My motivation for leading an active lifestyle is my children. I want to see my children get married and have children of their own. To be apart of there lives for as long as possible, as the healthiest version of myself that I can be. And to be the best example I can for them.
To give a little background on me: I have never been small, I have been overweight for as long as I can remember, I wore 40 waist 30 leg pants in Junior High. I hit 255 pounds in University, and would get winded going up a set of stairs, I spent the next 8 years yo-yoing in weight, and never being anything less that obese no matter how many months I spent in the gym 7 days a week, twice a day. I would lose a bit of weight, gain it, gain some muscle, lose some muscle.
I had enough in 2012 after being really depressed and basically staying home and watching TV all day for weeks and weeks. That is when I watched the Documentary “Fat Head”. I did research, found out about the Paleo diet, and basically said screw it, I tried everything else, why not try one more thing that won’t work. Lost 40 lbs in just over a year, and thinned out like I had never before in my life. With no additional exercise to boot! Corben was born and I managed to stick to the 180 range for most of the rest of 2013, but was slowly adding weight come the winter. I had fallen into the, “If it’s gluten free, I can eat it,” trap. In 2014 I ballooned out again to 225 pounds, same story, different year.
2015 saw me finally realize that while diet is good, it alone is not going to work. I dropped 20 pounds going back to the Paleo diet and started to think about working out. I am primarily in an office now running my company, and last I checked typing is not an aerobic workout. With Corben being more and more active by the day I saw the writing on the wall of him running circles around me. And I was genuinely concerned that if he saw me being inactive, fat, and out of shape, he would follow me down that same path. The damage is done to me, I have lost years off my life from being inactive and fat, I just now wanted to make sure that I kept as many of those remaining years and didn’t waste them away. I also wanted to make sure that Corben didn’t make the same mistakes I did by simply following my example.
A friend suggested that I try Crossfit. I had another one of those eh screw it why not moments. Started at RCR February 1st, 2015. Since then I have gotten in the best shape of my life. I haven’t lost much weight, but I don’t care, losing some more weight will come later. For now I am just enjoying having so much endurance and energy that I can use towards spending time with Corben, and soon enough Theodore. The last 4 months have been transformative to say the least, I am looking forward to the next 4. And while 4 months is not a long time to break 32 years of poor habits, I believe that I can stick with it this time, after all, I have the best motivation in the world. A toddler that can unlock the front door 🙂