Realizing Your Dream

When I first started this fitness journey, one of the biggest goals I had for myself was to be a rep or a sponsored athlete for a fitness company.  In my mind, I felt like that was “it.”  That’s the point where you’ve made it.  That’s the point where people other than yourself see your progress.  It’s at that point where you can motivate and inspire.  Not that you can’t motivate and inspire along the way because you most certainly can.  Just in my head, it felt like being involved with a major fitness brand was the end goal.  

So I was cruising around on Instagram and came across a company called Alphawear Fitness.

    This wasn’t a startup company or a small company by any means, but they were conducting an athlete search.  I figured why not.  What’s the worst that could happen? They say no? I can deal with that.  So I had to email them and send them three pictures.  So I, of course, gathered the three most ripped pictures I could find of myself and shot them an email.  Never in a million years did I think I would hear anything back.  The very next day, I get a text message from the CEO of Alphawear that I was 1 of 50 selected out of 4,000 applicants.  

I have a chance over the next two or three weeks to realize my dream.  I have those weeks to show that I am marketable, that I can convey a great product, and that I am worth the investment.  I don’t want this to be a post where I just plug a company or ask for money (although if you wish to do so I’ll explain at the bottom of this post).  I want this to be a post that shows how far I’ve come.  

I’ve lost 45lb from my heaviest.  I put on another 25lb of muscle to get where I am.    

I’ve gone down to my basement to work out while everyone else was sleeping.  I’ve put in a lot of hard work with the end goal in mind.  I’ve pushed myself so hard because I had a goal and I knew what it was going to take to get there.  At times, I want to give up, but I don’t.  At times, I want to eat everything in my cupboard (ok I still do that sometimes).  My point is, what is your goal?  What is that something that you’ve always wanted to do? Is it running that first 5k?  Do you just want to drop 20lb?  Do you want to complete a marathon or finish a Spartan Race?  Whatever that goal is, put in the work to get there.  No one is going to do it for you.  Find that motivation and do it.  I’m nowhere near where I’d like to be, but I can at least say I’ve worked hard to get where I am.  I’ll continue to work hard because there is more in store for me.  I just know it.  Remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  Take your step.    


If you’d like to contribute to helping me become an Alphawear athlete, go make a purchase at  Use the code “gerad10off” for 10% off your purchase.  You’ll get some sick apparel and your purchase will be linked to me.  Thank you in advance if you decided to purchase.  If not, thanks for reading!

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