Nobody becomes obese or overweight overnight. It’s a slow but inevitable increase in weight and decrease in physical activity.

It happened to me during “dad bod season”. That’s what I call what happened to me during the last two years of our families growth. Two boys under two are no joke! Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t terribly overweight but I knew I wasn’t in the best shape that I believed I could be in.

Here are the reasons I ultimately decided to lose 20lbs..

To practice what I preach
Unfortunately, in the fitness industry first impressions are purely based on how one looks. I say, unfortunately, because although one might look in great shape, that’s not where credibility should come from. The irony of getting in better shape was that the more I talked about it the more people started to notice. By living and breathing my diet and naturally talking about it to my members it became a platform for me to preach to other people.

Since losing weight I’ve found it much easier to get people to lose weight with me. It humanizes me in a way that they aren’t used to seeing from coaches. It’s a “do as I do” approach to coaching that has helped build trust with my clients. The by-product is that more people are losing weight at the gym because of what I’m doing.

Once an athlete always an athlete
As a former competitive wrestler, I have a lot of pride in how I trained and the discipline required for me to succeed the way I did at a younger age. When I get lazy, I lose that edge and I don’t like it. One of my greatest motivations for losing weight was that I was going to have to build the same habits I did when I was in tip-top shape as a wrestler. Without hard work and discipline, I would have never lost the weight. Doing the things that were required of me to lose 20lbs has made me feel like an athlete again.

Instant Feel Better Relief
I was pissed that my clothes were getting tight on me. I was sick of not performing to the best of my abilities. I was only half in. If you know anything about me you know I’m anything but that. I’m an all or nothing kind of guy. It’s what has made me so successful. I realized I felt like crap because I was only half in.

As my wife’s father, a Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame coach used to say to his athletes, If you look good you feel good, if you feel good you run good. There must be something to that because in his tenure he won eight state championships. In addition, the seven-time Coach of the Year guided his student-athletes to nearly 20 individual state championships.

Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. If you have a healthy lifestyle, your diet and nutrition are set, and you’re working out, you’re going to feel good. I’m proof of that.