Leading Your Family: How Fit Father Orlando Found Structure and Got His Life on the Right Path

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

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Leading your family takes a lot of commitment. And if you're tired and/or out of shape, fulfilling that commitment will be that much harder.

The good news is that you're never too old or busy to improve your health and get back in shape.

And, Fit Father Orlando is a testament to that!

Orlando is a 55-year-old husband and father of five who, as a director of operations at a steel company, manages over 70 people.

He is also an 18-year Army vet, where he manages another 70+ people.

Leading your family is one thing, leading business and military personnel is a whole other thing!

So, when all those responsibilities led Orlando to lose his way health-wise, he knew he needed a change.

And that's when he found the Fit Father Project.

Listen to Orlando's Story on the Fit Father Project Podcast:

Orlando's Wake-Up Call

One morning at work, Orlando suddenly started feeling unwell.

“I felt like I couldn't breathe. I also felt chest pain.”

An ambulance was called, and he was taken to the hospital. 

He was diagnosed with high blood pressure, and that was his wake-up call. At that point, Orlando weighed almost 250 pounds. 

He started working out, but it just wasn't working.

I started working out on my own, and I was going up and down. It wasn't anything too serious. I couldn't follow a good program. I was trying to do hundreds of different things, and there was no real focus on what I was doing.

The Search for More Challenging Workouts

While looking for better workouts, and, more importantly, structure, Orlando found the Fit Father Project and was immediately drawn in. 

“I started reading, and I look at all these older guys there and like, whoa, they can do that. I can do that! So I started doing a little research. It didn't take me long to get it. I said this is a no-brainer. I'm going to get there; I'm a structured person.”

Orlando started with Old School Muscle (OSM), but he wasn't losing weight right off the bat.

“In my first week, I was gaining weight instead of losing it.”

He posted his concern on the Fit Father Project's private Facebook group, The Brotherhood, and was directed to try FF30X instead.

It was the right choice, and Orlando finally found the structure he needed. 

“I followed what they told me. And it worked out just perfectly for me. Every cent that I put into this program has paid off a thousand percent.”

Orlando followed FF30X's workouts and nutrition plan, but for him, the dynamic fitness regime was the key. 

“I get bored quickly if I do the same thing repeatedly. But the good thing about the Fit Father Project is that you change the workout every month. So you finish one month, and then go to the next one, and get some new challenges.”

Learn how to lead by example through Orlando’s incredible weight loss story.

The Wonders of The Brotherhood

Of course, Orlando loves The Brotherhood!

Not only did it help him get on the right path, but it also kept him going.

“The Brotherhood is great. You can ask questions, because many people have been through and done this before, and they can tell you or give you good tips about what you're doing wrong.”

Now Orlando is an active participant in The Brotherhood.

“Not everyone is the same. So what works for me sometimes doesn't exactly work for the next guy. The good thing about The Brotherhood is that I use all the information, all of it, that is available. So I put all the nutrition, workouts, videos, comments, and advice together. I tweak them a little. Just little tweaks that make the difference for me.”

Gaining Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Strength

All in all, Orlando dropped 35 pounds, lost 8% of body fat, packed on a ton of muscle, and got into the best shape of his life — at age 55!

“At 55, it feels good. I feel like I'm in even better shape than I was in my 20s.”

For Orlando, fitness and health did not come alone, they also led to a new phase in his life — a promotion to First Sergeant!

“That was a promotion that I never expected. I was setting an example for all these troops. Most of them are way younger than me. I'm probably the oldest guy there.”

Orlando believes many mental, emotional, and spiritual shifts happened throughout his journey with the Fit Father Project. 

“I wake up at 3:30 in the morning every single day. I do stretching for 15 minutes. And then I go right into the workouts. It became a mental space. All the stress that I have disappears. I do meditation too. You have this personal, sacred time in the morning where it's integrating body, mind, and spirit. It's setting yourself up for the day. I sleep like a baby. And for me, that's a game-changer because I needed that sleep.”

Even after losing 35 pounds and 8% body fat and gaining muscles at the age of 55, there's no stopping Orlando. His goals are already in place. 

“My goal is to keep training really hard so I can ace the Army physical tests and get 100% on all the events and brag about it!”

So what would Orlando say to someone looking to join the Fit Father Project?

“For beginners, my advice is that this works. This is not a gimmick. This is something that works, but you have to put in the work. You have to do the work. You have to be positive about it. It may take time to change the habits, or maybe even the bad habits you have now, but it's possible. Nothing is impossible. If you dream about it and want to do it, everything is possible.”

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3 Key Takeaways From Orlando's Journey

To summarize, here are three key lessons you can learn from Orlando’s successful health and fitness journey:

Lesson 1: Everything Is Possible

If you have it in your mind that you can do it, no one can stop you from doing it.

Everything is achievable.

If you encounter a problematic situation, accept the difficulty as a reality and work toward finding a resolution.

You've got to be humble enough to accept — and change — the reality.

Lesson 2: You Have To Give It Time

The average time for a person to change their habits is about 66 days.

It's not a week. It's not two weeks.

It takes about 66 days.

Therefore, you have to give the transformation time.

You have to stick to it, be consistent, and never give up. You have to keep going.

Don't procrastinate. Don't stop. Don't say ‘I can't.'

Lesson 3: Physical Activity = Better Sleep

Physical activity helps us sleep better.

Our bodies need this anchor of physical activity to get good sleep.

Sleep is one of the most incredible things for longevity.

Exercises can even decrease sleep issues and insomnia.

What is FF30X?

FF30X is a simple, sustainable, and specific weight loss program that is designed especially for busy men over 40.

With short metabolic training workouts, an easy-to-follow meal plan, and an accountability team that is there for you at every step, FF30X can help you lose 30, 40, or even 50+ lbs — even if you’ve never picked up a weight in your life. 

Click here to see what you get when you join the FF30X program today!

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Dr. Anthony Balduzzi, NMD
Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder Fit Father Project, Founder Fit Mother Project

After watching his own Dad lose his health and pass away at the young age of 42, Dr. Balduzzi founded The Fit Father Project and Fit Mother Project to help busy dads and moms get and stay healthy for their families.

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi holds dual degrees in Psychology & Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, and is also a former national champion bodybuilder. He’s is most proud of the fact that he’s helped over 40,000 families in over 100 countries lose weight and get healthy for life.

*Please know that weight loss results and health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on leading your family.

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

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