Fitness plays a big role in my life. I was very active in sports (tennis, soccer) when I was a teenager, but it leveled off in my 20’s and thirties. During those years I was outside hiking, walking, and did some skiing, too but it was not a coordinated effort. I slowly built up some unnecessary weight. Fortunately I kept the weight under control, but I started feeling less comfortable. The size for my beloved Levis 501’s went from 32 inches to 34 and when that started feeling tight I had enough.
At age 39 I “woke up” and decided to change. I picked up running and really started enjoying it. Initially I started out with running on a treadmill, but then switched to run outside – no matter the weather or the temperatures. I actually really enjoy running in very cold temperatures (10-20 degrees Fahrenheit). The extra weight disappeared a bit and got replaced with more muscle. Life was good.
During an average week I would run about 30-35 miles, but I seemed to be stuck at 6-7 miles per day. Running became my passion and I felt down when I missed a workout. A few years later when I switched jobs (2012) I had to switch from a company (employer) owned gym to 24 Hour Fitness. With that new membership I got 3 free sessions with a personal trainer and the personal trainer helped me to create a workout strategy go to past my invisible barrier at mile 7. As a result I went from 7 to 9 mile runs and from there to 11 miles and ultimately to the half marathon distance.
Late 2012/early 2013 I lost my motivation a little bit and while I still worked out 5-6 times a week it just was not as satisfying anymore. I also had less time due to another job change. Then I saw a Groupon offer for a boot camp style workout program called “Kosama” and I signed up for it. Once I started that program I saw my motivation come back, my energy levels are coming back, and I am becoming physically stronger, too. I lost some additional pounds of unnecessary body weight and I am gaining more muscle again. I could actually wear my beloved Levis 501 in size 32 again, but they are too tight at my legs (thighs) because of increased muscle size.
You can see that I love doing sports and being active. So, quite a few postings on my blog will be fitness related in one way or the other. I will share my successes and failures, too. Ideally I want to share workout details and exercise details. I could almost see myself working in the fitness industry and I think I could enjoy being a personal trainer, but I am not sure if I want to make such a drastic career change at this age (45 / 2013). It’s a bit difficult to build up similar income.