My name is Rob Schutz. I have always felt overweight and insecure about myself. In high school when all the boys would take their shirts off during sports, I left mine on because I didn't want anyone seeing my love handles. Through most of my adult life I have felt overweight and didn't really ever do anything about it until about 10 years ago. I was working at the time for a company driving a garbage truck and would stop frequently throughout the day at gas stations and grab a soda or bag of chips to munch on. While I knew I was putting on weight, it didn't really hit home until one day I will never forget.
My wife and I took our 3 boys to a hotel for a weekend and we had lots of fun in the pool, especially my less than a year old son. We took many pictures of me holding him in the pool and splashing around. When we got home, I looked at the pictures of me in the pool with my son Andrew, and about cried when I saw how big I had gotten. I hadn't really realized I was that big until I saw myself in that picture. I told myself right then and there that enough was enough.
In the next few weeks, I stopped drinking soda and started riding a stationary bike in my garage. I also started packing a lunch and bringing it with me in the truck. After about 3 weeks, I had gone from 248 lbs down to 220. I couldn't believe how quickly I lost that weight just by doing the little things that I had. So I figured if I started to workout and eat right, I could probably lose even more weight. In just a couple months of working out, and taking supplements, I was down to 185 lbs.
I have become quite addicted to working out and now eat healthier than anyone I know. People at work are always giving me a hard time for eating healthy, but they are the same people that ask me for advice about supplements or weight loss tips. I now workout 6-7 days a week, swim 3 days a week, and have been competing in Triathlons and Inline Marathons for the past 4 years. Last year I joined the US Masters swim club and competed in my first swim meet since high school and had the time of my life.
I have been using Now products for about ten years and am really pleased with the variety of products they offer. If I ever want to try a new product, I almost always buy the Now brand because I know I am going to get what is on the bottle and not a long list of fillers. I really like the purity of Now products as I try to go Organic or all natural as often as I can, and I don't have to worry about harmful chemicals when I use Now products. I recently found out I can no longer consume dairy products and was pleasantly surprised that Now offers 100% Egg protein and Pea protein. I am currently using L-Glutamine, Hyaluraunic acid for joint support, L-Carnitine to stay lean, and ZMA for nighttime recovery. I use alot of different products throughout the day, but 75% of them are Now foods brand because I trust them to deliver a quality product and I don't have money to be throwing away on Junk supplements.
I now weigh 200 lbs as I have started lifting weights and putting on muscle. I have accepted this new me as a life change and not just some fad. I never want to look or feel the way I did 10 years ago and will continue to spread this lifestyle to my family and friends and share with them the products from NOW that I feel have contributed to my success.