We recently started a new trimester here at Idaho Falls High School. Each trimester is 12 weeks long. At the beginning of every trimester, I sit down with my classes, and we discuss setting goals for the upcoming tri. I want my students to be excited for the opportunity they have to succeed in my class. I want them to understand that in the short space of 12 weeks you can change your whole outlook on life.
During the conversation with my class I was taken back to a time not long ago when I was going through the motions of life. I woke up every morning because I had to. I wasn’t looking forward to future endeavors. I wasn’t excited about my life. Here I had a beautiful wife, two great kids, one on the way, and I felt like I was just wading through life. My feelings about myself were not solely based on how I looked but how I felt. I felt like crap. I wasn’t attacking life with the same zeal I had previously done. I knew I needed to get back on track. I wanted to be excited to get up in the morning. I wanted to be excited to go to work. I wanted to want to take my kids places and play. I wanted a purpose.
On Jan. 1st 2008, Body-for-LIFE gave me the opportunity to change the way I approached life. It gave me the confidence to continue to set new goals. The challenge renewed my soul. It gave me the push I needed to be the kind of father and teacher I wanted to be. I not only looked better but I felt better. I woke up every day excited about the challenge of life.
I have since opened up our school weight room every morning at 6:30 am. For three years I have volunteered to help anyone in our community who wants to get their butts out of bed and get into shape. I have loved every minute of it. I enjoy getting up in the morning and coming to school. I love waking up with a purpose! I have seen many transform their own lives. What a great feeling to see one of your best friends shed some tears following the completion of a 12 week challenge.
The best part about Body-for-LIFE is the challenge is never over. I get to continue what I started three years ago, every day. I continue to set new goals along with my classes here at I.F. I want to be someone my classes can look up too. I want to show them that anyone can set goals, but it takes something special to not quit. I realize if they can accomplish their goals in my class, they will have the ability to move forward in life and be whatever they want to be.
I just want to thank Body-for-LIFE for giving me the wake up call I needed. I now know I will be successful in whatever I do. I will never give up on my goals. I will continue to live life to its fullest. I will never take for granted the opportunity I have to get up in the morning and LIVE. I now know my purpose.
Hope to see you in October Colby!
Finally...someone from Idaho! I live in Sun Valley and am so excited that there is someone here from my neck of the woods!... I loved your story! You are a true champ!
Your speech in Knoxville, along with your video here brought the memories flooding back. You are indeed and inspiration every single day!!
That's fantastic and a great story. I have been on fire of BFL as it has given me the structure to focus and be diciplined. Seeing the changes in my attitude and my body is rewarding. I am experienceing a lull. I'm on day 74 and I want to have more muscle than I have. And I'm feeling like I'm alone in this which is wierd. I am going through a divorce and I think I may be experiencing loss. Losing my marraige and all that goes with it.......losing the old body and attitude to a new and healthy one. Does this make since? It's kind of like your wading through life. I am feeling like my purpose is getting bogged down. Fear of failure is one thing, fear of success is another. I am pushing forward. I am on day 74 and I have 10 days to go to complete my first challenge. So with all that said I feel and look good. Time to go do cardio. Thanks for reminding me to Wake Up With A Purpose!!
My name is Carla and tomorrow I start another round of the challenge and I am so encouraged to go all the way! I've had success in the past with the challenge; but I somehow gave up - but I've learned from my past failures and I am determined that I'm going to complete the entire 12 weeks without comprimising in the food and exercise category . NO MORE EXUSES. I'm focused, and I'm going to go all the way! There's so much hidden potential in me and I want to tap into it.. before I leave this earth.. I know I can do it! I know I can do it!
What a great opportunity to be able to do that.
And, ya, total tear jerker for you and them when the complete their challenge!
I love your positive energy, and I am sure it is infectious to those around you.
Keep on ROCKIN!!!
truly inspiratonal mate
Like Kimmie, it is nice to hear about people from our neck of the woods. I live up in Challis and am starting the challenge on June 21st. You are an inspiration and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.
You are indeed an inspiration!
Your right on the money!