I thought it was only fitting to highlight my dad as the first Dad WOD Spotlight. I called him this morning to get the "OK." Get ready for some tears because I love this dude.
Before I start on his amazing weight loss journey, I have to say a few things about him as a father. Being a 90's kid, every boy wanted to be Walker Texas Ranger when the grew up. One night while my brother and I were perfecting our round house kicks, my dad said, "you know I taught Chuck Norris how to fight, right?" I obviously believed him and told all my friends at church, who told their dads, and then he had some explaining to do once word spread. In short, he has always stood 10 feet tall to me.
To talk about how I feel about my dad will take another article, so I will try to keep this short. I was fortunate to grow up in a home with both parents and I know my parents aren't perfect but I got to grow up watching my dad be loyal and faithful to my mom. To me that's priceless.
My dad commuted back and forth from Little Rock, AR to Muskogee, OK for two years to allow me to graduate from my high school. My football team was horrible but he would drive back every Friday night to watch me play. No matter how loud the game was I could hear his voice over everyone else. As soon as the ball was in my hands I could hear, "GO Benjamin!!!" It didn't matter if my team only won two games, he cared about my effort and leading by example. In life I do just about everything based off how I feel my dad would handle. I'm 26 years old and I still want to make my dad proud.
To my Dad:
Thanks for teaching my how love and raise kids. Thanks for unending support in anything I have ever attempted. Thank you to you and mom for displaying a loving, godly marriage. Thanks for not letting me quit. Thank you for leading me to Christ and teaching me to be man. Mostly, for always being there.
(Sorry to get sappy everyone.)
My Dad's Weight Loss Journey
In November of 2011 my dad was in the hospital for back surgery. When the nurse weighed him in they were both shocked by what the scale displayed. He was the heaviest he had ever been and at that moment decided it was time for a change.
Over the course of a few years this dude lost over 130 pounds. No surgery. No fad diet. He actually followed the Atkins diet and started doing some light jogging. I gave him two basic home workouts that he did a few times a week. So, there it is: a low carb diet, a little jogging, and a simple home workout. How do you lose 130 pounds on that simple of a plan??? He was all in. He didn't miss a day. As far as I know, since that moment 6 years ago on the scale junk food or sweets have not touched his lips.
What does this mean for you, the busy guy rocking that sweet "dad bod"? Pick a program and stick with it. Go all in. Commit. I'm not saying he did it the best way or that you need to follow in his steps but just pick something and stick with it. It's that simple. Eat lean meat and vegetables. Run. Lift heavy things. Avoid sugar and alcohol.
Live it and don't deviate. Go all in.
-The Dad WOD