I was asked recently why I have this website and why I’ve teamed up with Beachbody, and since I love receiving questions (and answering them) from my readers, I thought I’d actually share some insight into my brain.
There are plenty of easy answers for these questions. I love writing, Beachbody is a great company to work for, and their home workouts are created by some of the top-rated personal trainers in the world. I myself have had great success in the past with P90X and others.
So I could give a pat answer like “I’m tired of my family living paycheck to paycheck.” Or “I want to help my son pay for college without going into debt himself.” Or “I just want to train with Shaun T for CHEAP!”
Those are valid, and great, reasons for doing this. But they aren’t the deepest, honest truth. So instead, I’m going to share a story that very few people outside my closest inner circle have heard.
Nearly a decade ago, at the height of my marathon running, fittest & healthiest days, I ended up with some seriously unwanted attention. You know the kind; the kind that requires police intervention to stop and years of intensive therapy to overcome. Due to some of the circumstances during that period, I started to associate being in great shape with attracting bad attention. (In essence, I did what most victims in these situations do – I blamed myself, even though it wasn’t my fault.)
After it was over, I slowly quit running and working out. Remember, in my brain, working out = bad attention. In the ensuing years, I’ve gained 30 pounds and 6 dress sizes. And every time I’ve started to get back on the fitness track, my inner fear kicked in and I’ve sabotaged myself. Needless to say, I haven’t felt good about myself in a very long time.
Most importantly, I’ve felt that I DIDN’T DESERVE TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT MYSELF.
Thankfully though, I had an epiphany recently. I DO deserve to feel good about myself. EVERYONE deserves to feel good about him or herself.
And I want to help people who, like me, for whatever reason, believe that they don’t deserve to feel good, look good, or be healthy. I know what that’s like and I KNOW I can help.
THAT is my WHY. I want to help people feel good, get healthy, and realize that they deserve it. And I do it through encouragement, motivation, and positive reinforcements; either one-on-one or in small groups. My groups are JUDGEMENT FREE zones. We’re not even allowed to judge ourselves in there, because honestly, we’ve done enough of that already.
Does this sound like you? Could you use a helping hand or even just a kind, encouraging word on your journey to your best you? If so, let’s talk; it’s free of charge and you don’t have to purchase anything.
NOTE! If you find yourself in a bad situation, whether it’s abuse, stalking, what have you, PLEASE SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY! It won’t get better or go away on its own and you deserve to live a life FREE of fear and violence.
Here are some of resources that can help you out of a bad situation:
Or your local law enforcement agencies.
It’ll be scary, frightening even, and difficult. I’m not going to lie. But getting help and getting out of the situation IS WORTH IT. And please, don’t be afraid to seek the help of a mental health professional either. You DO NOT have to go through it alone.