In 2002 my wife and I realized we could be in better shape. So we did what many do, we joined a gym. This worked out well for me because there was the one near our home, and one near my work. No excuses. I started walking on the treadmill and that progressed to running. Then one day I saw there was a local 5K and decided to train for that. Thus began a running career. I would max around 50 miles per week and have a personal record of an 8:30/mile pace for a half marathon. I also ran many other races including two marathons. I was fit, but not much for upper body strength. In 2009 I broke my leg on a motorcycle attempting to get to work. I recovered quickly due to being in great running condition. But there would be complications and much weight gain. Due to a complication I had to have a knee surgery a year later and I reached my heaviest, 235lbs, and I was squeezing into size 38 pants. It was 2010 and I took a 7 day raw food challenge. This was a strange thing but coupled with light exercise I was able to drop quickly to 195lbs.
One of the strange things is that even when I was 185lbs I still did not have a “six pack.” This appears to be the sign of fitness. I have been told that genetics determines who can have a “six pack.” Without wanting to believe this, I have believed it. I have seen before and after pictures of these people using a Beachbody program and I just can’t believe that genetics lie anymore. I am ready to get in the best shape of my life.
I want to use this website to encourage others to reach for better fitness as I reach for better fitness.
I am taking this website in a new direction. On June 22nd, 2016, I was diagnosed with Thyroid Papillary Carcinoma. I had two nodules biopsied, one on my thyroid and one on a nearby lymph node, and they both tested positive. This website will now be my journal as I battle to keep my thyroid and destroy the cancer which has invaded my body.