Updated: 20 March 2018
A former client Sid asked specific questions regarding information I posted on MirrorAthlete’s first web site back in 2007. His queries provided an opportunity to share more of the company’s history with readers and reflect on how we got into publishing our first book.
[Sid’s Questions] … I can’t seem to locate your MirrorAthlete pain chronicles I read back in the early years.
“I remember it as a unique informational pain management and personalized chronicles website. Have your memoirs been moved? ‘Where can I find them?”
“And do you still take on clients for fit healthy lifestyle consultation and customized fitness and assessment programming? ‘I’m also interested to learn more on how you improved your fitness levels after injuries and chronic pain story.”
A friend of mine coincidentally lives in your neck of the woods. She also recalled like I did, “you produced and sold nutritional supplements under the name of Dynamic Dimensions in Tigard and surrounding cities, while offering 1:1 services in fitness assessments in the 90’s for a consulting fee.”
“I’m looking to become more fit and increase muscle mass and lose weight naturally. But now feel I’m losing ground because of lower body joint pain. Although I’m working with my doctor and yet another fitness trainer, ‘they don’t have that unique fitness trainer – pain management perspective I understand you’ve mastered. I see you’re on LinkedIn, FaceBook, and Twitter and now a City councilor in your home town since 2011. ‘You’ve not slowed down a bit – especially after what I remember of your 5-year mobility challenge.”
I also hear you walk on average 7-10 miles daily on a regular basis and no longer take on clients. ‘would you consider taking on a former client?”
From the Desk of Marc Woodard,
Sid, thank you for considering to put your trust in me once again. You and your friends memory of what I was doing years ago is impressive.
Unfortunately I no longer take on clients. I found it more productive to put that knowledge and energy into a soon to be released ‘Very Unique’ fit healthy lifestyle book – A fitness and health book like no other… sorry I can’t be a personal coach for you at this time in your life. However once published, the book will be like me being right there with you. Once you begin reading it – some parts of the consulting logic will be very familiar to you – and a comfort for others looking for similar information.
I’ve included the personalized fitness and healthy lifestyle programming processes and practices I used during past client consultations; including industry secrets, client cases and stories; and my personal physical adversity challenge not published anywhere else.
‘Once I became my own client’ – I also became ‘forever MirrorAthlete’ with a renewed life purpose. ‘My job now is to manage personal health and maintain sustainable mobility so I can be there for my family and community for years to come.
To answer your question directly, the pain chronicle link at the old web site contained memoirs throughout 2007-08; I ran that journal for just over a year as I was rehabbing my way back to good health and walk-ability after disease and injury took it away for awhile.
And through that rehab process, I also contemplated sharing that knowledge and much more through a unique fit healthy lifestyle book… useful for just about anyone at any age.
I jotted down those ideals initially in a notepad during a 1999 Mexican Rivera cruise – Four years before injury and disease came knocking at my door. Little did I know ‘those notes’ would be useful 10 years later to begin writing an impossible book concept. It was larger than any project I’ve ever undertaken, even in graduate school… and harder to put into words than ever imaged. I began chipping away at it in 2011. But really got serious about the ideal of publishing a book in 2012-14.
Now 2018 – “God willing, it will be published this year.”
In early 2008 I decided to pull the MirrorAthlete Pain Chronicles from the original site and placed some of that context into the original manuscript. But the original manuscript outlined in 1999 read more like a bunch of short stories. At that time I was not well versed in story telling and integration of factual information with personal stories. The project at first was a writers nightmare… “one I dreaded chipping away at most days.”
“I wrote many manuscript versions after the first one, but still lacked an interesting story line that would capture the heart, mind and spirit of anyone looking to self-improve themselves physically, mentally and spiritually – And ‘would want to refer back to the chapters content time and time again as lifestyle changes occurred.”
Unfortunately for me I was more or less a skilled technical writer… not a creative story teller. Two very different and distinct writing styles and skill sets. Learning how to integrate the two, including narration is not something I learned in any school.
So there you have it. It took years of failed manuscripts and grammatically incorrect article writings to learn how to develop an interesting story telling and factual writing style that ‘I NOW know from editorial and publishing experts – the manuscript is near ready for book publication. There are just a few more minor tweaks: editorial, book cover design and reference and citation details to refine.
I look back at those Chronicle posts and early article publications from 2007-2012; my writing style and grammar wasn’t good. I’m still slowly but surely updating the article archives within our current website. I’ve rarely as of late written any new MirrorAthlete articles. The latest articles I’ve written is strictly City related and published within our community newspaper once per month. After it is published and released through Tigard Life Community Paper, a week later I publish it at MirrorAthlete for the archives.
My focus is to update older MirrorAthlete articles, write for the community paper [city recreation, fitness and health related topics]; and complete the 10-year book project.
Initially I didn’t plan to start a fitness and health information and articles publication web site based business… And still wasn’t sure I wanted to write a book since I didn’t consider myself a good writer. Even today it’s still a challenge to write well… the passion that drives me – “I want to reach out to help others that need help losing weight, want to get more fit healthy ‘NATURALLY;’ and are going through a physical or mental adversity challenge and need help with those things.” Including to provide solutions to reverse childhood obesity within K-12 schools. The book is something I know peopled need and want now; and will benefit future generations – It’s really about customized fitness and healthy lifestyle programming for all walks of life.
In 2012 I nearly quit writing after my first manuscript submission to a publishing company.
The publisher liked the content and unique fit healthy lifestyle concept; but recommended I make ~550 changes. At that time the book was a 25 chapter manuscript.
Well hell, “I might as well have just thrown it in the garbage.” The whole thing was marked up in red – “What an Ego-Defeating blow!”
I almost quit writing at that point because the task of learning to write well – “quite frankly was ‘intimidating and overwhelming.” It literally SUCKED if I can say that… guess I just did – “Senior editor has its perks.”
Like many new authors doubting their ability to write well, I was no exception. Eventually I put my pride aside. I had to make a decision, “Quit or press on, ‘thankfully I pressed on.”
“Oh well 18 years later is better than never.”
… Once I incorporated the principled fit healthy lifestyle philosophy into the umpteenth revised manuscript… “I don’t know – I lost count…” Everything began to fall in place. I knew I had something special and different than anything else out there in the marketplace.
A book so unique and timely for those desperate to change their lives and live it agelessly to the fullest – even for THE mobility challenged; ANY literary agent would want a stake in marketing it and now I know it.
“This is when the real work began – polishing and revising and modifying it to perfection before publication.”
I chose a specific publishing company to help me through minor book editing, styling and grammatical polishing process. I was finally ready to submit a new and improved manuscript unlike the one marked up in red. This manuscript was markedly and significantly improved from it’s 25 Chapter to a lean 18 Chapter version; with a whole lot more bang for the consumer buck.
The new and improved manuscript fully incorporates MirrorAthlete 18 principled fit healthy lifestyle philosophy based on unique lifetime experiences, client cases, industry knowledge, fitness consulting trade secrets revealed and lifetime education and client case lessons learned, etc.. Now I’m providing this information so it can be applied by anyone. Even those going through a tough physical or mental adversity or mobility challenge that need help in achieving a state of well-being.
MirrorAthlete® Principled Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Philosophy is based on 18 principled fit healthy lifestyle beliefs [Some of these Principles have been Revised within the 2018 Editorial Process and manuscript soon to be published].
1 “Optimize fitness results by defining and relating to applied fitness practices”
2 “Ill-health prevention through health literacy education can save a nation in pain”
3 “Working muscle metabolism prefers specific fuel mixtures to optimize fitness results”
4 “Due diligence relative to unnatural consumer product use reduces health risk”
5 “Balanced food nutrients support optimum health and fitness levels”
6 “Consumer needs and wants determine marketplace supply and demand”
7 “Removing a bad habit may require a substitute practice to achieve the goal”
8 “Man adds hyper-palatable ingredients to foods that addict and harm health”
9 “Relating to lab results can influence lifestyle change and consumer choice”
10 “Successful Weight Loss does not Require Abstinence from the Foods you Love to eat”
11 “Select Cooking Fats that Benefit Weight Loss, Health and Fitness Goals”
12 “Childhood experiences influence adult habits and behavior”
13 “Commit to healthy habit change & achieve Weight loss goals”
14 “Chemically and genetically engineered foods increase health risk”
15 “Physical activity releases natural body chemicals that support fitness and health goals”
16 “Oxygenate the body, burn more fat and reduce illness and disease risk”
17 “Nature provides what we need to live happy, healthy and productive long lives”
18 “Relative exercise programming optimizes fitness & healthy lifestyle goals”
In ending each chapter I’ve included my Personalized Fitness Challenge Story relative to each chapters content, including client stories and the programming processes and practices I used for years. Which are backed by hundreds of professional referred citations throughout the book.
And to make it even more appealing for visual readers [like me] – there are ~50 unpublished and unique satirical cartoons, including useful tables and forms similar to what I used during my 1:1 client consults. Our Cartoonist John Fiedler does not disappoint. Please feel free to learn more about John and his lifetime work by clicking on Ole Fuzz Cartoons.
Sid, “you won’t have a long wait to hear the rest of the story… and get the consulting information you need and want now!”
My wife often asks when the book will be released.
I simply reply, “It’ll be ready when it’s ready and not before.”
I’ve also had other writer’s say, “You know Marc it will never be good enough in your eyes. ‘Just submit it, let the publishers tweak it through the editorial process and get it published… and consider a ghost writer if you need to.
But if I let anyone write any part of it… well it wouldn’t be written by MirrorAthlete.
I’ll admit I’ve become a much better writer and editor now than those early years. I know the book quality and competitive writing style and consumer value is there. At least the last editorial review I received from the current publisher was more than positive… They inspired me to get it published this year.
It seems I’ve read each chapter a hundred times. And to tell you the truth the content is captivating to a point where I look forward to a reading it again and again… as I know others will. Often as I read, I still don’t believe I’m the creative and technical writer and author – It’s almost as if someone else wrote it “I have to pinch myself… ‘Yep it’s me.”
I guarantee – The reader will often refer back to it as I have; a lifetime reference to receive timeless professional fit healthy lifestyle advise, guidance and behavioral-habit directional change when its needed to sustain a state of well-being.
And for those struggling with physical, mental and spiritual adversity… I believe the “Personal fitness Challenge Stories” at the end of each chapter will resonate on a personal level; and of great comfort; especially those struggling with mobility challenges, disease, injury, the aging process, body weight, self-image, anxiety and depression, etc.
Now thousands of consumers like you [Sid] will have my 1:1 consulting services without paying a consulting fee and continue to live life to the fullest regardless of fitness or health condition, or age.
By having access to my ‘timeless’ best-in-class principled fit healthy lifestyle insider consumer and fit healthy lifestyle programming truths – “especially the ones the mega-industries hope you never discover, ‘you will experience greater well-being and body image satisfaction never thought possible without paying hundreds of dollars to find these hard-to-find insider consulting truths.”
Thanks so much for the memories and opportunity to share MirrorAthlete history and update our readers in search of this hard to find fit healthy lifestyle consumer information – ALL available in our first book publication soon to be released.
I assure you… “I know when the book is published, everything you and others looking for NATURAL diet, weight loss, health, well-being, physical performance, increased fitness and activity levels, and anti-aging information, etc., you’ll not be disappointed.”
“Good health to you and your family!” And thank you for thinking and believing in me throughout the years.
Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2018 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free monthly newsletter.