In this inspirational episode, we feature Edward White, a men’s sobriety coach, personal trainer, nutrition and strength coach. His Life Sentence coaching program is open to individuals seeking sobriety or looking to improve their health and build muscle.
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Hi and welcome to the You World Order Showcase podcast.
Today we have with us Edward White.
Edward is a sobriety coach and a fitness coach.
So please help me welcome him to the show and Edward, tell us what you're doing.
I know you just kind of started getting into the sobriety coaching.
End of things, but your training videos are.
What you do with training is pretty.
Spectacular. You're very fit.
Yeah, those I, I put those up to try to inspire people.
Try to get them into that mindset of health and fitness.
Yeah, well, there's some pretty spectacular images.
Let me tell you.
And the tattoos are kind of interesting.
So what's your story?
How did you get into this?
What made you decide to get into coaching to begin with?
Alright, so I'll go all the way back about.
Further than that, now probably more like 16.
So I used to be alcoholic.
And I was alcoholic for about 13 years.
About 3 1/2 years ago is when.
I got sober.
What triggered me to get sober was my mother passed away.
She passed away from complications of alcohol and breast cancer, so that kind of, you know.
It scared me to know that my own mother.
Passed away from alcoholism, I knew she was alcoholic, but just to know that that happened, it kind of.
It kind of scared me, so that started in my head the idea of.
Some months passed.
And I was still just thinking about it and.
I kind of feel like the universe kind of sent me a message that said it's time.
Because I started feeling internal pain.
I just had.
A I was just thinking to myself.
I can continue on this path.
Maybe put myself in hospital or I can.
Just stop and if I end up having withdrawal?
Symptoms I'll just deal.
And so I decided to go the latter route.
It got sober.
Thankfully, I didn't have any withdrawals.
I was sober for about.
Let's say seven or eight months.
And then I started exercising, getting healthier.
I started working out.
So I just kept working out, just trying to.
Undo the years of damage that I.
Did to myself.
And then around the 1st of this year?
I started posting my workouts on my social media.
And then I've gotten messages here and there about.
People inspire some.
Some people online have messaged me saying that I've inspired them.
And that just got the wheels turning in my head.
Maybe I should do something with this, so I started working on my training certifications and.
Here I am trying to be a coach sobriety coach, I think it's.
I think it's my purpose to help people get so specifically man, I'm going to be launching a men's program.
I'll be launching a men's program so.
I kind of feel like it's my karmic debt, but like in a good way.
Nothing bad about it.
Totally can relate to that.
What makes you different from like, say A or just getting on medicines or whatever they do to help people.
My program I'm going to be helping.
I'll be helping people.
Through their mindset, that's how I got my that that's how I managed to stay sober.
I just kept.
I kept reading in self help books.
And applying what I learned in those books.
The exercising that's going to be part of my program too.
So there there's going to be like a weight lifting program or a body weight program if somebody doesn't have access to a gym.
And so that's.
That's how I did it and.
That's how I'm gonna teach people to.
Manage their sobriety.
I noticed on your website that you.
Talk about macro.
Nutrients to counting, paying attention to those who want to talk about that a little bit.
How nutrition plays into it.
Yeah, that's a huge.
Yeah, I missed that.
That's a huge part of the training aspect.
Of the program.
Any type of fitness?
Activity you do to get more in shape.
You gotta you gotta take nutrition into account.
That's your proteins, your carbohydrates and your fats.
We all have our own.
Specific macronutrients and you can either.
You can either be in a caloric deficit, you can be at maintenance, or you can be.
In a surplus.
A caloric deficit is used to.
Strip away fat.
While you're putting on lean muscle during your workouts, the maintenance is to just keep your weight at somewhere level.
Number and then the surplus that that's normally used.
When you're trying to pack on a lot of lean muscle.
And it's not just like.
Sugary desserts, right?
No, not at.
What are your meal plans look like?
So I would suggest.
Eggs, whole eggs or egg whites.
Any other kind of lean meat?
I think those are kind of fatty though, so that's.
You might want to be careful with shellfish and some fish.
You got starchy carbs like your pasta, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes.
Your whole grain breads.
Like peanut butter.
Have a lot of sugar in it though.
It can I when I get peanut butter, I usually go for ones that have no sugar added.
Just to keep it.
On lowering cause sugar can make you fat so.
Bigger and fat make you fat.
It's the time tested method of gaining weight.
All facts, not all fats are bad, though peanut butter.
Now you need fat.
Peanut butter has a is a good source of fat.
And protein together.
What else, avocados?
Good source of fat.
Fish the fish that are fatty, that's also a good source of fat.
They have those Omega threes.
Do you help people just figuring.
Out like how to plate their food, how much of each macro they need to have on their.
Plate or you do.
You do calorie counting.
So the way that it works is there's two separate formulas.
They're actually named after some people, but I cannot remember the name, their names off the top of my head.
There's a mathematical formula to figure it all out.
There's a formula to figure out your deficit.
Your maintenance and your surplus.
So what I would do is.
If some if like if you came to me and said you wanted to lose fat.
Then you would give me.
Your body weight.
Your age and your activity level and I would input all that into this formula and it would give me.
You're cutting calories, your maintenance and your surplus calories.
So that's how that works.
Interesting. And are you are.
You mainly just looking to work with people.
Who are trying to get sober?
Or do you work with people who?
Aren't who are already sober and.
Or maybe they.
Drink on the weekends or something, but they really want to build muscle and.
So it's going to be open to anyone that is just.
They want to get sober.
It's open to people that are.
Have recently become sober.
It's open to people.
That have been sober for a while.
Or if people are just partiers on the weekend, they can.
I'll take him.
OK, there, there are a lot of guys out there that are, you know, they'd like to get fit, but they really don't know what to do or they don't really know how to get started or they don't really.
Understand. You know all the.
All the intricacies of the diet and by diet I mean the nutrition that you're eating, not necessarily to lose weight but to gain muscle, there's.
You were talking about it before and in terms of the surplus, in order to gain lean muscle because your muscle is where your metabolism is and I think people don't quite realize that.
And if you can get your metabolism rubbed up and for guys, trust me, it's much easier than for women have an advantage there.
But it helps you burn fat faster.
The more muscle you build.
Yeah, exactly. Yes.
And then when?
You're you cut out the alcohol and all that.
Those empty calories, not to mention all the damage that it does to you.
It just makes the process work so much faster.
I would never recommend drinking and working out or trying to get in.
And it messes with your sleep, and your sleep is when your body is doing all its repairing and building.
Muscle is a building muscles, a function of you break it down with exercise and weight lifting and then you're trying to rebuild it at night.
When your body is also happy to process.
You're fighting against yourself.
If you're drinking and.
Trying to work.
It's too many.
Too many things going on at once.
And then it and it does disrupt your sleep, I mean.
It may make.
You pass out, but you're going to be waking up again and you're going to be dehydrated.
And it just it messes.
With all the levels in your body of stuff that really needs to be.
On one level.
And even if even if you're just an occasional drinker, I mean.
It can do.
Some harm still.
It it's a slippery slope and I've seen a lot of people go down it and wreck their lives.
And you know, if you, you're out there helping people find a way to cope.
With life and when you work out, it just releases so many endorphins and.
It makes you feel good.
Well, I mean.
People, or at least I.
When I was alcoholic.
It's like I was just trying to find some happiness.
And escaping reality.
But in in actual reality I was going nowhere and I was just.
I kept trying to look for happiness in the same place I was losing it every day.
It wrecks your life, you.
You end up feeling bad.
For the next day or two, and you don't function very well and you lose opportunities.
To do other things because you're hungover or drinking.
And it's expensive, you know.
You get pulled over for a.
DUI and it's gonna wreck your life.
Depending on how much.
You drink that in and of itself is.
That can cost a lot very quickly too.
Yeah. Cost relationships it just alcohol's kind of a.
One of those things that.
I do personally still drink, but.
I have all these rules around it.
And I don't.
Like to drink in social settings because.
It makes me feel out of control.
It's kind of.
Just my thoughts on it.
Yeah, and it's.
And I guess for people such as yourself that.
You seem to be able to handle it so.
It's OK but.
There's other people like me out there.
They just cannot.
Have one or two.
So we need to get rid of it totally.
And if you can't just have one or two that you do need to have a hard look at it and not.
Not drink because it I've seen it.
First hand, destroy so many lives and people.
That are already.
Sick like your mom.
But my mom was like that, too.
My mom was an alcoholic my whole life and.
She had a.
She had psoriasis, really bad, psoriasis.
And she'd just quit drinking and changed her diet.
She'd probably be alive today, but she chose to just go the medical route and let them experiment on her.
And eventually it killed her because she wouldn't quit drinking.
And it is unfortunate.
But it's just kind of the way things are.
Everybody gets to make their choices and their own decisions and.
If you can, if you can help people that are trying to make better decisions, then it's really, really a good place.
To be helping people.
I think it makes a big difference.
So what's the one thing you would?
Like to leave.
The audience with today, it's the one big take away that you want them.
To walk away with.
If you're out there and you're struggling with alcohol or any other addiction.
It's OK to be where you're at.
But it's not OK to stay there.
You gotta get better.
Get some help.
Find it within yourself to.
Realize what you're doing.
I know if you're like me, your conscious mind was at war with your subconscious mind on a daily basis.
Take a step back and do some thinking.
And how can people get a hold of you?
So people can find me on Facebook.
Or Instagram on Instagram. My handle is at life sentence, under score, fitness.
On facebookitsfacebook.com/eddie dot bones .75.
I'm also on YouTube the same as Instagram at life sentence under score fitness.
And we'll make sure we put those links in the show notes.
Thank you so much for joining us today, Edward.
Thanks for having me.