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In January of 2018 my good friend and online client, James C., decided that it was time for him to make some changes and embarked on a quest to transform his mental and physical health. By October of 2018, James had officially lost 100lbs.
I sat down with James to ask him some questions about his amazing transformation. Below is our Q and A conversation:
Kristian: Thanks for making the time to do this interview today. I really appreciate it.
James: Anything for you, Kristian. I hope that somebody reading this feels inspired by something I say.
K: Your weight loss journey started in January of 2018. What made you decide to try and lose this weight?
J: Initially I actually didn't set out to lose weight, per say. I just wanted to feel better. I had gotten out of a sedentary job and a sedentary relationship. I was out of shape, out of breath, and struggled with basic daily activities.
It’s hard to believe that July 15th, 2018 marks one year since the world lost a dear man, Rick Martin. Rick was a very good friend and client of mine.
When I originally wrote this little note about Rick, I wasn’t exactly sure that I would share it with anyone. Having spent a lot of time with Rick during his last 7 weeks of life at the Sarcee Hospice, I think that writing this note was more of a cathartic exercise for myself. After some thought, I decided to share this note in the hopes that we can all find some value in the lessons that I learned from Rick.
Having listened to the endless lineup of people who requested to speak at his funeral, it’s clear that Rick is a man who left his mark on the world. Here are 7 of my favourite lessons that I learned from Ricky:
I know what you're thinking: "Did I read that right? Why did a personal trainer need to go on a weight loss journey? Aren't they all supposed to be as fit as a fiddle?" While I can't speak for other trainers, I will be the first to admit that I have dealt with struggles of emotional eating and drinking. Below is my story of how I "let myself go" when life got tough, and then, subsequently managed to pick up the pieces and re-build my confidence by using the same methods that I am using with my clients.