From my Facebook
So I had no intentions of posting this. I shared it with a few friends because honestly, for one of the few times in my life I'm proud of an accomplishment.
These pics are 53 weeks apart, and about 40 pounds apart.
I am not going to bore you with some nonsensical "I do this for me" bullshit.
I did it mainly for my kids.
I will be 41 next month. A year ago, I decided that I really wanted to get serious about my health, my eating, and really dedicate myself to training exceptionally hard again. That included doing conditioning again.
I know some guys could do this in 12 or 16 weeks or whatever, but I was not getting ready for some "show". I was getting ready for a better life. And that was more important to me.
I can tell you this. Being fat is kinda like being dead or stupid. Or it was for me.
When you are dead, you don't know that you are dead. It is difficult only for the others. It is the same when you are stupid.
When you see yourself everyday, you don't realize overtime how fat you are getting until you wake up one day and go "holy shit, I'm really fat!"
By normal people's standards I guess I wasn't fat at 280+ pounds but I sure felt and looked fat to me.
I also didn't realize just how much god damn fat you carry in your forehead. I mean it's like your body goes "ok there's no place else for this shit to go, so we're putting it on top of your god damn head now, fat ass."
Anyway, I'm still not "done" from a goal standpoint, but it feels very rewarding to look back now and see what the last year as brought. I can fucking sprint all day long. My strength obviously isn't where it was, but that's also hard to say because my training is so different now. All of my big movements come in a state where I'm incredibly exhausted. So I really have to way to compare.
But the fact is, pounds on the bar aren't really that important at the moment. I had other goals I wanted to achieve and I'm right on top of them. If my pec continues to heal then it's possible I may compete in another meet in the next year, but right now I'm not worried about that.
I wanted to say thanks to Trevor Kashey who helped kick things off last year and basically told me over and over again "you're still fat.....you're still fat..........nope, still fat" during the early period in this transition. Honestly, that kept me motivated as fuck.
I also got my entire old wardrobe back. Which is fucking cool.
As I said, one of the few times I have taken a real moment to reflect back on the entire year of 2015 and what I accomplished. And for the first time in a long time, I feel pretty satisfied with my efforts. I can say without pause, I worked my fat ass off for them.