X is for eXercise

In early January 2019 I made a life changing decision to get fit and healthy and had no idea just how timely and beneficial that decision would turn out to be. In fact, without meaning to be melodramatic, I'd go so far as to say that decision saved my life.

I had stopped all forms of exercise several years earlier, I used to cycle a lot and do a few other bits, but for a number of lame excuses gave it all up and became a couch potato piling on the weight. Because I'm quite tall I appeared to carry the weight well and no one ever said anything about my expanding beer gut.

However, I was having a number of health issues (red flags as I call them) that were beginning to trouble me and I knew something had to change. I've blogged about this before here: On The Road To Fitness  and here: Changes & Challenges, so I won't go into it here.

Suffice to say that fast forward a little over two years and with my back being stuffed, both the Orthopedic Surgeon and the Chiropractor have told me that getting fit and losing the 20kgs when I did have saved my life and made things a whole lot better for my back. Had I not lost the weight and got fit I would be in a lot of pain now and without the luxury of being able to chose what to do about it.

The real gain here though is the impact this has had on my family and beyond as others have been motivated to set off on their own paths to a healthier and better future, but I really love the fact that as a family we are now an exercise bonkers household. Yesterday all four of us exercised; one went for a trail run, one went for a 10k unicycle ride, one Boxed and the other went to Crossfit. Can you guess who did which?

For me the health benefits speak for themselves, for my family members the benefits have manifested in very different ways, but I love seeing how Joel's self-esteem and self-respect have rocketed in the last year, and for that, I will be forever grateful!

This post is part of a series in the Blogging From A To Z Challenge, April 2021.


  1. Your post comes as a reminder for me to start exercising. I have a lengthy list of excuses, of course. But you're right. Our bodies need exercise to keep us healthy.
    Nice to see your family working out together and inspiring each other. :)

  2. Congratulations! A body in motion stays in motion.

  3. Congratulations, that's a dramatic change for the better! Keep it up!

  4. That's great that your whole family does it together.
    I love letter X posts! Always such variety.
    It's hard to believe the blogging challenge is almost over. Then the after survey, reflections, and the road trip sign-up.
    Plus, I'm taking part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon in May. So much excitement!
    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author


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