Military Service –
I joined the US Army in 1999, went to basic and AIT (advanced individual training) at Ft Sill Oklahoma. After basic and AIT I was stationed at Camp Casey S.Korea for a year. From there I went back to Ft Sill where I was to serve the remainder of my 4 year term, and met my wife another soldier. After the events of 9/11 the world changed. I volunteered to go serve in Iraq as a casualty replacement detail. I don’t think that needs any explaining. I was in Kuwait waiting for POTUS to give us the go ahead to invade Iraq. After waiting about 2 weeks and the missile that landed on the abandoned mall in Kuwait we were all getting anxious and ready to move across the line into Iraq. I was there for the initial invasion and bounced from unit to unit filling in where needed for about 6 months. I was there when we took Baghdad, when Sadam International was captured. I was there until supply lines got better, and then moved on into other unconquered towns. After the invasion was complete and the fighting started to die down a little, they realized that we didn’t take nearly as many casualties as expected. The men I volunteered with were no longer needed. I was sent back home, and that was enough for me. With a wife about to deploy (who didn’t thank God) and the combat I experienced was enough for me to walk away with a head full of bad memories and sleepless nights. I am not going into detail about my military experience because that is not what this blog is about. It is about a comeback from the negative affects combat has on the mind and the body.
About Me and What My Goal Here Is With You
I am 36 and living in Houston Tx, when I left the Army I weighed 180 pounds and was in amazing shape. I had visible abs, I could run for miles without stopping, and my arms where the size of my head. I started training in kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to keep my head on straight. Keep focused and busy. Then life happened, I had to move, take on a second job, had to put training on hold. From there I started feeling sorry for myself and fell into the bottom of a bottle. 10 years of drinking 7 days a week smoking a pack and a half a day destroyed my body. One day it really hit me in the face when I got winded walking to the mailbox. I thought “WOW!” If I needed to defend my wife and children or even myself, there is no way I could. I now weighed 255lbs. It was hard for me to bend down and tie my shoe laces, clip my toe nails, or play with my daughters. Enough was enough! I had to do something, I had to make a change or I was going to die a lot sooner than I’d like to. I need to get better for myself and for my family. That’s exactly what I did. I made a change. It was not an overnight change, had a lot of figuring out to do, shoot I am still learning new tricks, methods, and techniques. I have lost 30lbs over the last 5 months, I can run again, my bench has gone from struggling with 135lbs to 225lbs. The hard work is paying off. I am a no stripe white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and have found a team that has accepted me and both of my daughters. I didn’t think I would ever get back on the mat again yet here I am 5 months back in!
My goal here is share my journey with you and hopefully inspire you to make the change in your life you have been putting off, or didn’t realize you wanted. We are going to do this together. I’m by no means the pillar of fitness, but this is a journey, a marathon not sprint. I truly hope you enjoy!!