Redefining the #Dadbod

The making of my #dadbod

Before having children, I thought I was in pretty good shape. This was in my 20’s when my metabolism allowed me to eat whatever and whenever I wanted, and not worry about gaining an ounce of weight. Also, I stayed active through basketball and weight lifting here and there. Sleep, another part of this healthy lifestyle equation was not as mandatory as it was today. I remember hanging out into the night and getting 4-5 hours of sleep. After, I would be totally fine the next day to function in class and at work (working at the mall, not at the hospital!).

As my 20’s came to an end, I was also finishing up Graduate School. With all the demands of studying and putting in the clinical hours in the operating room, I was worrying less and less about my health and well-being. I was so intently focused on my studies that I was not taking my health so seriously. I ate whenever and whatever would satisfy my cravings. And we all know that our metabolism slows down as we reach closer to 30. I had little time for exercise and I became borderline hypertensive.

Exercise? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

I will refuse the #dadbod! I will refuse the #dadbod! I will refuse the #dadbod….

….I will redefine the #dadbod…

2010: Grad School Graduation 2016: 3 kids later….

As you can see in the picture above, I gained some weight during my two years in Grad School!

Fast forward six years and 3 kids later, I actually have less time than I had during school! I had to take MY life into my own hands and stopped making excuses for myself.

So, what did I do?

I started running (<-insert Forrest Gump voice). I finished multiple half marathons and a full marathon in 2013; I started to make healthier decisions with what I ate and made sure that I definitely made time for me and the kids.

Physically, I dropped the excess fat and gained a little (juuust a liiittle) muscle. I feel so much healthier at 36 than I did at 26. I hope to continue this trend and set a good example for my kids to live a healthy and full life.

My work IDs, 6 years apart

In 10 years, I want to be able to say, “I am healthier in my 40’s than I was in my 30’s.”

I hope my story can inspire you to take action into your life to make positive decisions and move your life in the right direction! We shall take the #dadbod moniker and turn it into a positive badge of honor!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ron

Enjoying March Madness

Sitting down on a Friday night enjoying the Sweet 16 with my little Pikachu! Growing up I loved watching basketball with my Dad. I’m hoping that I can share that same experience with my Little Boy. Even my six-year old Daughter is beginning to watch some Laker games with me, which is pretty cool!

Wouldn’t trade these nights for anything. 

Rough Patches

I think it’s hard to deal with what I’m going through by myself. I do notice that I keep my thoughts and feelings to myself. It does look her inside and when I’m by myself, they make my mind race. I hope to use this platform to get these thoughts out of my head and onto these pages.

I know that I am not the only person going through a separation and I am hoping that I can somehow get through this emotionally rough patch in my life at this very moment. And hopefully I can help others with my experience. 

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

-Santiago, The Alchemist

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my little blog. I appreciate you!

-Ron

Hello Everyone!

So this is my first post on this new blog. Hmmm, I don’t know what to say on here. It’s always a little awkward to get things started. Do I start with an intro? Do I start with what to expect from me and this blog? It’s a hard thing to start because I want to start on a good foot for you.

But here’s the deal; as I grow as a dad, so will this blog.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Ron