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THE BAY Series Interviews - Real Andrews Part Three

In parts One and Two of our interview with Real Andrews, the talented and passionate actor discussed his new role on the Indie Soap THE BAY, his struggles of growing up in a single-parent home, the importance of religion in his life, and concerns about the epidemic of obesity in America.  In this part he discusses his plan to fight obesity and makes a very special offer to We Love Soaps readers.  

WE LOVE SOAPS TV:  It’s now 2011.  We were talking earlier about the epidemic of obesity in this country.  I think so much of that comes from a sense of powerless and defeat in an individual’s mindset.  You are offering a special challenge to people who are feeling that way.
Real Andrews: It is a 24 Day Challenge.  The average weight loss in 10-18 pounds and 7-9 inches.  It is with the world’s best nutrition, Advocare, at Lose Weight Easy and Fast (loseweighteasyandfast.com).  People can put their information in there.  I will get back to them personally and spend time with them to come up with a plan of attack that can help with them.  We offer support, eating plans, menus, we walk them through it.  We are committed to people’s success.  We are results driven, meaning you get results or we fail.  I am working on a site where we can use message boards and chat.  A huge part of this is accountability and letting people know they can do this, they are not alone.

 One of my visions is to have these meetings in different cities in different towns, taking back our health one person at a time.  It’s not next year, not next week, not when things get better, not when you have more money, it’s about right now. Now is the only time you can truly take back control of your life.  This is for you if you are looking in the mirror today and not liking what you see health wise or financially.  It’s not about money so much, but money gives you freedom, which gives you power, which gives you the ability to dream again.  People are so bogged down with debt.  This is why I’m so passionate about Advocare.  We help people with health and finances.  When you put those two things together it is a win-win for everybody.  We help them be able to dream again, we help them get results.  We help them take 20-30 pounds off and make life changes.

It’s amazing because this is just about helping others.  I tell people in my class, “Don’t just think of yourself, don’t just come here to lose weight for yourself.  If you come to the gym or you do the 24 Day Challenge, and you think about your family and friends that need help too, the results you get will scare you.”  If you’re helping other people to get what they want, you’ll have everything you need.  Follow up is power.  Too many of us, because we are so busy, forget about the important things.  Like building relationships, about being there for people.  We are so crazed.  I’m not judging, I’m as guilty of this as anybody.  We are so crazy with Facebook, MySpace, You Tube, there are not enough hours in the day.  I help people spend more time with their loved ones.  You know you’ve got to shut it down when you have your headphones on, you’ve got the FaceBook going, the Twitter going, and your son comes up to you with a piece of paper that says, “Dad will you please get off the computer?”  That was the a-ha moment for me.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV:  So people who want to improve their lives and make 2011 count can actually reach you directly to make this happen?
Real Andrews: Yes. They just go to Lose Weight and Easy Fast, put in their name and their e-mail and phone number and immediately I will get back to them.  The first 12 people who respond to me after reading this interview can take the challenge for free.  Go to Lose Weight Easy and Fast, fill out the information, and put “We Love Soaps” in the “How Did You Hear From Us?” Box.

WE LOVE SOAPS TV:  That is a generous offer.  And really shows your commitment to not just helping individuals, but the families and communities around them.
Real Andrews: It has a ripple effect.  It’s funny you say that.  When I first got involved with Advocare, I was educated about the products and spoke with doctors and the endorsers.  The thing that spoke up to me the most is what you said.  I’ve been in the fitness industry for 30 years.  The one thing I had not seen before was people losing weight and then keeping it off.  The other thing I had not seen was people getting so excited about their program and wanting to tell everyone they love about it.  At Advocare you’re not going to meet people who say, “I lost this much weight and then put it back on.”  Instead you’re going to meet people who say, “I lost this much weight and have kept it off for five years, ten years, seventeen years...”  You don’t just see one person there, you see them with their husband, their wife, their cousin, their uncle.  They get so excited they tell everyone.

Recently I got an email from the very person I ever put on Advocare.  She had been my client for years prior to Advocare.  She had a very obese son, as well as her own issues.  I just did what I do.  Her son was being bullied at school.  She came to the gym crying, in tears, and not sure what to do.  I said, “Here’s what we’re going to do.  Tell your son I’m going to come to his school and talk to the kids. Tell him to tell the other kids that I am his personal trainer.” I went to his school and did that and he was never bullied again.  He went on to train with me and lost over 40 pounds because I told him he could, because I made him believe in himself.  I made him a climb a 30 foot rope! The first time he stepped into my gym I told him he was going to climb it, and he said, “That will never happen.”  I told him, “I promise you I will get you up that rope” as I did with everyone in my gym.  Recently his mother sent me an email, [tearful],and when you get emails like that, it’s all worth it:

Hi Real,
Thought I would drop a note to say hello. How's the family? The kids got so big, but then again that's the way it should be. I also wanted to take the opportunity to thank you once for helping to change my life. Since training with you, I have made so many positive life changes and I just had to once again tell you how much I appreciated your mentoring and how much I learned from you. Your inspiration started me on a fantastic journey and I have met and continue to aspire to reach new goals. In January I became certified as a Spin instructor and am loving it. I did this for 3 reasons, one to share my passion for fitness with others; secondly to build my self esteem when it comes to public speaking and lastly to act as a stepping stone to becoming certified as a personal trainer. You taught me that you can do anything that you put your mind to. Not only did this influence me, but J. as well. J. lost 50 pounds 2 years ago, has kept it off, works out 5-6 days a week and is a healthier eater than me. I will never forget how touched I was when you came to his school to let his peers see him with you as you knew he was being bullied. Every so often when these things come to mind I feel the need to let you know how you positively affected my life. So once again thank you. They say people come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. I believe the reason you were there was to help me to see all my inner strength and all that I am capable of; a lesson some never learn.
WE LOVE SOAPS TV:  So Real, are you telling me that anyone reading this can change their lives in 2011 with your personal help, and the first 12 people who respond will get it for free?
Real Andrews: Absolutely  I am committed to that.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Okay folks, you read it yourself!  The first 12 people to respond to Real's challenge at Lose Weight Easy and Fast can take the 24 Day Challenge for FREE! Just type "We Love Soaps TV" in the "How Did Your Hear About Us" box. No excuses! Go contact Real, then come back for Part Four where we discuss the highs and lows of playing Detective Taggert on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and what went wrong with his role on AS THE WORLD TURNS. 

Damon L. Jacobs is a Licensed Therapist now accepting new clients in New York City.  He is also the author of the popular book "Absolutely Should-less: The Secret to Living the Stress-Free Life You Deserve." For more information about scheduling an appointment, please email him at Shouldless@gmail.com.

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