One year ago (almost to the day), I was that guy that you see at almost every office cubicle in the country. Thanks to my desk job, I was paunchy, had incredibly low stamina, and did little or no exercise. Sure, I was strong from my years of weightlifting (managed to work up to a 320-pound bench press), but that strength was useless if I had to do any sort of exercise that lasted for more than 5 minutes. When I moved to a new city in the middle of 2012, I decided it was time to make a change. I signed up for Karate/Taekwondo lessons, bought myself a bike and a pair of running shoes, and set out on the fitness journey that I've been on for the last year. Today, just one year later:
- I am a green belt in Karate/Taekwondo/Kickboxing/Hapkido (an accomplishment that usually takes two years). I've won two trophies in the one tournament I've participated in.
- I have run in 4K and 5K races (no wins, but who's counting?).
- I am 30 pounds lighter (no starvation diets).
- I am planning to take my Certification for Personal Trainer test before the end of the year.