There are few things in life that I’m worse at than self-promotion, but I realize that someone writing a blog ostensively promoting his knowledge of diet and fitness ought to at least look the part. I’m far from a narrow-minded individual, and mostly I ascribe to the notion of assessing the message, not necessarily the messenger; but let’s face facts, shall we? I — and I would guess, you, too — am much more apt to give credence to those ideas emanating from someone who obviously “walks the walk”. Of course, just as soon as I say such a thing, I immediately think of Gregg Glassman (the man behind CrossFit). No one would argue that Mr. Glassman is himself a physical “pillar of power”, but in my opinion, no one has done a better job of integrating, teaching, coaching (and yes, there is a difference between teaching and coaching) and bringing to the masses the notion of cross-functional fitness. Now, lest it be thought that I’m some kind of a CrossFit groupie, let me assure you that I am not. Of the various CrossFit WODs, I’ve only done a handful — but this is not because I think the workouts themselves to be in some manner faulty — it is because my personal fitness goals do not fully align with the results that Mr. Glassman has designed the Crossfit regimen to illicit. I take from CrossFit what is useful (quite a bit, actually) for my purposes and leave behind, without judgment, what is not. More on pairing goals with appropriate schemes later, as this does seem to me to be a major roadblock to success — and a needless source of angst and negative diatribe, to boot.
Anyway, back to the main gist of this post. I have added my picture to the “A little bit about me” page. Not too terribly bad, I think, for a 43 year-old, office hack. Really, if I can pull this “fitness thing” off, anyone can. A pinch of discipline and a little “want to” (as we say here in the south) equate to 80% of the battle. There’s no magic, no smoke and mirrors.