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Welcome to the Single Dad Zone

Who is this GUY?

I created the Single Dad Zone because going through a divorce and raising young children put my life in a tailspin.  I learned a lot from my struggles.  My hope is that I can help you avoid some of the challenges I encountered and that I can help you overcome the obstacles you will face with less pain than I did.

I know what it’s like to feel hurt and disregarded. As a single dad battling a divorce, I felt alone and isolated.   I found many resources for single moms, but not many for single dads.  I hope to change that.

The foundation to improving your life is with fitness and working on your mindset.  Fitness is a natural anti-depressant and self-confidence booster.  Mindset is all about how you believe in yourself and handle challenging situations.  Here is one of my favorite quotes on mindset:

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

You can contact me by email at Darren.Wall@yahoo.com.

Please FRIEND ME on Facebook at www.facebook.com/darren.wall13 and join my private peer support group on Facebook:   THE SINGLE DAD ZONE

Finally, spend some time checking out my blog:  www.SingleDadZone.com/blog

My Fitness Journey

My story has two parts…

FullSizeRenderThe first was when I put my family and career in front of my own health.  My poor health habits were making it difficult to maintain both of those.  I just felt like I did not have time to take care of myself, which resulted in me becoming overweight, out of shape and my cholesterol was through the roof.

I am now 47 years young, and the father of two children (ages six and eight).  One of the most important factors that sent me on this journey was to be a role model for healthy behaviors for my children.  Among other things I teach my children, I would love to know that I helped them develop the knowledge and skills to live a long and healthy life.

My Beachbody revolution started after I came within one pound of nearly failing my Fall 2011 Navy Physical Fitness Test.  It was quite embarrassing and scary to come that close. I really wanted to get into shape and start a regular exercise regimen. My workout routine at the time was sporadic and my eating was rapidly taking me in the wrong direction.  It was only a matter of time before I failed.

I could not stand the fact that my fitness was jeopardizing my naval career and setting a poor example for my children.

I was being confronted with a big decision requiring a drastic change to my lifestyle but, I didn’t know how.  This resulted in procrastination.  I gained more weight.

IMG_4723I tried the gym, but the gym experience was expensive, inconvenient, and no one was there to explain what I needed to do unless I wanted to pay them a lot of money.  Ironically, one of my friends mentioned P90X to me and his results.  Late one night, I caught an advertisement for P90X2.  Tony Horton offered me a workout program, on my own schedule that I could complete in the comfort of my own home.  I thought I would give it a try. So, in November, I pre-ordered the program and decided I would start on January 1, 2012.  At that time, I weighed 206 pounds and was likely on the path to failing my Spring Physical Fitness Test.

The first few weeks with Tony and company were insanely hard.  I was sore, slow and could not do over half of the moves.  Plyocide was absolutely brutal.  The day one photos haunted me.  I continually went back to them to ask myself how I could have really become the person in that picture?

By day 30, I was down 10 pounds and could really notice the difference in how my pants’ fit.  I was far from my goal weight but, I was so proud of myself for coming so far.  People started to notice the difference.  Day 90 was incredible.  I found myself at 176, 30 pounds lighter and had gone from a size 38 waist to a size 34. P90X2 was truly transforming the way my body looked.  I decided to do a second round of P90X2.  By the end of the second 90 days, I was down to a size 32 waist and was at 168 pounds.  I was at the same waist size and weight as I was in high school. Absolutely, AMAZING.

In April, I took my Spring Navy Physical Fitness Test, not only was my weight WAY below the required standard, I got my first perfect score in eighteen years of service. I did 72 push-ups in under two minutes, I did 92 sit-ups in under two minutes and I did the mile and a half run in nine minutes and 15 seconds at altitude in Denver. In June, I was named by the Military Times The Athlete of the Week.

After that success, I tried Insanity.  I had so much fun.  I finished each workout totally spent sweating, drooling and gasping for air.  I only made it about a month because a new program came out that I wanted to try.  Body Beast caused me to detour.  I loved it.  I built up more muscle and could now really see some abdomen muscles. I am now back doing Insanity and can appreciate it more.  It is brutal and you really should have a strong fitness base before trying it.

Before_After_Blog_Size_jbtvs0In January 2013, I ran a relay race from Miami to Key West, a total of 200 miles with ten other Beachbody coaches.  It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life.

Sometimes, I just shake my head in disbelief. I never thought I would be able to accomplish what I did after the age of 40 with a family and full time career.  I finally live a healthier life.  My new lifestyle is positively impacting my family and those around me. I tell everyone that will listen to get a Team Beachbody program and never look back.

The second part of my journey began in 2015, which was the worst year of my life.  Everything fell apart. I will be completely frank here.  I had shoulder surgery that resulted in paralyzing my right arm.  I was having significant challenges at work and to top it all off my wife left me for no apparent reason.  I was an injured, single Dad with a professional life on turmoil.  I focused on the negative.  My life was in a tailspin.

I took up P90 this time since I could not handle Insanity.  Fitness became my anti-depressant.  I started to dig my way out.  The program helped me recover from the nerve damage and made me feel better about myself.  I never wanted to feel that way again and I never want anyone else to feel alone in that darkness.  I found that fitness was the secret and I am very good at helping people.

Coaching

Coaching is an attitude.

It is helping people feel motivated and provided that shoulder you can hold on to.

No matter who you are or where you are in the process, we take this journey TOGETHER.

When you decide you have had enough and you are ready to make real changes in your life, here are the absolute commitments that we make:

  1. We will take each step together;
  2. I will help you select the best fitness program for your current fitness level;
  3. We will PUSH PLAY 6 days a week with the fitness program you choose;
  4. I will remind you to take your supplements and eat clean;
  5. I will hold you accountable to your Program and Nutrition Plan;
  6. You will COMMIT to not QUIT for 90 DAYS:
  7. You will COMMIT to visit the Facebook accountability page at least FOUR times a week at a minimum; and
  8. You will replace one meal a day with Shakeology.

I am here to help Beachbody be YOUR answer to lifelong wellness!  Our relationship will last well beyond the initial 90 days.

I am YOUR coach and will help you succeed once you decide to commit.

Besides my email address and Facebook Page, you can text me at 301-346-1613.

If you think you’d like to enjoy some income while on your fitness journey while helping others get fit, just let me know you are interested in being a coach. I’d love to help change lives with you! Get me as your FREE coach!