I spent the first 20 years as an adult in the United States Marine Corps.
I had a motorcycle accident that broke my toes, leg and lower arm. I recovered from that and passed the physical fitness test so I could get meritoriously promoted.
The Marine Corps kept me in pretty good shape. However, I never was really that strong as I don’t think I ever did bench press my own weight. I know I came close a couple of times but then something would interrupt my workout routine. Of course, I was able to run/jog three miles as that was part of the fitness test. They went from situps to crunches while I was in but that was never a problem.
My biggest problem was that I didn’t have a lot of upper body strength, so when they went from pullups where you could kip to dead hang pullups that made it tough. Needless, to say I did what I needed to do and got strong enough to be able to do my pullups; however, if I didn’t work out regularly I would lose muscle mass and strength as I was in my mid-to-late 30s when the change occurred.
I did what I could to stay in shape my last few years in the Marine Corps.
I took karate classes with our daughter my last two years in before retirement. That also helped but was a different kind of exercise so didn’t help with my pullups.
After retirement, I became a desk jockey and went from 185# to 234# at one point. I went in for some problem or other and the doctor said I had high blood pressure and recommended pills. I said no, I needed to exercise and lose weight and I did. Also, during the past 20 years I had a variety of health problems pop up, some one right after another.
I had my gall bladder removed, I had a desmoid tumor removed from my arm at Mayo Clinic, I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my shoulder.
What a year that was!
So, I know how to lose weight, the healthy way. I know how to work out and build up strength over the long term.
Its been 20 years as a couch potato and its time to take back control of my body and gain back more quality of life before its irreversible due to old age.
Come join me on this journey to be fit for life.