Deciding to get back in shape

I was never the guy who thought that I was out of shape or unhealthy. I would eat whatever I wanted and didn’t think twice about it. When I started to get a gut it didn’t really bother me.  When my clothes didn’t fit anymore I told myself that my metabolism was slowing down. When I was at work and I’d find myself getting tired and out of breath quickly I told myself that I was getting older and that’s what happens when we get older. The problem is I was only 37 and even though my son doesn’t agree 37 isn’t that old. It hit me one day at the doctors office that something was wrong. I had borderline high blood pressure and tipped the scale at 280. That’s when I knew something had to change. I didn’t have all the answers and still don’t so I asked for help. There is nothing wrong with seeking out assistance especially when it comes to our health. The person that I asked helped me change my perspectives on working out and my eating habits. He also taught me about the discipline of consistency. This means that we don’t get frustrated when life happens and we miss a workout but to be disciplined enough to get back at it the next day and stay consistent at it. For me I started small with just a run/walk around the block followed with some push ups and sit ups. I had to take baby step when getting back in shape because if I went to big to quick I would get burned out. I made the commitment to myself to do this 3 times a week  until I could run around the block without stopping to walk. I also committed to do 10 push ups and 10 sit ups 3 times a week until I could do them without stopping. After I achieved that I would increase but only a little bit.

I’m happier now that I asked for help and took the proper steps to get my health back on track. After I was doing this for a few weeks I noticed that not only did I feel good about myself but I gained energy as well. My happiness overflowed into other areas of my life as well. I became  positive with just about everything that came my way and it helped me strengthen some of my relationships as well. I took on the mindset that one day my son will have kids and I want to be that cool grandpa that can run around and play with my grandkids.

If any of this hits home for any of you then I would encourage you to make the same decision that I did and seek out assistance. Is it easy? No but our lives are worth it. There are no magic pills. There are no shortcuts. There is no easy paths just hard work but with the right mindset and positive attitude we all can push through the pain.

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One of my favorite movies series that helps motivate me is Rocky. I’m sure some of you have seen them and probably know that he never quits until he wins. One of my favorite quotes came in Rocky 5 during the street fight when Rocky looks at his opponent and says “I didn’t hear no bell. One more round. “We can all use that line and use the next round to kick start our health.

To end this I’m going to quote  Jocko Willink. ” Get up. Get out there and Get After It!”

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The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively by Gary Chapman

Every one of our children is different and they all need to be shown love differently. Knowing each child and how they need to be loved is an important part of being a good dad. Knowing how our kids need to be loved is also helpful in knowing the best way to discipline each child.

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08 – The Discipline of Consistency with Omar Fuentes

Omar Fuentes, founder of the Semper Fi Project, joins us this week to talk about intentionality, getting after your goals even when you don’t feel like it, and being emotionally intelligent when it comes to parenting.

Omar can be found at the following sites:

http://twitter.com/donomarfuentes

https://www.instagram.com/donomarfuentes/

The Semper Fi Project is at www.semperfiproject.com

 

We referenced Jocko Podcast throughout this episode. Please check that one out and you can find Jocko’s book here.

05 – Overcoming Parenting Mistakes

We all make mistakes. It’s important that we don’t dwell on them and we learn how to move past them and improve. In this episode I’m talking about the mistakes we can make in discipline and how to get better.

 

Are you a dad who wants to get better every day? We’ve got a group on FB just for dads like you. Check it out here.

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