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Meet the Mudder (part 2)

Today, I introduce to you Jonathan Corbin; aka the Phenom.  Below, is Jonathan’s story.

 

“My name is Jonathan Corbin.  I am 35 years old.  I am a husband and a father of 4 children; ages 6, 4, 2, and 9 months (as of May 2013).  I live in Goshen, Indiana.  I currently have a tree trimming/removal business called “My Tree Climber”.   I am also a Nutrition and Wellness Coach.  In this role, through healthy habits and the right nutritional supplements, I help people accomplish health goals including weight loss, muscle gain, overcoming issues with digestion, respiratory, migraines, diabetes, and fatigue (just to name a few).

I was privileged to grow up in a home with parents who loved me and provided ways for me to understand that Jesus loved me most of all.  I asked Jesus to be the Savior and Lord of my life at a very young age.  In 9th grade I began reading my Bible on my own and setting aside time to talk to Jesus about challenging issues and just life in general, just like I would share with a good friend.   During my senior year of high school I came through a very low time in my life, but the good news is that I continued my long walks by myself where I would talk to Jesus.  One night I had a defining moment where I chose to take God at his word and believe the basic things he tells us.  This decision point freed me to overcome the challenges I was facing and take my life and relationship with God to the next level.  Since that time I have learned the importance of continual growth in life through the study of God’s word and seeking input from trusted friends and counselors.  Life is too short to stay stuck in negative beliefs and relationship patterns.  I praise God for the great freedom he has given me, even in the recent years, through work with my counselors and life coaches, pastors and friends.  God wants to bring freedom and joy into our lives, but we must be willing to grow and change in order to experience it.

I have always enjoyed being active.  As a young boy I participated in a local annual 2 mile fun run with my dad.  Growing up in the country gave me much time to enjoy hiking and running up and down the wooded hills of Pennsylvania.  The main school sport I participated in was soccer which I played starting in 6th grade and continued playing all the way through college.  I could never understand cross country and why people would just run…without anything to run after, like a soccer ball.  I always thought cross country people were a little crazy.  Now that I have trained to run my first marathon (June 1st) I KNOW that cross country people are crazy (joking)!   Actually, I have begun to enjoy getting up early on Saturday mornings and going for long runs.  It has provided time away from the business of life were I think through life challenges and have meaningful conversations with Jesus.

I have always been active and naturally athletic, but I have always been content to maintain the status quo.  I never really pushed myself to excellence in anything physically.  I had heard of the Tough Mudder when the pastors at Grace Community (where I go to church) ran it together.  At that time my mental note to self was, “Wow, that sounds painful and cold, remember to never do that!”   Then, last fall I was asked to join my current Tough Mudder team.  It was the wrong time, it was the wrong event (since I had decided it was insane to do), and I was the wrong guy (I have never pushed myself beyond my natural comfort zone.).   Well, after thinking about the invitation for a day or so I decided to accept.  I decided I didn’t want to settle for status quo and living inside my comfort zone the rest of my life.  I knew that training for and participating in this event would help build the character and attitude that I wanted for my life.  The World’s Toughest Mudder just takes all of them to the next level.   I know that with a commitment to training and the encouragement of a great team I will not only survive, but I will overcome as the World’s Toughest Mudder; a person with a better attitude and better character.

I feel privileged to have the support of Community Chiropractic & Wellness Center.  When the body undergoes increased levels of stress in training and workouts good chiropractic care is essential.  Keeping our bodies in good alignment is a key to staying healthy and strong enough to complete the extreme challenge of the World’s Toughest Mudder.  I am happy to be a part of Team CCWC!”

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