Hi guys, I’m Victoria!
My journey with fitness started a long time ago. When I was younger, food had a special status. It was a reward, it signalled a special time, and it was also comforting during hard times.
Sure, I’d get some exercise running around with my friends, but it wasn’t enough. That’s how the weight started piling on.
I was being bullied because of my weight. And, you know guys, being overweight still carries a big stigma. This stigma made it difficult for me to exercise and stay healthy, pushing me towards comfort eating.
That’s how I got to have a lot of health problems by the time I was twenty. Anyway, one day I woke up and decided that enough was enough.
I contacted both my doctor and a friend of mine who’s a personal trainer. Together, we made a “get healthy” plan that was surprisingly easy to follow.
We drastically reduced my daily caloric intake by just replacing all the sugar and processed fat in my diet with veggies and fruits. Then, I started working out.
I went to the gym every day, doing a mix of cardio and strength training. It was incredible for me to finally be able to feel better and look the part.
That progress motivated me to research more about fitness and health. I read hundreds of articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals to find the best exercise and diet for my goals.
But then life got complicated again, as it usually does.
I had twins by myself.
As I continued working from home and being a full-time mom, my gym time was kinda scratched out the list. I also started eating poorly and I was pretty much sleep-deprived for a whole year.
I didn’t gain a lot of weight, but I felt bad. I was losing my breath and having problems concentrating. My glycemic index was through the roof again.
That’s when I decided to use my knowledge. I started keto and decided to build my home gym. I already knew a lot about fitness equipment and dieting, so it wasn’t hard.
I hope this website will help you find all the resources you need to become healthier. And, if you ever need any more advice, drop me a line.
Otherwise, I wish you smooth sailing on your fitness journey.
My name’s Ian and I’m 60 years of age.
You’re probably wondering how a boomer like me started blogging about fitness, right?
The story’s not really complicated. You already know that comfort eating was a big thing in my family, and not just for Vic.
I indulged in my fair share of fish and chips, pizzas, and beer throughout the years. I was a handsome guy in my day when dinosaurs roamed the earth, much like a tall and heavy Michael Hutchence. Or at least that’s what my wife said.
Unfortunately, the lack of exercise sabotaged me.
I developed heart issues when I was in my 40s and had my first heart attack when I was 50. My doctor told me to lose weight and “take it easy,” whatever that means.
Of course, I didn’t.
I was safely cradled in my denial space and I wasn’t going to take a Millennial’s advice about my weight.
I was actually pretty sceptical and somewhat annoyed when Vic started losing weight and exercising.
It’s not that I wasn’t happy for her, but she was so enthusiastic about the whole thing, always talking about scientific blabla and fitness machines she tried. It was just a big fat blah for me.
Anyway, a few years later my grandkids were born. My wife Claire and I wanted to get involved and to support Vic as a single mom as much as possible.
Clara was pretty good at it, but I sucked. I couldn’t do anything without getting tired and achy. I couldn’t do babywearing to ease my grandkids colics, I couldn’t play with them on the carpet once they started crawling, and I couldn’t follow them once they started running.
So I’ve learned it the hard way that I need to get back in shape. And boy, I needed it so badly. So I decided to start my own home gym.
* Yes, I’m still not hip enough to train at the gym with you lot, but that doesn’t stop me. *
My first piece of gear was a treadmill called Sole F63, which is supposedly best for the elderly. This baby helped me lose quite a bit of weight by simply walking 30 minutes per day and minding my food.
Then, I started researching more about building lean muscle, so I bought a rowing machine. And now my wife now wants a vibration plate.
So yes, if you’re looking for a sign, this is it:
* If I could do it, you can too. *
I wanted to start this website thingy with Vic to tell you to trust yourself. And we’ll share with you everything we learned so we can contribute towards that.