Warning this isn’t a very “happy” blog post…
The west side of Madison is mourning as the beloved high school principal (school is adjacent to our Fit Moms Transformation Center) dropped dead of a heart attack. Just two months ago he gave us access to the high school chairs so that we could hold a seminar at the TC. I train many of the teachers there and students. Unfortunately his heart attack most likely could have been avoided if proper lifestyle was obtained.
A couple days ago I shared with you a story of my windshield shattering and how that symbolizes what happens when people experience heart attacks, stroke diabetes etc. Click here to check out the entire blog post. I had no idea that 24 hours later that truth would hit only 100 feet from home.
I then receive an email that made me cry. It was written from one of my long time clients Lynn, (who you can read about in my Fit Moms For Life Book). Lynn has lost about 70 lbs and kept it off for many years. She has allowed me to share it with you in hopes it inspires you. This stuff isn’t fun to talk about, but it is the reality and I would be doing myself and you a disservice if I didn’t at least bring it up once in awhile.
“You hit the nail on the head with this one Dustin and coincidentally, exactly what I was experiencing when I read it. I was between flights, coming home from NJ where I had just spent a week with my Mom and brother watching my Dad with a tube down his throat, struggling for life in the ICU.
The whole time we were there, my Mom kept saying it was so sudden, he had been fine, how did this happen. It happened over decades. And the sad part is that it wasn’t all intentional. Health and fitness information was lacking in the time he grew up and his parents weren’t good role models (and that’s being generous). He spent his whole life working 7 days a week at a blue collar job to give my brother and I a better life. He smoked and he drank and he let his weight creep up and he generally ignored his health because he was busy being a provider and he felt strong and powerful and invincible. He did what a good baby boomer husband and father was supposed to do and he did it spectacularly well.
He quit smoking 10 years ago after he had a heart attack and he cut way back on the beer but he didn’t lose the weight and the damage of all that smoking still lingers (he started when he was 12).
I feel grateful for his sacrifices, sad for his current situation and thankful that times have changed. I used to leave newspaper articles for him when I was a grade schooler that talked about how bad smoking is for you. I grew up in a time when health started to become a focus.
I’ve never touched a cigarette or a drug and I can count on two hands the number of drinks I’ve had over the years. I’ve exercised on and off from the time I was in grade school. I used to do a Jane Fonda exercise RECORD with my Mom back in the early 80’s. She would lay out on the ironing board the instruction booklet which had photos of Jane doing the exercises and we would listen and follow along. When we got cable, Charlene Pricket had an exercise show on Lifetime that we did every day. After that, we got a VCR and Kathy Smith was our guru.
I hope to be quick and nimble and strong when I’m my Dad’s age (66). I am glad to report that my Mom is in great health. She’s never smoked or drank and she’s always exercised. My Dad is on the mend. He is out of the ICU and he is receiving PT to recover his strength. Hopefully, he will be able to go home soon.
Thank you Dustin for helping all of us turn out stronger and healthier than the last generation. I get up and go to class every week because I can and I want to be able to do so until my last breath. My husband and I were supposed to celebrate 25 years together this past weekend, but we had to put it on hold. In another 25 years, I will be almost my mother’s age. The next 20 years will determine what my 60’s will look like. Your transformation center is going to ensure that our 50th dating anniversary isn’t spent with one of us in the hospital.”
Thanks Lynn for sharing your story and allowing myself and my incredible team of trainers, and staff to be part of your journey.
While there is still so much we need to learn about nutrition and exercise, we are much more informed then 50 years ago, lets take control of our health and our future and not try to cheat death.
We are excited about our newly launched personal training program. We are opening up 5 additional spots for this life changing program where we walk hand in hand with you to reach whatever goals you have and help you to believe even more in your own capabilities.
I also met with my team today and we are going to launch a virtual FM4L 6 Week Challenge in two weeks. Basically this means you can order your materials here, and then you will join maybe a dozen others once per week over video chat or phone as we work through the program, celebrate the successes and encourage each other during the challenges. Click here to learn more and order your materials right now
Valentines is this week and give yourself the gift of hope, health, and strength and at less then $3 per day it will fit even the tightest budgets. Forward this URL to anyone you love, it might just save their life and please hug and kiss those who are important in your life, you never know what the future will hold. But hopefully with the right amount of prevention, old age is the only thing that will cause you to pass away. Join our virtual group.