Below is an excerpt that I shared on my coaches fitness blog years ago. This is my story. I will update at the end.
As a child, I was considered “husky”. That term always made me feel bad. “Husky”. I remember my mother buying me “husky” jeans. The only thing I could think of was that a walrus has tusks.
My weight as a child “yo-yo”ed. By high school I was in shape and thin. In college, I was active and biked everywhere I went. No matter how much I ate, I was in good shape. Then…I graduated and entered the “real world”.
It did not take long before I began to gain weight. I went from 175 with a 32″ waist to 205 with a 36″ waist, in 4 years. I had a bad accident and fractured my back and coccyx. Everything I did was painful. I quit most physical activity and became sedentary. I took a new job where I “ate out” for breakfast and lunch most days and I packed on the pounds.
I joined nearly every gym in town over the years. No matter what I did, I never lost any weight. One day, my wife and I joined a new “elite” gym together. It turned out the trainer and I went to high school together. In school, he was the runt. Now, I was the fat guy and he was buff. We spent a ton of money on this gym membership and got zero results. When I went to the gym, I never knew what to do. I randomly did stuff.
Eventually, I ballooned up to 235 pounds and had trouble buttoning my 38″ pants. I had enough and decided something needed to change. I bought a cheapo stepper from an infomercial. It broke within weeks. I tried to run, but “I can’t run”. I thought I looked like Arnold, but I didn’t. How messed up is that?
Then one day I found P90X on TV. I watched “youtube” videos of people who were doing this program. I watched to infomercial many times and eventually I bought it. I knew I could do it! I failed to the fit test, but started to program anyway.
I quit the program before the first week was over. I was so out of shape, I would see spots when I worked out. I fainted and puked, during the workouts. I was sick and needed help.
After about six months, I tried again. I thought I was doing great. 90 days later, I looked at my calendar and realized that I missed over 45 days of workouts. I did another round, and missed over 30 workouts. I thought I was buff. In reality, I was still a fatty.
Eventually, I got focused. I found my coach (by accident) and realized that I had been fooling around. (Click here to get in touch with my coach) I needed to commit. I needed to change. I needed to pay a price. The price was not monetary, it was sweat…it was gritting my teeth…it was (and is) pushing play everyday…working a plan and planning to work…it was nutrition…it was
BRINGING IT EVERYDAY… IN EVERY WAY!
I am the guy who failed his way forward. I am still working at it. I am not perfect. I just keep working at it.
So my initial fitness journey began 8 years ago, when I was very obese and couldn’t hold my new born daughter without severe back pain. Luckily I discovered Tony Horton and the Beachbody line of products. I committed myself to following the workout DVD’s they produce and I got in good shape. The picture in this post is my pre-fitness and my post P90X3 pic. On occasion, I still do some Beachbody workouts. Mostly, now I develop my own workout protocols. I began participating in Spartan Races in 2014 and have completed 3 Spartan trifectas. I have since ran 2 half marathons. Needless to say, I have gotten bitten by the fitness bug.
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