From the moment we committed to the idea for Everyday Everest I knew this day would come. The day I have to take a deep look at myself and decide to also commit to my health. I’m at a point in my life where I am overweight and lacking any kind of physical fitness. To live up to the ideals that we’ve set up for EE, this has to improve.
Let’s talk a bit about where I am health-wise now and why that is to better understand how we can improve this. After all, you can’t know where you’re going until you understand where you are and where you’ve been. Today I currently, weight 238 lbs, that is 68 lbs more than what I weighed when I left the Army in 2011 and I was 23 years old. For 2 years after that point, Cindy and I stayed active. We went on hikes, did yoga, and were somewhat health conscious when it came to our food. This is was easy for me, since I grew up in a very active household. My dad is 57 years old and still competes in 5ks and half marathons so you can bet he’s always been an advocate to exercise. My mom, while not an athlete per say, has always been the hardest worker I’ve known. She insisted we show that kind of commitment to our chores and the housework she laid out for us. All this contributed to always being comfortable and even motivated to move. My intention with sharing my background is to show what complacency and the sedentary life that office work brings. It doesn’t care what you’ve done or how hard you used to work, it’ll get you the same.
At some point after sitting in the office for 8 hours. It became easier to order Chinese and catch something on Netflix. Rather than meal prepping a balanced lunch, it was much more rewarding to get tacos from the food truck on a daily basis. Slowly but surely with my weight increasing it became more difficult to go to the gym. My motivation vanished, and before long I got the point where I am now. This is so common here in America, and I can understand why. There’s a fast food place on every corner and the internet puts and endless amount of entertainment at your fingertips, all it takes is a click. What’s important to understand though, is that we still have a choice. At the end of the day the choice is ours on how we will take care of ourselves. The catch is that choice is almost never the easy one.
I’m about to hit 30, I have a 1 year old daughter and an amazing wife. They deserve me at my best. To do that I need to be healthy. This is what brings me here, ready to commit to a change. Our motto at EE is “Because you don’t have to climb mountains to find adventure in the everyday.” and that applies here so perfectly. Losing the weight and changing how you eat can and will feel like climbing a mountain, but it doesn’t have to. We just have to take it one small hill at a time.
I’ll post updates and give you as much help as I can offer. I would love to have you tag along in this personal adventure of mine. I’m not a fitness guru, or an expert of any kind, I’m just an almost 30 year old dad looking to give his daughter and wife the best possible version of myself.