VIP Client Spotlight: James R.

Who is James?

I'm a home healthcare contractor from Lincoln Nebraska.

What made you want to start your fitness journey?

I've struggled with weight since I was a child. At my worst, I got up to over 450lbs (5xl shirts and 50+ waist pants) in my 20's and 30's. I had been trying to get things under control but was never able to truly commit to change. Around November of 2019, I started feeling the health consequences of my size and decided I needed to do something real. At this point, I was too out of shape to do much in the way of physical exercise, so I started working on a calorie-counting diet. Over the next year, I was able to lose enough weight to introduce exercise into my journey. At this point, I started looking to social media to find fitness influencers for inspiration and direction.

What inspires you most?

My biggest inspiration is honestly my current mentor. I found Paige on Instagram (@the.workout.paige) I was immediately impressed by her drive and reached out to her. She never ceases to amaze me.

What have been the biggest obstacles in getting started?

My biggest obstacle has always been myself. It's easy to get into a defeatist mindset when you don't get the changes you would like to see. I have to rely on those around me to notice the change I have achieved.

Why did you choose to work with Okon Fitness?

In talking with Paige, she told me about her work with Angie and Okon. When she said she was working on her certification under Okon, I had to jump at the chance to work with them.

Being a busy hard working person, how have you managed all the things in your life?

I have always had a very even-keeled mentality. I try to take things in stride, not getting worked up over everything.

Have those around you been supportive?

I've found a great amount of support from my friends and family. I don't cast my net wide, so those I tend to stick with are usually great people.

Do you have any mottos or sayings that you live by every day?

I've never really held a personal motto, but I do find motivation from the daily affirmations from Angie on Instagram.

What is some advice you have for someone who is just getting started?

Find your inspiration, whatever it is.

Fun Facts about James?

My closest friends have been my friends since Jr high.

Favorite healthy meal?

Currently, 99% lean ground turkey seasoned for tacos (the hotter the better) with smoked gouda and rice.

Ground Turkey Taco Bowls with Cauliflower Spanish Rice - Wholesomelicious

Favorite cheat?

*Sigh* movie popcorn.

What the Heck Is in Movie Theater Popcorn? | HowStuffWorks

Favorite lift?

Bench chest press (old football benchmark).

The Bench Press - YouTube

Favorite physical trait about yourself?

Being able to fit into a single XL shirt for the first time since high school.

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