In 2011 we both had an over whelming desire to help a young man we barely knew. Edwin, a shy 20 year old coworker of Debbie's, was carrying a heavy burden on his young frame.
We would never walk by a person who was drowning or walk past a lost child wandering the streets. Edwin was both "lost and drowning" under the deadly weight of 469 lbs. We offered to help him get control of his life by giving him the tools to get to a healthy weight.
We were confident we could help Edwin. Debbie had recently won all of "The Biggest Loser" contests her coworkers put together, just by educating herself about nutrition. Along with J.T.'s years of physical training experience, we could surely handle the sizable challenge that was ahead of us. We knew education way the key. We spent time with Edwin at work, took him to doctors and met him at his home where he was accompanied by a small family unit and a family friend, Maggie.
Maggie became one of Edwin's biggest supporters and joined his weight loss journey. Once he was cleared to workout by doctors, we started walking, then slowly developed a physical workout plan 3-4 days a week. Maggie had the inner strength and unyielding drive that kept them both on track. Edwin was committed to eating the foods we told him to eat, doing all the workouts we asked him to do. Focusing on one day at a time, Maggie lost 80 lbs and Edwin loss an astounding 140 lbs in a short, 7 month time period!
You never know where a path may lead you in life. By helping Edwin and Maggie we have in turned helped ourselves to discover we have a great love and passion for teaching fitness and nutrition. With the soaring rates of childhood obesity and other life threatening preventable diseases, we have turned our focus toward teaching kids good fitness and nutritional habits for life. With that, Everything Counts for Kids (EC Kids) was born!