"The path to better health and fitness is the most rewarding, yet challenging journey most of us have to endure. As an unhealthy person most of my life, it wasn't until the age of 39 that I became strong enough mentally to make the changes needed to save my own life, and unknowingly inspire many others to change for themselves. Today, I work tirelessly to share the tools, the training, the personal development and the inspiration for thousands of others to take those steps in their own journey. I hope this site gives you a reason to change, the tools necessary to take those steps forward, and the hope for a better life ahead. Whether looking to transform your life or simply needing some advice to get to that next level, I've walked that journey, and will continue to be there with you, each step of the way, helping you find health, peace and strength in all that you do."
All my best... Jason P Long
Listen to Jason's story
Even from childhood, I always battled my weight. The fat kid, who wore "husky" pants, and no matter what other derogatory names the kids could use to pick on me, none of them hurt more than "fat." Even through high school and college, athletic, active, and studying in a field that laid the very foundation for health and wellness, I still battled that fat kid inside.
Adulthood brought about the most amazing, diverse, and ultimately, most unhealthy years of my life. Despite a career in the fitness industry along with riding and professionally training horses, my own health and fitness eluded me. After struggling with careers and several failed relationships, I found myself at the peak of unhealthy, the desperate "end of the rope," and the feeling that I would never find happiness in any part of my life had settled into my deepest beliefs.
It was my 39th birthday, and I knew I had to change. I knew I had to get better, or I wouldn't see my 40th. The doctor told me my migraines were unexplainable. The anxiety could be managed with drugs, along with my sleeping problems, but at this point, my diet consisted of large amounts of coffee, an afternoon sweet treat, and for dinner I would shovel large amounts of cheap carbs and fat into my body to cover the emotional pain, and drink numerous cocktails to put myself to sleep.
A friend of mine had decided she wanted to start a weight loss challenge and asked if I would join. Now, I was just being nice to help her out, thinking I really didn't need her help, and I surely didn't think she knew anything more about nutrition than me. And even after 3 months of working with her, I had only lost 3 pounds. See? She didn't know what she was doing. And I blamed her and her silly program for my poor performance, but it was her response that totally changed my thinking. She said, "you know Jason, you're fat...you're miserable...you're lazy...and you're irresponsible." What? Did she just call me fat? I seriously wanted to punch her in the throat as payback for all those bullies who tormented me through the years. She continued by sharing with me a quote that I've said either to myself or to friends and clients every single day since. "For things to change, you must change. And for things to get better, you must get better." Jim Rohn was an amazing personal development coach, and this quote reminds me every single day to be better to myself, better to my friends, and better at everything I do.
Now, after that day, and after I settled down from wanting to punch my friend for calling me fat, I simply went to work. No excuses, taking full responsibility for my decisions and my life, I went to work on being the best I could be. Sure, there were plenty of days that didn't go as planned. But you see, because the only thing I could blame for my shortcomings was me, I also learned I could praise myself for things I did well. Just 1% better each day...that's all it took...to finally begin to see change.
There's a lot more to this journey. Hours and hours of learning, journaling, listening to Jim Rohn and other great leaders share their journey so i could finally see myself in them, and many, many days and nights of hard work, learning to eat better, exercise more effectively, journaling every calorie that went into my body, and rewarding myself for every single small victory.
I had one goal when I started the weight loss challenge. I wanted to be under 200 pounds for my 40th birthday. I had a LOT of weight to lose, and since I only lost 3 pounds in 3 months, I had a hard road ahead of me. But with all the work, journaling, and personal development, I lost over 100 pounds of body fat before my birthday, blowing right past 200 and landing at a weight I'm sure I hadn't seen since middle school of 174 pounds. And for the first time in my life I was called skinny.
After that picture, I had a very long talk with myself...and my therapist. I knew I had made huge strides, and had changed nearly everything in my life for the better. But again, things had to change which meant, I had to change. I had to get better.
At this point, I made it my full-time job to be healthy, to live my life to its best potential, and to make me my #1 priority. I learned that loving myself wasn't selfish and arrogant, rather it actually made me a better friend, a more loving and understanding partner, a more confident and respected child to my parents, a more capable and passionate leader to the people inspired by my journey. I made fitness and nutrition a lifestyle that transformed my body, and every single fiber of my spirit. When I poured 100% into my own life, and stopped worrying about others, what they think, what words they use to tear me down, thoughts and words they use to protect their own insecurities and problems, all of mine, as if by magic, simply disappeared.
Today, even while working with 1000's of people from all over this planet, my priority still remains my own journey and the progress I make each day to be just 1% better than yesterday. I'm truly grateful for this life, and for the people I've inspired and their successes. I'm healthy today, in all sense of the word; mind, body and spirit. I have built an amazingly healthy body that continues to get stronger, a career far more successful than I could have ever imagined, friends and family I would have never met, and a journey I would take again and again if I can simply inspire just one more person.