Freshman 15 translates to Father 50

Plate Blog Photo

I’ve always been a little on the “Husky”side growing up. My parents did a wonderfully dutiful job of ensuring I did not waste food and “Cleared my plate.” So needless to say, I blame my parents!! It has to be their fault right?  As far as I can remember they never placed emphasis on balance, or eating my veggies, just simply “Not a lot of sweets.”  I wasn’t really active as a kid although I loved to jump on the trampoline and would ride my bike for hours. I guess it wasn’t enough to burn off all the plate cleaning I was doing.

I think I have a disorder of sorts.  I can’t tell when I’m full, if I like something I will eat it and eat it and eat it.  I’m surprised I’m not 500 lbs. they way I like to eat, although I have learned a little self control along the way.  I’ve done an excellent job at keeping my weight down and manageable, but if given the opportunity I could eat a whole bag of Doritos in one sitting (Nacho cheese is my fav.) I know as a dad, I’ve let myself go and even though the kids keep me busy, I don’t like to waste food, and find myself cleaning my plate…and the plates of 5 other kids too. This has led to a little problem in the fitness area.

When Eliana (our first) was born, Nan had not just morning sickness, but all day sickness.  It was 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  She would eat small meals 20 times a day just to keep some kind of nourishment in her body.  Only problem was I would eat with her, but it wasn’t small meals, it was more like full meals.  Well 9 months later I had gained 40 lbs, and although I looked pretty pregnant, I couldn’t blame it on a kid.  My baby wasn’t leavin’ any time soon.

Fast forward 4 kids and several years back I had lost a 30 lbs and was pretty close to my married weight of 195.  I was feeling really good, working out when I could several times a week eating right, and trying to eat better by making small changes that I could stick with. I was running in the summer with my kids in the mornings, but my schedule changed and running at 3:30 am just isn’t goin’ to work for me. Anyone feelin’ me on that one?

Running Shoes

I decided that it’s time to get back into gear now that we’ve adjusted to having a newborn in the house. I need to get back in the groove and fit some fitness into my busy lifestyle since my heal

 With a new year comes a renewed focus so I am embarking on a new workout regimen by  Since I don’t have a lot of time or room for a bunch of weights, this seemed like a plan I can stick with and can do at home.  I am taking before, after and progress pictures hoping that it will motivate me to keep it goin’!  Once I complete it I will post pics…

Wish me luck!

Question:  What kind of fitness goals have you set for yourself now that you have kids or a family? What has worked for you and what hasn’t?

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