Hi! My name is Roger Willis, and I am going to be a guest writer for Central Valley Nutrition! I'm excited to share workout tips that I've learned through (painful) trial and error, and from talking to other people who are like me: passionate about weight lifting!
A little about myself. I'm 49 years old, and I live in the Southern Tier of New York State. My wife, Rebecca (Becky) and I just celebrated 22 years of marriage! We have 3 children and 2 grand kids. She is also a professional blogger and has been more than supportive in my journey of weight lifting and blogging.
I began weight training July 1st, and shortly thereafter I began my blog, rogwillis.com, a blog about weight loss, weight lifting, motivation and exercise. I love interacting with my audience when it comes to weightlifting and exercise. I'm still trying to find an eating plan that works for me, but I have began to notice changes in my body composition because of weight lifting.
This isn't my first rodeo, when it comes to weight loss. The main difference between this time around and past attempts is my age. I served in the U.S. Army for eight years, and even when I was in, my weight was always an issue. When I got out, I just let go. A few years later, and I had went from 185 pounds, to 275 pounds! We got the kids a dog, and he loved going for walks. All of a sudden, I noticed that my clothes were fitting more loose! My dog and I began jogging, and I lost about 100 pounds. After we had to put him to sleep (he had cancer), I gave up on jogging. It wasn't until 2012 that I started back up losing weight. I had a physical for the job I was starting, and had ballooned back up to 275 pounds! I began walking to lose weight. It wasn't until March of 2013 that I became a weight lifting junkie. I hated it at first; but, after a couple of weeks, I was all in! I lost an incredible amount of weight. In about a year's time, I went from a size 42 pant, to a size 36!
Like a lot of people, our finances became an issue, and I decided to take on a second job. Well, the old saying, "I don't have time" came into play. Between some days working 16 hours, and catching up on sleep, I wasn't able to get creative and begin working out. I'm now self employed with my wife. I'm a virtual assistant (VA) for a few bloggers, and am in the process of joining another VA to create more income. With me being home full time, I'm allowed the flexibility to work out. Granted, I have a long way to go to achieve my goals (I want to get down to between 210-225), I'm staying the course. I am doing what it takes to get to that goal.
I have a few goals, both personal and professional. Goals take time, and I'm fully committed to achieving them. My personal goals are to get down to the goal weight range mentioned above. I want to inspire people to get started on a fitness journey, and I hope that as I increase my social media followers, that some will feel inspired. Hopefully, something I write will hit home to them. My professional goals are to continue writing posts, both on my own site, as well as guest writing for Central Valley Nutrition. I want to get my VA contracting going.....soon!
I look forward to writing for Sean and Amy in a guest capacity, and maybe interact with you all! I'm available to answer personal questions, as well as fitness questions, considering the fact that I'm self-taught, and have done some research online. Keep moving one foot in front of the other!
My primary focus as a guest writer will be working various, specific muscle groups, different exercises that are catered to those muscle groups. I hope to give you an idea of a typical workout. We will cover intensity, strength versus endurance training. This has the possibility of being something fun! I’m excited to get the ball rolling!
Question: Are you better today than you were yesterday?
Until next time……
One foot in front of the other!
.Sean: a dedicated health professional with more than 20 years of health and nutrition education, industry background, and personal experiences. Sean’s journey began at National Holistic Institute where he studied health and nutrition and he later became a certified trainer and weight loss specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Though his education has positioned Sean as an expert in the health and nutrition industry, it is his own diagnosis of heart disease that has enabled Sean to open up and assist others with their own unique health and nutrition needs.