Absolutely. I look forward to reading from you. Yes, right now I only have the two blogs, but more are on the way.

  4. Gabriel October 28, 2018 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    wow, Thanks for sharing your story Mr.JC!

    • JC October 29, 2018 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Gabriel! I appreciate it. Glad you liked it.

  5. inspirationforwellness October 30, 2018 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Inspiring story!

    • JC October 31, 2018 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I appreciate that.

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