I am not a big guy at 5′ 9″ and 158 lbs. I’m not yet at my ideal weight or in ideal condition but I’m close and I’m moving forward; consistent, intentional, forward movement. (The “One Life” video shows me at 178 lbs., not as lean as I am now.) My body is nearly 50 years old but my mind still thinks I’m 23. I may not be able to do what I used to do the way I used to do it – my body reminds me all too often – but I am closer now to being in the best shape of my life. There was a point in 2005 when I weighed 200 lbs. That may not sound like a lot but when it’s on a 5′ 9″ frame and not in good shape, it ain’t pretty. It also isn’t very comfortable and it totally effected how I felt and what I thought about myself. I was so uncomfortable about myself, I wouldn’t let pictures be taken of me and I never took my shirt off in public. During a particularly dark and difficult time in my life I made the determination that I was going to get in shape. Thankfully, I’ve been consistent and I dropped nearly 40 pounds at one point and have kept it off for over 10 years.
I’m not a fitness expert or a certified personal trainer but I have had the experience of being overweight, cutting that weight, and changing how I eat and exercise. Friend, let me tell you, there is a huge difference between “diet and exercise” and “nutrition and training.” I have a personal fitness coach and I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned from my journey with you. You can tell from the “One Life” video that I’m not “ripped” (yet) and I don’t look like guys who are truly dedicated to being in peak condition and shape. However, that does not keep me from having a fundamental understanding that can be of value to you. Nor does it mean that I’m not still working toward my own personal fitness goals. Many times older guys aren’t that excited about having a guy half their age, looking like Adonis, in their ear pushing them for one more rep. Me either. That said, it does make a difference having someone who understands and can work with me as I move forward at my own pace. The goal is improvement and every step forward is a step forward.
If you’re interested in having someone you can talk to about routines, nutrition, training goals and motivation, I can help and go through the process with you. Keep in mind that coaching is always about results and the work has to be done…by you. Just because we’re at middle age doesn’t mean we can’t look and feel our best. In fact, now is the best time in your life to look and feel your best! The impact it has on the rest of your life is literally transformative.