Special Rates Extended Through The End of 2013

cropped-cali1.jpgI provide in person weight loss and fitness motivation through BetterLife Seminars by Fat Then Fit Now in Kingston PA.  For the last few months I was running discounted fees and inviting people to join me on by journey back to wellness, health and fitness. Once I reached 250 pounds I was planning to return to the usual rates of 75 for the initial meeting and 35 for monthly monitoring , however, I have learned how many people desire the proper tools for dropping weight and getting fit, and in this economy, cost is a very real factor.

So, I am extending the special “drop weight and get fit with me” rates of $50.00 for the initial meeting and $25.00 for monthly monitoring through the end of 2013.

I won’t let cost get in the way of helping you reach your weight loss and fitness goals.

Call 570 760 6121 and schedule your initial meeting today.


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A Setback or A Greater Challenge

On January 8th I wrote a post entitled Let the Fun Begin. It was my first week into high intensity training. I was moving heavier weights and increasing both my run distance and speed. I was a man on a mission. How was I to know that one short week later my training would get a little off track. In the preceding  posts, A Minor Setback — Not a Roadblock and Three Weeks from the Day, I chronicled what I was looking at as a setback in my training.

This morning something happened to change that way of thinking.

I was in the gym talking with a friend of mine. I had previously told him about my recent procedure and expressed how I was grateful nothing was wrong with my heart. He asked me how getting back into the grove was going and if I was still taking it easy. I told him good, but I conveyed to him that with the half-marathon a mere twelve weeks away and the strongman only three weeks later, I was feeling a bit unsettled about how I had lost over a month of training.

That is when I got the look.

There is one thing about weightlifting and weightlifters, when you complain, and I was, as much as I hate to admit it, complaining, to another lifter words never need be spoken. Weight training is unto itself about one thing; overcoming the pull of gravity on cold, unyielding iron. It is, every single workout, a challenge.

It is a challenge to embrace.

It is a challenge to welcome.

It is a challenge to overcome.

So when my old friend gave me that look, I realized I was complaining and simultaneously we uttered, “It is just a greater challenge!”

I didn’t have to do battle with cancer. I didn’t have to deal with a traumatic accident. I didn’t have anything really bad happen to me. I had a surgical procedure to check out my heart and it showed all was good. I am blessed.

So what? I lost a few weeks training.

So what? I lost some strength.

So what? I got a little soft.

I am healthy. I am still relatively fit. I now have a greater challenge.

Life is fun.

Life is not fair.

Life is a challenge.

Bring it on!

Keep training and remember: being fit isn’t simply about living longer, it is about living better!

Pants that fit snug in March of 2008

Found these pants behind the door in my office. They fit snug back in March of 2008!

me and my old pants

me and my old pants 2

I have made the big time!

I was recently interviewed by the web’s most prominent lo-carb web site owner Jimmy Moore.  Here is a link to the interview.

You can’t be athletic following a low carb lifestyle?

I was reading Jimmy Moore’s blog http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/, the other day. He re-posted a column by a personal trainer who was critical of the low carb lifestyle. In the column the author implied that one could not be athletic or build muscle following a low carb regime. I am well aware that there are varying thoughts on nutrition. It is NOT an exact science. However, when a self proclaimed expert wants to deride others without genuine facts and information it makes me a little irate. I hastily took some pictures to demonstrate how exactly incorrect said author is:

I do not have the conceit to believe that I am at all where I want to be. I am still about 6 months from being in the shape I am shooting for, but I invite you to check out my 340 pound photos from March of 2008. I think I have laid to rest the myth that you can’t build muscle or be athletic on a low carb lifestyle.

Also, today I am listening to Rush Limbaugh talking about losing weight. He is claiming that exercise is not necessary and that he has lost weight before. I think I remember a similar tirade about a year ago. Watching his CPAC speech on television it appears he was not successful last time. He actually made the claim that he wants to lose enough weight so it takes him a couple of years to put it back on. What this big bellied big mouth doesn’t get, is that if he not only lost weight, but became fit— he would enjoy all the stuff he currently does and not ever have to worry about losing weight again. Also if he would get fit it would help his golf game.

I doubt the rotund Mr. Limbaugh would ever read this blog, but if he does I would be more than happy to help him scream from his golde EIB microphone,  “I was Fat Then but I am Fit Now!”

Joe Leonardi


One year ago today!

March 1 2008 340lbs  Feb 28, 2009 206 pounds

March 1 2008 340lbs Feb 28, 2009 206 pounds

One year ago today was the first day in years that I stepped on a scale. The reading: 340 pounds. It was that day I made the decision that fat was no way to live. Of course, the next couple of days were spent splurging: The last Pizza, the last French Fries, The last Pasta, that last Dusty Road Sundae at Blue Ribbon. They weren’t really the last, but for a while I would touch none of my old fattening friends. Four days later on March 5th I reactivated my membership at Danko’s All American Fitness Center and the next day March 6th a very fat, unfit and embarrassed rotund figure walked back in the gym and with renewed passion and fire began an odyssey from Fat Then to Fit Now.