Member Spotlight – Jim Demyen

Congratulations, Jim, on being named our March Member Spotlight!!! Salute, sir!

My relationship with health and fitness has always been, shall we say, a complicated one.  I’ve been working out for years and have enjoyed it.  However, I never found a routine that really caught my attention and inspired a long-term commitment.  Over time, the fad would wear out or something would come up (i.e. a business trip) that would knock me out of my routine.  In addition to that, I’m a highly-skilled, world-class stress eater.  When things got busy or stressful, I would resort to eating as my relief.  I’ve had a fair amount of success with a number of different diets, losing a lot of weight fast.  Unfortunately, none of them were sustainable in the long term and I’d always end up being right back where I started, often times even heavier.

I was recently in the middle of one of those cycles.  On the outside looking in, things looked good.  I have a happy and healthy 5-year-old (going on 30) daughter, who constantly makes me laugh.  I have an amazing wife, who for some reason, is remarkably tolerant of my tendencies to constantly be a jackass.  My business, which I started a bit over 5 years ago, was growing at a fast rate and gave me the opportunity to meet some really interesting people and travel to a lot of really cool places.

However, under the surface, things weren’t quite so ideal.  My focus was disproportionately placed on growing the business, which led me to neglect a lot of other more important areas of my life.  I wasn’t spending as much time as I wanted to with my family.  I was completely neglecting my health.  Attending social events for my business gave way to terrible eating habits.  I had a carefully curated list of approximately 1,000 excuses that I could use at any time I needed to avoid exercising.  All of this culminated into me reaching the heaviest weight I’ve ever been in my life.  I was constantly tired and sluggish, had a relatively negative attitude and lacked a great deal of self-confidence. 

Basically, I hit my rock bottom.

At that point, I knew I had to do something. I was tired of being tired.  I wanted my energy, focus, and self-confidence back.  I realized that, if I wanted to break this cycle and take myself to the next level, I needed to change my way of thinking.  I needed to shift my priorities from workaholic mode to one that was focused more on my health.  My logic was that if I could lose weight and get my health back in order, everything else would improve as well.

After a fairly sophisticated sales pitch from my wife–she can be frustratingly persistent when she wants to be–I decided to join JCF.  Having been a member of JCF in the past, I knew that this was the one program out there that would help me do this.

In the end, it was definitely the right decision and it has changed my life.  To be honest, there are too many positives to list.  For starters, I’ve lost 20 pounds since mid-January and I feel better than I’ve felt in years.  I have a lot more energy, which only helps when you’re trying to keep up with an insane five-year-old who has a seemingly endless supply.  In addition, my focus has also immensely improved, which has helped me continue to take my business to the next level.  Lastly, I’ve noticed more and more gains in my self-confidence and I’m driven to keep going and achieving greater heights.  

Ever since I re-started, I really look forward to the challenge that a new day brings.  I recently made a commitment to tackle the hardest tasks first every day.  This makes everything else on the list relatively easier.  When all is said and done, JCF workouts often take the cake in that category.  You’d be amazed at how much easier client work becomes after you spent the morning doing floppy burpees, shuttle sprints, and Wo-Man Makers.  I also really love the community aspect that JCF has built.  It makes for a much more motivating environment. 

I’m looking forward to seeing just how far I can continue to push myself outside of my comfort zone.  Heck, one day I might even be able to do a whole bunch of burpees without whining.  Chances are slim, but it’s a possibility.

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