What is your “WHY”?

By Thom Underwood - February 7, 2018

February 7th, 2010, the day my why became a reality and a way of life… I had my annual physical my PCP told me I had Metabolic Syndrome!! This is the very disease that took my Father’s life at the early age of 64!!  Next, he broke out his prescription pad and wrote 4 Rx for one for High Blood Pressure, one for type 2 diabetes, a statin for Cholesterol and the last one for my Liver enzymes (ALT & AST). He hands them to me explaining how to use each one… I looked at them in my hand, I looked at him and I walked over to the trash can in the exam room and proceeded to throw them in the trash!!! Imagine the look on his face!!! 

Before I go further let me explain what Metabolic syndrome is: It is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Today February 7th, 2018 11 years later… I am at 185 lbs, and in the best shape of my life at 58 years old!! How did I get here? I made my “WHY” big enough to make the changes necessary!! I joined Knuckle-up fitness and started kickboxing, I sucked at it I barely made it through the first class but I continued to show up. Next, I am smart enough to know if you don’t know how to do something you hire someone to help you, so I hired a trainer and a health coach.  Then I began to see changes, I had more energy, I was able to make it through a full kickboxing class and my clothes were falling off!! 

What I am saying here is my “WHY” was big enough!!  I then decided to pursue this field of Health Coaching so I went to IIN the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2014 but that just gave me a taste for more, I wanted to know why? Changing eating habits is easy, I wanted to know how our bodies function on a cellular level? What is going on inside our bodies? What is causing disease? So I started looking into Functional Medicine Schools, I found the School of Applied Functional Medicine which I love and passed my Functional Medicine Boards in July of 2017. I am now enrolled for another year of learning, I missed my calling as a Physician!! 

My mission is to give you the unique opportunity to enhance your internal spirit and promote a healthy lifestyle through quality nourishment and holistic health choices. I want to help you achieve your “WHY”!! 

Stay tuned to the Rebel Health Coach Podcast, Monday the 12th I interview Jay Nixon and we discuss how to make your “WHY” a reality!! 

Now I would like to let you know somethings coming in the near future:

  1. I have a Grain Free Program and a Spring Detox almost ready to roll
  2. I have added Great Plains Laboratory testing for 1) Igg Food Sensitivity testing 2) Stool Testing 3) Hair Mineral Analysis
  3. I have added Precision Analytical for DUTCH Testing

Now I would like to take and thank some folks for their help on my Journey:

  1. Knuckle Up Fitness, including CJ Wilson, Moe, Stephen Upchurch, Ulli Pohl
  2. Craig Hragyil Jr.
  3. Matt Callahan
  4. Jason Rosenblatt
  5. Dave Vitkay
  6. Mike Alvarado
  7. Elite Edge Fitness,  Jason Colleran
  8. OrangeTheory





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