Why Health Is Important To Your Flippin Career
I struggled most of my life with weight and eating healthy
at one point, I weighed somewhere around 250 lbs. I say, somewhere around, because I quit weighing myself at about 240 lbs. I didn’t want to know!
Years ago, I made the decision I had to make some changes. I started the long road back, first by trying to make better choices in my eating and beginning an exercise program. I wish I could tell you how easy it has gotten, but I can’t. It is better than it was twenty years ago; however, I still struggle, especially with my eating habits.
I will be the first to admit that I love sweets. I will also be the first to tell you how addictive sweets can be. I’ve excepted the fact it most likely will always be an issue!
One of the big reasons I got serious and made changes was the birth of my son, Jack. It was challenging to get up and down off the floor when he was a baby. It just hit me; I need to be around for my son!
You never know when it will be your time; however, you can significantly decrease the odds by making changes to your routines.
So I started this long journey down the road to get healthy for my family
The first thing I personally did was to start moving. I’m a believer that you have to make habits out of the good things you can do for yourself. I started with baby steps. I used to be a runner when I was young, so it was hard going out and walking a few blocks and then going home. It is difficult walking a few blocks a day when you remember running marathons, but you have to do what is necessary.
The most important thing for me was to do it every day. I had to develop the habit of making time every day to walk. Once the practice was established, I could increase the amount of time I walked. The most important thing for me was that I knew at a specific time every day, I was going to go for a walk.
About five years ago, I started doing my exercise routine in the morning before work. Not only is it easier for me to stick to this schedule, but it also makes the rest of my day so much more productive!
If I miss a day, it can affect my mood and hinder what I can accomplish for the day. It can make that much of a difference with me!
Now, this is my daily routine:
- I get up at 4:45 and hit the gym around 5:15
- I work out until 6:30 and head home
- Get cleaned up, take my protein shakes and supplements
- Then, I take my son to school a little after 7:00 and then back to the house to get to work
- By the time 8:00 rolls around, I’ve been up for over three hours making it happen!
This is my routine Monday through Friday...
Then on Saturday, I go to the gym at 8:00. The gym doesn’t open until 8:00 on Saturday, or I would go in earlier.
To many people, this sounds difficult, but for me, this is the easy part. It has gotten to the point where it is easier for me to do this every day than miss a few days. I feel worse when I miss, believe it or not!
Now, for the hard part, at least for me. Trying to eat properly. I know in my head how important it is. I know if I want to live longer, my eating habits are going to play a significant role in that. But do I still slip up all the time? Yup! I have to plug away daily.
Some days or weeks are better than others; however, I can’t say I eat well consistently like I do my exercise. Like my mom used to say, “You’re a work in progress.” I just didn’t realize I’d still be a work in progress in my 60’s!
To be fair, I still do better than I did for years. I typically weigh between 185 pounds and 195 pounds. Ideally, 170 pounds would be more appropriate, but at least I’ve not seen the 220’s+ in many years!
The most critical judge for me is the annual bloodwork I have done. I believe they check approximately 26 markers, and for the past four years, they have all been in the acceptable range.
Nothing out of line! I don’t understand what the majority of them are, but the doctor tells me each year that he wishes his were that good, and to keep doing whatever I’ve been doing.
Lastly, I have to mention I’m also a firm believer in supplements. I read the articles about how they can be a waste of money, and you get all the nutrients you need from food.
I have a tough time believing that. I know my exercise and eating better is the primary reason my health has changed; however, I think I get that extra edge from my supplements. My wife and I spent over $400 per month on supplements and protein shakes. I obviously feel that $200 a month is well worth the benefits I receive! I’ve included a link to the site I buy my products. If you have any questions about what I do, please shoot me an email.
If you have struggled with staying at a proper weight or have never been able to exercise consistently, I understand. But, I’m living proof it can be done. Please, reach out with any questions, I’d love to support you in your health journey, too!
Simple and Fun
When I started flipping houses with my family in mind, it just made sense to do whatever I could to stay in shape so we could all enjoy the fun. Working out each morning is an essential part of my business. Engaging my mind and body is extremely important.
Eating is not all about HEALTH...it's also about connection. We try and have Sunday dinners together as a way for us all to connect and make sure we're all on the same page.