On this cold January day in County, 1/8/22, Icy roads, frozen flags and 12 degrees on the dash. 7am and I was surrounded with some of my closest brothers in this journey of life. On this day I celebrated my 3 year Postiversary. December 2018 I was extremely overweight, struggled to breath, couldn’t tie my shoes. I was pushing 330lbs and my doctor basically told me you have diabetes. Something needed to change. I worked too much, saw Wendys more than my wife. One man saw his opportunity to turn my sad clown frown upward. Kyle “LePew” Roy, relentless in his pursuit to get me to join this crazy group of morning warriors who worked out before the sun came out rain or shine. Thank you to his motivation and inspiration I am 75lbs lighter, have ran two have marathons and built some of the best friendships I have and at 530am. To celebrate we were going to do one of my favorites in the form of a ladder. I dropped my stuff at the portico and headed to our meeting point. The runners and ruckers returned from their early start and the group of 11 men set out on our get better journey as the time hit 7am. Jolly Rancher, Captain Crunchberry, Time Share, Trebeck, Brown Water, Devitto, Big Bird, Cochran, LePew, Holy Roller and I started with some Side Straddle Hops, Grass Grabbers grabbed our coupons headed to the portico. I went through our ladder board 5-Merkins, 10 Situps, 15 Overhead Press, 20 Squats, 25 Dips, 30 Curls, 35 Lunges, 40 Side Straddle Hops, 45 Stepups, 50 Flutter Kicks. As we talked through, we did some Michael Phelps. I then wanted to run through our lap around the island behind the church to ensure everyone kept an eye out for any slippery conditions. We circled up to finish out COP with some downward dog where I shared my story in LePew head locking me as a way to continue to inspire others of the F3 Power. Back to the Portico I put some Linken Park on the portable Alexa (we also listened to some GNR, Metallica and AC/DC throughout). The Pax started out; it was going to be a tough one but all were determined to finish in time. Continuous motivation shoutouts given to keep on pushing. Sweat started flowing and those with facial hair had a frozen perspiration beard. We all worked right up until the 8 am church bell rang, ensuring we all climbed to the top. Back to home base we went through some COT. Brown Water headed out for dare to care, and a few announcements were given.
Closing today I had something on my mind I wanted to message to the group and that was about mental health. Just yesterday I read a story of a young couple, police officers, with a 1 year old that had both taken their own life. On New Years Eve the husband took his life and upon hearing the news his wife did as well. Two people with a baby at home feeling like that was the only option. I share this as I have seen and felt the impacts of mental health. Physical and mind are blended to ones wellbeing, but often times we do not take care of ourselves mentally as good as we do physically. Part of that is the stigma, the other part is that you cannot always see the appearance of one’s mental state. Going back to where I was 3 years ago, mentally, and physically I was in a bad place, and who knows where I would be today of it wasn’t for HIMS like LePew. The men who surround me and inspire me each morning and those best friends that I have built forever relationships with. I believe that god has put F3 in my life, and in my brothers lives for a reason. It is up to us to continue to inspire others who need us, even if that means showing up in one’s driveway at 5:15am and not leaving until that FNG gets in the car. Thank you, my brothers, “Brotherhood is the very price and condition of man’s survival.”