The About me, what this blog is about, how I got here and what is to come

Hello there! I’m starting this blog because I want to share what I’ve accomplished in terms of living a healthier lifestyle. I’ll start with a little about me. My name is Paul, I’m 25 and live in a suburb of a big city somewhere in Ohio. I’ve always been on the lightweight side my entire life. Up until two years ago I weighed less then 160 pounds at 5’9. In no way am I a large person. I’ve been in OK shape leading up to the first time I started working out, but wouldn’t be able to run a mile. Around 2009 to 2011 I fell into depression. The whole should I live or not type of depression. Work was stressful and I disliked it greatly, and being a full time student did not help. I was never that outgoing, had few friends but those friends are close ones. Staying up late one night watching TV and Insanity pops up. I knew about P90x before and tried it but it was not my thing. Seeing Insanity I knew I wanted to try it. Not just try it, complete it. I knew very little of the program prior to starting the workout. So that Spring of 2011 I obtained the program and set a goal for myself. I was going to complete this monster. I think the thing that kept me at it was Shaun T. Whatever opinion others may have about him are yours, but for me, he kept me going. The first workout I felt like I was dying, I could barely get through the warm up without stopping, let alone the next ~40 minutes of cardio. He was amazing at motivating and keeping me going as well as the rest of the crew. The first week I could barely move my body it ached. But I hit play and moved forward anyways. The second week went down and my body was recovering from the aching pain. Not only that, but I started to feel better. That depressive state I was in for around a year started to fade. I started to feel good. I did quit my job in retail, but went to school still full time in the summer. The first month of Insanity went down, the recovery week and into month two, which almost killed me again! The same aches came and went, but my mind kept telling me to push, to stay in it, just like the crazy man Shaun T says. I completed the second month and felt amazing. Going later into the summer I kept at it here and there, the depressive state never really returned. This went on for a few years, on and off workouts, from Insanity to the Asylum, running and what not, up into January of 2015. Insanity Max 30. That is what I’m on now. I completed the first two months, and doing another round of it now. I’m actually trying to eat healthier now, where up until now i just ate whatever I felt like. I never achieved amazing results physically. My legs got a lot muscular yes, but that was basically it. I’m trying to cut out the unhealthy, eating more fruit and vegetables, more lean meats like fish and chicken. I’m seeing more improvement in achieving physical results now that I’ve changed my diet, putting on more muscle and becoming more lean. So even though I may not see anything physically happen, mentally I feel amazing. The depression really is no more. I’ve moved out of my parents after gaining a good, stable job. I live with my girlfriend of two years. I have to give it to Shaun and that program, without it I just might be in the same place I was 4 to 5 years ago. I have him to thank. I still might be the same, not outgoing person, but I feel amazing. I’ve put on weight since Max 30, weight 170. That is where I stand today, and hopefully where I’m headed. I hope you stay in this with me, and maybe change your life like mine.

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