FITx50 \ week 31
Folks, this is the very last episode of FITx50. I’ll be blessed with the distinction next Wednesday, March 11th. I’ve loved your support through these posts.
Most encourage by saying it’s only a number, and if that’s the case it’s 18262.1 days. It’s 438,291 hours. It’s 26,280,000 minutes. Then while calculating the number of seconds, my handheld showed this – 1.5768e+9 – Did I just discover a hidden mathematical computation?
Despite the math, on March 11th it comes down to the number 1 that makes the most impact. I had 1 mother who I still miss dearly. I have 1 father who I’m watching time & health ravage. I have 1 family (2 sisters & 4 brothers) who I probably did and still do torment. I’ve had 1 main job (law enforcement) my entire adult life. I’ve prayed to 1 & the only God my entire life. My heart breaks for 1 thing (my sons).
I vividly recall my dad during my youth. He was a strong, honest and strict man–some might respectfully say a “hard ass.” The son of Italian immigrants, his generation remained silent providers of the family. He never said “I love you,” though we know he does.
50 years is a long time to stretch back. I was and am just like him. Just ask my family. I’m proud of that, like I’m proud of him. Our greatest difference isn’t genetic, it’s generational.
I’m not silent about the adoration for my family. My facebook and social media streams are more of a love note to them than a social commentary on society.
I share Max with you because I trust you. I hope that you’ll draw encouragement in your own families no matter the circumstances. The life of a single dad and a special needs child isn’t always easy, but because of love and faith, we make it amazing. You can too–our kids deserve our best.
I also share my family and Liliana Hart with you, because first they consent to being part of this ongoing love letter written about life’s journey, and second, because we’re similar to most families. Nothing special, other than the deep desire to be with one another.
My goals at the beginning of these weekly posts were to document the great athletic feats accomplished once, that I used to do routinely. Instead, I’ve learned that it’s the good we do for others that makes us FIT. I’ve been asked so often what I wanted for my birthday, but never replied until now. I ask that you bless me with this:
I’ve a brave young police officer working for me by the name of Paul Thibodeaux. He was born with Cystic Fribrosis and has not only lived beyond his life’s expectancy, but is living his dream of serving the public. He now needs a double lung transplant to survive. Finally on the list, his expenses will be high. Much higher than this husband and his dear wife would ever save on a public servant’s salary. My birthday wish is that you’ll openly share with him, like I’ve shared with you. Please Donate to- http://www.gofundme.com/lkr0k4
In this round down to a fabulous 50 I’ve learned a few things that I’ll share:
1. Being tough and being healthy are very different things.
2. Not saying “I’m sorry” doesn’t make you right, it makes you
3. Saying “I love you” doesn’t make you soft, it makes you human.
4. Allowing others to help you doesn’t make you less of a man.
5. Crying in the arms of someone you love is more effective than
ranting against the air alone.
6. People are freaking amazing.Every single one of you.
7. Offering to pray for someone and doing it right then and there
with them is a tremendous blessing for both of you. Asking and
giving forgiveness works the same.
8. Refusing to allow negativity into your life adds value to it.
9. Manners matter.
10. Smile, God loves you. Really, He does.
FITx50 \ week 30
This week Liliana Hart curiously said, “In two weeks you’ll be 50.” Silent, I waited for the punch line or the life’s lesson – nothing. She followed with, “Just saying.”
It was the first time I realized just how close I was to the half-century celebration. No panic, just realization. Quickly I flashed over the initial goals I’d set as the idea of FITx50 became what I thought was a great idea.
I always enjoyed the saying, “If you want to see God laugh, tell Him what you’re plans are.” It’s always held true. Those first physical fitness fantasies eventually faded for those gems more precious than push ups.
Then I looked at her, and she flexed with a GRRRRRR.
Until then, stay FIT no matter what your age or goals.
Someone commented this week during a Mardi Gras parade that they enjoyed keeping up with my Friday FITx50 posts. They thought it was funny that I veered away from physical fitness and began focusing on other aspects of being fit.
I have to admit, it wasn’t anything purposeful. Looking back I saw where the transition began, and I think that was the point “fitness” truly began to mean more to me than physical accomplishments.
I do look forward to turning 50 (HINT: March 11) and not because I can bicycle further than when I was 25 or do more pushups than in my 30’s. It’s because I’ve been blessed with almost 50 years of life on this earth.
It really has been an evolution of understanding what being FITx50 really means. And while physical prowess is important, so is developing the whole man turning 50 – the son, the dad, the brother, the friend, the neighbor, the human.
Until next week, here’s to getting your old-school strongman on.
FITx50 \ week 29
FITx50 \ week 26
What do BL and I have in common? Other than an almost 50 year spread, we both love cheesecake. This was his first time tasting it. My sister had the great idea of sharing mine with the tyke.
End result – kid gets new treat and great uncle eats less cheesecake. Win – Win if you’re the one year old.
Kidding of course. This week has been fantastic as I returned to a regular schedule at Momentum Gym – I’ve heard all the crossfit horror stories, but seriously dude – use your head and moderation.
Oh, and most important – Keep your t-shirt on. No one wants to see man-boobs while doing box jumps. Well, not me anyway.
Remember March 11, 2015 is the date. Until then, stick to your goals and like Kim Lane always says: “Nothing tastes as good as good health.”
Happy 2015. It’s been a great week for inching a bit closer to my goals for blasting the 50 year mark.
Momentum Gym has been incredible as always and it’s great to exercise among a community who also share similar goals.
I’ve not had a pinch of cake, ice cream or pizza this week either. Guess what? I’m in no need of a coroner’s hold either!!!
FITx50 \ week 21 was spent on another adventure out West. While the endless walking involved in what is Las Vegas was exhausting, I’m not sure it counts as exercise. Not when buffets, pizzas, fancy foods and snacks bookend each journey.
Encouraging was the wisdom to avoid the slots, and keeping up a frantic pace. Between solving the CSI exhibit’s mystery and helicoptering / boating / hiking the Grand Canyon, I held up pretty good.
Christmas was also wonderful to return home to. We deep fry our turkeys down South, but it tastes so delicious it has to be good for your health happiness. With that manipulation of the truth, I’ll get back to reality.
I’m not sure anyone at Momentum Crossfit remembers me. Come next week, I’m looking at less than three months till I burst through the half-century banner. It’ll be time to sharpen my focus with much more sensible eating and consistent exercise. I might even throw out a weight loss goal for keeping myself accountable.
I trust your holidays have been awesomely spent,
FITx50 \ week 19
This is my favorite Christmas picture for several reasons. For purposes of this post, the expressions illustrate the yin and yang of fitness and dieting. Santa’s look is how I feel after I blow my diet.
The sly grinning kiddo is how I feel once I’ve logged in the exercise and managed to avoid the sweets. I also think its funny because the photographer failed to notice the “horned” candles behind Santa’s head.
This week, I can say my FITx50 focus sided with the kiddo’s expression of satisfaction gained through exercise and moderation in diet.
Still moderate temps have allowed for evening jogs, which lead to very light eating at night. Heading into a hectic weekend that includes my city’s Christmas parade, it’ll be a challenge to exercise.
Momentum Gym’s child care services and Saturday’s community workout session will make finding the time much easier. Squeezing into gym time is much better than squeezing into pants.
See you next week,