My Wife Made Me Do It (About Me)

At the end of December 2015 before I fell into the official “New Year, New Me” crowd I decided I needed to make a change. A friend of mine asked me to sign up for the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour. For those that don’t know it’s a 40 mile bike ride through all of the boroughs of New York City. I signed up. The only problem was that I weighed over 400 pounds at the time. image

I knew I had to make some changes or I would be seriously embarrassed come the day of the bicycle ride. They would be carrying me to the hospital. ┬áNot only that but I have a young daughter and I knew that if I kept up my lifestyle, I wouldn’t be around to dance with her at her wedding or play with my grandchildren.

On top of all of that I knew I had to make a change because of the line of work that I’m in, Law Enforcement, I knew that I was allowing the hustle of the job get in the way of my health in a career where your health is detrimentally important. Quite often, like in my case, we put the job first, then family and then ourselves often neglecting our own needs leading to weight gain and an unhealthy lifestyle. I graduated the academy at 250 pounds and got out of control to over 400 in only 9 years. I needed to change.

.image

So I started a diet using The Underarmour My Fitness Pal app. I stuck to it for a few months. Lost about 30 or so pounds. Then I bought an exercise bike for indoor exercising and I bought a Trek mountain bike to ride to the train and then ride from the train to my job and visa versa. As I am writing this I am now down 50 pounds and plan on losing 175 pounds total.

imageimage

 

 

The truth is I would never think about writing a blog or being a part of trying to inspire others through physical fitness, but my wife encouraged me to do it. My friends and family don’t even know I am making this blog although I’m sure they’ll find out and crush me ┬árelentlessly because this is the complete opposite of something I would do. I thought twice even 10 times about doing this, but my wife made me do it. She said what I’m doing can help others who are in the same situation, and you know what? She’s right. If I can help even one person live a longer more fulfilling life or help another cop live a longer retirement or survive a deadly encounter then it was worth the crushing I would get from my friends. I should have started this from the beginning of my journey to health, but here I am starting it a little late but still early enough to share my progress with all of you until I reach my goal and continue to be more fit and healthy. My Wife Made Me Do It, but I have no regrets. Let’s do this together. Join Me.

image

This is my wife and I in Aruba down 40 pounds.