My experience over the past few years has been life-altering in more ways than one. Not only am I more energized and active, I realize that my journey is helping inspire people to reclaim an active lifestyle. Here is my story!
Before I get to the details, it would probably help to share a little background. I’m not a business hotshot looking to make a buck at the expense of other people. I don’t stand out in a crowd based on the clothes I wear, the car I drive or the neighborhood I live in. I’m just an average Joe who had a not-so-average experience that transformed my life. And when I say “average Joe” I mean just that: my name is Joe Blumenstein and I live in South Florida.
I was never a hard-core athlete growing up, but I was always active. I knew that a sensible diet and an active lifestyle were going to help me live a long and happy life. I started running in 1976, and always enjoyed the endorphin rush that a good run delivered. It made me feel vibrant and alive. I looked forward to running every day. Not only was it good for my body, it was good for my mind. It was the one time of day where there were no distractions. It was just me, the road and my thoughts. I loved, loved, loved my time on the road. I was active and healthy in my 20s and 30s, and I felt great. But as I started to get older, my body wasn’t recovering as quickly. The little pains that used to take a few days to heal were now lasting a week or longer. When I was younger, I took for granted my running routine and never envisioned the day when running would become a chore. As I got older, my passion for running never went away, but my body started letting me down. I didn’t have the energy levels that I once had, which made it more and more difficult to stay active. Instead of being inspired and energized by a run, I started to feel drained and tired.
A SEVERE INJURY WAS THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME
Then the best thing that ever happened to me occurred in December of 2003. A water skiing accident left me with a severe spinal cord injury, and I needed to have two vertebrae fused together in my neck. At the time, it was a tragic event in my life. I was in excruciating pain and immobilized for weeks. Instead of my daily on-the-go activities, I was bed-ridden and sedentary. I lost my fitness edge as well as the desire and energy to stay active. I was depressed and not good company for my wife, daughters, family or friends. It was no picnic for anyone who had to listen to me wallow in my despair and self-pity. I was an emotional mess during the entire year it took me to fully recovery from the injury. Looking back on the pain and suffering I was inflicting on my family due to my negative emotional state, I realize how lucky I am to have these wonderful women in my life!
So how is this the best thing that ever happened to me? It was a blessing in disguise because it put me on a path of revitalization. Before the injury and surgery, I was feeling more fatigued and apathetic about my running program. I was beginning to accept that I was getting older. I started telling myself, “this is part of aging, Joe, so get used to it.” I had to come to terms with it no matter how much I didn’t want to.
Toward the end of my recovery process, my wife knocked some sense into me with one simple phrase: “Stop acting like a baby.” I realized I had a choice to make: Accept that impending old-age was getting the best of me and learn to cope with it, or find a way to restore my energy and get back into an active lifestyle. My friends and family helped me regain a more positive focus, but it wasn’t the influence of those I trusted most that pushed me down the path I would ultimately go.
I DISCOVERED MY FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
What pushed me? I was driving to work one morning and heard a radio ad for a vitamin supplement that restores energy. I can’t quite explain why that particular message hit me so hard. It was like I was bonked on the head with a clarity stick! I suddenly realized what had been declining over the years wasn’t my desire to be active but my level of energy. While my mind was saying “let’s go for a run,” my body was saying “sorry, pal, I don’t have the energy.”
I was at the point where it would have been just as easy to give up an active lifestyle and accept whatever old age had in store for me. But I couldn’t get that radio ad out of my head. I heard it again a few days later and felt compelled to write down the number. A phone call later, I placed an order and was looking forward to my first shipment. While I wasn’t expecting miracles, I was hoping for that little energy surge that would push me back into a more active state of mind. I wasn’t skeptical, I was hopeful. I wanted this to be the tipping point for me, so I waited with much anticipation for the product to arrive.
When it did, I scoured the label. One thing I should mention is I’m detailed-oriented and I wanted to understand what I was going to be putting in my body. I liked what I read, so I started taking the product. Within a week, I started to feel different. I had more energy!
This was a magical moment for me. Was it really that simple? Can taking a supplement really restore the energy that had been slowly draining for years? My inquisitive nature put me on a path of discovery. I wanted to learn everything I could about the product. It was important to me to find out what helped renew my energy. I became obsessed with learning. I spent hundreds of hours researching and learning. I visited health stores and talked to the folks on the floor. I talked with my doctor and was encouraged to keep doing what I was doing if it helped raise my energy. I was a Google maniac, spending nights and weekends scouring the Internet for more information. Before I knew it, I had become a guru on the product.
I got so jazzed, I even contacted a manufacturer and spoke to executives to learn more about how the product was made. It was during this time that I learned not all products were manufactured the same way and that some brands were better than others. I also discovered there were different grades of effectiveness based on the quality of the source and the manufacturing process. Logic told me that if the product was pure and all-natural, it would be even better, so I sought to find the best possible product on the market.
I BUILT A BETTER MOUSETRAP THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
After several weeks of searching, I came to the conclusion that no manufacturer on the planet delivered a 100% pure and 100% all-natural product. I was shocked. If the stuff works, why not provide the best possible product to consumers? It made no sense to me that no one in the market was laying claim to being the best by manufacturing a 100% pure and 100% all-natural product.
I then became passionate about finding raw resources that could deliver a pure and all-natural product and after researching many options, I found one that could deliver. I had no intention of becoming a supplement provider when I started down this path, but I had to see if a pure and all-natural product would deliver an even higher level of effectiveness and energy. I worked with the resource provider and developed a prototype supplement that I started taking immediately.
The effect was exactly what I thought it would be: more energy!!! It’s hard to explain, but after only a few weeks, I truly felt younger!
I was waking up in the morning energized. I got back into a regular exercise routine, and began taking a bicycle spin class at my gym. Within six months, I was rocking with the best bike spinners in the class! I was sleeping better at night. I felt more rested when I woke up and I wanted to be active. I was feeling less stressed and had a greater overall feeling of well-being. Six months earlier, I was ready to throw in the towel and accept that my aging body had had enough. I’m so glad I heard that radio ad and obsessively followed my curious instincts!
Developing this product changed my life. It restored my energy, renewed my vitality and helped me reactivate the desire to stay fit. It was only natural to see if other people would have the same response I did. So I started sharing it with family and friends. The response was overwhelming. Everyone I shared this with had the same response I did: they felt energized. It didn’t take long before they told their friends and I found my 100% pure and 100% all-natural product in demand. I needed to find a way to produce the product efficiently so I could share it with as many people as possible.
I never intended my quest for more energy to become a business. I wasn’t ready for it and I seriously questioned whether I had the time to take this on at this point in my life. But the more people I shared this with, the more positive feedback I got. People were calling and emailing saying that their lives were changing as a result of taking this product. I realized that there were hundreds maybe even thousands of people who were going through the same situation I faced: They weren’t active because they lacked the energy. I realized that many of these people would benefit from my experience. I did the research and found a solution that worked for me. Why shouldn’t I share what I discovered with as many people as possible.
Feel Great! Bee Great!! JoeB