My Story

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Aruba 2016

So who am I?  I am a lifelong gym rat who found out after almost fifty years I didn’t know a heck of a lot about fitness, nutrition, or what it meant to be “healthy”. Don’t get me wrong, I thought I did, I was just delusional. At the age of 48 I found myself in a position all too common today in America. I was about 80 pounds overweight, I had metabolic syndrome, and I didn’t think I had a weight, or health problem.
In the spring of 2010 I had a lightning bolt hit. I was a drilling Navy Reserve Officer, and had been for 26 years. I was told I was too close to retirement to be mobilized to deploy overseas. They told me that right up to the day I received my orders to deploy overseas. It was a bit of a shock. I knew that the obese old guy staring back at me in the mirror was never going to pass the pre-deployment physical. If I couldn’t pass the physical I would have had to retire immediately. I didn’t want to end my career with this embarrassment.
I was depressed and angry with myself for letting things get so far out of hand. I didn’t know what to do. Obviously what I had been doing wasn’t working. I thought I ate pretty well. I worked out fairly regularly. I was generally active in my daily life. I thought I was healthy. I was wrong. How did I get so far in this hole?
I continued on dazed and confused for a couple of months, not knowing what to do. In July of 2010 I was at my heaviest and I only had until November to lose a major amount of weight before deploying. A friend of mine had just lost a lot of weight using one of the nationally known weight loss programs that provides prepackaged food and some guidance, so I thought I would give it a try. In three months I lost FIFTY pounds. Although I was still overweight and relatively out of shape, I was able to pass my pre-deployment physical and was sent on an all expenses paid year long vacation to exotic Djibouti, Africa.
During my year in Africa I was able to maintain my weight loss and I started working out regularly. I was doing a lot of cardio, because that’s all I really knew. When I returned from Africa In December of 2011 I was still thirty to forty pounds overweight, but I was working out almost every day. I would do two to three hours of cardio, but I wasn’t losing weight. The old tricks just didn’t seem to work. In January of 2012 I decided to try the weight loss program I had used before. In two months I shed another thirty plus pounds. I was at the same weight I graduated high school, 200 pounds!
The problem was, I realized that I couldn’t go back to the way I was working out and eating as before, that plan just wasn’t working. In the early spring of 2012 I started my journey of knowledge into health, nutrition, fitness and wellness. Right from the beginning I realized that I had been living under a rock when it came to actual knowledge about those things. I realized almost everything I thought I knew about those subjects was wrong.
In the four years since then I have been on this journey to figure out what it means to be Healthy and Fit. I have been a passionate student of nutrition and I have learned what the word wellness means. I started this blog to help others, who like me, are lost and need help finding their way. I hope in some small way I can help you find your path.

July 4th 2010
July 4th 2010
Rick spring 2010
Spring 2010

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