The First Post: Why Now?

  My 8-Week Transformation: Post Surgery (04/20/2016) vs. Now (06/16/2016)

My 8-Week Transformation: Post Surgery (04/20/2016) vs. Now (06/16/2016)

I have a busy life. I’m a husband to my beautiful wife, a father to my amazing daughter, and a loyal employee to my company. I also like to workout. A lot.

If I’m not at home with my family or at work, chances are I’m at the gym. Fitness has always been a big part of my life so why, now, am I starting a blog dedicated to it? Simply put, fitness is not just something I enjoy, it is my passion.

In January of this year, I had surgery to repair the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and torn cartilage in my knee. By all means, I had been lucky until that point. I’ve had my fair share of sprains and fractures, but nothing too serious.

My friends used to joke that it was only a matter of time before a major incident ended my sports “career”. A couple of them were even laughing so hard when my initial knee injury occurred that they were in literal tears. I promise they’re good people. And in their defense, hearing me let out a scream after stepping in a sprinkler hole on the lawn of the Texas State Capitol building in Austin while chasing down a frisbee was probably pretty funny.

Prior to surgery, I was what most people would consider very active, healthy, and athletic. I worked out almost every day, ate well, and practiced good habits. By all means, I was working hard.

But I was never actually working toward anything.

I wasn’t preparing for an event or competing in a sport or even trying to reach a new bench press personal record. More or less, I was just fit for the sake of being fit. Post surgery, however, my goals became clear.

For two weeks after surgery, I couldn’t travel further than my bed to the couch. I had to strap into a machine that extended and contracted my leg for 8 hours a day while I laid around binge watching every notable show on TV.

During that period, I also had a lot of time to listen to podcasts and audiobooks. I listened to everything from sports and fitness to personal development and parenting. Although the sources and subjects of the material varied, one message was abundantly clear: do what you love.

It’s something we’ve heard our entire lives, but for one reason or another we’ve been conditioned to believe it’s not possible. Money, practicality, and (most of all) fear almost always seem to derail the pursuit of our dreams. But the more I heard from entrepreneurs who made it happen for themselves, the more I desired go after something that I truly value.

Fitness is what I love. It's what I do and who I am. It has always been my passion, but in the past I was too blinded by doubt to consider it a viable career option. No longer. I made a decision to no longer be bound by the fear that had previously restrained me. So during those two weeks I wrote down all of the possible ways I could enter the fitness industry and began to form a plan of action.

Initially, the plan was simple; get back range of motion in my leg, build up some strength, and learn how to walk again. After that, I intended to regain the 15 pounds of muscle I lost while dormant. I was back in the gym before I could even walk, hobbling around on crutches from machine to machine. I avoided free weights completely, afraid that someone would trip over me trying to re-rack their dumbbells.

Although it wasn’t pretty, I was making progress. I was in the gym every morning by 6 AM grinding for results. It felt great to have a specific goal in mind and to be motivated to accomplish it.

What felt even better was hearing from others how much I was motivating them. I had countless people approach me and tell me that my dedication to not only come to the gym, but to work my ass off, was driving them to push harder. They told me they appreciated what I was doing, and if the guy with one leg wasn’t taking a day off then neither could they.

It was a truly humbling experience. It was then that a new part of my plan began to take form. Not only did I want to get more involved in fitness and achieve my lofty physical goals, I wanted to help others do the same.

Hence, this blog was born.

I want to do this for many reasons. First and foremost, it’s to help others live healthier. Most of those reading this have a full time job and a busy schedule and don’t want to spend time scouring the internet looking for valid workout and nutrition advice. With all of the Instagram models and fake salesmen flooding timelines with detox systems and magic pills, it gets hard to see through the bullshit.

I want to be the voice of reason.

I want to speak from personal experience and share what has worked for me so that I can help others become more effective. Over the past ten or so years, I’ve learned a lot about fitness and I believe I have some valuable information worth sharing. I plan on writing about topics that are relevant to my audience, and giving actionable advice that will create sustainable, healthy habits. 

Secondly, I want to do this because it holds me accountable. I want to lead by example and show others that it’s possible to make fitness a priority while maintaining a career, a family, and a social life. By making my goals public, I want to push myself to be more than just mediocre. I want to share my successes and my failures because, ultimately, it will help me grow and strive for more.

Finally, I want do this because it’s my passion. I wake up at 4:30 every morning with the fire to challenge myself in the gym. In my spare time, I read article after article about training and nutrition because I’m so hungry for more knowledge.

I hope people will learn something about fitness by visiting this blog, but I also hope that they gain the courage to pursue whatever it is that makes them happy. I recently came across a quote that read, “Don’t just do something you love. Do something that’s valuable, and something that serves others.” I believe that fitness is my outlet to accomplish all three.

What’s yours?