Welcome to the page of the Live Fit Guy. This is a gathering place for those who want to build better lives by getting stronger, fitter, and smarter. It’s about discovering what matters most to you, and organizing your life in such a way to balance those things against the demands we all face. Because, let’s face it – life is hectic. It’s crazy and helter-skelter. We’re all looking for ways to tame the insanity.
What you can expect to find
Live Fit Blog features articles intended to provide helpful information on ways to live a balanced life, from the perspective of a middle aged man. These are wide-ranging subjects, and could cover topics such as: health and fitness, motivation, family, relationships, and inspiration. My passion is learning — about everything. But please understand, I’m an amateur. That’s what makes it fun.
Who Is The Live Fit Guy?
I’m a regular 39-year old guy who’s married with kids. I have an advanced degree, and passion for, science of all stripes. While in graduate school, my education took precedence over my health, and I fell into a cycle of poor sleep habits, worse eating habits, and too little exercise. Starting my career only exacerbated the situation.
Like most people I suspect, I’m trying to balance a full-time job, the demands of family life (spouse, kids, house), fitness, and all my other interests as well. This blog is about my journey toward understanding the science behind fitness, weight loss, and balanced living. I’ll share what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to weight loss, fitness, managing health, and life in general. I have no ambition to be a professional athlete. I simply want to understand how to improve my quality of life by the thoughtful application of common sense principles. Getting and staying fit is a goal to achieve so I can accomplish all the other things I want to do; not an end unto itself.
At 6’2″ tall, seven years ago I weighed 242 lbs, and had a BMI of 31.1. I started off trying to lose weight by simply exercising daily. Over the course of my journey, I have completed a handful of 5K races, one 10K race, one half marathon, and two triathlons. Despite success on the race course, losing weight proved hard to do.
What I’ve discovered during my journey, is that it takes more than just exercise to lose weight, but rather experience has taught me how my choice of food for weight loss is tied is connected with weight loss. Exercise is required for fitness, and it takes both to lead a balanced lifestyle. I have since altered my workouts between bodyweight training, running, swimming, cycling, and resistance training, and have come to believe in the advantages of cross training to build overall fitness. Since I have started varying my workout routine, I have experienced fewer injuries and find more pleasure in my workouts. Recently, I have paid a great deal more attention to nutrition, blood work, blood pressure, medication, and risk factors for illness. Today, I weigh in around 189-pounds, and have managed to hold steady at, or around, that weight for 7-years. I’ve managed it by applying basic nutritional principles, coupled with a routine exercise regimen.
The amazing thing about getting one aspect of your life in order is that it seems to be contagious. As one thing starts falling in place, others seem to follow suit. Mine started with fitness and health. From there, it evolves into money and parenting, job and life priorities. I suspect many people follow a similar path, and would love to learn their stories as well.
So, please, take a look around, and see what you think. Hopefully, there are things here that you find interesting. If so, please join the discussion.
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