The Health Hazards of Blogging (And What I’m Gonna Do About It)

Blogging is a job with health hazards. Those hazards include more than just carpal tunnel. They include things like gaining weight, getting out of shape, and generally letting yourself go. Not good. Not good at all. I'm doing very well in my online business. I'm making things happen. I'm providing for my family. Things are cooking. I really love what I do for a living. Unfortunately, I must admit that I have not kept things in balance when it comes to my health. Now, I'm not having any medical problems or anything like that. Primarily, I am talking about my weight.

Blogging is a job with health hazards. Those hazards include more than just carpal tunnel. They include things like gaining weight, getting out of shape, and generally letting yourself go.

Not good. Not good at all.

I’m doing very well in my online business. I’m making things happen. I’m providing for my family. Things are cooking. I really love what I do for a living.

Unfortunately, I must admit that I have not kept things in balance when it comes to my health. Now, I’m not having any medical problems or anything like that. Primarily, I am talking about my weight.

My Story

When I was fresh out of college and working a college job, I got into pretty good shape. After all, when I started that college job at Sam’s Club, I started out where a lot of young boys do at that place – carts duty. It was my job to go out into the parking lot and fetch all the carts that everybody left laying around. I’d stack the carts together and push entire rows of them back into the building. In those days, there was no electric motor to push them around like they have today. Back then, it was nothing but muscle.

Pushing those carts around (and often being under pressure to do it fast due to high customer volume in the store), I got into decent shape. My weight at the time was around 190 pounds. Seeing as I stand at 6 foot, 2 inches, 190 is actually pretty ideal.

When I quit that job and went full-time into finishing college and working on the computer (the beginning of my problogging days, really), I began to gain weight. When I bought my first house, I celebrated my independence by eating whatever the hell I pleased. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fast-forward to when I decided to begin dating again. This was around the time I went on my first date with my wife, Malika. I weighed in at 232 pounds.

So, in a few years, I had gained 42 pounds.

Now, when you date, you want to impress, right? So, I started losing weight. ๐Ÿ™‚ My wife comes from a family of Russian dancers. She was surrounded by people in good shape when she was a kid. She liked me but, face it, she thought I was a whale. ๐Ÿ™‚

Together, we went on a health kick. I went on what I call “the liver diet”, from a book by Dr. Sandra Cabot. I didn’t do it by the book, but I followed the guidelines. Combined with some yoga, pilates (both taught to me by my wife) and running, I went from 232 pounds down to 195 pounds.

I did it quickly, too. What I found was that when I ate healthily, the weight literally MELTED off. I hardly even had to try.

Fast forward to when Malika and I got married in 2007. I was about 207 pounds.

Then kids. Work. Life. Today? Today, my weight comes in at anywhere between 232 and 238 pounds, depending on the day and what I ate. While I might look normal to most people, the truth is that I need to pay better attention to this. I’ve got 2 kids now. The day will come when my son wants to do more physical things with me and, quite frankly, I’m not setting a good example right now.

In order to get back down into my ideal weight zone, I need to lose 40 pounds. It is time to get a better balance in my life.

Why Do I Bother To Tell This Story?

I have two reasons for bothering to write this post. After all, this is a blog about blogging, not about weight loss.

First of all, I really think that our health is something a large number of us should pay more attention to. Those of us who blog a lot are particularly subject to ignoring our own bodies. I get into what I’m doing and I literally just FORGET about exercising. Then, when I do think about it, I’d almost rather slam my hand in a door. I just don’t enjoy it – at all. I’ve never been the athletic type when I was growing up. It just doesn’t come naturally to me.

The second reason why I bother to post is – I want your help.

My Weight Loss Challenge

My biggest issue is accountability. I’m a very driven guy, but that’s easy when I really enjoy what I’m doing. Exercise just isn’t something I enjoy. So, it is easy to make excuses and get lazy about it.

I happen to be in a position where I have a community of readers. And you guys can help me be accountable.

If I come onto a public forum (my own blog) and openly promise that I am going to lose weight, then it would be a violation of your trust in me if I failed. And you know what? That’s a motivation.

So, here’s the plan…

I’ve got a couple of back-to-back conferences coming up here and it is IMPOSSIBLE to eat right at those things. So, after I get back, I’m going on a diet/exercise program.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the P90X program. Pat Flynn recently went through the program. My buddy, Tim Jones, did it not too long ago. In short, it looks like an awesome program. The problem is… I literally don’t think I could handle P90X right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ So, I’m going to take it on a gradient. I’ve picked up the Power 90 program, which is pretty much a precursor to P90X. The general recommendation I’ve found is that P90X is mainly for people who are in somewhat decent shape and want to get into better shape…. if you’re not ready for it, then start with Power 90.

I’m going to cancel my gym and work out at home. See, my problem is also lack of guidance. I go to the gym and I really don’t know what I should be doing for anย efficientย workout. So, I end up wasting my time. I am not the kind of guy who would EVER have considered using workout DVDs. ๐Ÿ™‚ However, social proof works in marketing, right? And I’m seeing a LOT of social proof around these P90 programs. Plus, it will give me guidance so I’m not wondering what to do with myself.

More than likely, after doing P90 for a bit, I’ll move into P90X.

I am going to lose 40 pounds. It might take me some time. I don’t believe in binge dieting or anything like that. I believe in a holistic approach to health. Just plain common sense. You know, like eat less and move more. Simple shit. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m going to eat wisely and, most importantly, I’m going to get off my ass and exercise.

I would also encourage anybody else who can identify with me to join me and let’s do this together. I can GUARANTEE you that I am not the only blogger out there who could stand to lose a few! I know, I’ve met a bunch of you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ll, of course, continue to do my thing on this blog as usual. I’m just going to throw a routine for better health on top of my own personal routine and keep myself going because I know YOU will not let me get lazy about it.

Is this a deal?

Funny Sidenote: This post has been in my queue for months. I wrote most of it a few months ago and never published it because I didn’t want to commit. How frickin’ funny is that?! ๐Ÿ™‚

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