Tag Archives: Determination
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?

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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?

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