How Fitness Saved My Life (part 1)
Hey guys, my name is Charlie and I used to eat Mcdoubles and taco bell for dinner. Every other day. It was pretty bad. I guess it never really hit home until I saw a picture of myself on facebook when I was 18 and a picture of myself at 26 (thanks social media). My boss at the time had dubbed me “big guy”. I thought it was endearing at the time until it hit me. My nickname wasn’t always “big guy”. In fact, I practically lived at the basketball court as a teen. At 26 years old I was 60 lbs overweight, smoked a pack of Marlboro’s a day, and couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without at least 2 or 3 expletives pouring out of my mouth.
Now, my grind has definitely changed. I’m a certified personal trainer, the gym is my second home, and I eat pretty darn healthy (yes, I do have cheat meals, don’t judge me). I’m 32 and I feel like I’m 22 (most of the time). My video game collection still exists, and I probably won’t be winning the ninja warrior crown anytime soon, but I’ve come a long way. I’m sharing my story because i hope that my experiences will help you realize that any and ALL of your goals can be attained. For realsies. Anything. You CAN lose that weight, you CAN get that promotion, you CAN ace that exam.
You just need a plan!
So here’s my story, I hope you guys like it.
Richmond, VA. Another day at work. God it was boring. I couldn’t wait for my next smoke break. At least I could get off the sales floor for a little bit and “breathe” (or smoke a cigarette in this case). I was a glorified supervisor at a grocery store. Coaching people always seemed to come second nature to me, and I had a good bond with the crew I had been working with at the time (Coaching is way more fun when you aren’t at a grocery store). But something felt wrong. I wanted better for myself, my girlfriend (who is now my wife, love you babe!), and my overall health. I used to be in such good shape what the heck happened?
This… this is what happened. A LOT
So I decided I’d start working out and reading nutritional info online to get some direction. I promised myself and my g/f that I would start being honest with myself and sharing my feelings and thoughts (this was super important, at least for me). You know, Stuff that I’d never let go of. It helped. A LOT. Cardio was my workout of choice when I had gotten started. I would go to my apartment gym everyday and run about a mile, sometimes a mile and a half and clocked myself. After about 2 weeks I started seeing some pretty decent improvements on my time, but I was still smoking. So I decided it was time to stop abusing myself. I called a quit hotline from the breakroom at work, got myself some free nicorette, and I was off. I still ran a lot, and had eventually gotten a gym membership. Every workout I’d remind myself about how much better I had gotten, and how much better I’d be once I kicked the habit. About 2 months later, I finally put down the cigs, and am breathing and performing better than ever.
My body was feeling great, and my mind was clear. Now I just needed a plan. I knew it was time to get a better job, and to do something I loved. I couldn’t wait, But what now?
Alright guys, i'm off to the gym, but check back soon to hear about how I created a plan for my health and future, and hopefully it will speak to you too!