Several years ago, my wife, Marlo, and I worked out together at the 5am class at Fuse. We were in a good routine, but then life got busy, we got married, had Keegan, (who is currently 3 years old) and a 16-year-old teenager (who is in multiple travel baseball leagues). Not surprisingly, my gym experience took a back seat over the last wo years. I was on the “I can work out myself at my own pace plan” and trying to implement what I learned from Matt a couple years ago. I was maintaining, but not losing weight; then COVID happened, and you can say I gained the “COVID 15”.
I remember coming back from our Cabo San Lucas vacation this past February and the next morning I stepped on my scale and looked at that massive # and asked myself, “how did this happen”? How did I let myself go? I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life. I knew I had to make a change.
I texted Matt on Friday February 12th and asked if he was interested in kicking my A## back into shape. His response, “Absolutely”! That next week Matt had me jump on a scale and he did his little pinching machine and added things up in his computer. He looked at me and said, “Wow”, and read me the results (we’ve been friends since 5th grade, so he was pretty open with me). All I remember is Matt saying, “Mike, you are at High Risk, and I’m worried about if you don’t make a change, you might not be here for Marlo or to see Keegan Graduate”. I will never forget that comment. That sunk in and is still in the back of my mind today.
My determination and goals a couple years ago were for my wife and me to get in better shape for our wedding day, and we really enjoyed working out together. We followed Matt’s plan and we both saw results and felt great. This time back is different; life has changed, and my workout partner cannot join me at 5am due to our 3-year-old. I made a mental commitment that I am going to do this so I can be here to see my children grow old, be around for grandchildren, to travel the world and do all the things Marlo and I talked about when we retire. I’m doing this to be a better husband, Dad, and to be a better healthier me.
As I started my journey to get back into the 5am routine it was nice to see so many familiar faces that are still going to the 5am class (and also a couple new ones). This 5am group forces you to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, be competitive and crush your own daily and weekly goals. We hold each other accountable.
When I heard about this challenge, I felt excited to say yes as I knew it would hold me accountable and I did not want to let my team down. I knew out of the gate that nutrition and logging my food would be the key to my success or my failure. With Matt’s nutritional help I started to see improvements at my check-ins and with lifting heavy stuff. Trust me, it is still challenging from a nutritional standpoint when you get home at 7pm from a baseball game and need to make dinner for the family and all you want to do is eat the chicken nuggets and fries you just made for your 3-year-old, but Matt’s voice pops into my head about being at “High Risk” and now I am eating chicken breasts and black beans.
Through this challenge, I have made huge strides in improving my health and I know this journey needs to continue; I also know it will not be fun at times, but with the support of my wife and my 5am Fuse Family I will continue this journey to making myself a healthier person.