What matters to us most

If you ask me now what I do, I say that I am a full time work at home dad who gets paid to be fit and help others get fit. I am also Rich Dafter, just an average guy, who is driven to help and guide you to improving your health and fitness because I had a chronic illness which robbed me of my health. By telling my personal story, I hope to help others know that with will and perseverance they, too, can achieve their fitness and health goals and more.

You may wonder why I have Awana, Calvary Albuquerque and UpWard Sports in my banner.  They are all integral to our family, and along with Team Beachbody, blessings that the girls and I enjoy very much.

The Present

Spring 2009 Team Beachbody Top Coach Region 3

Current Team Beachbody Coach Rank: 1 Star Diamond

Current number of members: almost 11,000

Current number of business partners: over 500

As a full time work at home dad and full time Team Beachbody Coach, I need the energy, drive and determination to keep going day after day. I am currently working out in the SuperGym between 6:00 and 7:00 am MT on weekends and at 8:00 am MT during the week now that Grace and Carly are back in school, if you would like to join me. Just email me at howtobefit@gmail.com and I will send you a SuperGym invitation.

To fuel my lifestyle and my training, I use Shakeology every morning as my post workout recovery drink. It has transformed my life from someone suffering from CFIDS (chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome) to someone who has recovered completely and enjoys a level of health and fitness that is unparalleled.

I am always available to answer your questions and provide advice and motivation.
Contact me at howtobefit@gmail.com

The Past – The Story That I Had To Tell

Prior to May 1985, I was super fit and super healthy, routinely running between 50 and 70 miles a week. Between March 16th and May 5th 1985, I ran 34:32 for 10K, 57:46 for 10 miles, 53:20 for 15K, 27:38 for 5 miles and 16:26 for 5K. I was 34 years old. On May 17, 1985, at around 5:00 pm on a Friday night, I was driving home with my then five year old daughter and we hit a van broadside. The van had been stopped in the left lane of a four lane road with its left blinker on and unexpectedly made a right turn out of the left lane directly in front of us. That accident, although we both survived, in an instant, ruined my health and changed my life. On Sunday, May 19th, I ran the Midland Run 15K (which I had run and eventually would run or try to run, 13 years in a row) and ran 53:03.

The next day, Monday, I had what seemed to be a toothache. This began a ritual of going back and forth between dentists and ear, nose and throat specialists, each saying I had a sinus infection and not a toothache or a toothache and not a sinus infection. After 3 years and 13 doctors and specialists, a root canal, extraction of a tooth and countless prescriptions for antibiotics, a dental specialist found a hairline fracture in the tooth that had actually been damaged by the car accident, which had allowed bacteria to enter my jawbone, cause an infection in the jawbone and a cyst to form in the adjacent sinus. I had to have oral surgery on my jawbone with no Novocaine (it would spread the infection) at 9:00 one night and then later, surgery to remove the cyst in my sinus, but my health issues continued.

Thinking that my health nightmare was finally over, I was devastated to find out over the next 20 years that my health was irreversibly ruined. Three doctors, two of whom were specialists and the last at the University of Pennsylvania hospital, confirmed a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome and a systemic yeast infection from the overuse of the prescribed antibiotics. The doctor who performed the surgery on my sinus also performed a Caldwell Luc procedure which “opened up my sinus” and permanently altered the sinus in such a way that I cannot blow that left nostril and I have had perhaps as many as a hundred sinus infections in that sinus since.

Out of a $10,000.00 settlement from the car accident, I got about $3,000.00 (the lawyer took the rest) and out of that, I bought my first Polar heart rate monitor in 1986 – a Polar Vantage XL. That is what led me to become a Polar authorized dealer. At my worst, I was so weak that I had to sleep on the floor downstairs because I could not walk up a flight of stairs and obviously could not work. Even on a yeast and sugar free diet and the antifungal Diflucan (at $12.50 per pill per day, with no health insurance) to combat the systemic yeast infection, I only functioned at about 50%. Given my physical gifts and will, however, that was enough to lead a somewhat normal life. I became a personal trainer to have a healthy occupation (for many, many years I had managed a woodworking shop, but could no longer do the physical labor and it didn’t seem like a healthy occupation given my compromised immune system). I also started my www.howtobefit.com website to spread the gospel of fitness (a college aptitude test showed that I should be a brick layer or a minister, so helping others with their physical walk through life seemed just right) with an e-commerce business selling Polar heart rate monitors.

As for running, it came back at times, (My last marathon in 1995, I ran the Philadelphia Independence Marathon again) but I would never know what to expect from my body which was constantly being battered by health issues. I basically lost all confidence in my running. My marriage also failed because my wife wanted me to be able to make more money, but I simply couldn’t. I moved to Albuquerque because New Jersey was too damp and the climate here is much better for my yeast issues and to run. I also needed to get away from a racing scene that I once dominated and which had become a source of embarrassment. I began personal training in earnest, as well as coaching running at the high school and club level. At first, I ran well here, but the arrhythmias (high heart rates when I was running) that I developed, became much more frequent. In fact in my first race here, the Albuquerque’s Finest Half Marathon, I had an arrhythmia at 5 miles walked to 6 miles, stopped for my heart rate to come down from over 200 and still ran 1:30:00. At the finish, I mentioned to a local doctor/runner that I had to walk because I had an arrhythmia and he scoffed, “If you had had an arrhythmia, you would be dead.” Runners don’t like to hear excuses or reasons and although I had a few very good races here, I began to avoid them. My challenge was for me to deal with, not complain about.

Life was bearable and running an e-commerce business was not too taxing on my physical reserves. I could run, which many, many other people couldn’t do and I could work the hours needed to run my business. I thought that life was good. But then I learned and felt Polar USA flexing its corporate muscle and knew that my e-commerce business was in jeopardy. In January of 2007, I became an Independent Team Beachbody Coach to become part of a nationwide fitness company that I thought could benefit my e-commerce customers. It was something that I could do part time and in retrospect, I now know that it became the blessing of a lifetime. When I was squeezed out of my Polar business in the fall of 2007, I had another business to fall back on that was also stress free compared to the stress that I felt doing e-commerce.

Life Today as a Full Time Independent Beachbody Coach

By becoming a full time Team Beachbody Coach and using Beachbody workout DVD’s instead of beating myself up all of the time trying to run, I have completely overcome my health problems. My health has improved to the point where I can say that I am no longer at the mercy of a chronic illness and can also say that at 58, I am super fit and super healthy. I owe everything to Beachbody for helping me win this battle in my life that lasted 22 years. The next chapter in my success story will be becoming debt free and eliminating the yoke of debt that I still carry from the Polar business failing last year. One success story is great, but I will have two success stories thanks to Beachbody.

With my fitness websites and fitness blogs, I am fully committed to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals. I am a Team Beachbody Coach so that I can coach and mentor people online to achieve the same goals. I am constantly promoting the benefits of Beachbody products, the Team Beachbody Club and achieving financial freedom and personally answer all of your phone calls and emails. I welcome any questions that you may have and always answer my emails promptly. Direct your email questions to howtobefit@aol.com.

About Howtobefit.com

Howtobefit.com is a sole proprietorship located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is owned and operated single-handedly by Richard Dafter. I have a Better Business Bureau A+ Rating.

Goals of Howtobefit.com

With a wealth of health and fitness articles to improve your quality of life and the absolute best security for online ordering, the goal of my website is to be the most reliable and informative fitness website on the Internet. I personally guarantee that each and every one of my visitors and customers will leave my site having had a positive experience. By providing prompt and courteous service and unbeatable prices, I now have an exceptionally large group of loyal and satisfied customers. I will do everything possible to make sure that you, too, will be a satisfied customer and that you will benefit from all of the information that Howtobefit.com provides.

Rich and daughters Grace & Carly (February 2009) – his constant companions
Grace, Carly and Dad

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