A long time ago a client came to get muscle and sports therapy to rehab a shoulder. He was in amazing shape like the guy on the photo. He was 53 years old. I asked him what was his secret to be in such great shape, then he told me his story:
It wasn't always this way...Henry! On my 50th birthday my daughter brought the grand kids over to celebrate my birthday. The kids ran to me as I laid back on my La-z-boy. The 3 year old climbed up the footer and the 2 year old wanted me to lift her up over the side...I struggled but did it. They both sat on my lap and drumming on my big fat belly they repeatedly screamed, "Happy Birthday Grandpa" at the top of their lungs! Streams of tears ran down my face! As my wife and daughter looked on, I heard my wife tell my daughter, "Oh, he's so happy!"
I never had the guts to tell them that my tears were from grief, not joy. As those kids drummed on my big fat gut, I knew I would never see them grow up or be a part of their lives as they became beautiful young adults. At that moment I realized I was closer to dead than alive. So, the very next day, I went and withdrew a large amount of money from my 401k. I hired a personal trainer, a nutritionist, a personal counselor and paid them all along with a gym membership for 1 whole year. I gave myself the best gift I could give myself...a healthy lifestyle. What you see, is what I have done repeatedly for 3 years and have no regrets.
"It wasn't always this way", I still use those very words he shared with me to this very day.