Ya know it wasn’t but about 12 years ago I was a specimen of strength and manliness. I worked out frequently, I could run 2 miles in 15 minutes and I could bench press over 250 pounds. There wasn’t very much I couldn’t do at 25 years of age. With that being said, during that time I was single and I was fresh out of the Army. The only thing I really had to worry about was myself and the woman I was dating who eventually became my wife.
As time progressed over the years I became less active. I put much less importance on my health and appearance. I placed much more focus on my family, working hard to support my family and what ever time was left was to be spent with my family.
The jobs I have had over the past 12 years didn’t help with my health. The majority of my employment over the last decade has been as a private investigator. There have been countless hours of surveillance and sitting in my vehicle and countless hours of travel around the states I have worked in. Over time I have added over 60 pounds to my manly physique.
So where am I now?
I can’t run for long distances or chase my children around like I should be able to do. I had difficulties in teaching my kids wrestling moves because my body won’t do what my mind tells it to do (without pain).
Even though my wife and children accept me and love me regardless of my appearance I am letting them down. My excessive weight will likely give me health problems in the near future and a shorter life expectancy.
It’s tough to share but I am around 265 pounds at the moment. I am about 100 pounds more than I weighed at 21 years of age. This is not the life I want to live.
Where do I need to be?
I think to be healthier I need to be between 210 – 220 pounds. I need to be at that weight to be more attractive for my wife and more active for my children. I want to grow old and see my children grow up, get married and have children. I want to be around to be a grandfather to my grandchildren. And of course I want to grow old with my wife so we can enjoy our children, grandchildren and vacation together.
This year, 2014 is the year that I get down to an appropriate weight, a healthier weight so I can be the better father and husband I need to be.
Is anyone else looking to change their weight this year? Let me know if you are. I would love know what you are doing to make it happen this year.