Who am I?

A closer-to-50-than-40 year-old (how the hell did that happen?) married dude with two young sons living in the mountains of northern Japan.

After all, who didn’t dream of living next to a big volcano in a mysterious foreign country when they were a kid?

Da-Boys

In a different life I was an automotive engineer – I had prestigious jobs with good companies (whatever that means).

But in all honesty, I didn’t fit in the corporate world with all its maneuvering and politics.

I was the proverbial square peg in a round hole.

So I quit working for “the man”, got qualified as a personal trainer back in 2007, then moved to Japan two years later.

All I can say is that it’s been one heck of a ride.

I’ve gone from being a lazy slob in my mid-20s, to a skinny-fat martial arts and cycling nut in my 30s (when I had something called “hair”)….

Malaysia Dec 2001

…then to a dad in my 40s.

I’ve been fat (I did a year of unlimited eating back in 2014 just to see what would happen), and I’ve gotten lean (dropping 61 lbs in only 27 weeks).

Transformation

I’ve been weak (at 36-years old I was too scared to squat 135 lbs during my personal trainer certification), and I’ve gotten stronger than I ever believed possible (deadlifting 445 lbs at the age of 45)

But this isn’t all about lifting weights and 6-pack abs…

A week before my 46th birthday (when we’re supposed to be “past it” or “over the hill”), I ran my first full marathon.

Even though I absolutely suck at running and had considered a marathon “impossible” since I first saw one on TV when I was 10-years old.

betsukai-marathon-finish

And while my time was a less-than-stellar 4 hours 50 minutes, the whole thing was an absolute blast! :)

So, why am I telling you all this?

Because I know what it’s like to feel weak, overweight, lack energy, and have that sinking feeling in your stomach around 3 o’clock every Sunday afternoon.

I’m almost too embarrassed to admit that I lived that way for over a decade.

But here’s what I found:

It’s possible for any of us to turn things around, no matter how old we are or what disappointments we might have had in the past.

All it takes is a big enough desire to make things change and the courage to see it through.

And get this:

It takes way less effort than we may think as long as we use our time wisely, have an effective strategy, and do stuff that actually delivers.

That then leaves plenty of time for important things like having fun with our families and enjoying life.

So if that sounds like your thing, pop in your email address and join the team – we’d love to have you on board!

– Tim

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