Keep fighting the good fight!

by Justin Hauser

Growing up in an Italian household, there was never a shortage of carb-heavy food around the house. Some of my greatest memories were Sunday dinners. There are certain aromas that I can distinctly remember and take me right back to those Sunday family dinners.

Food has always played a huge role in my life. While in high school I was very active and always had a problem with putting on weight. I graduated high school weighing 120 lbs. Fast forward 4 years after college where the urge to get less and less active became a little easier, I saw myself graduating weighing 220 lbs. After that it became a constant struggle to get back into being active again. Throw in that I was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and getting fast food at least one if not twice a day while drinking massive amounts of regular pop daily.

This vicious downward spiral was going full steam ahead. I had developed high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, sleeping and breathing problems. What scared the hell out of me the most though was not being able to do simple activities with my two daughters without feeling like I was going to pass out. I tried every diet and workout program you could think of. I would be all in for a couple weeks and then give up.

March 2020 COVID begins and both of my daughters beg and plead with me to quit smoking. April 1, 2020 was the last time I had a cigarette. I knew though to make it work and last I would have to find something else to become addicted to. April 2, 2020 I went for my first two mile run and legit thought I was going to die. The next day I woke up with every intention of quitting and giving up and my daughter Gianna asked me “are you going for a run today”, and at that moment I knew there was no turning back. I began running 5 miles a day 6 days a week.  Then I began the process of meal prepping. As a principal we know how limited our time is so I began using the weekend to prepare everything I needed for breakfast and lunch. 

In July of 2021, I joined a gym and began incorporating weightlifting into my workout routine. Not sure I would still be at, but here I am today heading to the gym 5 days a week at 3:00 am (love being there alone) and being able to get in the right mindset for the day. Meal prepping has been my favorite part of this whole journey. If you take away anything from this blog please know that the first step is truly the hardest and then after that it becomes so much easier. I am going to attempt to run my first 5k this summer. Here is my 5 day a week workout program. Keep fighting the good fight and as I tell my students “be the change”.


One day at a time...



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