How we met:
Tommy is a health coach and a dad, he’s persistent, and he just rocked a huge goal of losing 55.4 pounds and gaining loads of muscle.
I met Tommy when I was in college. He was my now-husband’s roommate and ended up marrying my roommate. Even from those many years ago, he is driven. Him and his beautiful wife Aria, of Aria Photography, are always welcoming, always inclusive, and always looking for the good around them. The positivity of their lives really does influence so many people. I’m excited to see Tommy’s journey as a personal trainer unfold and know he has some awesome things ahead. He’s Dynamo.
Tommy is joining the community of Dynamos. I believe we each have a story to tell and that telling it empowers us and others to move forward in each of our journeys. Dynamo interviews are the chance to hear these stories. We’re all in different places and times of our lives, but Dynamo is about capturing the idea that we should each celebrate our place and direction. Some are in the beginning and some are in the middle of the journey, but the best part is that it never ends. We always have the chance to keep moving forward. Be where you are, move deliberately, and don’t be afraid to do hard things. You are Dynamo. Tommy, welcome to the stage.
What is your job and how do you feel like it has affected your lifestyle?
I am self-employed and work in the health and fitness industry. I consult and coach people on how to improve their overall health through proper nutrition, daily exercise and high-quality nutritional supplements. Being in this industry has been extremely helpful in keeping me on track and motivating me to walk the walk.
How has fitness brought you closer to your wife?
Fitness has been key in my family relationships. When I am taking care of my body, I not only have more energy but I am happier and more optimistic about life. This strengthens my relationships at home with both my wife and kids.
What is a proud-dad healthy living moment with your kids?
I love seeing my healthy habits rubbing off on my kids. Whether it is my 4 year old demonstrating how to do push-ups or it’s my two-year old that reaches for his veggies and fruits over a piece of chocolate cake, I feel we are doing something right.
What forms of fitness do you enjoy doing? Why?
I love going to the gym; however, my favorite form of exercise is anything that makes me feel like I’m training like Rocky. That can be anything from running stairs to chopping wood. I just haven’t embraced drinking raw eggs yet 😉
You recently went through a 90 day program that was really successful. What was it? Why now?
When I got married over a decade ago, I weighed 200 lbs and was in excellent shape. But health and fitness immediately took the back seat and I started to pack on the pounds. When I peaked at 265 lbs., I knew something needed to change. I attempted to lose weight multiple times, but always fell short of my goals. I was the guy that never felt comfortable taking his shirt off at the pool or the beach. I would be the first to crack a joke about being “fat” or “obese”, but deep down I was depressed. I began thinking that “being fit” just wasn’t in the cards for me.
When I heard about Synergy’s 90-day challenge, a desire to take control of my life was ignited. My beginning weight for the challenge was 237.6 lbs and I set out on a journey determined to reach my goal of actually becoming “fit” – to build muscle and see a transformation, instead of just being “less fat”.
It wasn’t always easy, but I strictly followed every workout provided by the 90-day challenge, and incorporated Synergy’s life-changing products every day. The SLM Smart Shake, ProArgi-9, e9 and Body Cleanse became staples during these three months. At the conclusion of the challenge, I was surprised to weigh in at 182.2 lbs. That is a grand total of 55.4 lbs in total weight loss! Aside from the number on the scale, I saw a transformation in my physique. I finally saw muscle I never thought I had! And most importantly, I feel good in my skin. I have my confidence and energy back, and I feel like a new person inside and out.
Through this transformation, what has been the most challenging thing?
It’s funny how some people are extremely supportive of your transformation efforts and then there are others that seem to be discouraging. It’s almost as if some people are waiting for you to fail or go back to where you previously were.
What has been the most rewarding?
I would say the most rewarding thing is the feeling of accomplishing something that you thought was impossible to achieve.
What does healthy living mean to you?
Health living means making choices that will not limit your ability to enjoy your later years to the fullest. Whether it is making good choices in the kitchen or finding time each day to be active, these will be instrumental in how you will be able to thrive in your retired years.
What advice do you like to share?
Fitness is not a destination. It’s a way of life. Create healthy habits that you can sustain and that you will be excited to do for years to come. Change comes with patience and persistence. Don’t look for an overnight transformation. It is the little things you do each and every day that will make the big changes you are looking for in the end.
What are three goals you have right now?
- Continue my education of health and fitness. This includes finishing my certification of personal training through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
- Create and launch my own 90-day challenge in an effort to help others reach their fitness goals.
- Teach my family the importance of fitness and nutrition so that they won’t make the same mistakes I made.
Who is your hero and why?
My dad is my hero. Work ethic is something he taught me from a very young age. It has carried me through school, through a mission for my church, through my career, and most recently my fitness transformation. This one thing has helped me accomplish so much in life and has brought so much joy.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered as someone that tried to be the best son, husband, and father I could be. I want to be remembered as someone that loved and cared for those around me.