Manning Up--RBBC Coach: Bear

I’ve played sports and been active as long as I can remember. My size, or lack of, coupled with the knee surgeries I had acquired playing sports meant that once high school was over, so was my participation in sports. I went away to college and found that I was much better at partying than I had ever been at playing sports. I was eating crap food, not working out, smoking and drinking entirely too much. Press repeat and that about sums up my late teens and 20’s until about the time I met my wife.

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By the time we got married I had added 50 pounds from my high school weight of about 165 and was weighing in at about 215 pounds. I was an absolute mess…I didn’t feel good, I was ignoring the baggage and life issues I had acquired (which we all have some kind of baggage), had no relationship with God, had high cholesterol and blood pressure, and had become pretty good friends with a bottle of whiskey and a 12 pack.
Wifey used to joke around with me that she wasn’t going to marry me unless I was planning on staying healthy enough to stick around for the long term...and I started seeing pictures from our wedding and to be honest I was pretty embarrassed. So…I went for a run with Wifey. Talk about a total disaster. I decided I was much better at picking up heavy things and putting them back down so I started lifting weights. SLOWLY over the course of about 5-6 years I got stronger and lost some weight. But, I still drank too much, was neglecting a relationship with God and couldn’t tell you how to eat healthy if my life depended on it.
In 2012 we started going to church and I met some really amazing people who started to speak truth into my life and I started to learn who God was. This opened my eyes and allowed me to start addressing the mentally and spiritually unhealthy adult I had become. In January of 2013 in some bar in Las Vegas I told my wife I was ready to quit drinking. Thus started a road to recovery. Healthy for me was starting from the inside out. My new relationship with God was growing, I was addressing my baggage rather than drowning it with booze, and I was working out harder and beginning to feel better. I still had no idea how to eat healthy and take care of my body.
Last May wifey started a part time job doing corporate wellness at a local insurance company. She had started a partnership with GetFit to run a CorpFit program at her work and I was invited to participate as a spouse. (Shameless Plug Alert: wifey now runs CorpFit which is basically a bootcamp/foodfit hybrid offered in a business setting…you should look into it if you run a small business). I was hesitant. This GetFit place….I had in mind a weight watcher type diet with a Richard Simmons type cardio session. I didn’t need any of that in my life.

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It wasn’t quite what I expected. Through this program I learned what healthy food is and how food should fuel our bodies and that good food taste really good. The accountability and ease of having meal plans to teach me what/how to eat was super helpful and I don’t think I would be as healthy as I am today without the program. Through the 6 week program I lost 15ish pounds I had been wanting to get rid of and was feeling better than I have ever felt. And these Richard Simmons cardio sessions were destroying me in good way.

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So I guess my take on it all is this…Getting healthy means spiritually, mentally AND physically. For me I can honestly say it all started with a relationship with God that allowed me to start addressing the real issues in my life. Being surrounded by the awesome people and programs at GetFit I have learned how to eat “clean”, live with balance and be an overall healthier version of me. If you’re on the fence, jump! It’s well worth it.