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About Howtobefit.com
Howtobefit.com is a sole proprietorship located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is owned and operated single-handedly by Richard Dafter. Since I have five fitness websites and four other fitness blogs, you can Google and make sure that I am real. My online store uses ScanAlert Hacker Safe, is secured by GeoTrust and I am a Verified Authorize.net Merchant. Go to the online store and click on the seals of each security system to verify that you will have a safe and secure shopping experience.

I am an Independent Million Dollar Body Coach and a Polar USA Authorized Heart Rate Monitor Dealer.

I have been selling Polar Heart Rate Monitors exclusively since January 1995. I specialize in selling Polar heart monitors because of their accuracy, dependability and durability. I sell every Polar product at the lowest price allowed by Authorized Polar Dealers.

In January of 2007, I became a Million Dollar Body Coach because I wanted to be able to offer my Polar customers another means of using their Polar heart rate monitors to become more fit and healthy. This opportunity has grown way beyond its original intent and I now have almost 1,600 Million Dollar Body Club members and guests, most of whom are people just like you who want to get fit and feel healthy.

I am driven to help and guide you to improving your health and fitness because I have a chronic illness which has robbed me of my health. If you choose, you can read more on that below.

Goals of Howtobefit.com
With a wealth of health and fitness articles to improve your quality of life and the absolute best security for online ordering, the goal of my website is to be the most reliable and informative fitness website on the Internet. I personally guarantee that each and every one of my visitors and customers will leave my site having had a positive experience. By providing prompt and courteous service and unbeatable prices, I now have an exceptionally large group of loyal and satisfied customers. I will do everything possible to make sure that you, too, will be a satisfied customer and that you will benefit from all of the information that Howtobefit.com provides.

History of Howtobefit.com - My Untold Story
I am now telling my story for the first time for the sole purpose of trying to help others know that with will and perseverance you can achieve your fitness and health goals.

Prior to May 1985, I was super fit and super healthy, routinely running between 50 and 70 miles a week. Between March 16th and May 5th 1985, I ran 34:32 for 10K, 57:46 for 10 miles, 53:20 for 15K, 27:38 for 5 miles and 16:26 for 5K. I was 34 years old. On May 17, 1985, at around 5:00 pm on a Friday night, I was driving home with my then five year old daughter and we hit a van broadside. The van had been stopped in the left lane of a four lane road with its left blinker on and unexpectedly made a right turn out of the left lane directly in front of us. That accident, although we both survived, in an instant, ruined my health and changed my life. On Sunday, May 19th, I ran the Midland Run 15K (which I eventually ran or tried to run 13 years in a row) and ran 53:03.

The next day, Monday, I had what seemed to be a toothache. This began a ritual of going back and forth between dentists and ear, nose and throat specialists, each saying I had a sinus infection and not a toothache or a toothache and not a sinus infection. After 3 years and 13 doctors and specialists, a root canal, extraction of a tooth and countless prescriptions for antibiotics, a dental specialist found a hairline fracture in the tooth that had actually been damaged by the car accident, which had allowed bacteria to enter my jawbone, cause an infection in the jawbone and a cyst to form in the adjacent sinus. I had to have oral surgery on my jawbone with no Novocaine (it would spread the infection) at 9:00 one night and then later, surgery to remove the cyst in my sinus, but my health issues continued.

Thinking that my health nightmare was finally over, I was devastated to find out over the next 20 years that my health was irreversibly ruined. Three doctors, two of whom were specialists and the last at the University of Pennsylvania hospital, confirmed a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome and a systemic yeast infection from the overuse of the prescribed antibiotics. The doctor who performed the surgery on my sinus also performed a Caldwell Luc procedure which “opened up my sinus” and permanently altered the sinus in such a way that I cannot blow that sinus and I have had perhaps as many as a hundred sinus infections in that sinus since.

Out of a $10,000.00 settlement from the car accident, I got about $3,000.00 and out of that, I bought my first Polar heart rate monitor in 1986 - a Polar Vantage XL. That is what led me to become a Polar authorized dealer. At my worst, I was so weak that I had to sleep on the floor downstairs because I could not walk up a flight of stairs and obviously could not work. Even on a yeast and sugar free diet and the antifungal Diflucan to combat the systemic yeast infection, I only functioned at about 50%. Given my physical gifts and will, however, that was enough to lead a somewhat normal life. I became a personal trainer to have a healthy occupation (for many, many years I had managed a woodworking shop, but could no longer do the physical labor and it didn’t seem like a healthy occupation given my compromised immune system). I also started my www.howtobefit.com website to spread the gospel of fitness (a college aptitude test showed that I should be a brick layer or a minister, so helping others with their physical walk through life seemed just right).

As for running, it came back at times, ( in 1995, I ran the Philadelphia Independence Marathon again) but I would never know what to expect from my body which was constantly being battered by health issues. I basically lost all confidence in my running. My marriage also failed because my wife wanted me to be able to make more money, but I simply couldn’t. I moved to Albuquerque because New Jersey was too damp and the climate here is much better for my yeast issues and to run. I also needed to get away from a racing scene that I once dominated and which had become a source of embarrassment. I began personal training in earnest, as well as coaching running at the high school and club level. At first, I ran well here, but the arrhythmias (high heart rates when I was running) that I developed, became much more frequent. In fact in my first race here, the Albuquerque’s Finest Half Marathon, I had an arrhythmia at 5 miles walked to 6 miles, stopped for my heart rate to come down from over 200 and still ran 1:30:00. At the finish, I mentioned to a local doctor/runner that I had to walk because I had an arrhythmia and he scoffed, “If you had had an arrhythmia, you would be dead.” Runners don’t like to hear excuses or reasons and although I had a few very good races here, I began to avoid them. To this day, when I go to the track and can’t keep up, my peers trash talk me, but in defense of them, they don’t know why I am running so poorly because I refuse to make excuses. My challenge is for me to deal with, not complain about.

With my fitness websites and fitness blogs, I am fully committed to helping others in achieving their health and fitness goals. I sell Polar heart rate monitors because they will help people achieve their fitness and weight loss goals and I am a Million Dollar Body Coach so that I can coach and mentor people online to achieve the same goals. From 2001 to 2005, I ran 7 days a week without missing a day, and averaged almost a 10K a day. Then Grace came along and waking up in the night for feeding and so forth plus being a full time dad has really impacted my running (not to mention the additional effect of the second baby, Carly). Now I get up at 4:00 am to work, do a 30:00 - 45:00 strength workout at 4:45 am five days a week and then work and be with my children until 4:00 pm, when I go run. Although I run 7 days a week, sometimes that means just 1/2 a mile on a bad day, but I am thankful for that because many, many people with physical, weight and health challenges can’t do even that.

Even with five websites, it is quite a struggle to feed a family of five. But having lost mine, fitness and health are my passions and I will continue to persevere in spreading the “gospel” of fitness. I personally process and ship all orders and answer all of your phone calls and emails, so I know that you are getting the most security for your transactions and the most knowledgable recommendations and answers to your questions. I welcome any questions that you may have and always answer my emails and phone calls promptly. Direct your email questions to howtobefit@aol.com or phone me with questions toll free at 866 797-7336.

If you would like to visit my sites and blogs they are:

Polar Heart Rate Monitor Store and Million Dollar Body Store
Howtobefit
Do It With Me
Focused On Fitness
Million Dollar Body Coach Site
Guide to P90X Blog
How To Be Fit Blog
Heart Rate Training Blog
Mirror, Mirror Speak to Me Blog
Fitness for the Active Lifestyle Blog

Richard Dafter
President and OEO (Only Executive Officer)
Howtobefit.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico