Hi, I’m Andy.
I’ve been on an incredible journey to better physical, mental, and spiritual health.
The short version of my story
In April 2015, my ex-wife left me. The next day, I found out that a very dear friend of mine died due to complications from childbirth. The baby was fine, thankfully.
1.5 months later, my father died of leukemia after three weeks in hospice.
My entire world was rocked. The hopes and dreams that I had for my own future and the shared one with my wife were gone. I had to start over.
One step at a time, I embarked on a journey to better health. I had already quit smoking started walking for fitness. I then started meditating, running, boxing, and eating real whole foods for the majority of my meals.
I also started putting myself out there and building my local community. I made many wonderful friends in different running groups in Philadelphia. I also started dating and met a wonderful woman who is now my fiancee.
Through small, consistent steps, I transformed my physical, mental, and spiritual health. I am also currently healing long-held trauma which I didn’t even know I had until I embarked on my health journey.
I have been cigarette-free since December 18, 2014 and sober since January 26, 2020.
I host the Journey to Better Health podcast where I share my story and interview my friends who have gone through health transformations. They share their stories and how they did it.
I’m also lucky enough to contribute to public health. I got laid off in September 2019, and after picking up a temporary contract at a pharmaceutical marketing agency, I picked up a long-term contract doing web development for the Delaware Department of State Government Information Center.
I was supposed to simply build websites for state agencies and municipalities. Then, the pandemic happened. My team and I built the COVID-19 website for the state of Delaware, and I am now the lead developer for this website and related efforts on other state agency websites.
I want to make good health accessible to as many people as possible.
I grew up with unknown and unseen trauma, and it caused me many, many health issues. I managed to find the resources that I needed to turn it around, including influencers and coaches on the internet, friends, and professionals that I have hired to help me.
We live in a world and a culture that makes good health very hard to achieve. This includes:
- Harmful processed foods being cheaper and more accessible than nourishing, healthy foods
- People telling you that if eating right and exercising is hard for you, that you’re simply “not motivated enough”
- People encouraging you to push through pain and simply keep going instead of slowing down and getting curious about your pain so that you can do something to heal it; feeling your feelings is not encouraged
Good health is hard. It shouldn’t be, because our health is everything. Without it, we can’t live full lives and really chase our dreams and be who we are.
I’m here to make good health more accessible. I’m starting this journey through my work on the podcast, this website, and my job. I hope to continue it by getting my health coaching certification and seeing how I can contribute with more health and science education under my belt.
Questions, comments, just wanna say hi? Reach out!