What brought you to enduraLAB? Full honesty, I was going through some big life changes not too long before COVID hit. I found myself in the lockdown stay at home life, as a newly single person with not much to do. It was easy to fall into an unhealthy lifestyle and last October I finally hit a wall and knew I needed a change. Plus, I'm a social media marketer's dream. So, after seeing some friends post about enduraLAB and the people involved I figured it was worth a shot.
What did your workout routine look like before joining the LAB? Consisted of lots of yoga, spin classes, some boot camps, and my normal self led workouts at the gym that usually was mostly cardio and light weights. Turns out, I'm not a fitness expert!
What healthy changes have you made since joining the LAB? First changes were just making sure I showed up every chance I could. Isis helped me lockdown some nutrition goals and Lee got me on the RMR test. I have a way better understanding of calorie and protein goals..I try to log meals and weight daily, but I'm a work in progress.
Tell us what you do outside of the LAB? I own and operate a couple of glass companies here in Fort Worth, Layne Glass and AAA Glass. Between the two companies, we do all kinds of glass installation from custom homes to new commercial construction all over Texas. It keeps me incredibly busy being my own boss, but also allows me, at times, the freedom to pursue my passions in saltwater fly fishing, traveling, and music. A few of my best friends and I run an annual charity fishing tournament called Borracho Pescador held every September on the Texas Coast. Over 250 anglers gather for 3 days to raise money towards finding a cure for Rett Syndrome. This year will be our 10th and best year yet!
How have you grown as an athlete since joining the LAB? Brag a little. Well, first, thank you for the athlete compliment. Not sure I'm there yet...but, I do know that there is no way I would have considered doing The Murph or some of the other workouts we've done. I've seen major improvements in my pull up game...losing 20lbs probably didn't hurt either.
What is a goal you have set for yourself in the next 6 months? Getting under 200lbs has been my mark. I was in the upper 220s when I started enduraLAB and I'm a few pounds away from being under 200 since I was in my early 20s. You know, just a few years ago :)
What is your favorite enduraLAB event or program? I loved the enduraYOU Challenge. Mostly because of the DEXA, RMR tests, and nutrition help and encouragement and seeing the changes when I tested out after 3 months that it actually pays off big time.
What advice would you have for a new person starting at enduraLAB? Consistency is key. I probably love to have fun and travel too much, so I've had times where I'm not at the Lab, but I'm back at it as soon as I'm back in town. Just show up, follow the process...the first couple of months will kick your butt, but it gets better...until "Surprise" Hell Week.
Favorite cheat meal/restaurant in D/FW? Chimy's. Best margs, nachos, and hangs in town.
Current read / podcast? Podcast: Mill House. Andy Mill, a former olympic skier and probably the best saltwater fly fisherman ever interviews legendary fly fisherman and guides.
Read: Lords of the Fly. I know it's a shocker, but it's about the history of fly fishing for tarpon.
Pump up song? Paul Cauthen Cocaine Country Dancing.
Any final words or thoughts?
It's such a huge difference heading to a workout and looking forward to the people there. I've made some really great friendships with Lee, Isis, Mark, and Roman as well as a bunch of fellow Enduralab athletes(now friends) who help encourage and push me. Y'all are all so great.
Final words...I continue to learn that God's plans are so much bigger and better than the ones we would have made for ourselves. So, don't sweat the small stuff and enjoy the ride!