Chuck and me with the founder of Training For Warriors, Martin Rooney
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” Theodore Roosevelt
Truer words have never been spoken. Nothing worth having comes easy. I told Chuck that I wanted to write a guest post on his blog. I told him it was going to be through my eyes, the wife of the trainer/coach. He looked at me with a combination of curiosity and fear, and asked, what will you say? I told him I just wanted to tell things from my perspective, and share some of the things I’ve learned, and am learning from watching him and from getting involved with Training for Warriors (TFW). See, I am the one who stresses over money in our relationship. I am the one who worries about how the bills are going to be paid, how food is going to get on the table, how we are going to put three kids through college, the typical worries that every parent or adult feels. Don’t get me wrong, Chuck isn’t irresponsible or worry free, I just worry most. Because of how God wired me, being married to someone who is self-employed, in my mind, is sometimes equate able to being slowly tortured. I know I’m exaggerating here, but bear with me. When you work for someone else, you usually know that you will be getting paid X amount of dollars, on X day of the week, for X amount of work. When you are self-employed, those Xs no longer exist. I live in a world where I need those Xs. Therefore, my thought process when things get tough is for Chuck to just stop being self employed, and to find a job where we can add more Xs to our lives. Where I don’t have to worry about how much is coming in versus how much is going out. Where my husband is home at night to share in all the joys of parenting our sweet children. Where I don’t have to come home and get on a computer, after I’ve just finished being on a computer for 8 hours at my job. Because when the children are all tucked in, and everything is done for the evening, I just want Lara time.
There you have it, me being completely real with you. That is my selfish response that thinks only of Lara. Then I hear Martin Rooney’s voice, the founder of TFW, in the back of my head and I’m reminded of what TFW is all about and of the importance of what my husband is doing. If you’ve never heard Martin Rooney speak, you need to. Seriously, pull him up on youtube right now, I promise you won’t be disappointed. If he doesn’t light a fire in you, you need to check your pulse. Training for Warriors has taught me many things, and one of the main things it has taught me is that what my husband does matters. It matters!! In a world that can sometimes be scary, cruel, and selfish, Chuck is a light in that darkness. It matters so much more than any of my selfish wants or complaints. What Chuck does day in and day out in his DOJO, that’s the word we use for gym at TFW, is saving lives. He is helping people get stronger, be healthier, and just feel better physically and mentally. He is truly making a difference in the lives of people in our community, and he loves it! So, when I take a breath and I take a step back and look at the big picture, I realize that I need to stop stressing over the stupid Xs. I need to be thankful that I’m married to a man who is fine with living a life outside of them, and who finds true enjoyment in helping people become the best versions of themselves through the TFW system. He gets so much joy from what he does, and I know, without a doubt, that he is truly doing what God has called him to do. It’s actually an amazing thing to watch. The more I am at his DOJO training and being a part of the familia, the more I realize just how unique the TFW system is. Our system has been meticulously designed, researched, and is proven to produce results and to help people lose fat, build muscle, and feel good. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that!? Does it require me to put forth more effort? Yes. Is it ever a painful, growing process? Sometimes. At times do I feel like it’s just too difficult? Occasionally. Is it worth it? Always!
We hear so many reasons why people can’t find the time to exercise. They all have some truth, maybe, but in the end they’re just excuses. I don’t have the time. I don’t have the money. I’m afraid. It’s too hard. It’s going to hurt because I’m out of shape. The list goes on and on, but the reality is that your excuses are getting in the way of you truly living your life. There is a saying, “When I lost my excuses, I found my results.” Let me encourage you to lose the excuses and find your results! I want to invite you to become a part of something that is truly changing and saving lives daily. My husband has a passion for helping people, and he has an 8 week warrior transformation class that starts Monday, March 14th. Now is the time, you are worth it. Lose the excuses, and take that first step and call, email, message, or text Chuck today to reserve your spot in one of his next 8 week classes. Just remember, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty”.
So, yes, it might require you to make a few sacrifices of your time, energy, or money, but I can promise you this, it is most certainly worth doing!