Being a Fit Father is a full-time job alone. Managing the household, providing guidance, stability and even entertainment is a juggling act. Add in transportation and logistics to all extracurricular activities and you have the most intense job on the planet with its only rivalry coming from motherhood. My family is the most important thing in the world to me! I owe it to them to be around for as long as possible.
Heart disease and diabetes are the health enemies that plague my family tree and I refuse to succumb to them. A reality check came a few months ago, nothing severe, just an alarming inability to function or compete on the level I was accustomed to. From the age of 8 years old I played football and lacrosse and competed in track. Starting is all I’ve known and winning is all I’ve known. I would always tell my sons “it’s in the genes.” Well, to my surprise, I got smoked on the track by some gentlemen the same age as me, which showed that I had gotten lazy in terms of taking care of my physical self. While it ate my competitive spirit the overall message was deeper than that. I began contemplating what these three men (soon to be four) in training would do without my guidance, wisdom and support? I owe it to them and myself to find the time to exercise more often, retrain my eating habits, and start living life as a truly responsible adult. I am not perfect by any measure, but I do have set goals that I will achieve without excuses. After all, there are a cadre of folks counting on me including my wife, sons, nieces, nephews, and younger cousins.
“Fit Fatherhood” means I have more time to share the aforementioned while passing the torch onto my sons and thus being around to guide my grandsons and granddaughters. The objective is to prove that success is not measured financially, but instead by the happiness you have within yourself and the happiness you share with your loved ones.