By Ayanna Penn
“Healthiest Holiday Ever” Family feature of the Day:
Warning: LONG READ but this is what you probably didn’t know. Hope you can’t relate!
If you’ve ever been in love, y’all know how it is. Lots of time just hangin’, wining and dining. Getting to know each others likes, dislikes, values dreams. You love each other no matter how thick you each get in the mid-section, (because we ALL know those honeymoon comfy pounds are inevitable). Then when the day comes that you marry and have children, the connection becomes even stronger because your lives have been united those children. You both now have an exponential reason to live well and grow old together right?
Well yesterday I shared a story about the very first person I helped reclaim their health when I became a Beachbody coach. And Today I wanted to share a little story about my “toughest client” lol. Believe it or not, the HARDEST person to convince to get healthy using the same fitness products that were changing my life everyday, was the most IMPORTANT person in my life, my phenomenal husband George (I love you honey!).
Wait, Quick Disclaimer: George know’s that I’m sugar-free with my honesty and maybe even a little bit pushy when it comes to something I’m passionate about, so he gave me his blessing to share the story the best way I know how
So as I mentioned earlier, we helped EACH OTHER put on those extra unwanted pounds. We really had NOOOO rights to judge one another about the whopping extra 30 lbs that we each put on. However there came a time when I hit my Thirties and had a revelation that he ignored. Carrying so much weight on my body with no viable solution in sight really scared me because my family tree is riddled with family members that live with and have succumbed to complications related to obesity. I’m talking High blood pressure, High Cholesterol, Heart disease and Diabetes. George’s family medical history was just like my own in terms of there being a history of obesity related sickness in the family as well as Cancer.
Once we had children, we both made diligent efforts to go to the local gym to reign our health back in, but ALWAYS fell off because either we were too tired, it was too hard to coordinate our kids’ child care and the work schedules we had were BANANA’s. I worked 9am-9pm as a social worker and his work schedule as a Music Producer AND a Barber always got into the way of his finding time to really lose the weight and eat right.
Fast forward to the day George told me he was experiencing severe migraines and pressure behind his eyes. He’d always down play it and put off going to see a doctor. There was even a time when his symptoms were coupled with a racing heart beat, and again it scared him a bit but he didn’t exactly run to the doctor. He had to “work”. I in my heart of hearts also believe he didn’t want to hear any bad news. I had to tell him over and over how his symptoms seemed like a sign of something more serious and I was really scared that one day the worst would happen if he didn’t see a doctor. I didn’t want to be with out him and his children without a father, all because he didn’t want to be forced to take medication heaven forbid. Telling him I was afraid his stubbornness could cause us to lose him before his time made him ultimately go in to check things out. And yep he did get bad news, he wasn’t healthy. He had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and anxiety from stress. He WAS prescribed medication to take daily, and told that he had to change his eating habits and fitness level or his condition would get worse.
Think that was enough to shake him? Nope. He took the meds maybe once and that was it!
At the same time I tried to give him hope because i was experiencing such great success, feeling healthier and stronger everyday drinking Shakeology and doing a beachbody program right at home. I felt amazing early on and he still was not convinced. I’d be in front of the TV doing INSANITY and He’d sit back and watch me do plyometrics with his spoon in a pint of haagen daas. It wasn’t until he snuck a taste of my Shakeology and watched me lose those 30 lbs right before his eyes, that he realized that he’d be foolish not to try it out. And so one day he did a work out, continued to drink my Shakeology every day. (fyi, I soon pumped the breaks on that and had him order his own shakes) but he started feel so much better.
Scheduled for his follow up Dr appointment 2 months later, he went in 35 lbs lighter and with zero symptoms he’d had previously. The doctor unknowingly thought he’d been taking the medication but I am convinced that it was his own hard work with INSANITY and adding the dense nutrition of Shakeology specufically that changed everything! He’s been off medication ever since and is now a huge overall health advocate and Beachbody Star Diamond Coach! This means that since his wake up call he’s helped alooooooot of men and women reclaim their heath! Talk about a new lease on life!
Long Read but all of this to say……If you love someone and they clearly need to improve their health, stubborn or not….., BE relentless. BE the example and BE Patient (but only to a certain extent) because life is short and it takes time and effort to turn your life around.
Ladies love your man enough to be annoying about their health this Holiday Season and choose your gift giving wisely. He may want a new watch or new gadget, but what he may really need is to add TIME to his life by getting fit. Please feel free to connect with me and I’ll help you help him understand that. Or connect him with George.
Fella’s you if you come to know George, you know not just from the photos here that a healthy lifestyle transformation is way more than just a 6 pack its quality of life and even increased work productivity, so please connect with George, man to man to get yourself started. WE are in this together and our solution and support is solid! Trust.
Check George Penn out on www.phaseonefitness.com