New Leaf

24 Mar

Today, I am turning over a new leaf. Many of you have followed my blog Intrinsic Fitness. While I love helping others and delivering great content, it was a challenge to consistently come up with new content that wasn’t already being broadcast on the internet.

Instead of beating the redundancy button, I’ve decided to change the blog to One Fit Dad and focus the energy on the struggles I face keeping up with fitness and eating healthy while juggling a career and being a new dad. The blog’s main focus is still to help others, but how I get there is going to change. I am hoping that rather than post a bunch of facts and tips that you may or may not follow, I’ll show you how I overcome my struggles and hope that you’ll be able to use the information to translate to your own situation.  I really want this to be an interactive blog with lots of discussion, so I hope you will join me in posting your story as well.

Fitness, healthy eating, and weight loss has always been a struggle for me. Growing up, I was always the chubby kid. Friends and family spent more time poking fun of my “love handles” than they did anything else. The only time I would ever lost those love handles was if I hit a growth spurt and that only happened because I was able to grow faster upward than outward.  Don’t get me wrong, I was a very active kid growing up; I played baseball competitively through high school and dabbled in other sports like basketball, soccer, football, and even volleyball. My love of food and over-consuming whatever food was in front of me always put me right back to the chubby side of things though and constantly left me frustrated.  While I loved playing those sports, my size often left me out of breath and lagging behind many of the other kids.

Flash forward to today. While I’ve tried many things, I still continue to be on the larger side of the scale. About a year before our little one was born in September, I had taken on the Paleo world full force and loved it. I dropped from just over 230 lbs to 165 lbs. I was in the best shape of my life and lifting every day.   I even had taken up swimming which I LOVED. This coming from someone who sinks to the bottom immediately upon getting in the water.

Life was great and I was feeling great, but then life got in the way and “obstacles” mounted for me.  I won’t blame any of this on the birth of our child because I actually was doing great when he came along and I was able to stay on track, however then came our move from Nashville to Erie, PA, finding a new and selling our old home, and a new career to boot.

Since our move in November, I’ve been weary of jumping on the scale to see how much it has climbed, but I know it has been significant. I am ready for a change and that is why I have created this new blog.  I hope that you will take this journey with me and share your stories as well. I’m ready to jump full force back onto the Paleo Train and see where it takes me. This time, I’m ready to make the change permanent and to show my little one that you can enjoy life and that there is a way to eat great foods and not have to worry about your weight. That weight and food doesn’t have to be a chain that weighs you down and that you can be the one that controls how you feel on a daily basis.

What challenges are you facing?  What goals do you have in mind?


2 Responses to “New Leaf”

  1. Lindsey March 25, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    Good for you KY! I too struggle with my weight. There have been times I start to lose and then gain. OHHH the redundant. Since Natalie(my 3rd daughter) has been born I have turned over a new leaf. I am slowly but surely getting to where I want to go. I started to hit the gym at the start of the new year, and have been keeping up with it. I had lost all my baby weight(16 pounds) + 15 pounds( total weight lost= 31 pounds!) This gave me the motivation to keep going. I want to be healthy for my 3 girls, my husband, and myself. I look forward to reading your blog on this subject, as it is true….. being a parent and attempting to lose weight is challenging along with all life has thrown at us.


    • kcraig82 March 25, 2014 at 8:41 am #

      Hey Lindsey! Thanks for the support! That is so awesome that you have had that much success! Keep up the great work! I’m sure those three little ones keep you running around constantly. Can’t wait to hear more as you hit new milestones!

      Thanks for sharing


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