When we surround ourselves with encouraging motivated people it is amazing how it transforms our thoughts and actions!
I’ve known Richard Pearce, Frog Fitness Inventor/CEO, since high school. He was the best man in my wedding. He went out of his way to do special things for everyone he cared about and was especially kind to our children. Richard was always motivated, so it was no surprise when he moved away to pursue his dreams. As a result, we fell out of touch for almost 30 years.
During that time, I raised four sons and helped raise two step sons. Although I thoroughly enjoyed being a mother, I believed that raising little ones was part of my past. My situation proves that sometimes fate steps in and brings us completely unexpected challenges. In my case it was two! So at the age of 49, I found myself accepting guardianship of my grandchildren. At the time, Skylar was five months and her brother Ezekiel was about to turn three. I was bound and determined to provide them everything they needed and to make it look easy. It did not take long for it to became clear that there would be “little easy” about it.
First, there is a reason most of us raise our children in our twenties or thirties. It’s called youth! I was not exempt from the daily setbacks which plague all single parents. For example, managing when the children are ill, overwhelming responsibilities, loneliness, and fatigue. Then to top it off, for economic reasons and for the first time in my life a lay off from a job. Sometimes it felt as if “anxiety” had become my middle name!
As so often happens, it felt as though life became a steady stream of one adversity after another. It was both scary and frustrating waking up each day to so many unplanned for situations. To be frank, there were days when I wanted nothing more than to lay in bed with the covers over my head and cry. Not that it helped but some days I did. Thank goodness for their smiling faces, hugs, and kisses which have kept me going so many times.
This is not to say that we have not received blessings many times over from family members and friends. I’m forever grateful for each thoughtful act. Yet after much adversity I still found myself unable to make ends meet and at the end of my rope. After 18 years the situation had reached a point where my home was in jeopardy if I did not find a solution.
About a year in a half ago, I reconnected with Richard on Facebook. I watched daily as he shared things about his life with his wife Melissa and about his invention “The Frog”. It intrigued me to read about his many accomplishments. We exchanged comments over Facebook about ideas and things we had in common. So about 6 months ago, I summoned my courage and messaged Richard. I explained my situation and ask if he had any work to assist me in meeting my financial obligations each month. It was humbling.
I’m tearing up as I write this because he called me and said, “Tell me what’s up Deb!” It was as though 30 years fell away and he was the same awesome upbeat guy I remembered. He listened and ask a few questions about my specific needs. Then said, “I’ll find something so you can earn what you need, but you will have to work for it. We’ll try it for three months and go from there.” Before we hung up he told me, “What you are doing for your grand-kids is something to be proud of. Hang in there!” Several hours later, I received an email. He wrote that his CFO would be mailing a first check to me that day. He also told me that I’d hear from Jesse Perry his Chief Technology Officer. Within two days they had me working on copy for the company.
These days, difficult times are nothing new for many American’s. I feel certain most will relate with the relief I’ve felt over the last six months.
I’ve had the chance to meet and work with most of the key players of the Frog Fitness Team via email and phone calls. Everyone has opened their hearts and welcomed me and my contribution to the team. The exceptional team spirit at Frog Fitness inspires me. The belief each member has in Richard and in The Frog is overwhelmingly positive!
I am 53 years old and have never worked out more than a week or so straight in my entire life. I have not been much of a party girl, but I have spent most of my life weighing in at about 100lbs. I’ve treated my body as though that meant I was in shape. I’ve ingested tons of sugar and I mean that! And off and on for half of my adult life I was a smoker. On top of that, I would venture to say that I’ve spent most of my life chronically dehydrated.
My association with Frog Fitness is changing it all…
I stopped smoking several months ago! With the help of Frog Fitness Kinesiology Expert, Joel Metzger, I’m dedicating myself to the “Over 50 Frog Fitness Challenge”. I do not have time to spend hours at a gym each day! I am convinced that I can reach my own version of optimal fitness right here in my home with THE FROG. It provides a total body workout in a matter of minutes each day and is completely scale-able to my beginner abilities! I’m going to prove it!
When I told Jesse about the ways Frog Fitness is changing my life, he spoke with Richard and then offered me the opportunity to journal my transformation in a weekly blog. TALK ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY!!!! So here’s to my over fifty friends and anyone else who wishes to become fit without spending hours in a gym each day! Join me in my new adventure to learn about and achieve a healthier lifestyle. At Frog Fitness we call it FROGGING!
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More to come…
All my best, Deborah
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson