I’m just a guy. I’d love to tell you that I have an inspirational fitness story where I overcame a bunch of odds; did the next to impossible, dropped hundreds of pounds, and halted life-threatening diseases. Those people are out there – you might even be one of them – and choosing a path of healthy eating and fitness can certainly yield those results; but that just isn’t my story.
For me, I’m pretty average. Like most of you, I went through bouts with fitness and diet, where I’d commit to something, and then a few weeks or a month later, I’d get a cold, or fall off the wagon, and one bad meal would become 20. Ultimately, I’d just throw my hands in the air and give up. I was never REALLY a heavy guy. I think I peaked at about 220 pounds at one point. It was at that point that I discovered Weight Watcher’s, thanks to my wife. It taught me a lot about proper diet and eating right. I lost 40 pounds, but sadly I put about 20 of it back on before I hit age 43. No magic age here, just an average year for an average guy; however, one night I saw a late-night TV commercial for P90X and thought to myself, “Maybe that could work for me. It’s just 90 days of my life. What could I do in 90 days if I REALLY committed to it and went for it?” I thought of it as an experiment. I think of it as my “what if” experiment. The results changed my life. I shed those 20 pounds quickly and started on the path of being a “fitness” guy. Since then, I’ve completed P90X three or four times, as well as seven other Beachbody programs. I took on running for a little while, but it wasn’t a good fit for me. I discovered group fitness classes with Title Boxing (cardio boxing – I’m not taking shots to the face for fitness at my age!), and I joined a gym for the ability to do more comprehensive resistance training. That was 5 years ago, and I’m still going strong now.
So, what gives me the right to tell you how to achieve results in your fitness journey? Well, frankly, nothing. I’d love to tell you I have my PhD in some form of fitness training from a well-accredited university; or that I’ve undergone extensive training to add a bunch of letters to the end of my name in some other fashion. But the truth is, I haven’t done any of that. I’m just a guy who’s walking the same path that many of you are. I’m figuring this out as I go along, but I have been traveling this fitness path for a long time now. I started the on-again-off-again fitness trip back in college, although I didn’t really get dedicated to this until 43. I’m pretty happy with my results so far. I’m a curious soul, and as a result, I tend to dive deep into the things I’m passionate about – like fitness. I started this blog to share what I’ve learned with others. As I research and continue to learn new things, or talk to people who HAVE those coveted initials after their names, I’ll share my findings with you. I’m not perfect by any means, and I look forward to learning from some of you as well via intelligent dialogues. At the end of the day, I’m just a guy who is passionate to live out his life forever fit.