Over the course of time, my body had become weak due to my sedentary life style as a programmer. Through six jobs and ten years of programming hasn’t treated my body well.
A lot of stories will tell you about former athletes or just being very active when they were younger. It sounds the start of a P90x commercial, doesn’t it? My story wouldn’t sound any different other consumers of that product other than I’ve had shortfalls and plenty of them. Maybe writing about them will change things for me and provide some drive.
I used to have hockey practice twice a week, play street hockey with my friends, run, lift weights, play tennis, and bike. Even at 5’7″ my senior year in high school I was barely pushing 135lbs. I haven’t grown vertically any since then, so as you can imagine, I was the “small kid” growing up. My neighbors growing up and my friends today constantly remind me of how short I am. Their wit with short jokes seems infinite, and a constant theme of their keen observational skills.
In college, I became less active and had two meals pretty much throughout my four years in school. I was walking a lot, whether it be to class or bar, so I remained thin. Luckily I was able to play hockey for class, intramural, and a couple travel teams sporadically throughout those four years. During that time, I did have an undying itch still to be stronger and more built, because that was entirely what girls wanted, right? I guess I forgot to mention the amount of beer and booze I consumed and the cigarettes I smoked. My liver and lungs have prevailed so far, but I was weak.
So how did you, for some unknown, reason get to this point in my rambling in my blog? Action on my part and a desire to make a better version of myself. With my 9-5 taking a toll on every aspect of my being, something needed to change. A couple of things did. I met my wife, who told me, she loves arms, so I guess I’m scratching that itch I mentioned earlier. Two, you’re given one asset in life. YOU BETTER TAKE CARE OF IT. I don’t want to be unhealthy, and being a father, I most definitely want to be a good example to my kids.
Now that I’m in my 30’s, I read a lot about life particularly from those with wisdom. One of my favorite quotes that was shared with me was, “Do not fear getting old, it is a privilege denied to many.” My only fear is that my body weakens to the point I can skate anymore, see one of my inspirations. I’m told a lot of people in their 40’s wish they had worked their body more in their 30’s. With all these motivators for me, I don’t think that’ll be hard.
What will drive you?