Let’s get a few things out of the way.
- This is not your standard, hardcore health and fitness blog. I’m notswole. I don’t have a rockin’ six pack… holy geez it’d be cool if I did.
- I’m not a doctor or a professional trainer or any kind of expert in this field… or in any field if we are being honest.
- I overuse the shiz out of the three dot pause…(it’s my favorite) and at times my vocabulary seems to be on par with that of a 14-year-old girl (some may call it lit).
I’m just a guy who loves donuts and nachos and craft beer, you know the delicious heavy fattening kind. I’m also a guy who had his “moment” a few years ago when my mostly pathetic health screening results slapped me in the face. It was this sad realization that good health isn’t a given or a guarantee and perhaps it requires some effort on our part. Even worse was realizing that age has a way of catching up to us all. I mean it’s bad enough that the hair on my head seems to be sliding down my back but now you want me to get up off of couch? Well played, life. Well played indeed.
So I started making some changes, some more drastic than others. I’m pretty far from where I want to be but I’m a lot better than I was. I’m learning to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Slowly but surely, a work in progress for sure. Sometimes I surprise myself with my achievements and sometimes I feel like I’m limping along with the help of training wheels. I remember the sense of accomplishment I felt when I completed my first mile on the treadmill. The first time in my adult life that I ran a mile… on purpose at least. Slowly one mile turned into two, then came the 5K… A FIVE-FLIPPING-K! This past summer as I was training for my first Spartan race, I worked up to a 10 mile run. Try explaining that to myself five years ago.
Current self: “Dude here’s the plan. You are going to get up at 4 AM, get dressed and go run outdoors.”
5-years ago self: “What, why? Is someone hurt? Am I being chased? Will there be a donut(s) involved?”
Current self: “No no, everything is fine. You just want to knock out your workout first thing in the morning. Plus, you will feel amazing afterwards.”
5-years ago self: “This is very confusing. And running? Is that even safe? Will I die? Shouldn’t I just take the car? Are you sure that there won’t be any donuts?”
Current self: “No donuts. Yes, it’s safe. People have been doing it forever, I mean not people like you but other people… it’s like, a thing. Fine, you can have a donut(s) afterward to celebrate.”
That’s what this site is about, and to me that is what life is about. It’s about taking those steps, big or small, and continuing to get better, progressing and moving forward. Some days you may get up, kill your workout and eat like a champ. Other days you may limp out of bed, kick the treadmill and eat a plate of nachos for breakfast… is that just me? Celebrate the wins but don’t beat yourself up over the losses, just plan to work a little harder. I’m going to share… maybe at times over-share… some stories from my journey and hopefully hear stories from other folks as we learn together. Whether you are just getting started, hoping to get started or are well on your way. My goal is to provide an entertaining forum on the topics of health, fitness and life in general. Maybe it will be motivating, maybe inspirational but definitely fun. Let’s face it, if you are down in your basement knocking out sets of “pistol squats” or “donkey kicks” you cannot take yourself too seriously, right?
Do you have a defining moment or event that motivated you to make some healthy lifestyle changes? Please share them with me, I’d love to hear them!