A Man Actually Makes A Commitment

Men are afraid of commitment.

I don’t know how many times I have heard this line … but I do know that to some degree it is true. Be it relationships, furniture or plans with friends, we of the male species seem to have this hard time committing and making it stick. I am no different. About the only commitment I’m sure I keep in my life is being on the air at 5, 6 & 11pm. OK, that’s not completely true, but I do as much back and forth about things as anyone.

That’s why when Whirl Magazine called me last month, interested in doing a piece on my workout regimen, it was proof that I had made a commitment … and made it stick.

Let me take you back to February, 30 pounds and a lifetime ago, when I felt I needed a change in my life. I felt heavy, out-of-shape and the stress of the world was getting to be too much. I could see it on my face and in my eyes and knew I had to change something before I went from 40 to 50 in a matter of seconds.

A good friend of mine, a dietician, suggested that I set a goal for myself: a physical goal of running the Pittsburgh half marathon. I accepted. The next day, I thought I had done something crazy. I didn’t run much less do races. However, what began as a challenge became so much more.


Photo from Whirl Magazine  ( Courtesy: Whirl/Megan Wylie )

I began to run every other day. A couple miles to start. Then, it began to grow. Before I knew it, I had done 10 miles in anticipation of that May race. I also changed my diet. While I’m not beyond plate of hot wings from time-to-time, I prefer salads and fruit on a daily basis. I cut down fatty processed food and began to eat healthier … and eat less. I saw my weight go from 230 to nearly 200. I went from a 38 waist to walking into one of those teen jean stores, asking for a 33 and being able to wear them … comfortably.

Now, proof that my workouts have paid off. A local publication asking me for advice on how to be fit. It’s exciting and amazing and makes me very proud that I could start something …. and stay with it. Here’s the link to my Workout Wisdom in this month’s Whirl Magazine.

This Sunday, my year of running comes to an end with the Spirit of Pittsburgh half-marathon. It will be my fourth 13,1 mile run. I’m nervous, just like the first one I did back in May,  but I am also confident that I will once again do something that I once thought was impossible for me … and its’ all because I committed to something and saw it through.

There maybe hope for us guys, yet.

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