Manage episode 246076155 series 2168002
This show is specifically for divorced men.
I was separated in 2012 after 8.5 years of marriage and was away from my two young daughters for the first time in my life. It was the worst feeling I'd ever experienced.
So I did what many newly divorced men do; I self-medicated. Only my drug of choice wasn't alcohol or narcotics, it was food. Specifically fast food and sugar.
I turned to McDonald's to help ease the pain of not seeing my girls and adopted a 6 pack of Dr. Pepper a day habit in the process. This coupled with a few Red Bulls daily, Pop-Tarts, and Snickers bars and my body rapidly turned to mush.
My health and energy followed suit and I felt like absolute sh*t every day. And it was a nasty and downward spiral I was in and if it hadn't been for a friend who stepped in and gave me a much needed wake up call, I might have gotten much worse.
Instead, I made the decision one evening to take my life back and I started with a single 5 minute run. And I built on that each day. Every day.
And within 6 months or so, I had completely changed my body, my mindset, and outlook on life. I was happier, healthier and a much better father and it prompted me to start the Fit Dad Nation.
In today's show, I share the things I did that allowed me to reclaim my health and make the changes I so desperately needed. It wasn't quick. It wasn't easy. And it was a struggle every step of the way.
If you're in the process of a separation or divorce or still struggling with the emotional fallout from one, you need to make sure you're taking care of yourself.
It's not something you'll do instinctively and most of us fall into a dark place. But I can tell you from experience that if you don't take care of your health from the start, you'll struggle much more than you need to.
You will suffer. Your kids will suffer. So I'm sharing the steps I took to turn my life around and ultimately become a much better father and man and I hope this helps you in some way.
Divorce is something I wouldn't wish on anyone and it's unbelievably painful but the fact remains that 50% or so of Americans end up there.
Please listen to this with an open mind and remember that you are your #1. When you're not at your best, you can't be the best father you're capable of being. Don't make the same mistakes I did and I hope this episode helps you get through some of your toughest times.