The Time Comes

There is always something in your life that is the deciding moment of when you have had enough of not being able to do much.  Mine came when out Turkey hunting this past spring with my father.  The hunt itself is another story for another blog, but what happened on the way out was my wake-up call.  Now my father is not old by any means, at 67 years young he keeps plenty busy with all sorts of outdoor adventures.  On our way out to setup one morning, I had to ask him to stop, so I could catch my breath.  How crazy is that, I had to stop to catch my breath, as my dad sat there and laughed a little, jesting that it is not as easy as it looks. I realized right then and there that I had to do something.  When I got home, I told my wife about it, and we started researching gyms. We joined Planet Fitness shortly after, Price was right, and it was 2 miles from the house, open 24×7 M-F(10pm) S&S 7-7.. can’t beat that. We started working out together and our 14 year old was our motivation to get out the door, as she wanted to work out also. We met with the personal trainer about 2 weeks later, and learned that we were doing things the right way (love all the other blogs out there for their information on working out). So we started exercising and eating better (I’d say right, but it is a life style change, not a diet, and I do eat what I want, I just control portions better). I Started running around June 2012, and really fell back in love with it. Set my sights on a 5K Turkey trot, and was able to complete that in better time than I had anticipated. I even trained for it throughout the summer, while on was on vacation. Two weeks of either Running or Bike riding. Plus some paddling on the lake. Things are going much better, and I’m starting to train for a 10K this year.

Footprints in the Sands of Time are Not Made by Sitting Down!

Months out

Continuing with short recap to catch me up to 2012….

I struggled with trying to stay up late, and if woken up in the middle of the night, I would not be able to function the next day. I had spent 12 years as a Volunteer EMT and tried returning to that, but being woken up and having to call into work the next day was not working out.  I had to resign from the Rescue Squad. That was a very tough time.

My youngest daughter was in Karate, Tang-Soo-Do, so my wife and I joined.  The instructor worked with me very closely, knowing what I had been through. Within a year, my wife and I were testing for our red belts. The test included an all nighter, practicing and testing, morning 1 mile jog/walk, more testing… etc…. I made it through, first night actually staying up over 24 hours. From that point forward I was able to handle late nights better.

I struggle with my weight over the years peaking at 294 pounds, when I saw that on the scale, I couldn’t take it, and dropped 8 pounds that week. My eating was taking over.. 286 seemed to be my balance weight.  In January 2010, my wife and I tried WW… She joined online and I supported her by doing it with her. I was able to lose 25 pounds. I was also walking with a friend at work, and when I was working at home, about 15-20 miles per week. Then I got off of that diet and gained back to 281.

And so starts the journey from January 2012…….

 

Footprints in the Sands of Time are not Made by Sitting Down!