Never Ever, Ever Give Up on What You Want

These words describe the hard work and effort given by youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, to adapt a healthier lifestyle and cut inches in less than a month.  It has now been a month since Jeff received the news that changed his life and made him realize that he needed to take action.  If he would have continued to travel down the path that he was going with his health, his life would have been the consequence.  After being told by his doctor that he could die, Jeff went home, put on his sneakers, and began his journey without hesitation.

No Exuses

No Excuses

Jeff has been using his P90x program for nearly a month and has been walking around 20 miles every week.  He tries to walk 5 consecutive miles as often as possible.  When he began his journey to fitness, he weighed in at 340 pounds.  Now, he has lost 16 pounds and is down to about 324.5 pounds.  Despite the tempting sugar cookies that his wife and niece have been baking, he has managed to lose pounds every week.

Jeff was a bit discouraged that he only lost 1 pound last week, but he acknowledges that the most important thing is that he continues to lose weight and keep his weight down long-term.  All-in-all, Jeff’s health has been much better.  His blood pressure is at a good level and his blood glucose level is down 100 points.  His body fat percentage has also dropped from 43 percent to 31 percent.  When he initially began, he hoped to walk about 8 miles a week, but he has been surpassing this greatly with his 20 miles weekly.

Overall, Jeff’s goal is to continue to bring his numbers down with no medication.  He had the chance to get gastric bypass surgery, but he believed that he was too young and wanted to face the battle himself.  While he supports the surgery for those that need it, he wanted to live by his words.  “I am the motivator.  I’m the disciplined one.  I’m the one that tells you you can do it.  Well, who am I to tell you you can do it if I can’t even do it myself.”

Jeff wishes to tell all of those that are currently facing the same health challenges as him, “It’s a process.  There are days that you are gonna cheat.  There are days that you are not going to want to workout.”  Just “get up in the morning, press play, and do what you can.”  Jeff also recommends that you journal your diet every morning because it helps you stay aware of what you are eating.

If you are trying to lose weight, it will not happen instantaneously.  It is the result of hard work and dedication.  It will be difficult, but in the end, it will result in a healthy lifestyle.  If you are facing health issues, such as obesity, Jeff hopes that he can be your coach.  It is a hard road but as Jeff states, “Never ever, ever give up on what you want.”

If you would like to bring the words of international speaker, Jeff Yalden, to your school or organization, please visit  In addition, be sure to cheek out Jeff Yalden’s first annual Take Time To Think Youth Leadership Power Jam, where high school leaders will be motivated and inspired to make a difference.


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Author:Brandon Schmuck, Teen Blogger for Youth Speaker, Jeff Yalden

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” Brandon Schmuck is a senior class president at Rockwood Area High School. He is an ambitious teen with a dream: to change the world. He plans on majoring in electrical and computer engineering and gaining a background in speaking, writing, business, and the arts. He dreams of becoming an influential business leader and changing the lives of millions through his words and products. He is inspired by his parents and his two younger sisters to be all that he can. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar as part of his high school’s jazz band and hitting up the greens during the summer. He loves to write and express his opinion and is an active member of student congress, speech, and Future Business Leaders of America. Online, he has an active presence as a teen blogger for youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, and operates his own personal blog. He enjoys having an impact on those around him and is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, SADD, and Spanish Honor Society, where he helps at local food drives and school events. Brandon was first inspired by Jeff’s words at Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, where he heard him as a guest speaker. After hearing him, he knew that he had to bring him to his area. Despite the small size of his school, Brandon managed to gather the funding to bring him, while arranging for a neighboring school to come hear him also. Jeff’s words had an enormous impact on his school; students there were inspired to live their lives to the fullest and make the right decisions. Every day as he walks through the halls, he sees the impact that Jeff’s visit had on the students, as many of them continue to carry his messages with them by wearing his t-shirts. Prior to Jeff’s visit, Brandon published an article on his personal blog and his school’s website, describing what he had heard during Jeff’s speech at PFEW and how he managed to raise the funding for his visit. After reading it, Jeff hired Brandon as a teen blogger. Brandon admires the impact that Jeff has on others and hopes to someday carry the same impact himself.

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