In December of 2018 I started a journey to overhaul my lifestyle and replace it with a new one focused on health. I was about 260lbs and been pretty obese my entire adult life. I was not active even when I was a young adult and lived a pretty sedentary lifestyle. I developed a terrible food addiction that carried through my whole life. The quick version is that I was an emotional eater who also was a private binger. So to be clear – there was no prime of my life version of me from the past.
So back to the December. At that time I went to see Into the Spiderverse and being someone who has a great fondness for superhero stories I loved it but something was different about this one. As a coworker of mine put it later: Spiderverse genuinely asked you to become a better person. To, as they say in the movie, wear the mask. This was on my mind when I then had a phone call with my older brother. We were catching up before the holidays and he started to tell me about getting some bad news about his overall health from his doctor and that he was starting a new regimen to fix it. He asked if I wanted to do this with him. Now my brother has tried for years to get me to lose weight. Nothing has ever stuck but during the conversation this time he said a few things about how I have a great ability and drive when I focus on something and that if I just tried I could do it. This resonated with Spiderverse’s themes of “a spark in you”. The real clincher was when we came to the subject of kids. My wife and I plan on having children. We actually planned to have them sooner but life gets in the way. That is fine – in fact that is why it is called ‘life’ in the first place. You can’t control everything. What that did mean though was that I was on borrowed time and that if I truly cared about my future children then I needed to show that I truly cared for myself so that I could be there as long as possible for them. Now the motivation became clear. If I wasn’t going to do this for myself then I sure as hell needed to do it for them.
Fighting for the future. That was the battle cry at the start. That was the mantra. Fight for the future.
I decided at that moment to start. Now here we are over one year later and I’m down 75 lbs and I’m in the best shape of my life. So much has happened to me and I want to share it with anyone who wants to hear about how one fanboy found the hero in themselves.
The plan for this blog is to write about various topics as they come to mind vs doing a pure chronological take. I’ll try to dive into the details of my diet and exercise plan if you want to try them out or take inspiration. If you would like to hear about specific things please leave a comment below.