Level Up Your Character!

Welcome to 2017! I have a few friends doing these “Life Report” style blogs, where they have catchy titles, list their goals, and use the interwebz to keep them accountable. I would like to do that, and I have access to interwebz, and people! I don’t have a catchy title, so since I’ve been playing D&D lately I figured why not do this like I’m gaining XP and leveling up? That also fits with the book I’m reading, again, called the Nerdist Way! More on that later.

“Why do you post all those workout pics?”

Alright, so here’s the blog I was going to write before my dog got super sick. Ever since I moved my fitness stuff from my personal Facebook page to a “Like” page I’ve had some steady growth, but also a few people asking why I post up a picture every day of myself working out. Most are cool, but there have been a couple people that are obviously down on themselves and out of shape but feel the need to make me bad about making myself a priority.

You drink beer AND lose weight?!

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Talk to just about anyone about getting into shape and one of the first things they say is “Cut out beer! It’s nothing but empty calories, and all those carbs!” There are even jokes about doing “12 ounce curls” or having a “beer gut”. Well, imagine being a home brewer and owner of a craft beer pub while also being a personal trainer and fitness coach! What if I were to tell you that you can continue to enjoy great craft beer and still get in shape? *twists waxed mustachios*

It’s tough living a fit life

I knew it was only a matter of time. All my life I’ve been the “fat” kid. I graduated High School weighing in at 265lbs and a 52” waist. College got a little better and I dropped to about 230. Then I found Beachbody and everything changed. But, this isn’t a post about all of that. It’s actually the “after” post. Not about hitting my lowest weight at 172lbs, running Half Marathons, or finally wearing “normal” size clothes. No, this is a realization that without constant effort things change.

I weighed myself last week and was absolutely floored. I weight in at 220 pounds. It hit me that I’m the heaviest I’ve been in a decade. What really hit me is that my wife has never seen me this heavy, and that’s what really got me fired up. See, I’m a guy that could honestly care less what people think about me. How I look, how I act, what I do with my life. But hitting an all time low for my family is the worst feeling in the world. I mean, keep in mind, I’m not “fat”. I have spent the past year packing on muscle, but I also won’t tell myself that it’s all muscle. My body fat percentage is currently 27%. While not as nice as that ideal 15% I want to be at, I can still see muscle definition. I can do my pull-ups, push ups, and run a 5k no problem. But, my pants are tighter and my shirts aren’t as comfy. If you follow me on social media you may be baffled. I mean I workout EVERY single day. And not just walking in my living room to 70’s pop. P90X3, Les Mills Combat, Insanity. Intense workouts. So what’s the deal?

In short, time and nutrition. Since working to open the pub I have really let my nutrition go to shit. Oh I drink my Shakeology every day. But I also drink more the 2 beers a night, eat tater tots and fries. But I only eat chicken and black bean patties! But they’re usually in Sriracha Mayo and beer cheese. I’m sorry, but no amount of exercise will keep that kind of eating at bay. When I was logging my macros and nutrition I found I’d be OK on the calorie account, but my diet was very high in fat and carbs. This has been going on for roughly 7 months, so I’m actually shocked I’ve only packed on 20 pounds!

The point of this post is for those of you that are already in shape. Don’t take your eye off the ball. Ever. Don’t allow yourselves to get complacent with yourselves. Don’t let the excuses creep up. It starts with one. Have a fun night every now and then, but when your pants start to get tight, you tighten up.

And for those of you still working toward your goal, it is absolutely essential you don’t think getting to your goal is the end. It isn’t. You can still backslide. You can still fail. You can still lose it all. So stay strong, have a plan, and stay in the fight.

As for me? Well this is day three sticking to my nutrition and workout plan. Pants are already a little looser, and weigh-in day is coming up.