Saturday, December 3, 2011


Welcome to my new blog.

My name is Charles and I'm a husband and father of two. I have a goal of living to see my grandchildren, something my father didn't get to do. I've completed Insanity and continue to work out and eat healthy.

I'm now an Independent Beachbody Coach and I hope to help others reach their health goals. My other job involves being a EMT. It's my hope that through coaching I can help people before they need my help as an EMT.

When I was young I was one of the lucky ones that could eat anything I wanted and not gain a pound. I graduated high school at 6'1" 165lbs. That changed slowly for me, so slow I didn't even notice. By 2009 I had reached 204lbs and had high blood pressure, frequent heart burn, headaches, depression, regular anxiety attacks and a variety of other minor health problems. My doctor put me on blood pressure medications, but i couldn't handle the side effects and stopped taking them. I started walking and climbing stairs daily and watched my portion sizes. It helped with my weight, I lost 20lbs. However I still felt like crap and my blood pressure wouldn't go down. 

That's when my wife saw the infomercial for Insanity and convince me that we should give it a try, so we ordered it. We started that program in early 2010. We were eating healthier foods, exercising and losing weight. I worked my way back down to 170lbs. My blood pressure dropped to almost normal. My depression disappeared and so did my headaches. I felt good. After completing the Insanity program I dropped back to working out 3 times a week and was able to maintain my weight and health. 

Eventually things started to slip after our summer vacation. I had a hard time getting back into the rhythm of working out regularly. After a while I was back up to 190lbs, my blood pressure was back up and most of my other problems had returned. 

Eventually I started to get interested in my health again. I started working out and studied many books and blogs on diet and exercise. I learned about low-carb, primal and paleo diets and haven't looked back since. I've created my own diet style that combines various elements of all of them. 

Today I am down to 165lbs, but more importantly I feel great. My headaches, depression, anxiety and high blood pressure are gone. The very fact that I am writing this and have signed up to be a coach is evidence of my transformation. Before the recent changes in my lifestyle I couldn't even write an email without having a panic attack. 

I'm living proof that diet and exercise are more than just a weight loss tools. They can improve your overall health and change your life.