Humility is the Best Medicine

17 Jun

I hate to harp on old wounds, but the last year has been one of the most humbling 20 months of my life.  I guess you could say it has been the most humbling 2 years of my life.  The journey all started abouut the time my wife got pregnant.  While I had so much success prior to her pregnancy with eating clean and following a nearly 100% paleo plan, I had done it all with her following along the entire time. I wasn’t prepared for the barrage of cravings that she would experience and how I would resist those temptations. 

The weight gain started off at a turtle pace.  Eating a milkshake hear and there started my spiral into poor eating. I made it okay for myself because I was working out on a consistant basis and not experiencing the weight gain I thought I would when i reintroduced SAD foods back into my diet.  Fofor the most part my weight fluxuated up and down but only ever went up a pound or two. 

About 8 months into the pregnancy, we found out my wife received a new job and that we would be selling our house and moving about 12 hours north of Nashville.  This wasn’t stressful news and was actually very positive. She was going to be able to have the baby in Nashville, and we would’t have to move until well after the baby was born. More importantly, we were going to be closer to family and friends and have the opportunity for our son to grow up near cousins and grandparents. 

Things took a spiral within less than a month of moving back to Erie. The constant barrage of packaged and processed foods did a toll on my system. Even worse, was giving ini to my old nemesis, pop.  I could’t resit being exposed to it every day. Within I’d say, 3 months, I had gained nearly all of my weigh back going from165 pounds to over 200.

By the time I left Erie and we had moved to Pittsburgh, I had spiked at about 235 pounds. It was a weight I never imagined I would see again. Since moving to the Burgh, I have gotten back on track with the workinng out. i have a system that works for me now and I think the systems are in place to withstand change.  As of June 13th, I am 225 pounds but losing inches off my waist every week. I have not dropped a single pound since starting working out back in March. On Monday of this week, I challenged myself to begin a cleaner eating program and I am excited to share my progress with you.

Share your story with me. If you’d like I’d be happy to share on the site. 

Keep pushing! 

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16 Jun

 
Wow, it’s hard to believe but it’s been almost a year since my last post. How time flies. Life simply got in the way and I’ve had to let things go. 

Things have certainly changed since my last post. Not only has my son grown tremendously but so has my waistline. At the same time, my motivation has shrunk and we’ve moved to yet another city. 

I didn’t want to start writing again until I’ve gotten things in order and begun to make changes. One of the biggest changes I’ve made is getting up at 5 am and hitting the gym by 6. My workouts have been meticulous and focusing primarily on weight training. Things have been going really well and I’ve been able to hit the gym solidly 5 days a week since March. 

I’m noticing big changes physically, but I’ll get to that another time. Til then, what have you been up to the last year? Have you reached your goals?

17 Jun

Being a dad is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Getting to hold my son each day, feed him, change him, and put him to bed conjures up more feelings than any other experience. If you are a dad, you know what I’m talking about. The only thing that beats it out is watching them learn and grow.  Their minds are always going as they explore and take in the world around them.

Since fatherhood is so new to me, I’ve learned that there are a few things I would have loved to know before becoming a dad.  Here are a few of those things. Let me know if you agree.

1. Time is Hard to Come By

Face it, every waking moment is spent worrying about and taking care of the child.  When they are awake, they have your attention. You need to let go and take some time for yourself. Work it out with your wife where she can have her time and you can have your time.  Use this time to work on your body and mind. Exercise, reading, and learning new skills is important to keep your sanity in check.

2. Poop is Poop

Whether is baby poop, dog poop, or somewhere in between, poop is poop. I had an enormous fear of having to change diapers. Quickly I learned to get over the fear.  Changing a diaper is short and too the point. Just know that once you dive in, it will be over soon. If you spend time fretting over it, you are going to be miserable longer. Get ‘er done and you can move on to enjoy your day.

3. You Can’t Protect them from Everything

Unless you put them in a bubble, you can’t protect them from everything. Know that kids will get sick, they will get hurt, they will throw up, and they will live on. Babies especially are a lot more resilient than you think.  One thing I’ve learned with my little one is he can wack his head as hard as he wants, but he won’t make a decision to cry until he looks at me and reads my reaction.  My affirmation that he’s okay often keeps him from crying.  Sometimes though the only thing you can do is be there for them to cry on and thats okay too.

4. Time is Short

In the blink of an eye our little one has turned 9 months old. I don’t know what has happened to those 9 months. It seems like just yesterday we were sitting on the couch when my wife started getting contractions. You need to embrace every moment. It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day, but take the time to make memories and know that babies only get better with age.

5. Babies / Children Always look up to their Parents

I can already see it in my son’s eyes. Every move I make, he is watching me, taking in my actions and interpreting them until he can mimmick them. You need to decide now, who you want your son/daughter to be and start acting that way yourself. It doesn’t matter what you tell them, they will copy you.

6. Get as Much Sleep as Possible

You can’t tackle a day without sleep. I still struggle with this, but you need to sleep when they sleep, especially in the beginning. If you don’t, you will burn out. If you sleep when they sleep, you’ll still be tired, but at least you’ll have some time under your belt. I know it is tempting to get stuff done around the house, but know this, you will never get enough sleep.

Are you a new dad? What are your experiences? Do you have any tips for new dads?

Its Been A While

3 Jun

Posting on here has been quite the challenge. It is disheartening to open wordpress everyday and see the number of people who are visiting, or I should say aren’t visiting. If I do get visitors, it usually ranges from 1 to 4 and involves about a minute and a half on the site. I’ve asked what everyone wants and get nothing in response.

From here on out, I am using this as a personal platform. I’m going to use it to keep track of my own progress. I’ve been on a weight rollercoaster all of my life and I hope that this platform allows me to share the journey, my struggles (which are by the dozen) and my successes. If you want to read, great. If you want to comment, even better. I realize the web is inundated with millions of health websites so I am not going to try to be that source anymore.

So where has my journey brought me? I’ve going from 245 pounds down to 165 and back up to 225. On my last weight loss scant, in thirty days I went from 230 lbs to 205. I haven’t weighed myself in a while, but I’d say I’m still right around that same weight. I have not worked out in over a year, but I’ve worked really hard to change my diet.  The last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed some major changes in my body like some thinning around the neck, and legs but still think I’m in the 205 range.

In June, I am working on my own challenge. With an 8 month old, it has been quite hard to get sleep let along get up before work and get a workout in.  June is going to be different. June is going to be the month I take control and start working out before work. This means I have to get up at 5:00 am get the dogs out, and then get as much of a workout in as possible. My goal is to work out at least 4 days a week. for 10 to 60 minutes each morning depending on intensity.

The first two days were great. Monday I completed a HIIT from the website Grokker. The workout was just what I needed to get started. It was 15 minutes of pure insanity, constantly moving and pushing myself. Today, I had a little less time to work out so I opted for the 7 Minute App. This app is fantastic and gives you 30 seconds of high intensity work followed by 10 seconds of rest. The workout left me completely exhausted, which is a combination of being sore from yesterday and the intensity of the workout today.

How will you challenge yourself in June? Are you beach body ready or are you like me and hoping to have a beach body by September?

Barriers, Barriers, Barriers

14 May

One of the biggest barriers I face on a daily basis is attempting to get a stellar workout in a 30 minute period of time at lunch. Typically I can get an insane weight lifting workout with an intense sprint session in on a daily basis. The barrier doesn’t lie in not having enough time to get the workout in, it lies in trying to get to the gym and finding a parking space. Some days provide a real struggle to find a space and the time wasted trying to find a space limits or inhibits my workout.

I am working hard to overcome this barrier by finding alternatives to going to the gym on days when the parking is atrocious. One way I’ve worked to overcome this is by developing a stellar stair routine that I can incorporate about one to two times a week.

We all have barriers in our life whether they are based around getting fit or bettering our lives in some other way. In order to successfully overcome those barriers, it takes real passion and dedication. Planning is the best defense to defeat the walls that we build for ourselves. If we have a plan for overcoming potential barriers, we are more likely to follow through with our goals than having to come up with a solution on the fly.

What is your biggest barrier to health and wellness? Take this week to plan out ways to overcome your barriers.

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