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.