I think we’ve all been there. My “ah-ha” moment happened when I saw a photo of myself on my friend’s Facebook page. My initial reaction was a mixture of denial, surprise and quite truthfully, a little shame for letting myself go as much as I had. I was overweight and felt sluggish, and to compound the issue, my physician told me my blood pressure was steadily rising. So, I did what most people try to do— I started exercising to try to “out train” a poor diet.
I was wrong. There was not enough cardio or weights in the world that could get this fat off my back. I realized that if I was going to accomplish my fitness goals, it would have to be through a steady, healthy diet, complemented by hard work in the gym.
So, I went to a half price book store, bought every single book about dieting and started studying nutrition. Shortly after, I got started cooking. I did not have much money so I started experimenting in the kitchen with different proteins and veggies in order to make simple, relatively inexpensive items, taste great. I vowed that I would never eat another boiled chicken breast again unless I had to!
Fitness is a lifelong journey and I could not imagine a life of eating boring, bland food just to be healthy. Now more than ever, I firmly believe that healthier food options do not have to be boring. Ever. In fact, they are pretty tasty. And even better, the lifestyle changed worked. As I saw my physique begin to change, I was motivated to push harder and set more aggressive goals. Not only did I learn how to lose weight, but also I learned how to gain muscle, with small tweaks in both my diet and training.
I had finally done what I thought I could never do – transform my physique and my life.
In 2012 I started a Tumblr blog called “FitMenCook” to share my meals online in order to build a community around healthy food ideas, as well as to keep myself accountable and motivated.
My message is simple: “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym.”
Fit Men Cook is about all of us, both men and women. It’s taking our individual success stories and fitness and nutrition philosophies and sharing those ideas with the each other to grow and improve together. It’s all about everyday people—no matter the fitness level or athletic ability—aiming to live the best life possible through fitness and healthy eating.
Hard work and remaining active are vital; but in the end, it all comes down to diet.