Paying it Forward

Our good friend, Jonathan McHenry, before and after his own transformation! - Learn more at

Our good friend, Jonathan McHenry, before and after his own transformation!

Chris and I consider ourselves blessed to have the jobs that we do. Not only do we have a front row seat to watching peoples’ lives change on the show, but we also get to see some of them do something so powerful – pay it forward. More than a handful of our peeps have used the tools they’ve gathered along their journey to change the lives of others. Jonathan McHenry, from season 2, is one of those people. Soon after his year with us ended, he became certified as a bootcamp instructor and began transforming lives himself!

Meet Don. A man whose life will forever be changed by our good friend, Jonathan.

We are so proud of you both 🙂

Our good friend, Jonathan McHenry, before and after his own transformation! - Learn more at Jonathan’s Before and After of his own Transformation Journey[/caption]

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  1. Chelsea - September 9, 2013

    Inspirational. Absolutely beautiful

  2. Leslie - August 31, 2013

    Angels truly exits. Thank God for you and your family.

  3. Jazan - August 29, 2013

    Last question for this week any way….you eat 3 hours when you start a meal or when you finish….Some meals take a while to eat

  4. Cathy - August 29, 2013

    Beautiful! I get so much encouragement reading these posts… wonderful wonderful… thank you!

  5. Valerie - August 29, 2013

    I have a bad back, bad knees, most of my life I weighted 136, now I weight too much. Went to doctors no one could help me, just fatter and fatter every month. I don’t want to die fat, I want to lose the weight, I am never hungry. Please help, something is wrong

    • admin - August 29, 2013

      Grab a copy of “Choose More, Lose More for Life” and show the meal plan to your doctor and start there. You can do this!

  6. Jazan - August 29, 2013

    Do you eat 2 cups of veggies 5 times a day? As overweight as I am, I can not eat all that every 3 hours.

    • Admin1 - August 29, 2013

      You typically would have two servings of veggies but that does not always mean 2 cups. See the recipes in “Choose More, Lose More for Life” for examples. 🙂

  7. Kristi McGee - August 28, 2013

    Thanks for sharing and inspiring others Chris & Heidi. Jonathan has vowed to pay it forward and is doing so here at Annapolis Fitness. We are very proud of them both and many others are taking back their lives as well in the programs ran by our trainers and proving that it can be done regardless of where you’re at physically. Thanks for coaching, helping, and inspiring Jonathan. His experience and continuing growth and fight with his own health and fitness is a real world example to those who feel they are too far gone. Incredible change happens in your life when YOU decide to take control. Thank you for inspiring people to make that decision! Sincerely, The Staff at Annapolis Fitness.

  8. Bree Whetstone - August 28, 2013

    Beautiful, what an inspiration. Continue going the great work!!!

  9. Steven Roach - August 28, 2013

    i bet his heart will thank him for what he did

  10. Stacy Givens - August 28, 2013

    Was surprised to see this article! Don is my neighbor and I have seen him working out with Jonathan a few times this past year, when I would frequent the coffee shop next to Annapolis Fitness. I am happy to see him making an effort to change his lifestyle!! 🙂

  11. Kathy Draper - August 28, 2013

    Love it! I am starting a group of trainers that have all lost over 100 lbs. Paying it forward to everyone!!

  12. April C - August 28, 2013

    That’s awesome. I have a fused hip and I find it difficult to figure out how to exercise properly. Maybe someday I’ll get it figured out! Bravo to you both!

  13. Nicole - August 28, 2013

    Wonderful!! I love that your job makes other people realize the power that they already have in themselves. Amazing! Keep up the inspirational work! Peace and love to you and to Chris…

  14. Pam - August 28, 2013

    As a female approaching 60 and weighing in at 328 lbs. I can relate to Don’s before life. My major interim goal was to get below 200 lbs. by my 60th birthday on 1/1/11. I made it almost two months early and hit my goal of 160 lbs. a few months later. I couldn’t walk 10 ft. without hurting and panting either. Today I do 5K’s with no pain and no gasping for breath. Almost two and a half years into maintaining my 175-lb. weight loss, my life has changed drastically–for the BETTER! I am no longer limited by my obesity and am able to do just about anything I want. Life is good!! It truly never is too late to change your life. Today, at 62, I am living proof of that.

  15. Toni - August 28, 2013

    This is so inspiring! I am an avid boot camper and although I am not over weight I have seen the benefits of working out. I have severe asthma and nearly passed out after 15 minutes my first class. Now I am down to 1 medication at half the normal dose. I am able to push myself harder than I ever thought possible. Having a healthy diet and working out regularly is the best feeling in the world. Kiddos to everyone who has decided to change their lives and make this a priority in their life.

  16. Jazan - August 28, 2013

    I have just started the carb cyle diet and have bought both Chris Powell’s books, but I still have a few questions….What happens if you can’t eat every 3 hours because of scheduling? Also, am I supposed to eat 2 cups of veggies every meal? I can not stomach it in the morning.

  17. Carla - August 28, 2013

    So amazing!!!

    I knew Don when I was a teenager, and he was a very commited father and a hard worker. I am so proud of him for losing the weight!!! Keep it up!!! Congrats to you and your beautiful daughter.

  18. carisa dixon tate - August 27, 2013

    This is awesome. My mom has health issuse and needs to lose weight so this gives me hope she can do it even if doesn’t realize she can yet.

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