Q: Is there a driving force behind your healthy lifestyle? Was it a person in your life, a certain event, were you brought up in a healthy environment? What makes you a healthy individual?
A: I made a decision. I was not raised particularly healthy; I did not live the beginning of my adult life in a particularly healthy fashion. At age 33, I weighed 330 pounds. Today, at age 37, I weigh 215 pounds. I made a decision. I then began doing that which I set out to do. I began humbly, pushed myself, created new challenges, and found an almost spiritual happiness from diet and physical activity.
Q: How would you encourage another person to pursue a healthy lifestyle? A: It helped me to develop a routine and commit to it. It was important for me to schedule my priorities, but not prioritize my schedule. I did not begin doing everything I do now. I never dreamed I would thrive from diet and physical activity. Over time the results came. I found/created activities that I found enjoyable, and I participated. I like competitive sports and began playing soccer with friends and community members. I participated in challenges/educational opportunities offered by Health and Wellness, such as Fruit and Veggie Challenges and Pedometer Challenges. I incorporated in fit camp classes which began to incorporate regular evaluations of vital statistics by which I could measure the results of my efforts. Someone mentioned spin class; I tried it and loved it. I found a great group of guys that create and participate in varied athletic and social events to raise money for charity. I began running and found it to be simple and peaceful. Just do it. Do what you love, but develop a schedule and commit yourself to it. If you find you don't love it over time, find something you do love. Q: What activities do you engage in to reduce stress? A: I find stress relief in physical activity. I run; I am currently training for my first half marathon. I play softball in the Wyoming Parks and Rec Men's League (Team Caveman Rules!). I consistently participate in faculty/staff fitness opportunities such as fit camp and spin. I organize/play drop in soccer during the spring, summer, and fall, and I play competitive dodge ball in the winter. I play football with another great group of guys. I also enjoy swimming, walking, biking, hiking, and camping with my wife, two sons, family and friends. Stretching, yoga/meditation, and ice cream also help to reduce stress.