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Last week, Visalia Times-Delta Sports Editor Eric Galvan introduced our readers to a project we are starting here in the sports department.
The goal is to piggy back on Justin Levine, the owner of the California Fitness Academy in Visalia, who plans on running 300 miles in four days from Visalia to Santa Monica in October.
We are going to keep track of Levine’s progress with the daunting task he has placed in front of him.
In the meantime, Eric and myself will be working out and trying to get in shape to complete the first 20 miles of the run with him in October — a daunting task for a couple of know-it-all sports writers who for the better part of a decade have done the majority of their running to the refrigerator and back to the couch.
For a couple of years now, I have been extremely unhappy with my choice of lifestyle.
About a month and a half ago, I started trying to grow some facial hair just to try something different. Well, that was a huge failure. It grew in patches and I just couldn’t quite get it to fill in.
Stay with me on this one.
Eric asked me one day what I was trying to accomplish with the facial hair and I jokingly told him I was going through a quarter-life crisis.
But let me be honest here. I’m 27-years-old and at the pace I was going, it was probably more like a mid-life crisis.
In the back of my mind I always told myself I needed to do something drastic to improve my quality of life.
Last spring, I actually started to do something about it. I weighed 294 pounds and told myself there is no way I’m ever going to touch 300. So I started to work out and diet. It was working. I had dropped 45 pounds by August, but once my semester at Fresno State started, I found it difficult to balance a full-time job, a full-time class schedule, homework and the gym.
My eating habits, which I could have controlled, went back to where they were. I was starting to feel disgusting all the time once again.
So when Eric told me about what he and Justin were doing, I said I wanted in.