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What’s Your Reason?

By Jack Haynes | In Blog | on May 19, 2015

It’s amazing how fast your life can change, no matter how prepared you think you are. My son Samuel was born two weeks ago, and despite knowing he was on the way, I couldn’t have been more surprised.  Not surprised in regards to Samuel coming into this world, but more with the overwhelming feelings of being a new father.  One look at my little guy and I realized that my life would never be the same again. In an instant, my priorities shifted, and my actions have a new purpose now.

Years ago when I started training, my motivation for training was pretty typical.  As many of you know, I was the proverbial 100-pound weakling.  I got tired of being that guy, and used that as motivation to transform a physical nobody into an athlete, or the makings of one anyway.

Recently I’ve started training for a completely different reason.  If you’ve been reading my earlier blogs you know that I’ve been trying to claw myself back into shape so that I can take on new challenges.  Now I have discovered a whole new set of reasons for taking care of myself, and they all have to do with my son, Samuel.

I know that I’m technically a little old (or older than most, anyway) to start having children.  The promise I’ve made my son is that I will always be there for him to the best of my ability, and I mean to keep that promise in every way.  That means making health decisions that will not only keep me around longer, but also keep me physically able to be a good father.  To be physically able to play sports with him, go camping, take him on trips – perhaps on all kinds of adventures.

I’ve trained for all kinds of reasons.  Samuel is now my reason.

What’s your reason?

Leave a post – I’d love to hear it!

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2 Comments to "What’s Your Reason?"

  • Britanica says:

    March 16, 2016 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Too old? Age is a mindset and a physical appearance. I know men in their 80’s who are more active and in better shape than the average 22 year old! If you think you can, you are already half way there! My motivation is better health and wanting to be a good wife for my future husband. Taking care of myself will provide me many long years with him.

  • Willette Oyama says:

    April 22, 2016 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    That’s amazing… I’ve always been so self-centered about my reason for exercising and going to the gym. It’s to just be healthier and to have a great body. I don’t have any children yet but I do plan on having a lot one day. Maybe this should also be another reason for me to continue doing this. Knowing that someday I need to be stronger, not just for myself but for my kids as well. Thanks for making me realize that.

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