Where it all began
Like so many people, I grew up in a home where fitness and nutrition rarely came up in conversation. I had no idea the chicken parm, pasta and heavy tomato sauces that were a staple on our dinner table had anything to do with my weight gain. Before my mom hired our babysitter Brenda, I never even knew there were different kinds of milks! I remember watching an episode of Seinfeld, the one about the man boobs, and suddenly I became aware that my own boobs bounced as I ran down the stairs. Before long I began to realize that I was much bigger than most of the other kids in the neighborhood. I started down a dark path of shame and extreme self-consciousness.
When I was in the 7th grade, I lost my uncle to a massive heart attack. Immediately, my dad had his arteries checked, and they ended up performing emergency surgery right away. He had 5 blocked arteries! In fact, during the surgery the doctors came out and told us to notify our family because they didn't think he would make it through. Thankfully, he did make it, but his recovery was anything but easy. I remember he had 4 nurses attending him at all times and was hooked up to more than 70 instruments. It took more than a month for him to be released from the hospital, but the biggest challenge was still ahead: his rehabilitation involved a complete lifestyle readjustment. It was then that my passion for exercise and nutrition began to unfold: I decided I would do all that I could to help keep him healthy. We started slowly, just a bench and some free weights at first. Then, I begged my parents to order one of those home gym sets, and I studied the posters and charts until I had all the exercises and muscle groups memorized. I knew I had to keep my dad motivated to stick with the exercises in order to keep him around and healthy. Finally, my parents got a treadmill, and I ran on it every night. By my junior year of high school, I discovered that exercise and eating right, what started out as just a way to keep my dad alive, had completely transformed my body.
My biggest motivator today as a personal trainer and fitness coach is to help others in a similar situation. Who hasn't felt ashamed of their body at some stage of life? With heart disease being the leading cause of death in America, chances are high you or someone in your family has already been seriously affected by its crippling effects. I've lived through these nightmares, and I want to inspire you to help you make real change. I know what works and what doesn't. I can debunk all the myths and misinformation out there about what you put in your body. I'll let you know it's okay when the going gets tough, and I won't let you give up.
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