About the Blog

Posted by Andrew on July 11th, 2016

Thanks for stopping by. I plan on updating this page twice a week with stories, observations and inspiration and hopefully give you a smile or two. If you have any ideas for a post you'd like to see make sure to contact me and let me know what you'd like to see.

About Me

When I was a kid I lived on a 10 acre hobby farm out in the sticks which backed onto thousands of acres of wilderness to explore. I had no TV. The world was my playground. I rode my bike everywhere. I loved sports. I played outside all the time.

Then I graduated high school and "real life" happened. I had kids young and earned myself a desk job. Sports were a thing of the past. My waistline grew and my weight crept up. Finally at 39 I looked at myself in the mirror and thought that there is NO way that I can look like this when I am 40. At my worst I was 262 lbs. My waistline was 44 and sometimes even my 44s were tight. I have always been "big" because I am short and stocky, but I was out of control. I had to make a change, fast!

A few years back I joined a local YMCA because they were close to where I lived. I was paired up with a young coach who was getting her Bachelor in Kinesiology. It was like combining choclate and peanut butter. I was dying to learn everything and she was learning and wanting a guinea pig to try out her newfound knowledge.

The Y was a great pick because there wasn't that "gym" feeling to it. I know now that unless you are screwing up your form majorly (or are extremely attractive) most people don't even notice you; they are focused on their own workout. But a new person at the gym, especially a fatty who has no idea what they are doing feels like they are wearing a blinking sign that says "I'm new, make fun of me!"

I started small. But it didn't take long to rekindle the fire for exercise and the rush of endorphins. I kept learning and kept trying new things. My coach threw everything she could at me. Finally I tried deadlifting. Starting with 10lb "training wheels", I learned form and technique.

So excited to do my first 2 plate (225lb) lift here! (Pardon the gloves!)

Very quickly I became addicted to the gym. I went from 3 days a week, to 4 then 5. At one point I was working out 6 days a week and taking classes in the evening. I was on the verge of a serious injury but I couldn't stop, I loved it so much. Eventually I "slowed it down" to just working out in the mornings 5 to 6 days a week.

This year in May I did my first ever competition. It was the "big three" (squat, bench and deadlift). I had a blast. I can't wait to do more. (That's 170kg/374lbs on the ground there!)

What does "fit into your dress clothes" mean?
I am not sure exactly where I read it, but it was a quote about how we can "trick" our clothes like jeans, shorts, sweat pants, etc into fitting our body types, but dress clothes have no forgiveness. You know instantly if you have lost or gained just by putting on a pair of nice pants.

I'm just a guy. I don't eat right all the time. I crave sugar and salt. Some mornings I force myself out of bed to get to the gym. Some days the weights are much heavier than they were the day before.

What I AM here to tell you is that it's never too late to reinvent yourself. If you told me 5 years ago that I would be doing what I am doing now, I would have laughed in your face. One day at a time is all it takes to change your life forever.

I'm not here to tell you that if you follow my page, you will be ripped in no time. Not at all. I'm here to talk about my experiences, observations and hopefully entertain. If you learn something along the way or you are inspired by something I write then even better!

Let's have some fun!