Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Paying it forward

Since Ive started P90X I cant help but to spread the word about how great this program is. I'm sure people at work and my family are tired of hearing me talk about it. But I'm not going to stop because its stories like the one I'm about to tell you that keep me motivated to help people reach their goals!

I work at a Juvenile facility that takes in teenagers who either are in trouble with the law or have run away from home. So I get a very diverse group of kids every 45 days. I get kids asking me all the time what I do to get into shape and to look good. I tell them that I work out with P90X and most of them are like "Huh? What is that?" So I tell them what it is and then I tell that I'm a coach for Beachbody and help others get fit. From there I start building this relationship with them and they begin their journey to getting into shape.

I had another kid who left just recently and because of his weight loss and his progress he left a copy of the workout under his bed for the next person to use. I was shocked and speechless that he wanted to do that for the next person. Which is the reason Iam posting this. And that brings to me to my next story.

Two weeks ago a new kid came in and he saw me showing a group of guys how to do some push ups. He started asking questions and I started giving answerer's. Before I know it I'm writing down a short version of P90X for them to do. I wrote down all of the push ups and all of the Ab ripper X routine for them. I started talking to him about what he should eat and what he should stay away from. Now since he is at a facility he doesn't have a choice in what he can have to eat. But he can pick and choose how much he eats. Fast forward to now and he has lost 5 lbs and is now able to do most of ab ripper x and is doing great on his push ups. He tells me everyday that he is watching what he eats and is giving away his snacks because he doesn't need the sugar. How awesome is that!

Just last night another kid asked me if he will get into shape if he does the workout I gave to everyone else. I told him of course he would. This guy I'm talking about is very skeptical of everything and likes to set his own path. Usually this path he sets for himself is not a good one. He then asked me if I would let him his room so he could do the workouts by himself so that no one will see him. I couldn't believe what I was hearing from this kid. He has never taken my word for anything good but here he is asking me for help.

If I don't reach out to anymore people I feel accomplished that I have made a difference in someones life. But like I said nothing will stop me from continuing to help make a difference. If your reading this I challenge you to pay it forward. Whether it is in fitness or just giving a kind gesture to someone. What ever you are passionate about tell someone. Be genuine and sincere and they will do the same. Together we can help make this world a better place!

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