OK, so I wanted to start with a little backstory about where the NightOwlFit name came from. I spent about 13 years of my life working the night shift. The night shift is draining, tiring, and strips you down sometimes to your very soul. And if I am being honest most of the people in my life got tired of hearing about it. Keeping up with eating healthy, trying to stay at a decent weight, or let alone going for a run is usually more than an afterthought. Most of my days and nights were usually filled with thoughts of sleep, when can I sleep, is it time to sleep, and where is the coffee.
I would love to go back to 2006 with the knowledge I have today I would do things a lot differently. Back then I started my job working the night shift I was only a couple of years out of the Marines and figured I could take on anything. I had done swing shifts before so working the night shift didn’t seem like much of a transition. Boy was I wrong. A couple of years into working there I found myself going through a nasty divorce, feeling lost and confused. The weight started to pile on quite easily. Though I was able to land back on my feet with the help of my current wife I was still working the night shift.
It was then that I decided to take my health into my own hands. I consumed books, magazines, YouTube videos, anything I could get my hands on about diet and exercise. A few years into my journey I was still overweight. I failed to solve y biggest issue which was still being tired constantly. I had very little energy to devote to my wife or my children and I complained pretty much all the time.
What I learned through it all is that being healthy doesn’t have to be hard. The unfortunate thing in the information age is there are a thousand blogs and YouTube channels, and it gets made out to be rather complicated. Eat vegan meat is bad, eat meat, vegetables are bad. Eat less fat, eat more fat, eat in moderation, it is enough to make anyone’s head spin.
Ask yourself how many times have you stood in front of a full fridge wondering what you were going to cook for dinner? Perhaps you downloaded a meal plan for the week, but the list was longer than a football field. Or watched an exercise video and told yourself there is no way a body was meant to bend that way. Don’t get me wrong those exercise videos work for some, and those recipes if you have the time are sometimes pretty good. But isn’t it all a little more complicated than it needs to be?
I would love to go back to 2006 with all the mistakes, all the missteps, and start the journey again. It would save me a lot of time and wasted energy. I learned to strip out the noise of everything; to eat more mindfully and simply, to keep my exercise routines less complicated, and to live a more minimal, and meaningful life.
I chose to launch NightOwlFit to teach others the lessons I have learned. That being healthy, your version of it, can be simple. By living a more minimalistic and meaningful life, on your terms.