My Wife Made Me Do It. The Beginning of My Journey

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.

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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. Not 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.

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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.

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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 relentlessly 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.

My wife and I in Aruba down 40 pounds.

My wife and I in Aruba down 40 pounds.

212 thoughts on “My Wife Made Me Do It. The Beginning of My Journey

  1. Gene says:

    Aaron that is amazing I too am on a journey to be able to dance with my daughters at their wedding. I ballooned to 360 pounds post retirement I have lost 48 to date on a journey to lose 100. I feel great. You look great kid keep up the great work. So glad you are publishing the journey because what I learned is you gotta be accountable for everything even food. I wish you continued success.

  2. Greg says:

    Aaron…reading your blog is like reading about my current situation. I graduated the Academy at 215…ballooned up to 350 over 15 years..Down about 30lbs. And I want the same thing for my daughters..to be there. I’ll definitely be following your journey. Best of luck brother.

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