Hi, I’m Damon and welcome to my blog.

To begin with I would like to explain the title of this site a little. For some reason I have always had this strange obsession with blueberries. I think it has something to do with them being considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet. That and I just love them and thought what better representative of health and well being than blueberries.Damon

Now for a little background on me and what you will find on this blog.

For most of my adult life I have been fascinated with health and fitness. I am constantly reading, watching and talking about everything I can find on these subjects. But the funny part about this is up until this point in life I haven’t exactly been what you would call a pillar of health. Over the years beginning all the way back in high school I have lived my life in cycles. I would have spurts of extremely healthy living or what I called going “Hard Core” only to fall off and be run over by the wagon a few months later. This other me would be all fast food, Mountain Dew and my big weakness IPA’s. For those non beer geeks reading this an IPA or India pale ale is a type of beer (ale) with a high alcohol content and a large amount of hops which is what gives beer its bitterness. If you have never had one I definitely suggest you try some. Maybe start with something from Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewery or Dogfish Head but consider yourself warned you will either love it and instantly become a hop head (Google it) or absolutely hate it and go right back to drinking your piss water. Anyways, didn’t mean to ramble on about beer but I am also very passionate about that subject as well which is what makes it so hard to stay “Hard Core”. I mean do you know how many calories are in a 12 ounce bottle of that shit?

Well this on again off again cycle of health and death by eating was pretty much the norm until my beautiful wife and I had two sons in 19 months. Little did I know at the time but this was officially the death of “Hard Core”. (Insert picture of tombstone with RIP Hard Core.) Now don’t take me wrong I’m not blaming my kids for my short comings I’m just saying that life instantly became extremely busy with diapers, bottles, play time and all the other things that come with having kids. And because of this my habit of doing what ever I wanted when ever I wanted had to go and it has taken me almost five years to figure out how to prioritize my time between my family, work and getting something done for myself. Trust me, some people make this look so easy it doesn’t seem to exist but it is truly the hardest thing I have ever had to do. At some point I found this quote that I absolutely love, for it sums up exactly what I needed to hear.

“I’m struck by how, except when you’re young, you really need to prioritize in life, figuring out in what order you should divide up your time and energy. If you don’t get that sort of system set by a certain age, you’ll lack focus and your life will be out of balance.” ― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

After reading this quote again and again I finally admitted to myself that I had been a floater “ALL” of my life and that I had been ignoring that fact for a long time I had been over weight, out of shape and out of line with my true self, not to mention this unshakable feeling of getting old.

Now in true procrastinating fashion I didn’t exactly just flip a switch and change my whole life style, as good as that might of sounded to those reading this, I mostly ignored these thoughts and feeling for at least a few more months telling my wife I was going Hard Core the next week in which she would respond with her normal “Ok, honey” in a what ever you say tone. Now in my defense on a few occasions I did actually muster up the strength to get up early and workout before going to work. Each time this would last several days to a week then one night I would stay up to late (excuse), think to myself “I’m tired maybe tomorrow” in the morning when the alarm went off (excuse), have a few to many beers and feel bad in the morning (excuse), blah, blah, blah (excuse). Then during our annual summer vacation to Florida while floating in the ocean, beer in hand, I had a long talk with myself. I thought about how I was only six months from my 35th birthday and how there were so many things that I hadn’t done with my life. I was also truly concerned about what I was teaching my boys. How could I tell them with a clear conscience that they could do anything in the world that they set their mind to if I had no personal examples to show them. I finally made up my mind that I was going to get off my butt and do something instead of just dream. And after that talk I witnessed the resurrection of “Hard Core”.

So at this point you are probably wondering what exactly all this has to do with this blog. Well, after the talk I had with myself I started thinking of all the other times I had gone “Hard Core” in the past only to, in my eyes, fail. So I figured I needed to do something different this time or history would just repeat itself. And that is when I came up with the idea of holding myself accountable by telling the world what I’m doing and how I’m doing it.

So that about covers me and my site. I hope that you enjoy the information you find here. I also hope for those that need it that this site helps to motivate and inspire you. But most importantly I hope that it motivates me to continue to live the healthiest, happiest and most fulfilling life I can live.

Please feel free to contact me with any question you might have or leave a comment on any post or posts you find particularly interesting. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you to hear from you soon.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

melissa may July 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I look forward to reading more. I feel like I could have written everything you just said….except I’m a ‘little’ older. Ha! Good luck with your journey.


Karen July 23, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Thank you so much Melissa! I would have to say that I am a rookie compared to all of your running!! Thank you for the encouraging word at this point I’m taking all the motivation I can get!!


Leave a Comment