While mowing the lawn the other day, I was thinking back to 8 years earlier when I paid $1,200 for the very mower I was using. We moved into our current home in 2009. It sits on .73 of an acre and we have a huge front yard. I did get a few quotes from lawn companies and the range was around $85 each time. So one of the first things I did was buy lawn equipment. It was March the grass was already starting to grow. I ended up going to Craigslist and finding a great guy who was getting rid of a push mower, weed eater, blower, edger and trimmer because he no longer needed them.
As you can see from the pictures below, our yard is big which just means that there is a lot of grass to mow. At that time, it was just Cynthia and I and we did not have a whole lot going on, so I had time on the weekends to mow. After about 6 months of using the push mower on our St. Augustine grass , I was ready to INVEST in a riding mower. I did not know how long it would take me to mow with a push mower and each week ended up being about 2 hours just for the mowing part. If you’ve every done lawns, you know that the weed eating, edging and blowing takes a long time on top of just mowing.
I decided it was time to invest in a mower because it just made sense. It was taking me so long to get everything done in the yard. I knew making an investment would speed up my time and it would also be an investment that would last for years. We ended up going to the Sears Outlet and getting a $1,200 riding mower.
Let me back up a little bit. In the previous 32 years of my life leading up to this, I don’t recall me making an investment over $1,000 besides our Condo, our new house, our wedding and the used cars I had purchased. Growing up with limited funds, I just never spend a lot of money on things mainly because I never had the money to spend. For me, the thought of spending over $1,000 for a riding mower was a HUGE deal to me.
As you have already read, though, I understood the benefits of INVESTING in the riding mower. I knew that I would be saving much more over time instead of hiring a lawn company for $85 each time they came.
I knew I would get the mowing done in about 30-45 minutes instead of 2 hours. Over the years, I have found that TIME is something you can’t get back. So I was investing in a mower so that I can get more time.
I knew it would last for years if I took care of it.
This takes me back to mowing the yard a few days ago. Cynthia and I now have 4 beautiful kids. I was just thinking back on the investment that I made so many years ago is still PAYING OFF. Although I have caved in and hired a lawn company for 6 mows this years, I have continued to be able to quickly mow the lawn and get it done with the same investment from over 8 years ago.
Think about how you would feel if you were wearing your favorite dress or pair of pants that ACTUALLY FIT. Think about what it would feel like if at 3pm you had mental energy to be productive to finish the day.
Think about how it would feel if you hear from your doctor, “All your numbers are perfect!!”
We all want to look, feel and perform better. If you are truly serious about becoming a healthier version of yourself, you need to realize that it’s going to take a BIG investment in order for you to reach your goals.
That investment comes in the form of TIME and MONEY.
Since getting my Master’s Degree in 1999, I’ve focused on helping people become better versions of themselves. It’s always tough to hear people say they just can’t “afford” a fitness program. Over time, I’ve come to realize that “YOU CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO” invest in your health and fitness. Understand that I am not just talking about monetary investment but most people only think about money when it comes to investing in their health and fitness. I think the time investment is just as important. You have to invest in learning what, when and how to eat in order to improve your health and lifestyle. You have to take time to educate yourself on the proper high quality supplements that you should take to help ensure your body is getting the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals for optimal health. You have to take time to consistently exercise in the form of resistance training and cardiovascular training.
When I started personal training, the only thing I offered was one on one training. At the time, I knew I could realistically help a small number of people because of the time availability in my schedule and the small niche of people who had enough money to invest $75-$100 a session for me to train then. So as it relates to money, I knew that many people could not invest in their health and fitness with me just because of the service I was offering at the time.
Over time, I wanted to help more people and started the Get You In Shape Group Personal Training program . This has allowed us (I say us because what started with just me has become an amazing team) to offer our clients the holistic approach needed to truly change their life and lifestyle at a much lower price than what I was charging as one on one person trainer in Coppell. I basically decided to give all of our clients what they needed to get started. Everyone recieveed accountability coaching, a nutrition system and amazing fitness workouts. It also allowed us to create a positive environment of like-minded people which added another level of support. The group support plus the professional support and accountability was truly the best of both world. Because the prices were a fraction of the cost for one on one personal training, I was able to help more people and have more of an impact in my community.
I always say, “Why do some people succeed while so many people keep spinning their wheels over and over again only to fail?” The answer is simple, they are not following a proven system or program. This is especially true when it comes to making some health and fitness changes in your life. It’s important to point out that making an investment is not necessarily an investment in your hard earned money but also in your time. Investing in a fitness program and personal trainer can speed up your results because you are working with a professional. As it relates to the Get You In Shape program, we have over 485 Video Testimonies on our YouTube channel alone. We’ve been able to speed up the process to help people learn the SMARTEST and SAFEST way to change their lifestyle and achieve the results they are looking for.
Making an investment in your health and fitness by paying for a personal trainer or group training program in Coppell can certainly have more benefits than just the monetary investment for the services. To start, though, most people are only looking at the money. Start thinking about the long term time you will gain as your days are more productive and you have increased energy and abilities as a result of participating in consistent exercise program. Take into account the value of your health, both long term and short term.
I’m certainly not saying the ONLY way to look, feel and perform better is to go out and hire a coach or find a group training program. I just thought that it made sense as I was mowing my yard a few days ago on the same $1,200 mower and how it related to investing in your health.
If you live or work in Coppell, Valley Ranch, Irving, Lewisville, Las Colinas, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Addison, Corinth, Highland Village, Dallas, and Famers Branch, the Coppell Group Personal Training is just minutes away from you. Get You In Shape’s programs include the Get You In Shape Group Personal Training, 24 Day Challenge, sports specific training, weight loss programs, Corporate wellness plans, nutrition plans, core fitness training, strength training, toning and more. Clients include athletes (golf, basketball, tennis, football, track, baseball, baseball, volleyball, and softball) corporate executives, professionals, weekend warriors, cheerleaders, dancers, models, stay at home moms, and anyone looking for results.
Owner Brad Linder, has been featured in numerous newspapers and even as the fitness expert on the news 8 (ABC). Get You In Shape was also featured on The Doctor’s TV show as one of the top Fitness Companies in Texas. He continues to use the gifts that he has been given to help serve the needs others have when it come to being healthy, losing weight, sports, toning up, and overall fitness.