Primally yours - My latest adventure
Good morning folks. I woke up this morning feeling a little groggy and tired due to my inconsistent sleep patterns (sick kids and the brain wouldn't shut off). Over the past few weeks I have been working hard at getting back into shape and getting the proper balance of food, workouts and sleep with moderate success and some failures.
I work in a very sedentary job (great paying but extremely stressful) where I talk on the phone all day and try to find great people to work in my hospitals. It may not seem stressful but managing 2 hospitals that are on opposite ends of the spectrum in processes gets old. I like my job, not love but like. I drive about 750 miles per week and after a little over a year I am growing tired of spending that much time in a car. I only mention this b/c well its starting to affect other aspects of my life. I don't see my kids or wife nearly enough, I take breaks from my nutritional plan and eat garbage b/c I am surrounded by it, I get lazy from sitting too long and moody from dealing with some not so smart people.
I already have a Primal Blueprint journal started but its time to start a new chapter, a fresh start. Last night as I lay thinking in bed about my life, my goals and everythig in between I started to realize that things were way out of balance and I need to make some serious changes. As for my diet, hate that word, I have completely cut out sodas, 90-95% processed foods, decided to prepare all of my own food - no more breakfast runs at 5 AM on the way to work, and no more candy. I have a gigantic sweet tooth but the more I read and more importantly what I see at the hospital has pushed me to make wholesale changes to better myself and those around me.
I have always been athletic. I started playing organized sports at 4 along with pick-up games in any sport available (basketball, football, soccer, etc). I love competition and the concept of a team. My parents put me in sports yearround to use up the enormous amount of energy I had (still have). I was the guy who played football, basketball, ran indoor track, played baseball (2 years) and ran outdoor track. I couldn't get enough until I screwed the pooch and my shoulder basically gave out. I over-extended myself with football (QB 7 on 7 drills in the spring) and baseball (pitcher/3rd base) and after only a year of college football I had shoulder surgery to fix a posterior dislocation along with my shredded rotator cuff and nerve damage. It never hurt that bad but when my arm went numb I knew I had to take a break for a day and then back to normal.
It took me 4 years to get over this surgery and then I finally joined the Army and spent 9 years travelling to the biggest shit holes on the planet. While I loved the traveling part I began to hate the beaurocracy. I longed for the good ole days of either combat or training. I loved the challenges it presented when its you and your team going after a target, storming a building or working together to accoplish the mission at hand. I miss those days but all the other crap you can keep. Blah, blah, blah.
Fast forward to today. I am a 33 yr old father of two with a slightly bad back, ridiculous work schedule and enough energy to power a small city. If I don't get up and do something my back tightens up, I get stressed and anxious. I fall into a bad pattern of not moving enough, getting distracted and making excuses. One would think that after realizing this I would get up, knock out some push-ups or squats to alleviate this but again bad patterns form and they can be hard to break.
I started to reread the Primal BluePrint along with other sites like www.madbarz.com, www.globalbodyweighttraining.com and youtube videos of Hannibal the King. The motivaiton is back and I feel like I am getting my house in order again. I have set up a 90 day challenge with certain benchmarks that I must hit. It is broken down into 30 day intervals b/c anyone can do anything for 30 days. The goal is to continuously build momentum and create the habits needed to move onto my next challenge of being able to muscle-ups and 1 arm push-ups. The ultimate goal would be to open a Family Practice/bodyweight gym that not only focuses on your physical health but also incorporates proper nutrition, classes on stress reduction and living a good life. First I have to start with myself and then I can focus on others.
Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.