Forgive the blatant sales pitch but something just happened that I have to brag about.
Okay… I am working on this delightful film called “Mr. Fiction” for the Pixel Network through Hallmark all week.
I’m a dad who is trying to protect one of his investments while also trying to spark a little romance into my son’s overworked life.
But here’s the deal… When ever you do a movie you have to be given a physical to make sure you are insurable. In the event that you get sick the production company needs to be able to get reimbursed for any money they are out because of your sickness.
Just how it is.
So… today I am getting my physical and the doctor sees that I’m 54… just 54 BTW… and wishes me Happy Birthday.
“Thanks” I say.
Then he takes my blood pressure.
“Wow… that’s really great.” He says.
I forget the number but it was enough to impress this guy so that’s good with me.
He then listens to my heart.
“Um…” says he. “What is it that you do to keep in this kind of shape at your age?”
That’s when I told him about P90X3.
That’s when I gave him the link to my web site.That’s when I thanked him for coming and he said “No… Thank you. I’m going to start doing this right away and get my patients on it. I’ll order P90X3 tonight.”
It feels good to help a doctor get into better shape!
For those of you who know what this means… BRING IT!
So hard to believe because it truly seems as if I just had one about a month ago! How is it that the years have gotten so short?
I remember, when I was a kid or a young adult, how long a year was. If someone said…. “That could take a year” I thought it was the end of the world. “A year? A whole year..? Impossible… a year is. like… forever!”
Not any more.
This was a year of great change. Of the start of tangible evidence of a dream realized with Smothered and the studio. A year of great professional gains and tremendous personal loss.
All in all it’s been a good year. The best, actually. I’ve become closer with my children, more understanding of my wife and she more of me. I’ve written more complex stories, brought additional layers to characters and gotten into better shape than ever before. I’ve made new friends and removed myself from others not so friendly.
It’s been a year of growth… loss… and soul searching. It’s also been a year of poison ivy but that’s a whole other story.
I look forward to what the days will bring in this my 54th. If the results are anything like what is bouncing around in my head it’s going to be one hell of a ride!
Thank you for hanging in there with me. For trying to understand an overweight kids dream in a fit old guys body. Thanks for urging me on and, occasionally, trying to hold me back when I got too close to the edge.
I had a wonderful dinner with Elly and Toby last night. The first text this morning was from Karis… my Biscuit. Will do my daily P90X3 workout (see sidebar to get yours if you dare!) Am heading to work on a film to play a role that has quickly become out of character for me… a good guy… Then it’s off to dinner and beer with Leah and Jarred.
Today is going to be a great day. I can feel it in my bones!
Look at your birthdays as mile markers that let you know you are here. Make your time here count. Do what ever you can to make the rooms you leave, the sidewalks on which you walk and the lives you touch even slightly better than they were before you got there.
I’m not saying that I do this personally. I am saying that I am aware that I should. And that… I believe… that knowledge is the beginning of change… of growth.
How do you feel getting older? Are you doing what you can to make a difference in the world? Your neighborhood? A single life?
Has your road been long and winding? Straight and narrow? Or, like mine, a series of straight lines interrupted by a series of 90 degree turns?
Decide to make a change and click right here on “I want you to be MY coach, John.” Or go to my “Health & Fitness” tab there to the left. It’ll shock you to find out what you can do once you’ve made a decision. It sure did me. This is the first day of the rest of your life. It’s up to YOU what shape you live it in!
You can even be a COACH yourself. See what it’s like having someone pay you to work out!
Yup.. I weighed 250 or so when i was 16 and still had it in my head that I was going to be a movie star.
“How many obese movie stars do you know?” asked my brother Bob that summer of 1976 when I had just wolfed down another corn dog at Six Flags.
He was right…
I didn’t know any. John Goodman had yet to do his first ever movie with me (Eddie Macon’s Run).
I decided to lose the weight and get into the best shape of my life. I knew that I was supposed to do something with my life. I knew it. Felt it in my bones… right there under all that fat. So I made a decision… right then and there.
2 months later I had dropped 50 pounds.
Guess I’m one of those people who, when they put their mind to something they really put their mind to it.
I’m telling you this because I just heard that my fitness group, TEAM RIPPED DUKE has collectively lost over 4,000 pounds in the last 2 years. Continue reading →
Spending every waking moment getting the studio ready and LOVING IT!