Do you find positive lifestyle changes difficult to maintain?

Odd question, I know.

But if you give me a few minutes of your time, I'd like to share a few personal stories with you and why I'm excited to finally provide my clients – my Tribe – with something I've been working on with my wife, Christie, for the past year and a half.

Change is difficult, especially when it goes against our present conditioning – our M.O. if you will.

So many of the choices we live each day are made without our mindful presence. We just are. We just do. But if you are frustrated with a life of ‘just's' then read on.

Making lifelong shifts, changing habits and living a mindful lifestyle is a challenge, but not as difficult as one may feel if given the right tools and framework – but I'm getting ahead of myself.

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I bet if you think long and hard about it, you can remember coming to a number of crossroads in your life. Those moments when you have been presented with a choice and could have gone left or right, knowing that if you went LEFT you would be moving closer to who you were wanting to be in life, however, in the moment, you chose RIGHT. Then you spent months lamenting, thinking about, and regretting your choice from that fateful day at the crossroads. You knew the best path to walk, yet you chose the opposite.

Why do we continuously repeat this pattern in our lives?

You aren't alone in your frustration. I know exactly how you feel.

I remember when I was a preteen and battling morbid obesity. I came to what I felt was a cross-road over and over again, yet to only discover it was more of a round-about which seemed to never stop.

I traveled round-and-round-and-round, trying to lose the weight, having some success here and there, but inevitably always gaining it back and often more than I had lost in the first place… it took 5 years of continuous attempts to get healthy until I finally made my choice to get healthy stick. I had a personal breakthrough which shifted my view of myself and current choices, and I never looked back. Living a lifestyle of health became my norm… but it didn't stay that way forever. Fast forward 15 years and I found myself at another crossroads.

Fast forward 15 years and I found myself at another crossroads.

In my early 30's, I found that one of my favorite pastimes was to numb myself at the end of a stressful day with a half bottle of wine (sometimes more). I knew it wasn't aligned with who I was or how I was wanting to live my life, but I continuously chose to uncork the bottle and drink myself into a cloudy consciousness.

Living a Life Free of Addiction

Last week I alluded to an emotional article I've been working on. This is my story of how I chose my life over a bottle. It wasn't because I had to, but because I wanted to. Not an easy decision, but the hard ones rarely are. I've spoken about this openly on a few podcast interviews and speeches, as well hinted at it in my book – but this is how the day played out back in January 2010. #AddictionFreeLife – full article published at:

Posted by Dai Manuel on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

It wasn't until after a number of failed attempts to change, I found myself at what I felt was my final set of crossroads and that the next decision would be my last. It was in that moment that I ultimately saw my choice as the only choice – I chose my life over that of a bottle.

Interesting when we are presented with some extreme reality that we finally choose the path we should have chosen in the first place, isn't it?

And yes, things tend to happen in 3's don't they?

Most recently about 2 years ago, my wife Christie and I, set in motion a decision to live our lives a little differently.

I was working 70 to 80 hours a week, over-stressed, under-rested, and disconnected from my closest relationships including those of my family. As a father of 2 growing girls and a dedicated husband, I realized that who I wanted to be and the life I was living at the time we're both heading in different directions. I made one of the scariest decisions in my life to that point and chose to change my situation, leaving a career of 17 years behind.

I opted to pursue a down-sized, minimalist lifestyle so I could spend more time with family and chase a number of passions and goals I had created for myself, one of which included writing and publishing my book, The Whole Life Fitness Manifesto.

Hoorah! Look what I found at Barnes and Noble?! #WLFMRoadtrip

Posted by Dai Manuel on Monday, January 11, 2016

Life presents us all with many choices, but how do we trust our judgment to chose the right path?

As a coach, I tend to find I often answer a question with another question… so let me ask you this…

What path feels right to you? (And why do you think that you feel that way?)

You are probably wondering why am I sharing these stories with you. They aren't exactly something you normally hear from a health, fitness, and lifestyle coach.

I share these stories for a reason.

You see, I could have kept eating the junk food I loved, could have kept playing video games instead of going for a bike ride. I could have chosen to keep drinking a 1/2 bottle a day, neglecting my responsibilities and lying to myself that I was happy with my current state of being. I could have kept working at my career and living a comfortable life, accepting that my passions and visions were an unattainable goal and just kept doing what I was doing.

Those would have been the EASIEST choices to make. But they didn't feel right to me anymore. And I chose to do something about it.

Sustained lifestyle changes are difficult.

For many of us, life is on auto pilot. There exists a lot of patterns, habits and daily rituals that occur over and over in our lives. These seemingly innocent choices compound and can contribute to taking us further away from health. Further away from fitness. Further away from our personal goals, ambitions, and what was once our purpose in life.

It's been my biggest struggle as a coach – both personally and professionally.

I've dealt with 1000's of clients over my 20+ years in the health and fitness industries. I've seen too many self-sabotaging patterns recur for my clients, and I'M DONE WITH IT!

And that brings us to WHY Christie and I set out to create a single program to deal with all the pieces we struggle with, offering a plan to rewrite our personal user manuals and ultimately become the architects of our own lives.

It's a lifestyle program, not some ‘eat this, don't eat that', ‘do this, don't do that' or ‘think this, don't think that' kind of program. If that's what you want, we can't provide it, but if you are open to truly diving in and learning about what we've created, and want to see if it's a fit for you, and you a fit for us as your coaches, then I invite you to apply.

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What is the Whole Life Manifesto Coaching and Mentorship Program?

The Whole Life Manifesto Coaching Program is a lifestyle transformation from the inside-out. It involves whole-life fitness that blends mindset, personal development along with nutrition, fitness, and accountability coaching.

Most of our clients have a specific lifestyle goal — release a few pounds, increase lean muscle, greater focus, confidence, more restful sleep, reduce life's stresses, healthier skin, and better sex – we have learned from working with 1000's of clients over the past 20 years, that small and sustainable changes work best to attain long-term results.

The other thing we’ve grown to understand is that often a lack of health and happiness is not due to ones’ knowledge, but typically a result of a stressful life and a lack of prioritizing an investment in one's self.

Is this program for you?

For this reason, we developed The Whole Life Manifesto, online coaching system. A group coaching program for men, women, and couples, which enables you to implement sustainable changes in your nutrition, fitness, mindset and overall lifestyle, with the daily support of like-minded individuals and a qualified team.

To achieve the life goals you want and deserve, you must be open to guidance, and be willing to make a lifestyle change. In our program, you're not alone and we are committed to your results.

In the words of one of our clients:

Dai and Christie have taught me that although life is busy there is always enough time in a day to dedicate to ME! I deserve it! On the other hand, they’ve also taught me not to beat myself up if there is a day here and there that I cannot do ‘my plan’. It's life! I can honestly say I love the person I am becoming more and more every day thanks to Dai and Christie! – Carmen

Because we are so committed to you achieving your goals and want our program to be the last “diet, fitness and lifestyle program” that you ever invest your money into, we require a minimum 3-month commitment, although most of our clients choose to extend.

Through the Whole Life Manifesto Coaching Program, you will receive:

  • A Complimentary Transformation Call before starting to make sure it’s the right program for you
  • Nutrition Coaching based on your goals and the behaviors required to move you forward in reaching and sustaining a high-level of functional health
  • Personalized Fitness Plan incorporating support for any relevant areas of functional fitness
  • Shopping lists, checklists, cheat sheets, action lists, educational modules, and more
  • Workout & Nutrition App to track and report your customized workouts and provide direct accountability check-ins with your coach. (smartphone required to access)
  • Two 1-on-1 Calls within the first month to get you successfully started and orientated
  • Access to weekly Group Coaching Calls.
  • Access to Course Resources, Videos and Recipes via your own login to a unique members site
  • Access to a Private Group for daily questions and support
  • Accountability through our unique Accountability System to make sure no one gets left behind
  • Priority booking on all Live Events
  • Advice on Testing and Supplements
  • Tools to Improve Physical, Emotional and Spiritual health
  • Access to book a 1-on-1 call at any time to deal with any challenges

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About Your Coaches Dai and Christie

This life transforming program is facilitated by lifestyle and performance coaches, Dai and Christie Manuel. With over 16 years’ experience in working as a couple, parenting, coaching, and relationship/lifestyle mentorship – our motto is simple, ‘lead by showing, not telling’. Through Dai’s award-winning blog, and the 28-Day Whole Life Fitness Manifesto movement, we’re honored to have helped 1000’s of people transform their physical and emotional health.

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I thought I was fit and healthy when I started but now I feel better inside and out. I've changed the way I see exercise, what and how I eat, how much sleep I get and how I manage my day which impacts on my relationship with my kids, my family, my colleagues and everyone I meet in my day. I couldn't have changed so quickly if it had not been for Dai, Christie and the WLFM. They are really so passionate about what they do and it comes across so naturally and easily. It is a daily lifestyle, not a flash diet. It does work in with hectic lifestyles, unlike other fitness plans and it takes into account the whole person, not just the fitness. – Sharon

There are several impressive things about Dai's coaching style: The ability he has to engage an entire room of athletes. Dai is good at fostering a supportive learning environment through demonstration & knowledge that is both encouraging and engaging. A wealth of knowledge that invited me to have more of a holistic outlook in regards to health and well-being. Most importantly is inclusion. Dai always fosters community. If the saying goes “it takes a community to raise a child”, then Dai is able to do this through his style of coaching. – Todd

Before joining WLFM I had a gym membership but hated going to the gym. I'd go randomly, struggled to establish a routine, and would eventually just stop going altogether. Then a few months later I'd try again and repeat the same cycle. Before joining, I never had any true strength. I didn't know what it meant to lift with my legs and I couldn't flex my biceps because I didn't have any. I'd avoid physical challenges, and get other people to do any heavy lifting for me. Before joining, my snow pants didn't fit, and they haven't for 5 years. It's a big deal to me because I love to ski and every time I would ski I was reminded of my decline in fitness and strength. I finally decided to take exercising seriously and made myself follow the workouts for 12-weeks. At the end of 12 weeks, I have a daily exercise routine I love, a supportive coach, and community, excitement about exercise and health, and I feel strong, stable, and comfortable in my body. Oh, and my snow pants fit! I'm thankful to you Dai for creating the WLFM, and for supporting his tribe members. I am forever grateful and excited about this way of life. – Sarah


Family is one of our pillars… Where one goes, we all go.


We only work with people who are 100% committed and know that change is the only option. If this scares you, then it’s probably exactly what you need.

We invite you to apply to be part of the program and to schedule your complimentary transformation call for more information. Simply fill out the form below and we'll be speaking with you soon. 

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