Motivation!

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It just goes to show, the feeling you get from keeping good health & fitness exudes from within you and rubs off on those around you! And its amazing to watch their determination! VIP Real Estate agent & business development manager, the lovely and brilliant Erin Rose, just got serious about fitness too… She is now the total package, gentlemen. Proud!

The Old Me. January 2013

This is the old me.  This was me, before I began training on Jan 2, 2013.

I was a physical disaster.  I wore a 38-40 inch waist, which spoke nothing of the far larger belly I carried above my waistline.  I couldn’t perform most crossfit type exercises, it was physically impossible.  In fact, to my embarrassment, I had to hold my breath to bend over far enough to tie my shoes, it was a strain getting around my belly.  My blood pressure had risen to the point of needing medication. At one point, the stress had deteriorated my health to the point where I was losing blood via my GI tract, had ulcers, and stress tension causing pinched nerves making me think I had had a stroke when part of my face went numb!  I was working myself to death, and bandaging it with cocktails.

The mental and emotional effect was far worse……. I KNEW I was unattractive. I was embarrassed to go shirtless at the beach or pool.  I had to creatively wear cloths to hide my gut. I looked OLD. I was aware of my lack of mobility, and that jogging across the parking lot would have me breathing hard.  Women were no longer interested in me, and I had grown quite lonely.  Pouring myself in to my work, I realized I had no life left – no hobbies, no activities, no travel, adventure, all that had been lost years ago.  I had become miserable with myself.

Even when I was “doing better” and able to find my way in to the gym, all the progress I made during the week I would completely and thoroughly undo during the weekend by eating poorly and drinking.  It was like I was in a time warp – two steps forward, three steps back – and losing ground.  Meanwhile I was surrounded by competitors at The Gym, and saw the example they set.  I witnessed the progress, the growth, the trials and tribulations, the discipline, the camaraderie.  I wanted THAT life! I wanted to be a part of that team, that life.  I wanted to experience it, to live it.  I began to say “one of these days I’ll do a show”…. “when I get the office settled down, I’ll do a show”, “when I hire someone to free up the time, I’ll do a show”.  No one believed me, with good reason!  Finally I realized……. I was making excuses, and I was a “someday” guy………  a “wanna be”.

I was on the verge of becoming professionally and mentally burned out, and having an emotional  and / or breakdown.

Frankly speaking,  I had slipped, I had let myself go.   Plain and simple, I was FAT.