I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in good health…
III John 1:2
In The Beginning...
As the result of the incessant and non-stop nagging of a close personal friend of mine (thanks, Jill), I found myself standing at the starting line of the 1999 Chris Thater Memorial 5K run in Binghamton, NY.
Despite being only 2 months shy of my 40th birthday, this was the first running race that I had ever participated in. I finished that run that day, crossing the finish line unaware of the fact that I had just completed an event that would come to alter the course of my life.
Rekindling a competitive flame that had not burned within me for quite some time, I became “hooked”, as they say, and am now the veteran of over 50 races ranging in distance from 5Ks to marathons. As my training progressed, I became intrigued with the connection between nutrition and performance, turning myself into a personal testing laboratory and using my training and races to learn as much as I could. Eventually I took it to the next level by aligning myself with the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and obtaining dual certifications as both a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) and a Specialist in Performance Nutrition (SPN).
In 1999, at the age of 40, I was a guy who jogged 4 miles a week. Eight years later my running resume included:
· Finisher of over 50 competitive races
· Six-time Forks 15K finisher
· Five-time Vestal XX finisher
· Six-time Red Baron Half-Marathon finisher
· Six-time Steamtown Marathon finisher
That First Small Step...
In my first life I spent over 24 years in the cube farms of corporate America. If someone had told me on my 40th birthday that I would finish 6 marathons in the next 8 years, I would have laughed in their face. But I did, and as I think back on my transformation from captain couch potato to marathon finisher, I realize that it really wasn’t as difficult as I would have thought. As much as I would have liked to, I did not simply wake up one morning with a superhuman ability to transform myself into a new person. Instead, I simply committed to one small, simple, intelligent, sustainable change. And then another, and then another. These small improvements, strung together over time, allowed me to not only improve my athletic performance, but the quality of my life overall.
What I learned, as I progressed through this transformation, is that the longest of journeys consists of nothing more than a series of small steps. Whatever your goal – to lose weight, live healthier, improve athletic performance, this approach will work for you also, and my education, experience, and knowledge will help you benefit from my successes while avoiding my mistakes.
But no journey will ever be completed; no goal will ever be achieved
You’re willing to take that first small step.
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
ISSA Specialist in Performance Nutrition
YMCA Strength & Conditioning Instructor
New York State Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach
Specializing in vegetarian nutrition
48 years old
The WHOLE Story of Honest Abe Lincoln…
1832- Ran for state legislature and lost.
1833- Failed in business.
1836- Suffered a nervous breakdown.
1838- Defeated in his bid to become speaker of the senate.
1843- Failed in his bid to become U.S. Congressman from Illinois.
1849- Rejected in his desire to be appointed commissioner of the General Land Office.
1854- Unsuccessful in his bid to become U.S. Senator from Illinois.
1856- Was nominated for Vice President but not selected at the Republican national convention.
Elected as the 16th President of the United States, led our country through one of the darkest periods in our history, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders this country has ever seen.
Never Give Up!