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Due to a sedentary lifestyle, let's say it has been a while since I have considered myself "in shape". I know, round is a shape and that is the shape I am in! Recently, I have decided to get into better physical shape and here is my reason. I'm 40 years old and I just started my family. My daughter turned 1 in January and I turn 41 in June and I know if I don't do something, the likelyhood of seeing my daughter growup is pretty small. I'm 40 pounds over weight and a cholesteral level just short of butter. Fat dumb and happy doesn't begin to cover it, though after a while, the happy isn't as happy as it used to be.

So, I join a gym and start watching what I eat. More oatmeal and cereal, less bacon and sausage. Fish and chicken instead of beef. I stay away from eggs entirely and I watch the portions I eat. I get up a 4:30 AM and go to the gym to work out an hour before I go to work. When I started, I couldn't do more than 3 push ups or walk more than 10 minutes without seeing black spots in front of my eyes.

One month later, I can do 20 push ups (it almost kills me, but I can do it!) and I can walk at 4 MPH on a 5% incline for 30 minutes! I've went from 225 to 218 lbs and my clothes fit better and I am feeling my self esteem return.

I WILL be in shape soon, but I have a realistic outlook. It took me 20 years to get out of shape this bad, so it will take some time to get back in top form. And I also know my top form at 41 will not be the same as my top form at 20, but I hope to get close.

And playing disc golf is part of my routine! Running on a treadmill is fine, but I love being outdoors in the fresh air to play a round. You have got to remember to have fun along the way.

My little Shelby, daddy does this for you. I lost my father at a young age and I don't want you to go through that. I plan to be around to see you graduate, get a job, and raise a family. Just don't wait as long as your old man did, I wan't to have some time with my grandchildren too.

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Comment by Ken McKinney on April 9, 2008 at 4:47pm
Thanks for the encouragement guys! BogieWon, its hard for a southern boy to give up the bacon and gravy biscuits cold turkey, but as long as it is just once in a while and in moderation, I get some =) Bill, good on ya right back mate! Kudos on the smoking AND losing weight. When I kicked, thats when the weight really started piling on. Thanks again for the good comments guys!
Comment by Bill on April 9, 2008 at 1:46pm
at 34 and 223 lbs I got some startling blood work back from the Dr and realized I didn't want to "live" like that since I wasn't really living. I had given up booze cuz it was killing me, why not ding-dongs and Dr Pepper too? So I did and started playing DG as basically my only regular source of exercise. 2 years later I've been under 160 for over a year AND quit smoking in the process. I'm in the best shape I've been since high school football decades ago and have energy all day, like I was a reborn man. "Good on ya" as they say in the islands and keep up the great work.
Comment by BogieWon on April 9, 2008 at 1:05pm
Good thinking, Ken! I'm kinda in the same boat (over 40 and outta shape). Way to get your life into perspective, and to take control of it. Pretty soon, you'll be taking your daughter out golfing with you!!! No bacon sounds pretty harsh to me though....LOL!

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