Well… not sure where to start here so I’ll just jump right in with the most obvious and happiest things going on in my life at the moment. I was married to my beautiful wife Stephanie in October of 2015 and just had our first little bundle of joy (Palmer Marie) on September 27, 2017. You could technically say Palmer will be our third since we have two dogs: Zoe who is a Miniature Daschund and Cooper who is a German Shepherd.
I was born and raised here in Georgia – mostly in the Alpharetta area. Milton Eagles baby! In high school I wrestled and ran cross country in the wrestling off season to stay in shape. I also did crew for 2 years which was awesome! I grew up camping and hiking a lot – mainly on the Appalachian trail. I was in Boy Scouts and earned my Eagle rank which taught me a ton. I have two little sisters who I love dearly.
I work as a Product Manager at a software company specializing in electronic payment software. It’s a fast pace job in an equally fast paced industry. It can be stressful at times. I actually don’t know how I maintained my sanity before working out.
OCRs came in to my life when Allie asked nonchalantly if I wanted to try this thing called GoRuck Challenge. She gave me a brief run down and told me that David and Chris were doing it as well. I responded with an “I’ll think about it”. Now, in high school I was in superior shape – I was 135 lbs and so active with sports and outdoor activities I could do this no problem. But when I was asked to do the GoRuck I was 195 lbs and hadn’t run in 5 years. I thought to myself, this could be really good for me, let’s try it out. And here we are…
I’m now 175 lbs (yep – dropped 20) and feel great. Weird thing is when I was 195 I didn’t feel overweight or fat. But now at 175, I can’t imagine being 195 again. I can walk up the stairs without being winded. I sleep better. My blood pressure has gone down. I’m less stressed. It’s amazing. I’m borderline obsessed with staying in shape. I monitor every stat I can somewhat reasonably attain (mostly via my Garmin Fenix 3HR watch) because even though I feel so much better – it’s great to visually see improving statistics.
We’re about 1.5 years in to this journey of working out and OCRs and I’m really excited to share with you what we’ve learned along the way and our experiences going forward.