I started this journey when a friend invited me to join a clean eating group on January 11, 2016. That day everything changed.
A little back story - I have always, ALWAYS, been a big guy! And at some point,I started to believe that I was just destined to be that way. People picked on me in high school…and although I appeared pretty positive and confident on the outside, the reality was that I was incredibly self conscious! In university I withdrew into my apartment. I only left to go to class. At other times, I ate - and watched TV - and napped - and lived a very inactive, unhealthy lifestyle. McDonalds was only a short drive away. If the diet (or lack there of) wasn’t enough, I hated to walk…even the three blocks from campus to my apartment. (Before I had a car…I would call a taxi! The trip cost $2.70)
On March 3, 2015 my world changed. My son, Nathaniel, was born. And as I sat with him and with his amazing mom, i realized that I likely wouldn’t be around to see him graduate. I likely would never get to know what he would grow up to become…a firefighter, an astronaut, an architect, the Prime Minister. I was used to the mockery - even in my workplace (one guy said, “I would hate to eat another cookie…I might end up looking like you!” But when i looked into my sons eyes…when I couldn’t guarantee that I would be there to help him buy groceries when he moved into his first apartment, or pat him on the back when he was getting married, or cry with him when his own child was brought into the world - i decided that something had to change.
And so, I started to work out. And I started to focus on my nutrition. I studied - about food sources, and nutritional needs, and physical training. To date I have completed the following programs: Turbo Jam, 21 Day Fix, T25, Insanity Asylum, Insanity Max 30, Core de Force and Shaun Week.
And slowly…my body started to change. I went from a 6XL shirt - to a XL. I went from a 54 pant - to a 40. I lost over 150lbs. And i found some muscle…which I never believed was actually under there somewhere.
But what’s more important - is what I’ve gained. I now BELIEVE, that I will be there for all those moments in my son’s life. I BELIEVE that I will be able to spend as much time with him and my wife as I have been allotted. And I BELIEVE that I am worth taking care of. I am more that the sideways glances. I am more than the whispered insults. I am more than the thoughts in my own head.
There have been lots of bumps along the way. I have experienced the loss of family members, a major injury to my foot this past year, sickness, etc. But though it all, even with setbacks, my focus on health and fitness has been there to help pull me through. I’ve given up on excuses!
Just this past week, I went on vacation. In that time I canoed, I hiked, I swam, I walked, I ran, I played soccer, I bought new clothes from a street vendor, I biked, I climbed, I camped and I enjoyed each and every day! NONE OF THAT…none of it…would have been possible 1.5 years ago!
Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your journey - and welcome to mine! Wherever this road leads - it’s going to be pretty awesome! (And thanks for allowing me to babble!)