YOU are a product of YOUR Decisions!


I did a Facebook post the other day about Managing Circumstances! In this picture you will see me icing my neck and shoulder. They are the result of a car accident 2 years ago and a very long story. When I made the post, I was not expecting prayers and good thoughts, but I thank everyone for them! icing postMy focus was my circumstance and dealing with it. You see many times in life I have given into my circumstance. I know it is a road many of us go down in our life. Circumstances can often be overwhelming.

At this point I would like to bring your focus to some of the inspiration I have in my life that teach me how to deal with tough circumstances. First, my dad is a great inspiration to me. He lost his partner in life (my mom) after 60 years just 2 short years ago. It is a very difficult circumstance. I know his heart hurts every day from the loss, I see it. How does he deal with it? He relies on prayer, God, family, and love. He is the best dad and granddad I know.

Another person is a good friend of mine. He is caring for his mom and mother in-law. He is raising a lovely teenager, works in the community, helps others, and works to share time with his wonderful wife. And, did I mention, he has dealt with retinoblastoma and the after effects of managing that horrible disease. He does an amazing job managing his ‘circumstances’! You will not know his circumstances because he rarely shares them outside of a select group, but he is amazing.

Then there is an entire group of people that are game changers for me. I’ve been watching, loving, and been part of the lives on countless children and teens over the past 31 years. The wonderful young people of Camp Kemo are all dealing with some form of cancer or blood disorder. Camp Kemo bannerThey are dealing with ‘circumstances’ I wish on no young person. They are dealing with hospital visits, all kinds of treatment, weight gain, weight loss, hair loss, changing relationships with their peers that have no idea how to deal with them and their disease, and yes, death. They are traveling a very tough road with tough ‘circumstances’. And how do they deal with their circumstances? They laugh, smile, cheer for one another, share, care, dance, cry, hug, and overcome. I have watched them overcome their ‘circumstances’ for many years.

These young people, my friend, my dad, and many others in life have taught me that circumstances do not define the person. Circumstances can be tough, they put much pressure on people in their life’s journey. I am thankful that I have many examples of people in my life that have seen the tremendous pressure of ‘circumstances’. How they have managed their circumstances and dealt with the pressure has created many jewels for me to look to for hope and guidance in dealing with my circumstances.

I never question or compare people’s circumstances. What I do know is I have many examples of people in my life that have managed and overcome some circumstances that seemed impossible to work through. They were steering at a solid wall of circumstances and brick by brick removed the wall to continue on an even greater journey.

Note to ME and YOU:

Your circumstances are not YOU!

YOU are a product of YOUR Decisions!




Why TheFatGuy rebuilt his Website…. ummm….. Office…

TheFatGuy rolled out his new website this past week thanks to much help from Stephen Parris. The new logo he designed is better than TheFatGuy could have imagined!

Why did TheFatGuy push to rebuild his website? Several things came into play as he looked at this question. He needed:

  • to get better ORGANIZED.
  • a better way to highlight and serve the organizations he volunteers with in Charleston and South Carolina.
  • a way to best highlight giving away his book, “Fat Guy Diary: Out of the Fire!” to help people start and travel their journey’s to health, wellness, and happiness.
  • a way to highlight his newest career of working to help people.
  • an office and the website would be it!
  • To Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)

Organized: TheFatGuy needed this as much as anything. Becoming overwhelmed and unable to focus on his own wellbeing is what got him to 360 pounds in the first place. He needed to find a way to best organize all of his efforts so he could still Take Care of HIM and the people closest to HIM in his life.

Serving Organizations: He enjoyed his efforts to serve multiple organizations, but did not feel he was highlighted and promoting the organizations as best as he could. Now it’s EASY!

Book Give Away!: TheFatGuy wants to reach as many people as possible with this FREE book. He wants to help people Out of their own personal fire! He is hoping that giving away his book, his personal story to health, wellness, and fitness will help someone, anyone.

New career: Well TheFatGuy and his wife have to eat and pay the bills. He could not work for someone else and continue his volunteer work at its present level; SO, he is using his redesigned website to start his career and maintain his volunteer work. He has multiple ways to help others while making a living. Check out the pages under How TheFatGuy Can Help you! On his website.

An Office: He is no longer attached to ‘brick and mortar’. His office is his website. It’s open 24/7 and can be accessed anywhere and anytime. He loves it!

KISS: Yep, Keep It Simple Stupid rang out in his ears as he worked this strategy to rebuild his website.

Check out TheFatGuy and his new office/website. He is blessed to have found many positive things in his life and wants to share them with YOU!

Note to ME and YOU: Do what works for you and always give it a little KISS!

TheFatGuy TheFitGuy TheBEAST


Let’s Go! WALK in October

Let'sGo!_Walk_logoLet’s Go! is a movement led by Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina to provide more options to eat healthy and get active. Let’s Go! includes everyone — at school, at work, at church and in the community — in South Carolina.

Let’s Go! WALK in October is a focus of Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County. We want to find walking events, areas to walk, and ways to walk! Much of this information will be highlighted in this article/post.

To kick off event is:

Let’s Go! Walk the Ravenel Bridge with TheFatGuy & Coach Dave

Event: Let’s Go! WALK the Ravenel Bridge with TheFatGuy & Coach Dave

Start: October 5, 2013 9:00 am End: October 5, 2013 10:30 am

Meet TheFatGuy and Coach Dave at the parking area on the Charleston side of the bridge located on the corner of East Bay and Cooper Street. We will be there and start our Let’s Go! Walk! at 9AM

Organizer:  Mike TheFatGuy Campbell, Chair Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County

Email:[email protected]

International Walk to School Day is October 9th. Check with your school to see what they are doing on this day!

We will highlight any walking events on our Charleston Tri-County Events Calendar page for October. Send us the information at [email protected].

Let’s Go! WALK is much more than events. TheFatGuy, Mike Campbell, just started his journey to wellness by Moving More. He walked the stairs, walked the dogs, walked the golf course, walked the Ravenel Bridge, walked the stands at Stoney Field, and started a Youth Marathon Program to get kids walking and running.  Message here is just WALK, just Move More! It’s simple.

You can get more information about walking at our Eat Smart Move More SC website. Check 7 Healthy Tips for personal ideas to walk more. Check Options for Action to positively impact your school, workplace, community, and more. And, Let’s Go! Charleston Tri-County has an ever growing map of assets that can aide you in finding great places to walk and Move More.

One final resource! Check out Walk Leader Manual- Charleston Tri-County ESMM

Mike Campbell, Chair Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County


JOIN TheFatGuy to get kids MOVING MORE!! Childhood Obesity is an Epidemic WE CAN CHANGE IT!

Youth Marathon 12-13 eAs most of you know by now, TheFatGuy is passionate about fighting obesity and passionate about helping our youth have the opportunity to live happy healthy productive lives. So it only stands to reason that I am gravely concerned about The Childhood Obesity Epidemic! I have volunteered with Youth Programs for most of my life and left a 28 year career to head a youth serving organization for 3 1/2 years. I am also TheFatGuy that knows what it is like to be, well fat! Extremely FAT/OBESE!

While watching my own weight bounce around for 33 years of my adult life, I also have watched many children I care deeply about struggle with obesity and the issues that come with it. Obesity is a national issue housed in millions of personal struggles and stories. My own struggle peaked in February of 2009 at 360 pounds and very tight 54″ waist pants. Those pants not only held 360 pounds they held a multitude of health issues. The issues included, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, asthma, migraines, sleep issues, back/neck issues, and more. After losing 150 pounds over the next year  I came off of 7 different medications and am now in the best shape of my life. Anyone that thinks weight does not cause health issues is fooling themselves. You only have to look at the health I have regained at 56 years of age to see what proper weight with a good diet and exercise can do for your health.

WHAT CAUSES CHILDHOOD OBESITY? It is quite simple, Childhood obesity is the result of eating too many calories and not getting enough physical activity. We can debate who takes the blame but the equation is simple: too many calories in and not enough used through MOVING MORE.

MY QUESTION TO ALL OF YOU: Do you want our children growing into my size 54″ pants and accumulating all of the health and life issues that come with those pants? My wish for you and the children in your life is that you find your journey to health and fitness and that you help the children in your life develop healthy lifestyle habits.

MOVE MORE: I have one tool that can help you start a child’s journey today. You can participate in the Youth Marathon Program that is part of the Charleston Marathon. Basically, a child/teenager walks or runs 25 miles between now and  January, on the afternoon of January 17th all of the children come out to do their final 1.2 miles with us at the Marathon finish line in downtown Charleston at Burke Middle/HS, where they will receive a Marathon medal and shirt based on the race guidelines. IT IS ALL FREE for our kids! To get more info about the Youth Marathon program you can go to and click on Charleston Youth Marathon Program on the left side of the page.

Fight Childhood Obesity in September (National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month) and year round. Don’t let our children grow into my size 54″ pants. Have them take a step in the right direction with our Youth Marathon Program.

Mike Campbell, TheFatGuyTheFitGuyTheBEAST

Volunteer Director of the Charleston Youth Marathon Program

Youth Marathon Program Basic Information:

  • Join us at Burke Middle High School on January 17, 2014 as we watch hundreds of our community children run on portions of the official Charleston Marathon course.
  • Registration will begin at 2:00 p.m. Run begins at 3:30 p.m.
  • We will have a family fun area with refreshments, local sports characters, bounce house and more!
  • Each child that participates receives a commemorative medal and a Charleston Youth Marathon T-shirt.

The Charleston Youth Marathon Program was developed for the benefit of our community children in the Charleston area. The goal of our program is to:

  • Educate parents and children about the benefits of physical fitness
  • Encourage children to participate in a physical activity on a daily basis
  • Help children make smart choices to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle now and into adulthood


  • The Charleston Marathon Youth Marathon is open to all children ages 7-17 years old who are in good health.
  • The Youth Marathon is a modified marathon, which means your child can run or walk 25 miles prior to race day, and then complete the final 1.2 miles on January 18, 2013.
  • Once a child is registered they can log back into their online account to complete their training log each time they walk/run. You can also print out a copy of the 2013 Charleston Youth Marathon Log below and manually log miles. Each child must log 25 miles by race day in order to participate in the final 1.2 mile leg of the Charleston Youth Marathon.
  • The Youth Marathon is free and every participant will receive an official Charleston Youth Marathon Medal and Charleston Youth Marathon t-shirt when they turn in their logged miles. Every youth that registers online will have access to sponsor promotions and coupons that we will have online.

Champions come in all shapes and sizes:

·         In schools we have had a custodial staff person run the program, PE teachers, nurses, volunteers (parents)

·         Parents and families have picked up the program

·         Kids have focused on getting the program moving

SC Facts about Childhood Obesity

During the past few years, the rising level of obesity in our country has become a well-known problem. Overweight and obese adults are at increased risk for diabetes, hypertension, stroke, certain cancers, heart disease, high cholesterol, gall bladder disease, sleep apnea, depression, osteoarthritis and asthma. Obesity rates in South Carolina have more than doubled since 1990, with almost two-thirds of our adult citizens considered overweight or obese. In addition,

  • In 2009, South Carolina had the 14th worst overweight or obesity rate in the nation. Three out of every five South Carolina adults (nearly 66%) are either overweight or obese. Twenty-nine percent are obese.
  • Of those South Carolinians who are overweight or obese, 37.5% have high blood pressure, 11.7% have diabetes, and 5.1% have coronary heart disease.
  • The economic impact of obesity and overweight population in terms of illness, diseases and lost productivity is significant. In 2003, obesity-related medical expenditures for adults in South Carolina total over $1 billion, with over half of the costs being financed by Medicaid and Medicare.
  • Nearly one third of high school students (31%) in South Carolina are overweight or obese.
  • Approximately one half of all African American children in rural areas of South Carolina are overweight or obese.
  • If current trends continue, one out of three children born in the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes primarily due to poor diet and lack of physical activity.




State-level Statistics

·         THE PROBLEM

o    • Almost 1 in every 3 (31.7 percent) S.C. high school students are overweight or obese.

o    • Studies have shown that obese adolescents have an est. 70-80% percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults3.

o    • 85.3 percent of S.C. high school students had not eaten fruits and vegetables five or more times per day within the 7 days prior to the survey1.

o    • If current trends continue, one out of three children born in 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes, primarily due to a poor diet and lack of physical activity4.


o    High Blood Pressure Sleep Apnea

o    Asthma Poor Self-Esteem

o    Depression Type 2 Diabetes



Are ‘others’ important to TheFatGuy’s journey?

This question came out of TheFatGuy’s last blog, Bad midterm grade, so what are you gonna do about it? As he pondered this question, it did not take him long to see how important ‘others’ were to his journey.

TheFatGuy has always said that you have to travel this journey for YOU. In following this logic he has always traveled his journey for him and worked on how he would find success in becoming fit and healthy. In doing this he has developed a great amount of personal success in his journey. BUT, this success was drawn from many relationships he has had or now has in his life. These relationships have become many of the building blocks to his success. Having the ‘right’ people around you tremendously improves the odds of success on your journey.

How have family and social networks played a role in TheFatGuy’s story?

·         As many of you know, TheFatGuy’s wife provided the spark that helped start TheFatGuy’s Journey OUT OF THE FIRE!!. She is the person that made TheFatGuy realize that he needed to find his way Out of the Fire if he was going to be able to be of value to his family and friends, and be able to help them the way he wanted to help them.

·         As TheFatguy traveled his journey he quickly developed an all too familiar champion of his journey. His brother, Walter, started checking out his blog posts and following his journey online and in his everyday life. Walter introduced TheFatGuy to the Lean Team when he was looking for an organization to volunteer 100 hours with and donate $100 to as he lost his 100th pound. This introduction ultimately lead TheFatGuy to doing a SWOT analysis for the Lean Team, becoming Chair of Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County, Chair of the state ESMM communications committee, and more in the obesity prevention arena. You never know how one person will influence your journey!

·         TheFatGuy’s mom and dad have prayed for him and given unconditional support to him throughout his life and journey. Masses said, candles lit, and prayers always help to keep the journey in a positive lane. 

·         TheFatGuy had many friends move in and out of his journey with kind words, support, and advice. Everyone had an impact on his journey in some way.

·         His attachment to the relationships built through Camp Kemo (a camp for kids with cancer) and Lasting Impressions (a support group for teens with cancer) have been a key to his life and his present journey to health and fitness.

·         His most recent revelations have come from the support and connections he has developed through social media. As he sits here and ponders this social network, he is a little amazed. Facebook has been a great place to find support and interest for his journey. But, Twitter has been a complete surprise to him. The support, information, and inspiration he has received from his Twitter social network has been a great addition to his journey. He has gained connections with people at different stages of their own journeys. He has seen these connections help him in ways they probably do not know, but their inspiration has been wonderful and often timely. Some of these connections include: @100Lighter, @Fit4April, @dietcokehead85, @Lizette0124, @OvercomingO, @keepitupdavid, and @ColleenFKelly . These are not ALL of the positive influencers he has on Twitter but this group represents a fair amount of tonnage lost and knowledge gained. They share their knowledge and experience freely. They positively influence TheFatGuy and many others. He is happy to have them in his life and part of his journey!

SO, although TheFatGuy has to travel his journey for him, he definitely has associated himself with people that can assist him in a positive way on his journey. He wishes everyone finds positive people with positive energy, great experience and solid information to assist in their journey.

Note to ME and YOU: Recognize, love, and thank the people in your life that have impacted your journey in any way.  Cherish those relationships, for they are the ones that could be the difference in a successful or not so successful journey.




Bad midterm grade, so what are you gonna do about it?

TheFatGuy was not pleased with his midterm grades as he did his Midyear Checkup 2013 (a little late). The grades could have definitely been much better, BUT the journey did continue! So the question becomes “Bad midterm grade, so what are you gonna do about it?”

To answer this question TheFatGuy has to revert to a good dose of Self-Honesty and take a hard look at himself. What good habits need to be revisited and reinforced? What will continue to build a road toward success for TheFatGuy’s journey?

Some of the conscious changes he made on July 5th were:

·         Understanding he allowed this situation to occur is a critical point. Regardless of circumstances, TheFatGuy allowed himself to get more than a little ‘out of bounds’.

·         Taking processed sugar out of his diet except for very very special occasions (i.e> 28th Anniversary Celebration with his wife!)

·         Logging- in his effort to move away from his physical logging, he lost sight of managing his days. He is now working on logging ‘mentally’ to track his daily intake and number of meals

·         Water intake- again he is not sure he was really taking in the water necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He is now back to ½ ounce of water per pound of body weight a day, minimum!

·         Portion Control- he is now back to measuring, checking and knowing what a portion is!

·         Keeping the right foods on hand: fruits and veggies with a ‘healthy’ dose of protein is now what stocks the fridge and cupboard.

·         Not taking food (healthy or not) upstairs with him after the evening meal!

·         He continues to work toward a positive healthy attitude to start each day. Part of that involves encouraging others on their journeys and learning from their journeys. Through social media TheFatGuy has become part of a network of people that are at varying stages of their own journeys. They help hi travel his own journey every day. (TheFatGuy may do a separate blog on this SOON!)

·         Using the Total Gym XLS to do Advanced Workouts with Todd Durkin. Kicking it up a notch is a good thing! The Total Gym has been a big part of TheFatguy’s journey and continues to move hi forward in his fitness and health goals.

·         Increasing his cardio work doing stands, sprints, walking, and biking!

TheFatGuy has worked to get all of these things in place. He is happy to report that as of last week he is already down 10 pounds from July 5th! You know, that last weight gained is the quickest to go.

TheFatGuy would also like to encourage you and all to not let setbacks define YOU! No, he nor you want setbacks to become a pattern or habit. But, we only truly fail when we stop trying.

Note to ME and YOU: Learn from the setbacks and keep moving forward toward where you want to go and what you want to be. Travel YOUR journey!




Time Crunch Workouts from 10-15 minutes from TheFatGuyTheFitGuyTheBEAST

What CAN you do in 10-15 minutes!? A Lot!

  • FIRST, Re-think your mindset! Don’t hold out for the gym or another time. Use the time you have. 10-15 minutes is better than NO minutes! I know, I started with 10-20 minutes at 360 pounds and now I am as healthy and fit as I have ever been at 57 years of age! (I’ll be 62 this May 2018)

    Jan 2018


  1. Walk, jog, run, sprint (Doing sprints in intervals during a jog has become one of the more popular ways to get the benefits of both sprinting and jogging. It’s also a great way to burn a lot of calories by altering your workout slightly.
  2. Keep bands with you! Bicep Curls, back, chest, shoulders, triceps (I will bring some bands) They Are easy to use and change from exercise to exercise.
  3.   Outdoor Workout:

§  1 minute: Warm up with a brisk walk

§  1 minute: Speedwalk

§  1 minute: Run

§  1 minute: Jumping Jacks

§  1 minute: Speedwalk

§  1 minute: Run

§  1 minute: Jumping Jacks

§  1 minute: Run

§  1 minute: Jumping Jacks

§  1 minute: Sprint

§  1 minute: Walk at an easy pace to cool down

  • For a good leg workout you could walk steps or bleachers and do single/double leg standing calf raises on the edge of a curb or step.
  • For a strength-focused workout do pushups (different types), squats, lunges, step ups, dips, tricep pushups, planks
  • A Quick workout is a good way to combat that Blah feeling and get you back to your peak to for a better work or play day.
  • Change intensity, variety to spice up your 15 minutes
  • Some links to help you:

o   Quick Fit 15-Minute Exercise Program

o   15 Minute Total Body Boot Camp

  • I have a Total Gym at home that has an amazing number of exercises you can do for your entire body in under 15 minutes. Below are links to some info about these routines.

o   5 Minute Total Gym Workout and more

Stop thinking about what you can’t do and start working on what you can do!

Note to ME and YOU:  Just MOVE MORE!! Starting with 10-15 minutes each day could end up changing your life. It changed mine!


Midyear Checkup 2013 (a little late)

PushupI have seen some friends post notes about their journeys recently that say things like, I had a bad day, I ate too much this weekend, I am not doing as well as I like right now. The one things I have seen from ALL of them is their ability to refocus and commit to their journey! I applaud you all for your wonderful journeys and much needed inspiration for me and all. You inspired me to do this midyear checkup!

Now, time for some accountability and a little rerouting from TheFatGuy! I have not blogged much so far this summer for several reason, most importantly it is the first summer in years my wife and I have been able to spend time together! We needed it.

Midyear Grade time:

  • Moving More/Exercise: B
  • Eating Smart/Diet: D+

Yep, the first half of this year has been a ‘test’ of my new habits versus 53 years of developing unhealthy/bad lifestyle habits. I started the year at a number over 240 pounds (which was a number I was not planning to reach!). I was 242.6 pounds on January 1st of this year and planned to slowly bring my weight back down. I found over the next months that I was quickly able to bring my weight back into the 230s and keep it there but was not able to bring it down further. I allowed a number of things to move me away from my healthier habits. Some of the things that moved me away from ‘taking care of ME’ were:

  • Building/toning muscle: in an effort to build and tone muscle, I had allowed my weight to go up over the course of 2012. This effort would not have been bad if I had kept a little more control on the ‘weight gain’. I did build and tone muscle!
  • Dealing with loss. I did not deal with loss very well during the first half of 2013.
    • After about a year of helping take care of my mother-in-law, she passed away in late February of this year. This was preceded by almost 2 years of going back and forth to the upstate of South Carolina from Charleston to help take care of my father-in-law. So, for the 3 years prior to February, Polly and I had gotten in a routine of traveling back and forth to help take care of her parents. This was something we wanted to do and loved to do. This was something that brought memories to us that will be with us forever. This was also something that I see in me and so many of us. Polly and I had gotten very good at taking care of and loving her parents, but had fallen back into some familiar, not so healthy habits, and had not done a good job taking care of ourselves during this time. This all hit us between the eyes when Polly’s mom passed. We went from being a little out of bounds to a little out of control after her mom’s death. The habits I had worked so hard to develop over time had slowly started to backslide over a year or so, and with my mother-in-laws passing the good habits seemed to disappear for a short time. Polly and I have talked about this and are now making course corrections in my/our journey.
    • I lost a very close friendship. My friend did not pass away, but he did some things that destroyed our friendship. I will not give details of this, but I will tell you I take friendships very seriously and this person abused our friendship in ways I cannot begin to tell you. It had more of a negative impact on me than I realized.
  • Logging: I decided during the course of 2013 I would work away from logging daily! This may not have been the best time for me to have ventured down this path. Logging regularly may have helped me get a better quicker grip on things.

Well these are 3 main areas that took me off course a little during the first half of 2013. The result was my eating habits were not as disciplined. That is why I get the D+ here.

  • I ate sugar and at times ate way to much sugar, especially during my week of Camp Kemo in June when I ate anything and everything. Love the kids, but hate the fact that I can’t seem to do moderation well!
  • I turned a bit of a blind eye to portion control and eating schedule which had been all too important to me.
  • I/we ate out TOO MUCH!!

But, my exercise habits did not go out the window! I get a B there.

  • I kept up with a decent exercise routine during the first half of 2013, working out 5 or more days a week.
  • My Total Gym XLS kept me in a zone to continue to focus on muscle tone and building. I kept it easy by following the routines on the cards that come with the machine.
  • I competed in a PushUp fundraiser to challenge myself> 5 pushups every 20 seconds for 30 minutes!
  • I would have gotten an A, but I feel I did not do a good job with my cardio work.

So with all of this I ended up at 248.2 on July 5th. NOT GOOD. The good news is I am already back under 240 and working on some things to keep me in bounds and traveling MY journey on MY terms!

Note to ME and YOU: The main message here is, I ‘allowed’ this to happen! I know there may have been some tough times and circumstances, but I allowed it to happen.


My next blog: Bad midterm grade, so what are you gonna do about it?

Exercise on a budget under $50 from TheFatGuyTheFitGuyTheBEAST

I will be talking about exercise on a budget with 2 Girls and a Guy on 95SX July 9 at 830. They want to know how far $50 will get you starting your exercise routine. I thought this would be a great subject to blog about so here goes.

First, think about where you want to start, what you will stick with, and how to keep it simple. You want to do this so you stick with whatever you start. If you are on a tight budget, you want to make a sound investment! Think about what you love to do. Do you like to run, walk, dance, or tone/build muscle? Start with what you have the best chance of sticking with over a week, 2 weeks, a month or longer.  

Let’s list out some items to start:

·         You can get a Danskin Now Yoga Kit for $20.36 from Walmart Danskin Now Yoga Kit:

o   25 cm exercise ball

o   Blow tube

o   Light-resistance band

o   Yoga mat (23'' x 68'')

o   6-inch cotton yoga strap

o   Workout guide and DVD

o   Fitness guidebook

·         Omron HJ-112 Premium Pedometer

o   Can be carried in your pocket, bag or on your belt and still track every step you take

o   Large display resets at midnight so it's ready to go every morning

o   Clock shows time of day and time spent doing aerobic walking

o   Security strap attaches to clothing, preventing pedometer from being lost

o   Counts steps at all positions perpendicular to the ground

o   Counts steps and aerobic steps during walking or jogging

o   Tracks distance traveled in miles and amount of calories burned

o   7-day memory function lets you review a full week of exercise

o   Detachable pedometer belt holder with spring clip

o   Monitor your time with AM/PM clock

o   Omron pedometer accessories: battery screwdriver, clip, CR2032 battery, strap, belt holder

o   Dimensions: 2.88'' L x 2.13'' W x 0.63'' H

o   Weighs 1.13 oz. (battery included)

o   Omron pedometer model no. HJ-112

·         Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Exercise Peddler with Electronic Display for $29.01, Features:

o   Five function display indicates exercise time, revolution count, revolutions per minute and calories burned

o   Scan feature alternately displays all measurements automatically

o   Ideal for leg and arm muscle exercising

o   Four anti-slip rubber pads prevent sliding and protect surfaces

o   Resistance easily adjusted with tension screw

o   Completely assembled, foldable design

o   Includes: Button cell battery included

·         Exercise Bands! :

o   First, Check out to learn about exercises you can do with bands.

o   Second, check out the websites below for different band options:





·         iPod Shuffle, $49 (Apple Store). Hardy and feather-light, the simple 2-gigabyte iPod Shuffle is a gym staple. The built-in clip means no fussing with an armband. Personalize it by having a message engraved when you order online or by uploading a favorite workout playlist.

·         Walmart> click Exercise Equipment under $50  for 340 results of items under $50!

·         There are a slew of exercise and dance DVDs out there for under $50!

Well I could go on for a long time with this but, as you can see, there is a lot out there you can purchase for $50 or less. My advice would be to check out the Walmart site then shop around and compare online pricing.

My wife and I purchased a Total Gym XLS back in November for Christmas to replace the old 1700 model we had at the house. I figure it cost us about $50 a month for 16 months. We are more than getting our money’s worth out of it!

Some other sites you might want to try are:


·         15 Gift Ideas Under $50 for Fitness Buffs


As you can see, it is easy to get overwhelmed!

Note to ME and YOU: Choose what works for YOU, not what works for someone else!!


Can TheFatGuy do a Push Up?


Can TheFatGuy do a Push Up?

Can TheFatGuy do a Push Up?

This is a question I will be glad to talk about now…………. but avoided in 2009! In 2009 I was not able to do a push up. Didn't try to do one, didn't want to do one, and couldn't even visualize myself doing one. As Executive Director of the local Boys & Girls Clubs, a board member came to me with a Push Up event idea in 2007. He worked VERY HARD to pull a Push Up fundraiser together with the owner of his training studio and a fellow trainer. They competed against each other in April 2007 to raise funds for the organization. The three of them went head to head for 45 minutes doing Push Ups and raising funds for the kids that needed it so much. I think it raised about $6,000 that year. In the spring of 2008 he developed a team concept and had 5 gyms/teams compete against each other raising funds and Pushing Up the kids that needed it most. He had a vision of a bigger and bigger event that he continued to grow.

I never dreamed of competing in this event or training to do Push Ups to raise money. In my role as executive director, I helped how I could. I MC'd the event in 2008, but never ever dreamed of doing Push Ups in front of a bunch of people! It would have been a Herculean effort for me to do one push up much less do pushups for upwards of 30 minutes. Heck, walking a flight of steps damn near killed me! So to answer the question, in 2008/2009 TheFatGuy could not do a pushup to 'save his life'.

Recently, Dr.J of Dr.J and TheFatGuy, asked me to join her Push Up team with MUSC to help raise funds for our local Community In Schools. I checked it out and who do you think was organizing it? The guy I knew as a board member had grown the event tremendously with the help of many dedicated individuals. I was impressed! But, even though I am in BEAST MODE now, the thought of competing in this event was a little intimidating. I started thinking back to the guy that could not do a pushup in 2008/2009. I started wondering. Then I checked out the recommended training program. Do 5 pushups every 20 seconds for 5 minutes then 10 minutes, up to 30 minutes. WOW, can I do this?

OK, now I took a reality check. I thought about all of the training I had done on the Total Gym that had helped transform me into a fit BEAST! I thought about how I had increased the resistance and number of reps each time I used the Total Gym and did thousands of chest and tricep exercises. I thought about all of the things I could do now that I could NEVER do before!  

And, as we know by now TheFatGuy started a journey, and TheFatGuy became TheFitGuy and grew into TheBEAST. Now let's ask the question again, Can TheFatGuy do a Push Up? Can TheFatGuy do a pushup!………..really, you are going to ask me a question like that. Come on, a pushup, sure he can do a pushup. I think he can do more than a pushup.

I was not going to ask the question, 'can I do this?' anymore.  I WOULD do this event, I WOULD train for it, I WOULD challenge myself, and I WOULD have FUN!! And guess what? I worked up to 2 training sessions of doing 5 pushups every 20 seconds for 30 minutes. Yep, if you can multiply you know that is 450 pushups in 30 minutes. Not bad for a fat guy that could not do a pushup in 2009.

I participated in the PushUp & Up event with Dr.J's team and we had FUN! And we did almost 2,000 pushups and TheFatGuy did over 400 of them.

I am truly blessed to have found my journey, to have found my health, to have found the best fitness of my life with the Total Gym, and to be able to accept challenges that I never dreamed I could tackle. No mountain too high! TheFatGuy has found SUCCESS in another way and built on it.

Note to ME and YOU: Challenge yourself! Nothing else, just challenge yourself, you may be amazed! Find your SUCCESS. A Total Gym could be the perfect way to challenge yourself and help you complete your journey!


PS Chapter 7 in my FREE book talks about what SUCCESS looks like to TheFatGuy. A great friend read this chapter twice recently!! (Thanks Katie)