I am a 37 year old who has struggled with his health greatly since college. I did not grow up exercising or working out regularly, therefore most of what I have learned was self-taught, mostly trial and error. I was not blessed with overly athletic genes, and was cursed with extremely little speed, but I have always loved sports. My weight has gone up and down since college as has my enthusiasm for exercise.
A few years ago I made the commitment to run a 1/2 marathon. Until that day I had never run more than 3 miles at a time. I trained for a year and ran my first 1/2 on 12/5/10. That got me hooked on endurance events. My first major event was a sprint triathlon in September 2012, followed by a full marathon that December. Since then, I have run several other triathlons of different distances, including a half-iron in September 2013. My future plans are to continue with endurance events and triathlons.
In August 2011, after a lot of research, I made some major lifestyle decisions with my wife and kids as far as nutrition goes, the biggest change being to a primarily plant-based diet (see My Training page for details). The reason being that we believe the western diet (processed sugar, food, etc) are the main cause of most cancer, diabetes, illness, etc. Our diet consists of few animal products, minimal processed foods, refined carbs/sugar, etc. The overwhelming majority of our food intake consists of vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds. We have shifted our intake of various foods over the last few years, and continually change and assess due to results and research.
We believe that eating this way is the best way to be healthy, as well as train athletically. For more specific info on where we get most of our info, check out My Stuff page.
After the birth of our twin girls in 2014, I found it much more difficult to train and race like I had become used to. I allowed myself to stop working out and to fall into some previous habits, on a much smaller scale. I am not at a point in my life where I am trying to balance an active life with family. The struggle can be real.