This is embarrassing

Well…. this is embarrassing.  This was the start of my journey.  257.2 lbs.  I am not proud of where I am but this is just extra motivation to not grab that extra slice of pizza or grab a water instead of pop.  Everything in moderation.  This is gonna be a fun journey.  Cheers.



Hello interwebs.  Welcome to the Booze & Barbells blog.  This is going to be fun, I promise.  So sit back, relax, crack open a cold one, and enjoy.

Let me introduce myself (how rude of me).  My name is Alex and I live in Charleston, West Virginia.  Growing up I was involved in all kinds of sports: basketball, soccer, and brief stints of baseball, tennis, and karate so I was always a pretty skinny kid.  Then I graduated High School and went to college where I discovered booze and college cafeteria food.  I broke my ankle, quickly found my “freshman 15″, then I found someone else’s.

One day I woke up from a hang over and saw picture that someone had tagged me in on Facebook.  “One…two…three chins….oh my” is exactly what went through my head.  It was at that moment I decided no more.  I started researching how to lose weight with out running and found weight training.  I lost about 20 lbs of the weight that I had gained and looked better than I did before college started and that was it.  I was hooked!

Fast forward from 2010 to 2017 and I’ve gone through the “fat to fitish” cycle probably 5 times.  Whether it was trying to gain weight to get stronger and just gaining it in the gut or getting complacent in where I am in life or just getting lazy, the cycle continues to happen.  No more.  I’m on a mission to take it off and keep it off.  Plus, I have a little extra motivation this time around.  Last week, while on vacation I proposed to my long time girlfriend (thank you, thank you very much).  The last thing I need to do is look at my engagement pictures I will be taking in the coming months and immediately start counting my chins.

Now as I embark on this journey I will be doing something very different than what I normally do when I decide to lose weight.  Normally I cut out everything bad.  No chips, popcorn, pizza, wings, and NO booze.  That’s why I believe I always fail.  Nobody wants to eat chicken and broccoli all day every day.  Also, if there’s three things in the world I love its my lady, the feeling after a PR deadlift, and cracking open a cold one with the boys.  That’s why I will be documenting not only weight loss and workouts (boring right) but also beer and wine reviews, recipes, and probably a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a guy trying to figure life out.

Buckle up.  This is gonna be fun.