BAM! It hurt… I was sucking wind. The kids stood over me and watched as Geremy had punched me in the stomach. It was quiet as I felt the pain explode and I tried to grasp for air. I was 9 and I was fat. I had spent many summers eating crap at my grandma’s and watching television instead of playing with my friends in Houston. I was last to get picked for wall ball and first to get punched for being… well- fat. So I did what any kid would do in this situation. I made fun of the kids that would hit me. Be funny or die, right.
This strategy worked really well for me until I hit my late 20’s when being funny is not as good as being thin. With cancer and heart disease in my family and a desire to find a pretty, fun and motivated woman to spend my time with, it was time to make a change. I lost some weight, got married and then proceeded to get fat- again. I was not as fat as I used to be, but fat. 240 in college, 225 after being married, raising a daughter and having another kid.
I spent the last 2 years losing weight and getting healthy. I am down to 175 pounds, but I realized something. As I am pushing into my mid 30’s I have not had the kind of life altering, perspective creating, get hard type of event in my life that makes me a better man. Sure, I have had my share of struggles and some have been pretty tough. But, I need to know what I can push myself to do before life pushes me and I am forced to find some new steel.
I have decided to train to run an Ultra Marathon. Not 20 or 30 or 40 miles- but 50. I have only started running in the last year and I have never done it for any reason except when being chased, playing flag football or suffering through a calorie burn. Short of taking a beating in a ring with some MMA guy or a pugilist of imposing stature, I can think of nothing that will test my steel and force me to find a place to dig into and man up.
So- here I am…. After having just read Born to Run and sporting a month old pair of Vibrams, I am looking to push myself past the mental image of the fat kid I still see in myself and become the kind of man I can be proud of. The kind of man that knows how to dig in and come up for more after taking a punch in the gut. Here I go… documenting this journey.
Time to Go Be Fat Somewhere Else.
Obligatory Picture of Me
Taking Life Apart- What Does That Mean?I have decided to talk more about what I want and not just what I do at work. I have had a fascination since I was a child with understanding how things work. I would and still do- dismantle things to see how they work. I believe I have begun to do this with my life experience in my writing. So- here is my attempt at explaining the world I have been tearing apart in order to live my life.