"This is it! I need this. I want this just as much as I want to breathe." - Amanda Cha
Growing up I was different from most. Behind my smile I suffered mentally, physically, emotionally and it continued throughout my childhood years and into adulthood. I lived that unhealthy lifestyle for a long while where drinking alcohol became the solution to all my issues and depression. It did not take long for my health to start deteriorating.
"This is it! I need this. I want this just as much as I want to breathe."
I told myself, "I will live for my son. I will walk his every steps with him in life, and be at his sports games. I will do what I can for him using every breath I take."
The first part of my positive change happened when I met some individuals from a nutrition company named Yourhealth. They were the first ones to mentally and emotionally support me. I was given some of the Yourhealth supplements and felt better. After years of struggling and not feeling well I felt great; mental clarity, energy… it was unexplainable!
I sold some of my personal possessions and bought Yourhealth products and joined one of their 8-week challenges. The challenge gave me reason to start committing to the gym. I would go to the gym at night and work hard. I would think about all my hardships, the struggles and about my son; my reason to live and breathe.
At the end of the challenge, I submitted my essay and progress pictures. I won 2nd place. Fast forward to this year. My improvements fueled changes in all areas of my life. I completed college and more. In April of 2019 I got a virus and was bed ridden. I had no strength, lost my voice, couldn't eat and it even hurt to breathe.
Lying in bed I finally said to myself…"Get up. You can do it. Do it for yourself. No one is going to be here to take care of you so get up and just go to the gym! Chase your dreams! You got this." Up out of bed and to the gym I went.
How I do it:
I take Yorhealth vitamins, digestives, probiotics, fibers, super greens, meal replacement shakes and muscle repair supplements.
I eat organic foods that include rice cakes, albacore tuna, asparagus, avocados, red potatoes, red meat, white meat.
I try to go to the gym 5 days per week, right after work. Cardio on the treadmill for 30-60 minutes. I walk at 3 mph at an incline of 15.
Whole Body Workout
Arms, Chest, Abs
Back and Glutes
Hamstrings and Calves
Feeling strong, being strong and looking strong has been a big positive change for me. I never knew how amazing it feels to wake up the next day just being ready to start my day and get going.
Taking care of my health has changed me for the better. It has boosted my confidence more than ever before. This summer I finally got to flaunt myself in a two-piece bikini. This was for the first time ever. I was kind of nervous and reminded myself, "I worked hard for it and deserve to look pretty and feel beautiful in my own skin."
Most importantly I am healthy for my son. I will be here for him. He will have his mom at his special events and games.
Ray Binkowski is the former owner of a hybrid training gym, author (all of his titles are on Amazon), and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even corporations like 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss.