“Am I going to make it?”
This was the main thought going through my head as I held my daughter in my arms for the first time. I was 43 years old… I was obese, had high blood pressure, pre-diabetic, painful chronic inflammation, low testosterone and the list goes on and on. I worked too many hours at my corporate job and even though I believed I was mostly doing the right things with regards to my health, I just kept getting sicker. The doctors prescribed medication, surgery and advice like “watch your sugar.” None of that made me better.
I knew I needed to make a change. Over the years I’d tried dozens of diets and workout programs with varied levels of success. I tried Atkins, juice cleanses, Paleo, Keto, P90x, insane cardio, HCG (that one worked REALLY WELL… until I stopped then POOF – I ballooned again!) After all of those years of struggle, there I sat… fatter and in worse health than ever.
I was imagining a future where I might not be around to see my daughter graduate from college, or walk down the aisle, or even meet my grandkids! And even if I were blessed enough to still be around for these moments in the future, what version of me would be there for her? Would I be able to walk the aisle without losing my breath? Would I be able to take the grandkids to Disney without riding around on a scooter? Could I travel with my family anywhere in the world without them having to “give me special attention”? Or worse… Would I be dependent on her to take care of me?
I understood that my future depended solely on what I did right now. But up to this point… everything I’d tried had failed. Over the next three years, I experimented with different tactics before finally discovering how to not only get into the best shape of my life, but to MAINTAIN it forever. That was the key.
I reversed every negative health condition, lost the weight and increased my self-confidence. Maybe the natural testosterone boost had a little something to do with the confidence boost as well! I have more energy and focus. And most importantly, I KNOW that I’m doing everything in my power to be the best husband and father I can be. I plan to be here and healthy for a long, long time.