2003: The Best Shape of my Life!
Just before my son Ayden was born, I had a healthy pot belly and weighed 210 pounds. Over a 7 week period, I began to eat right and run. I did push-ups, sit-ups and occasionally curled my 35 pound dumbbells. I video taped my progress each week. Attached are still pictures from the VCR.
I continued my training, although not as relentless. I dropped down to 178 at one point, which was my weight in high school as a sophomore. As Josh would say, I was fully yoked! You could even see my ab's. I didn't have a washboard but the 6-pack was evident.
Here's my point; I live like a yo-yo! Not any more. I weighed 217 yesterday. Although I am hiking daily now, I'm actually taking it easy. This kind of exercise should be a given. Maybe not to the extreme of every single day, but that's my motive to bring it back. It's really for my health. I remember when my dad had his 2nd heart attack and he said, "...I messed up". Well, I've been messing up and I know it. These first thousand days will be my warm up.
Honestly, I'm a pretty slow hiker. I rely on sheer will to truck power my way up the mountain. My first ever real expedition was when Ayden was born. Ever since then, I've had a passion for it. Tomorrow, I anticipate climbing Montecito Peak. This should be a good one and many more great ones to come. Of course, there will be some duds to help fill the gaps.