Yes, I made it to my 56th birthday this past Saturday. What does 56 mean? IN our world 56 is:
- The Atomic Number of Barium
- The number of times the word YEAH is used by Michael Stipe from the band R.E.M. in the song "Man on the Moon" or in the song "Lithium" by Nirvana. (Kinda weird!)
- The number of consecutive games in which New York Yankees' Joe DiMaggio had a base hit in 1941, still a record.
- The number of signers of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776
- And I was born in 1956!
In TheFatGuy's world 56 is a number that sees HIM at the fittest and healthiest of his entire life. 56 is a number that represents his movement into, what HE calls, TheBEAST mode. He was embedded in being TheFatGuy in February 2009. He took TheFatGuy on his present journey on March 2, 2009 to becoming TheFitGuy and then into TheBEAST mode starting January 1, 2012. TheBEAST is working to learn and grow physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally every day. HE wants to become 'bigger' in every way.
At 56, TheBEAST wants you to know YOU can change YOUR life at any time. YOU have control of YOU. I would not have imagined I could have changed my life this much prior to 2009. I did not know what feeling good really was like. I did not know what healthy meant. I only knew 7 drugs to keep TheFatGuy alive and to keep him from getting any worse than he was. I only knew how to 'try' to maintain poor health and manage extreme obesity. I had passed ALL of the bench marks that I should not have crossed; 30 years of age, 40 years of age, then 50 years of age. My weight continued up (275, 300, 325, 350, 360) while my health continued a steady slide.
I have changed my life in my 50s. According to many people I have talked to and known over the years, that should not have happened. At 50 plus I should have been just 'too damn old' to change for the better. I did change and I now know what 'better' feels like. It feels really great!
I committed to MY journey, TheFatGuy's journey on March 2, 2009. I continued on my journey until I discovered TheFitGuy in 2010. After a brief slide in 2011 TheBEAST came alive in 2012. From TheFatGuy to TheFitGuy to TheBEAST! TheBEAST has the blood pressure (112/68) and cholesterol ratio (1.7) of a lifelong athlete!
MY commitment to 'take care of me' paired with developing a strategy toward continued health and fitness have taken me on a fabulous journey. I know in my heart and soul that YOU can make whatever lifestyle change you want with a commitment to you! Take that first step toward 'taking care of you' and look toward that next step, that next goal, that next challenge you never thought possible. YOU CAN DO IT!
Note to ME and YOU: You are never too old, never too far gone, to commit to YOU! Start your journey today!