Physically, I've totally restarted a fitness regimen. I've always been proactive about my general health, but now my goal is a 6-pack, which I'll proudly post a picture of when (not "if"-I'm determined) it's visible. (I know there's one under there, somewhere. I've just got to let it out!) My philosophy is that the rest of the body can't help but be there by the time the 6-pack emerges. Honestly, I don't see myself as ever being a bodybuilder, just lean & fit. Since 10/2011, through gradual lifestyle modification, I've lost 29 lbs. I'm certainly at my leanest and fittest since shortly after high school. I'm guessing I still have at least 20 lbs to go. I want to see my ultimate leanness before I try to add any substantial muscle. I can only juggle one thing at a time. Leaning out through correct nutrition is my current objective, with some cardio/fat burning thrown in for extra measure. I'll know I've achieved my goal when the mirror mirror on the wall tells me so. (Somewhat surprisingly, I've gotten a vision to surprise my youngest son and be totally ready to go running with him-and at least keep up-when he gets home from Afghanistan in a year. I just visualize him running in his camo gear with his unit and it really motivates and inspires me.)
As for the rest of me, "briefly":
(none of this is whining, baggage, excuses, or whatever...it's just disclosure-in case you're interested...)
I'm an old-fashioned family man that got divorced a few years ago. My conventional living arrangement couldn't satisfy her anymore when I couldn't fake it. It didn't start out that way, but denial & cover-up eventually make one a very dishonest person, and I've decided I don't want to be that (dishonest person) anymore. So here "we" are. I'm taking steps to strip the negative out of my life and be the person I grew up wanting to be, that I can look up to. I was raised in a very conservative Ohio home and I still consider my Christianity the most important element of my life. However, I've learned I've got more than enough failings in my own life to worry about others'. Our call is a personal mission, really, not an enforcement of a code upon others. (Lest you get the wrong idea: I've still never been drunk or high and I was a virgin till my wedding night, so my "failings" are more like the aforementioned dishonesty, impatience or harshness-personal character things. That doesn't make me better than anyone-just clarifying. Which means everything bad I ever said or did, I did in my "right" mind. Conversely, every good time I ever had I could remember the next morrning!) This is all a process that I'm very much still going through. Maybe you recognized who you were at a much younger age. I'm happy for you, but I have no regrets, per se.
I'm a very animated, emotional, verbal & genial guy. One will not find a more passionate speaker. My curiousity is boundless and couldn't be quenched even in immortality (after all, if human knowledge is doubling every 5 years...you do the math!) Yet I find loving relationships with others the highest aspiration and pinnacle of human achievement. I can talk (and listen) to anyone about nearly anything, but have no patience for fools, i.e., those who don't let facts "confuse" them. I'm terribly logical, so if you are inclined to voice your possibly controversial views, you'll probably dislike my disection of them if they are not based on genuine facts. (You'd be surprised how many assumptions we've made. Just be warned, lol.) I'm very loving, intelligent, empathic, been told I'm masculine and cute (probably 'cuz of the hairy chest & dimples, respectively), modest :), tactile, and wired with a huge capacity for intimacy. (Think of it as a thirst for knowledge, but toward people. Yes, one can find a good time at a park after work, but REAL intimacy is for someone special in an private setting...the AFTER sex stuff, when 2 people are most vulnerable to each other. I know-very old fashioned...).
I LOVE to laugh (loudly & often) and make humor out of every situation-my mind is always concocting jokes to make in my circumstances & conversations. Puns, irony, and sarcasm are offered free of charge. Done with drama (now there's a name for a website, lol-see, there's my humor in action, again. If you use it, you better pay me royalties or at least give me credit! I just checked that domain name-didn't seem to come up on a google search...lol. Hey, it's a great idea. I'm full of them!)
I love action movies the best, but I can do chick flicks, too, as long as good triumphs over evil or the ending is happy. I'm not too embarassed to cry at a sad part (Why watch a "movie" if you're not gonna let it "move" ya? It's not like gays need a pretense to get into each other's pants, right?) Reality TV is fake (and stupid): Cameras change "reality", or do you not know why they invented the electron microscope? Oh, I should mention I have lived most of my life without a TV. Raised my kids without one, in fact, so I doubt you can imagine how articulate & engaging they are. (I love my Netflix, now, though.) I can cook, but I don't really like to for myself. I think I'd enjoy doing it FOR someone now & then, 'cuz I used to really get into it. I'm a recovering (?) perfectionist and procrastinator (it only took me 13 months to fill in this section, lol. Hey, don't you know some people "recover" slower than others...lol) "Halo" and "WoW" are my favorite video games & I was a THOR fan long before it was cool, lol. (kid at heart)
My kids are virtually grown (I mean, I raised them in real life, but they're "almost" grown up.) and they mean everything to me. I think I can honestly say they feel the same way toward me and their mom, as they start building their own adult lives.
And if you're still reading, you must be special! Let's get together!
p.s. I'm actually a remarkable singer, stylistically, probably a lot like Josh Groban-which talent I got from my parents, and which I use most weeks at church and in my shower and car (& a good musician-keyboards, trumpet & french horn). I enjoy any kind of music as long as it has great vocals/melody, tight harmonies, and/or thoughtful lyrics.
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