Confessions of a Family-First Fitness Coach: How Fitness Is About to Be Revolutionized

[Note #1: So I’m thinking about giving away a free product for you…IF you’re potentially interested in a new approach to fitness that keeps your family first.  It’s going to take some significant time to put together.  But before I go crazy making this thing, I want to make sure you actually want it (so I don’t feel like an idiot). More details near the bottom of the article.]

[Note #2: In case you’re wondering, this post is a FOLLOW UP TO THIS POST which received over 30 wonderful comments and even more personal emails from all over the U.S. and several other countries!  I did my best to respond to each comment and email.]

The Story of How I Became “The Fitness Coach to Busy Married People”

I’ll never forget the first time a friend used that phrase to answer another buddy’s question about what I do.  It’s not the catchiest set of words, but it’s a pretty darn good description.

And I have to say that the paths that converged to bring me to this calling in life are VERY strange…

How This Whole “Fit Marriage” Thing Started

It’s only with the gift of hindsight that any of this makes sense.

I’ll keep it brief here, but I do think there’s value in sharing the highlights of this bizarre journey.  In short, I grew up in a lot of pain and frankly should have hated the idea of marriage.

My childhood home was full of abuse, an alcoholic dad, a complete lack of a faith life, pretty ugly levels of poverty – I’ll just say it was far from a Happy Days setting.  Honestly, my parents were sort of the perfect example of what could go wrong between two people.

They ended up divorcing when I was in high school (much to my relief at the time).  I was ready to go away and live a different life when I turned 17.  While I was away at Engineering School, my parents remarried – and asked me to be at their side with the Justice of Peace.

Crazy.

While it just seemed natural at the time, I can now look back and see that I filled as much of those painful years as possible with a constant pursuit of fitness.  From my earliest memories, I was climbing trees, running through the woods and playing solo sports (we couldn’t afford any organized sports).

By high school, I bought a basic weight set and took up bodybuilding in the living room of our single-wide trailer each evening.  Eventually, once I could buy a truck with the money earned putting up hay and (ironically) working at McDonald’s, I finally played my first “real” sport as a tight end on our high school football team.

With new independence, my top physical condition and weekends spent dating a really great girl (who would eventually become my wife), life was looking up.

It’s Time to Grow Up

As we fast forward several more years, I’m now married to my incredible wife, Bethany.  As the years go on, I’m happier than ever with my life – yet something’s happening.

I’m getting fat.  Not obese, but before I know it, I’m carrying an extra 25 pounds.  As “life” happened, my lifelong passion for fitness simply faded.

It was a lot of GOOD life – the dream life I wanted as a scared and confused child.  A happy marriage, financial stability, amazing children, and a strong faith in God.

Six years ago, I also started working with busy young couples as they prepared for marriage.  Then, Bethany and I expanded our ministry to help married couples in all stages of life.  We LOVE connecting with families and showing them a better way and a happier marriage.

A Painful Realization

Basically, I had it all going right – yet I had let my health and fitness slip while I traveled this crazy path of life.

Then, I was blessed with a painful moment of clarity.  I was visiting my Dad in a nursing facility after failing to recover from major heart bypass surgery, and my Mom was suffering from her own chronic health problems.  Only a few months earlier, my grandmother had died from complications of Diabetes.

At the same time, I had small children at home.  I realized then that I had to GET MY PRIORITIES STRAIGHT if I wanted to be there for them and give them a very different childhood experience than I had.

I needed fitness back in my life. I needed to be healthy for my wife and kids.  I didn’t want to just see them grow up, I wanted to be part of it all. 

I didn’t want to just survive like an average parent – I wanted to Thrive.

The Moment When It All Began

The moment it all actually began came a bit later.  I was on a late night Skype call with Tony.  We were working together on a resource to help married couples, and we got to talking about his fitness achievements and his newest cycling coach certification.

I was struggling a bit at the time – I had mastered time management and was now exercising consistently.  However, I realized that the fitness approach of my college years no longer yielded the same results.

On our Skype call that night, we had what felt like an Epiphany of sorts.

As I shared with Tony my techniques for time mastery and motivation (which I had been using primarily to help couples with their money and intimacy – eventually writing a book about it), he started to impart his unique fitness training techniques on me.  These were the methods he used to achieve ever-greater physical accomplishments in his late thirties, even as he was feeling pressed for time and sustained motivation.

We Both Left that Call “On Fire”!

Tony put my time and motivation strategies into place in his life, and I adopted his exercise and nutrition approach.  As our friends and online communities at Engaged Marriage and ONE Extraordinary Marriage started to notice the changes in our respective lives, the requests began for help specific to health and fitness.

This marked the birth of Fit Marriage.  It was now clear to us that we needed to reach busy married couples and parents and give them the tools to get fit and live a better life.

Fit Marriage Was a Whole New Ballgame

Since we created this little site, my world has changed.

We have literally helped thousands of people get fit, stay fit and enjoy their family lives with renewed vigor.  I can’t describe how fulfilling it’s been to touch marriages and families through the gift of improved health.

Earlier this year, we released our super-popular Thrive90 Fitness program.  This program put our training approach into action, and it’s already helped hundreds of busy couples get slim, strong and full of energy.

It’s been awesome, but it hasn’t been enough. YOU continue to tell us over and over that you need something different, something new.

So Here’s What I’m Coming To…Here’s What Is Being Demanded…

It’s Time to Share It ALL & Revolutionize Lives

Here’s the deal.

Fitness tools are good, and there are countless exercise and diet programs in the world.  The people who use the good ones get amazing results, as we’ve seen with Thrive90.

The problem is most busy couples and on-the-go parents DON’T USE THEM.

As a practical guy with a Master’s degree in engineering, it’s my nature to break down BIG problems and solve them in a simple, step-by-step manner.

Now, it’s time to tackle one of the biggest problems I see in our families.  Consider these numbers:

  • 68% of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight & 34% are OBESE
  • 20% of CHILDREN ages 6-11 are OBESE
  • Only 35% of American adults engage in regular physical activity
  • 50 million Americans suffer from SLEEP problems & half these folks cite stress as the reason.
  • 75% of Americans experience symptoms related to STRESS in a given month
  • Americans now spend spend more money on FAST FOOD than on higher education, personal computers, computer software or new cars.

Basically, the McDonald’s mindset is taking over our culture while marriages break down under the weight of poor health and intense stress.

So, I feel that our community is being compelled to step up to the plate.  As one commenter in the last blog post wrote, “you have an OBLIGATION to do this.”

The time has come for a holistic AND simple solution to lead busy families toward the fit and healthy lifestyle they crave.

I have literally received hundreds of requests from you asking for help with:

  • Finding Time
  • Getting & Staying Motivated
  • Simplified Exercise & Nutrition (that just works)
  • Community, Accountability & Coaching

These requests come (in that order) every single time we ask our readers and clients what they struggle with most when it comes to their fitness.  NO ONE IS ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES!

Tony and I are on a mission to empower families and make a healthy, fit lifestyle a happy reality in the lives of everyone that wants it.

To be effective, this has to go beyond sets and reps or diet plans.  It must be holistic and specifically created to meet your needs as busy couples and parents.

I’m Thinking About Making a FREE Resource Kit for You, IF You’re Interested in This New Approach to Family-First Fitness

I’ve been really humbled by the buzz surrounding my last blog post.  There was some confusion about exactly what I was considering, but it’s clear that the BIG idea here resonated with many.  There has been A LOT of interest in this holistic fitness system that we are POTENTIALLY developing.

But to test the waters…I’m thinking about making a value packed, 100% free “Fit & Busy Life Resource Kit” for you.

IF you’re serious about getting on-board and leading yourself and your family toward a fit lifestyle.

Here is what the free “Fit & Busy Life Resource Kit” may include:

  • A recorded interview of my story with how I got started with these techniques, the keys I learned from Tony and other fitness experts that finally made our family’s fit lifestyle “click” for good, and why this new approach has the power to fuel even the busiest family life.
  • A workout that demonstrates exactly the type of exercise routine you can use to achieve maximum fitness results in less than 30 minutes per session – at home and with your family, if you choose.
  • The “Getting Control of Your Time” primer that I personally developed to get super busy individuals moving forward with the confidence and mindset they need to achieve their fit lifestyle.

But Here’s the Catch

Because I’m a helpless perfectionist and will inevitably blow this thing way out of proportion and make it into a much bigger package than it needs to be (or you even want)…

…I want to get a list of everyone who is interested in a fit lifestyle and having this free “Fit & Busy Life Resource Kit.”

So Here’s What I Want You to Do

I’m making a list of everyone potentially interested in getting our free resource kit AND getting in at the start of all this.

Anyway, if you’re interested, then: (1) enter your email address below, and if I end up making it I’ll send it to you at the email address you list below (leaving a comment below with any suggestions on what you’d like to get from the kit would also help).

PLEASE NOTE: WE’VE NOW WRAPPED UP THIS PROJECT – YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE AWESOME PROGRAM THAT RESULTED BY CLICKING HERE. THANKS!


If enough people get on this “interest list” (I’m thinking 50 or more) then I’ll make this free thing and send it to EVERYONE on the interest list.

If no one wants the free “Fit & Busy Life Resource Kit” then no worries.

Here for you,

Dustin Riechmann

Comments

  1. It would be great to have something that helps parents of small children figure out how to get a good workout while working out with their kids. i.e. Everyone’s doing it together (walking, biking, whatever) & little people just go slower than parents can. How do I still get a good workout without over stressing my kids?

    • I second this! My kids watch me exercise and want to join in but I’m not sure how to do that. I run on a track sometimes and I’ve thought of taking them with me because they can just stop when they get tired, but then I have a vision of five kids whining at me from the bleachers and I reconsider. 🙂

    • I third this. My kids want to do the Thrive90 videos with me, which is great, but it’s hard not to crash into the less coordinated. They always want to go out walking with me, but then we travel at a snail’s pace…

      • Again, I hear where you’re coming from, Julie. I think this is something we can definitely help you with as this comes together.

        Thanks!

        Dustin

    • I love this, Sarah! As a Dad of three kids under the age of 6, I TOTALLY know where you’re coming from.

      Please be sure to sign up for the interest list because I want to work alongside that group to figure out exactly what resources you need. I can tell this is likely to be one of those important topics. 🙂

      Thanks!

      Dustin

  2. Hi Dustin! I purchased your Thrive90 program after hearing about it through Gina Parris’ teleseminar. I’m in the second week of phase 2 and I have to say that I was sooo excited when I checked my progress after four weeks and found that I was actually improving! Yay! Anyway, love the program, love the ideas for tracking progress (very motivating to me) and I’ve even gotten my husband jazzed up about it (which is the whole point, right?!). I’m very interested to see what’s up your sleeve with this new resource kit.

    But I digress. You asked for ideas…here’s mine. This may be tricky since you and Tony are both…well…male. But I just found out I’m pregnant with #6. Yes…SIX! (Needless to say, your 30-minutes-or-less workouts are a MUST in my household) At this point, I’m still able to do the workouts with no problems. But I know there will come a time when I’ll have to completely stop or find something else if I can’t modify them. Since your focus is marriage and FAMILY health, might I suggest figuring out a way to incorporate prenatal fitness? I know that’s tricky for many reasons, but I thought I’d throw it out there for you to ponder.

    Thanks so much for all you do!

    • Hooray, Shannon! I’m really excited to hear about the success you are having with Thrive90 Fitness. Stories like yours are what it’s all about for us.

      I really appreciate your feedback about fitness with pregnancy. Whether it’s during or after pregnancy, it is a tricky subject that deserves a lot of attention. With this new approach that we’re considering, we’d have the ability to bring in other experts such as doctors or trainers who specialize in prenatal exercise/nutrition, which would be awesome.

      Please be sure to join our interest list so we can work together to make this a reality!

      Dustin

  3. Hi Dustin! Although you and Tony run with the FitMarriage theme lets remember that for many of us with marriages that have failed you guys still offer a wealth of information. As you know I am recently separated from my wife (it will be about 90 days soon). I use a lot of your techniques, information and product recommendations for myself. I am an active dad and see my kids weekly, and am lucky that I am in a shared custody situation, therefore the short workouts (for weeks that I have the kids) is super important. Also nutrition and diet is super important as I learn to cook better and eat clean. I do this so that I can be more healthy and to ensure that my kids get a good start on their eating habits too. So for my “family” your FitMarriage site is more like “FitFamily”, keep up the good work.

    • Thank you SO much, Randy. You know that we care deeply about non-married folks as well, including you personally. We’ll always be here for busy family-focused people of all walks of life, and I’m really happy to hear about the positive impact we’ve had in your life, my friend.

      Thanks!

      Dustin

  4. This sounds great.. what about nutrition tips/ recommendations for the entire family. Thanks for all of the work you already do! I wish you success with this project.

    • Thanks so much, Rusheika! You’re spot on with your nutrition focus, and it will certainly be a central part of everything we do going forward. While we can’t fit everything into this resource kit, we can be very comprehensive with the community we’re envisioning. We look forward to having you on-board.

      Dustin

  5. I need advice on how to get a healthy meal on the table ASAP. My husband and I both work full time and I usually don’t get home until at least 6:00p.m, he usually gets home by 7:30. By the time I’m done just feeding the dogs and letting them out, going to the bathroom, changing my clothes, looking at the mail, etc, it’s usually 6:30 or later. By the time I get everything prepped and cook, we’re looking at a dinner time of 7:30 or even 8. I grew up with an at-home mom who had dinner on the table at 6:00. Is it unreasonable for me to think I can get meals done sooner, or is there a way to do this that I’m not aware of? How can I prevent us from resorting to fast food or prepackaged meals?

    • Stephanie says:

      I second this comment by Amber! This is one of the biggest things I struggle with.

    • Amber,

      This is absolutely vital in the busy lives we lead as young families. Please be sure to join our interest group and help us form the resources you need as we move forward with this new community. I know we can help in this area, and we have access to many incredible nutrition experts with a passion for helping families like yours.

      In the meantime, my top recommendation to you right now is to invest in a crock pot! You can do SO many amazing things with it, and you can have it set to be ready when you get home. Healthy, easy and fast!

      Dustin

  6. The above suggestions all sound great. Me? I need motivation to do something while at home with an 18 month old and a 21 year old with downs syndrome. In the nice weather i have been finally getting out with the stroller while my daughter rides her bike. But the snow is coming… When i exercise inside on the treadmill or eliptical, my son wants to “join” me. After they are all in bed i’m usually wiped and just want to veg and do stuff for me. My husband runs and i will occasionally on my own, but frankly if i don’t go at 6am the kids stop me, as well right now it is dark out and unmotivating. Excuses, excuses so i’d love a good kick in the butt to get moving!

    • Agreed! They may be excuses but that doesn’t make them any less true and real! I have a 1 and 3 yr old, and in my late thirties (whew…never thought that was old, but I’m feeling it!). I need energy, time, and something that incorporates the kiddos. Also, with the nutrition I see the repetition with “holistic” so I’m hoping that means natural, whole food, unprocessed, no chemicals, etc. I’m desperate to improve my health and enjoy and hopefully continue to grow our family. Thanks.

      • Thanks so much, Jodi. When I’m using the word “holistic” above, it’s more in the context of encompassing areas of life other than just exercise and nutrition – like time management, motivation, healthy habits, spiritual health, etc. However, I hear you on the whole foods, and it’s an area that Tony has a lot of experience with…and one I’m learning more about each day.

        Thanks!

        Dustin

    • Thank you for sharing, Alison. I definitely empathize with your situation, which is particularly challenging, but I do think there are solutions for you to find the right time/approach to make exercise work. And we can definitely help with the kick in butt part!

      I look forward to working with you as we move forward with this project.

      Thanks!

      Dustin

  7. With two small children and working while they’re in school, my husband and I are exhausted and out of shape. We’d love a way to spend time together and get fit too! We need to be re-energized!! Any resources would be greatly appreciated.

    • You are exactly the person we here to help, Jenn! As this new project/community unfolds, I’d suggest you take a look at our free webinar called 7 Secrets to Fitting in Fitness for Busy Couples. I think it would be a big help to you, and we still have spots available tonight and next week. You can get the details on that here – http://www.fitmarriage.com/couples-webinar

      Thanks!

      Dustin

  8. Marie Brennan says:

    I am 61 years old and have been married 40 years. My husband an I are both fairly healthy.He is a kidney transplant patient. He takes good care of himself but he wants to do more exercise. I try to do the 5 Tibetan exercises every day. and I take at least a mile walk every day with my daughter. We have three grown children with disabilities that live at home with us. 2 have down syndrome and 1 has autism. they are all able to walk and do physical exercise. I think if there was a program we could do together every day that would be good. Four of us Alice age 33, Pat age 32, and Katrina age37 are all overweight. My husband Dave, age62 is not overweight, but he isn’t really strong because he works at a computer all day for his job and he doesn’t really like to exercise alone. We would like something we can do as a family that would be fun and motivating.

    • Marie,

      Kudos to you and your husband on 40 years of marriage and your active lifestyle! That’s so fantastic.

      I appreciate your feedback and definitely think your situation is one we can help to address. Please be sure to join our interest list so we can work together to make it happen.

      Thanks!

      Dustin

  9. As a mother of four boys (grades k to 11) I’m finding it difficult to be motivated to exercise. Days are spent volunteering at school, cleaning, running errands, etc. Evenings are full of kids activities. Not only is it difficult to work up energy to exercise, but with crazy evenings, we seldom eat decent meals together. Someone is running out the door for practice or a club activities. My younger boys are hungry early, but older ones want to eat after events. Not to mention my husband, who is a wonderful provider, works his tail off which means late meals or him being absent due to travel. There has to be a better way to do the things we want, have the energy we need, and be a family who loves each other. Any guidance on this is appreciated.

    • KK, I totally feel you on your situation. As the Dad of three little children (and the husband of a VERY busy wife). You are really describing a textbook example of the typical, busy American family that we so desperately want to help.

      I look forward to getting the resources together to make this work for you.

      Thanks so much,

      Dustin

  10. My biggest thing is the nutrition part. I think someone already commented about wanting healthy meals FAST. I agree….cooking for a family of 5 is no small task, and though I’m trying to go a little healthier, it’s a struggle. With 3 boys ages 14, 12 and 9, they aren’t hip on veggies and fruits.

    Also, though I have a pretty regular workout regimen (I run 3-5 miles 3 to 5 times a week) my husband however has a hard time finding time and energy to exercise when he works 12 hours a day six days a week….and he comes home already exhausted….is there something quick that he could do that would benefit him and not take out a huge chunk of time that he really doesn’t have??

    • Tammy, you are absolutely right that nutrition is key, as it really dictates about 80% of the fitness gains (or lack thereof) that we see in our lives. We can definitely help you out in this area, and we’re already looking into a perfect expert contributor in this area to make sure it’s totally top-notch. And, yes, we can definitely help out with quick workouts for your husband to help him fuel those intense 72-hour workweeks.

      Thanks and stay tuned!

      Dustin

  11. Hi Dustin! I have a few areas that would be great. I have 4 kids 14, 13, 3, and 6 months. Trying to find the time to work out (I am a runner) is challenging. I try to get up early but it’s pretty rough. My hubby works 65-70 hours a week so he has no fitness routine. I would like him to somehow fit it in but it’s tough because when he’s home he wants to chill with the kids since he doesn’t have much time with them (younger 2). Also, I know there is a lot of info out there on losing baby weight but man it’s tough. I run a lot and have done 2 half marathons since my 6 month old was born but I still can not lose this baby weight!! Lastly- how to get my older two to get their butt’s in gear!! They aren’t over weight at all but they do almost nothing physical! There is computer, ipods, tv all that. I restrict times on all that but they don’t go outside. Kids just don’t go outside anymore! I have tried to kick them out (lovingly of course!) and have them get fresh air but there isn’t anyone else outside their age to do anything with. I tried to sign them up for sports but that was not sucessful by any means. I think that’s it! Thanks!!

    • Hi Andrea!

      You guys certainly have a LOT going on, especially with your husband’s crazy work schedule. Congratulations on completing two half marathons already! It’s really interesting, but I read somewhere recently that MOST people who train and complete their first marathon actually gain weight in the process. The conclusion was this was most likely due to their diet and the fact that they felt like they could eat much more (and were hungrier) due to their training when it fact they weren’t burning as many calories as they thought.

      Anyway, you are totally right about the “body after baby” issue, and it’s something we’ve heard a lot through this process and plan to address. The same goes for getting your spouse to exercise and especially those older kids. 🙂

      Keep in touch as we move forward to help you with each of these issues.

      Thanks!

      Dustin

  12. Daniele O'Toole says:

    I can’t a comment from me, but i want to know how to find the time and motivation to work out even when you are crazy busy witht the family. also i need to know how to put healthy meals on the table everyone will eat. so count us in and we cannot wait to see what you have coming.

    • Daniele,

      I think we need to have YOU on as a time management expert! I still don’t know how you manage all that you do, and the respect here is certainly mutual.

      Healthy meals that the whole family will eat is at the top of our list. Thanks!

      Dustin

  13. Natalia T says:

    Hi Dustin! I am a newlywed, and my new husband and I have already lately been getting sloppy with our fitness. We are both students, so I feel like we can identify (a little bit) with having crazy, hectic lives like parents. Anyway, I really want to get us started healthily in our marriage. I have a lot of trouble motivating my husband to work out (either with me, or at all) and it really drags me down. I’m not sure how or if you could address these issues, but it would be fantastic! Really excited about your free dealio, too!
    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Natalia,

      I’m really excited to hear that you guys are already taking a look at your fitness at this stage in your life. This is the perfect time to form healthy habits and make fitness a regular part of your lifestyle. We often hear of the “reluctant spouse” and we’ll be working to address that important issue as part of this new project as well.

      Blessings!

      Dustin

  14. I want this program for my husband and me. I have been exercising consistently for over a year now. I do the eliptical, walk and do calistenics. I don’t do all of it in the same day, I switch up things. I try to eat less without depriving myself, as well. I lost 40 pounds at Weight Watchers, but had to quit due to lack of finances. I have been stuck in the 180’s zone for a long time and want to get down to about 140 pounds, so I have another 40 more pounds to lose, unless we achieve our long-awaited goal of pregnancy. Then things for me will have to change. Certainly I cannot strive to lose 40 pounds any more, but I can still eat healthy and exercise. My husband on the other hand has always struggled with his weight and he has had stress issues a lot. He wears a cpap at night due to sleep apnea and the doc is now testing his blood for diabetes. The doc said my husband is too young for these health issues; he is only 47. At any rate, he has trouble with motivation, most of all. We both could use this program. Plus, I want my husband around for a long time for me and any children we may have.

    • Teresa,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. I can hear how important this is to you, and I am looking forward to getting our new community up and running so we can help you and so many others. It sounds like you are doing great and you’ve seen the benefits of being consistent. My wife did Weight Watchers for several years and, while she hasn’t used it for a long time, it helped her understand portions and consistently eating smaller amounts of food – which is tough in our culture of HUGE food sizes!

      It does sound like your husband is experiencing a lot of health problems that could likely be corrected with a healthier lifestyle. I hope his doctor is advising him on what to do and that he takes it to heart. This is so important as you two prepare to welcome children into your marriage.

      Blessings to you, Teresa.

      Dustin

  15. My husband has 40 hour office job, plus a one-hour (twice a day) commute. He has a short time in the evening with the kids before they go to bed, and then we crash onto the couch ourselves! He tries to get out and walk on his lunch break when he can, and is actually changing to a standing work-station to avoid so many hours of sitting, but of course it’s not enough! While I can sometimes work in a morning work out, it is not consistent. I would love to find a way to get us ALL moving more. My kids are not into sports (one dances, they all do music/theater etc) so we could ALL use more physical activity in our week.. but it’s hard to know where to start. Also, I am the more motivated, goal-driven person in our marriage, he is the spontaneous one. I would love to find something HE can get excited about… so it doesn’t sound like I am nagging… but I want him around for a long time, and I want us to have energy to do life together for a long time. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for sharing your struggles, Spring. I love that you have a desire to get your entire family moving and see the benefits of making it happen. As you’ve experienced, it’s not easy to get there, but I know we will help you get where you want you want to be…for you and your family.

      Keep in touch, and let’s make sure your hubby is around for a very long time!

      Dustin

  16. Christina says:

    My biggest struggle is the price difference between high fat food and the “good for you” choices. I need help eating healthy on an EXTREMELY tight budget.

    • Christina,

      I totally hear you on the high cost of eating healthy. There are some great ways to make this more affordable, and of course when you weigh the cost of being UNhealthy, it really becomes a no-brainer. Please make sure you sign up for the interest list so we can tackle this together and get you on the right path.

      Thanks!

      Dustin

  17. I have 4 kids and not a lot of free time. I try to workout every morning but the late nights with my 1 yr. old make it difficult. My wife can sometimes squeeze in a lunch workout but not consistently unless everything is taken care of around the house (good luck with that).

    The 2 biggest gaps I see are :
    -there are no fun workouts with my wife
    -i don’t have any good workouts i can incorporate the kids into

    • JC, it sounds you’re doing a fantastic job under the circumstances, and with a little more help and guidance I think you’ll be right where you want to be. We look forward to showing you how to make it fun, get your wife working out along side you and help you get your kids involved.

      Thanks!

      Dustin

  18. About a two years ago, my husband and I did the Biggest Loser workout DVDs for several months as well as got on a healthy diet. It was awesome to do it together, and it worked well to have the accountability and companionship! He lost weight and hit his goal weight in almost no time, but since I’m female and the weight comes off slower for most women, I did not reach my goal. For whatever reason, we fell off the bandwagon. I am thankful that we have kept off probably 80% of what we lost, but the motivation to get back on it is lacking mostly due to the boringness of the repetitive workouts, even though we know they work. I would love to do Zumba but can’t due to lack of finances, and my husband is unlikely to be interested in a dance workout! A happy medium would be wonderful! We use Emealz for healthy, easy meal planning and love it, but we definitely could use some help with the workout aspect!
    Thanks, Dustin!

    Laura

    P.S. I’m new to your blogs, and I have to say I love what you have to say about finances (we <3 Dave Ramsey), Natural Family Planning (so rare to find advocates, especially male, so go you!), and just all of the topics I've seen so far. Good work!

    • Laura,

      Thanks SO much for your comments! I’m really excited to hear we have so much incredible goodness in common – Dave Ramsey, E-mealz, NFP and fitness!

      I hope to keep in touch with you going forward!

      Dustin

      P.S. – Be sure to sign up for the interest list as we’re announcing something very big tonight to only those who are signed up. 🙂

      • I don’t think I know of ANYONE else that has all four of those same “weird” interests, so I am likely to frequent your blogs going forward! ;o) Financial peace, family planning, meal planning, and exercise are all unpopular for the most part in our culture, but I’m okay with that. Normal is overrated anyway. ;o)

        I definitely already signed up for the email. I look forward to it!

        Laura

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