April 15, 2017 – How I Went From Failure To Success In Fitness
I am not going to sugarcoat it. These days, despite all the wonderful stuff happening in my career and personal life, I am far from a success in fitness. I’m almost middle aged. And at five-foot-ten, weighing 215 lbs, my body mass index is a roughly 31! Now some of you reading this may not agree. When you look at the image below, I look okay. But according to a number of medical professionals, my BMI means my weight is above the healthy range for my height. And this puts me higher than average risk for acquiring some sort of obesity related disease. Fun times.
How I got to this point is both subtile and obvious. Subtle because gaining excessive weight has taken me ten years to achieve. Obvious because I got into the common habit of eating (and drinking) more and moving less. Looking back, it’s easy to see how an over abundance of bread, chips and salsa, french fries, donuts and alcohol led me to this point. I also eat out frequently and that doesn’t help. On top of this, my stress levels are high and I don’t really sleep much at night.
Over the past year my beautiful wife has surprised me on a few occasions with awesome dress shirts. Problem is, even though she bought the large size, they didn’t fit. This alone if motivation to take action. But if I’m really being transparent with you (which is the goal of sharing my fitness journey), the most embarrassing aspect of the extra weight is the beginning stages of man tits.
Suffice it to say, this is my wake up call.
Because I want to live to at least 85 years old and still have youthful mobility, I figured NOW was a good enough time to change the way I eat, live and sleep. My goal in sharing this very personal journey is to help keep me motivated, while at the same time provide you with inspiration for your own life. Perhaps together we can both achieve some measure of fitness success.
So to get started, my fitness goal is to drop weight to 170 LBS. That will put my body mass index at 24.4, which is right around the normal range. This will allow me to fit into my shirts and feel a lot better about myself.
DISCLAIMER: Your own fitness goals will be different than mine. I am not a trained fitness expert (obviously) or trained medical professional. So please speak with someone qualified before you embark on your own journey.
All of this said, if any of this resonates with you, please come back to article frequently. I will be updating this semi-daily until I reach my personal fitness goals.
Come back soon for next installment…