Life Transformation: How Fit Father Andre Improved His Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Well-Being

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

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

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

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

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

life transformation

Looking for a life transformation? Wait until you see how one man improved his mental, physical, and spiritual well-being!

If you’re self-motivated and focused, nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams.

This belief led Andre Aubry, a busy husband and father of three, into a healthier mental, physical, and spiritual life.

He lost weight, gained muscles, and got mentally stronger — a complete life transformation!

In his younger days, Andre was in pretty good shape and always active.

However, his priorities and life changed after he started his career in the military, got married, and had kids.

Health and fitness took a backseat.

“I thought I was in good shape. And then I got married, had kids, and essentially started my career. You start progressing up the levels and intensity; the career demands were absolutely just taking over. And on top of that, when you're married and have kids, you have to prioritize every one of those things. And, I'm in the military. So being deployed overseas and all of those demands on top of it … mentally, it started to hit me.”

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

When Your Health and Fitness Efforts Aren't Enough

Andre thought he was taking care of himself, eating well, and doing everything right.

However, the reality was different.

In 2014, he hit a point in his life where he felt lost. He was torn between the several responsibilities in his life.

His focus on physical conditioning started reducing.

He was literally losing control of his life.

The mental and physical stress soon started impacting his personal relationships. 

I thought it was taking care of myself. I thought I was eating well. I was a fit dad, I thought. And then, all of a sudden, I realized I was not. This was about the 2014 range. And I had a significant incident that brought me to a place where I didn't know where left and right were, and mentally I couldn't control anything. And so, I stopped doing a lot of the physical conditioning that I was doing. I was eating a lot less due to the PTSD I had developed. I was not able to respond to my family the way that I wanted to.”

Andre walks us through his first steps, and how he built his own adventure inside of FF30X.

 

How Andre Took Action

A few years later, Andre was not just mentally exhausted, but his body was also not supporting him. 

“All of a sudden, my feet are hurting. I had a right shoulder issue. I was constantly hurting. I could barely lift anything overhead. And I was seeing doctors and specialists. As the injuries accumulated, every time I tried to work out, I was hurt. I was always getting injured. Without fail, three, four times a year, my back would completely spasm and go out. I developed a throat disease, which turns out I have specific allergies that nobody knew of.”

In 2019, when Andre learned that his wife was pregnant, he was more nervous than happy, knowing his body was not in good shape. 

“My head was just whirling. I'm in my 40s. I'm about to be a dad again. And I'm like, my arm hurts. My foot hurts. Sometimes, when I go up the stairs, I feel out of breath. I don't look like I'm a big person, but I was because of my ectomorphic body.”

That’s when Andre realized that he had to do something to fix himself.

He wanted to be a fitter husband, a fitter dad, and most importantly, a fitter version of himself. 

Andre talks to Dr. A about how a healthier lifestyle has positively impacted his family relationships.

 

The Search for a Full Fitness Package Ended at the Fit Father Project

Even though Andre had quite a nice gym in his house and started with some simple workouts, he was not satisfied.

He even had access to fitness professionals in the military, however, they did one thing at a time and he was looking for a full fitness package.

“I'm an all-in or all-out person. So I want the full package. I'm not interested in the simplistic little programs.”

Days of searching for fitness programs on Google resulted in multiple dead ends.

And finally, in March 2020, Andre found the Fit Father Project. He stumbled upon the free meal plan and immediately decided to try it.

For him, the first month with the Fit Father Project was exhilarating.

It was difficult because of his family setting and the pandemic situation, but he did not give up and relentlessly worked toward achieving his goals.

His pregnant wife and kids became his motivation.

“The first month was more than difficult. It was horrendous to try to get going and set up a clean routine, but not just the workout, trying to eat without disrupting our family, trying to include my family without forcing things on them.”

Per Andre, the first three months are loaded with information, and you’ve got to understand and consume it all. That will be your key to success.

“The first three months, there's a lot of information that's thrown at you to just develop the foundations, which is needed. So you got to really, really digest these foundations and be able to implement them. Every one of them, if you're missing one, it disrupts the other, everything from mental, physical, spiritual, all of the dynamics of how I live my circadian rhythm.”

It was not easy for Andre to adopt the dietary changes and workout plans, however, he loved the flexibility offered by the Fit Father Project.

He was adjusting the meal plans and exercises per his physical and mental states. 

“I was hurting, and I started using foam rollers, and then I had green tea every day. I do morning body flows every day, and I've altered a lot. And what I love about this is none of this is set. You provide the guidelines and the recommendations, and it really is up to you how you implement them.

The result — Andre lost 21 pounds.

For Andre, the only challenge is challenging himself.

The day he lifted a 10-pound weight and could do a renegade row with it, he knew he had succeeded.

And then, there was no looking back. 

Now I'm doing 40-pound curl to press circuits. A year ago, I couldn't do 25 proper pushups every morning. I do 30 to 60 in my morning body flow.”

His foot injuries are also gone, and every week he runs a 5K.

Getting the Whole Family Involved

Andre firmly believes that for him to be able to achieve his fitness goals, his family really had to be on board, and they were.

Now, the whole family is living a healthy lifestyle.

“We make deliberate choices of what foods we will not buy. It's about aligning ourselves as a family, not dictating it.

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

“Trust the process. Leave your ego at the door. Think about who you are, what you look like, and the legacy that you're going to leave later in your years if you can really picture it. What does it look like?”

Life Transformation

3 Key Takeaways From Andre's Journey

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

Lesson 1: Challenge Yourself Every Day

Set goals, even if you start small.

Be open to approaching things differently than you’ve done before.

Lesson 2: Focus on Both Theoretical and Practical Knowledge

The first three months of the Fit Father Project entail a lot of theoretical guidance.

Remember, the more knowledge you consume, the faster you’ll be able to apply it during your workouts and daily routines.

Lesson 3: Make Your Fitness Journey a Family Affair

Making fitness a family affair instills a sense of pride and gratitude when you accomplish your goals together — no matter what they may be. 

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 life transformation.

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

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

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

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