I was a four-year varsity starter, three year First Team All-Section, two time Second Team All-District, First Team All-District, and an All-State volleyball player in high school. My junior olympic volleyball team took T-5th at Nationals after going undefeated the first three days of competition the summer between high school and college. I was playing club volleyball at the school of my choice, Duquesne University, and we were nationally ranked after beating the #1 ranked team at their home tournament.
Later during my sophomore year, one of my friends and teammates passed away from a ruptured aorta. He was 19 years old and in better shape than anyone on the team. Everyone was shocked and it was something that really shook me. I've always been a live in the moment, spontaneous person, but when something like that happens, it really reminds you how fragile life is.
|the old me at Niagara Falls|
I started working out and eating right. By the end of January, I had lost twenty pounds. I didn't lose any in February because quite frankly, I didn't have the money to buy a whole new wardrobe and I knew that I wasn't done. At the start of March, I decided to lose some more weight, but not as drastic. I lost ten pounds in March, ten in April, five in May and five in June. If you're keeping track, that's fifty pounds from 230 to 180.
|180-185 pound me (not the gf)|
As my girlfriend will quickly tell you, I am a very competitive person! When I stopped playing volleyball, I didn't have an outlet for that competitive nature. Sure, I had coaching and golfing, but it didn't fulfill that void. Now as I get deeper in the fitness world, I now have a constant competition. Not with other people, but with myself. The only person I need to be better than is the person I was yesterday!
|me/gf before my birthday dinner in October|
I do jump in and play volleyball from time to time during practices, but I try to not overdo it. If I play in a tournament, I am in a good bit of pain for the next few days and basically out of commission from any physical activity. As much as I enjoy playing, I just don't feel like it is really worth it. Is it frustrating? YES, but such is life. I have plenty of other activities to enjoy!
You're probably wondering about the whole employment thing and I am happy to tell you that I currently have a full time teaching job. Although it is only a one year position, it's just another example of things getting turned around as I got myself back together.
I realize none of this post was about baseball, but I figured it'd be nice to give everyone some perspective of the author. Almost all of my posts will be baseball related whether it is MLB related, cards, memorabilia, books, movies, etc. I look forward to writing many posts and hope you will enjoy!