Okay so here’s my motivation and what is not my motivation:
First of all I just celebrated 18 years of marriage to the same woman. We are still in love and very happy (If you need a barf break, I’ll wait). We have more than 3 children.
However the the big thing is I drive a mini-van…A MINI-VAN!!! Tom Cruise and George clooney driving through a redlight district in a mini-van couldn’t get any action. So it really doesn’t matter that much what I look like.
On the other hand…My children are growing up and are very active creatures. Video games are passe to them. two of them swim one spends his life on a skateboard. They camp, hike, run, bike and would like dad to be involved in thier lives. That’s motivation 1.
Motivation 2 is the other part of my family, the dark side. Adult onset diabetes, is nearly epidemic in this country and the top killer in my family. I have lost 2 grandparent, 3 uncles, 2 aunts through it.
Its not that I am afraid of dying. Put a bullet through my head tomorrow if you wish. I am ready. But if I have to go, I do not want to die a diabetic death. This disease, like heart disease, kills you a piece at a time. It takes your sight, your feet, your kidneys and so on…until you finally sit in a chair and beg for death to release you because you can’t do anything else. Not me.
I am nearly 40 years old and I started really doing diet and exercise 2 years ago. I dropped 30 pounds and cut my Chiolestoral and triglycerides in half since then. A freind turned me on to this sight.
I am hardly a body builder, but I think these people may be more serious about health than any other oragnization I have met.
So when I finally do kick the bucket, it will be when the bungee cords fails, not when my pancreas quits.
p.s. Is it possible for a 40 year old to increase in muscle mass? I am very faithful in the gym, but its mostly weight loss and weight maintenence. I am not big, never have been, but would be interested in trying a body building routine.