My Life Of Fear


Thinking back on where I started and the struggles I’ve had. I feel my life was mostly based in fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of the outside world, fear of judgement from family and friends. I had grown to over 600 pounds. Fear dominated every aspect of my life. If I go to an event  how far will I have to walk to get inside? I enter a room and I worry about if there will be a chair that I can fit in. Will that seat hold my weight? If i did go to a gym would everyone judge me and laugh at my attempts to work out. These thoughts plagued me and my body would limit everything in my life.


Skip to losing 303 pounds. My life was now without fear. Or so I thought. My fears of not fitting into a car, or breaking a chair, have now become fear of gaining the weight back. Fear of failure, of letting everyone who supported me down. This fear was not motivating me to make a change; it was crippling me. Pushing me further inside. Isolating me from family and friends once again. The more weight I gained the worse it got. I couldn’t ignore what was happening, yet I couldn’t pull it together to take action and do something about it. This went against everything I learned at LIF.


It took a check in call from Eric for me to open up my guard and admit that I am struggling with my weight again. After a long conversation we came to the conclusion that I should make a big move and come work for Live In Fitness. I will be back in a healthy environment and also begin to change my life for the second time. This time from the inside out. I’ve learned to embrace these fears and conquer them. No longer focused on what might go wrong. But What i’m doing right.


The Fat Burning Food Expert


Chef Miguel Rueda IV is the Chef De Cuisine at Live In Fitness he is responsible for developing our fat burning food menus, measuring the macro nutrients of each client’s specific meal plan, as well as continuing to grow the culinary operations of Live In Fitness in Phoenix, AZ. Chef Miguel did not attend any traditional culinary school but instead climbed his way through the ranks, earning his way to the top. Chef Miguel has worked all over the Phoenix /  Scottsdale area with some of the most well known Chefs in the Nation.


When starting out in the Hospitality Industry Chef’s first job was as a dishwasher, far from learning about fat burning foods and dishes! After gaining the experience and working under great mentors his fist cooking job was given to him by the renowned Fox Restaurant Concepts as a Line Cook at Zinburger Biltmore. He eventually helped open Zinburger Scottsdale where he was one of the few to bring home the Burger Battle Trophy. After his career at Zinburger he moved on to work for The Henry.


After some time the corporate life of following procedures & specific measurements just wasn’t satisfying enough so he obtained an apprenticeship under well known Chef Michael Rusconi of Rusconi’s American Kitchen. This is where he was truly put to the test in a 100% scratch kitchen in a high volume restaurant with no prep cooks in a classic French technique driven environment. This is where he became the Chef he is today and this is also what gave him the opportunity to be featured in Phoenix Magazine!

“When the cooks are doing all of the knife work, sauces, on top the quality checking for their own stations there starts to become a different kind of accountability & pride that sets in.”


After his amazing apprenticeship he felt confident enough to go his own way. He decided to move on to start paving a way for his own name in Phoenix. Today you can find him here at Live In Fitness, yet again being challenged to make good food, healthier and tastier! He is an expert at calculating macros and creating a plate with the very best fat burning foods.

“The way I have been effective with helping the clients is by showing them how to make everyday foods that they love into the healthiest possible version. We all know how to eat healthy but we either don’t like to or flat out don’t want to, if I can show you how to eat the really bad stuff that we love but teach you how to transform them into something similar, lower in fat, then you will be successful after leaving the program.”


Another great quality to our chef is his care for the Phoenix Community.

“One of the ways we give back to the community is we have partnered with Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank to donate all of our left over food. In the first month alone we have already donated over 100 pounds of food.”


Come meet our amazing Chef and learn how to eat the very best fat burning foods! He’s even working on a program to help you with meal planning.

“During my time here I have been working on a lot of after care modules for this program one of which is a meal prep program so STAY TUNED. “