What is Practically Well?

What is Practically Well?
I think I have to start this with a brief explanation of why I am. I’m a 58 year old man. I was born and raised in Ohio in the 60s & 70s. In that time, in that place, food was meat and potatoes. Milk was whole. Diet soda was Tab, or Fresca (yuck)
And I was whole heartedly into eating. I loved food, and I still do. But I also let food take the place of other things, so I became fat, and being fat I was less active, so I ate more. And so the cycle turned until my mid-20s when I topped out around 265. And yeah, that was a lot for me. I wasn’t “big boned” and I didn’t “carry it well”. I was a fat guy.

What changed?

I don’t really know. There was no burning bush moment. There were a lot of small reasons but no big one. I started running, I started dieting. I moved to California, where lifestyles are different. I went from 265 to 225, then to 200, then down to where I carry myself today, around 180 lbs. Running became going to the gym, then becoming an group instructor at 24 Hr Fitness, L.A. Fitness, and several other health clubs ( including an all women gym, Linda Evans Fitness, but that’s a different story). I’ve spent the last 13 years working for a supplement company, learning more about nutrition and fitness. I’ve fallen in love with distance running and traveled around the world for work and pleasure, running races, teaching fitness classes and learning about different people and cultures, and what they think of us. I’ve gotten older and discovered what that means and doesn’t mean.

So why Practically Well?

Because I’ve been asked to help other people lose weight, and incorporate exercise into their lives. I tried being a personal trainer through health clubs, but discovered that business was mostly about upselling people to buy more classes and purchase health products of variable quality and effectiveness. I don’t want to do that. I want people to achieve the health and wellness they are looking for. That sentence means a lot to me. Because “the health & wellness they are looking for” means different things to different people. I want to share my story , which is a continuing one. I haven’t “arrived”. There is no “arrived”. This train keeps rolling until you’re in a box. I want to look at what’s out there in the world of Wellness, from the point of view of an older man from the midwest, even though he’s been based in California ( and various other places on the planet) for 30 years. I want to talk about what I think works, and what I think is bullshit.


I dunno. I loved when I saw people who took my classes turn their lives around. Maybe this is my way of trying to do that. I don’t think this is “Hey, dig me. I’m an amazing success story” . What I am is a work in progress. What I’ve been able to do is lose weight, keep it off, find a nutrition plan and fitness routine that works for me and stick to it. If this helps others, that’s kinda my goal. I hope you enjoy this new ride I’m taking. I’m planning to be honest, hopefully useful, preferably funny and I’d love for you to be a part of it.

So, did I answer the “What is Practically Well” question?

Sorta. Kinda. At least it’s a start.

Feel free to answer back to any of these posts. That’s kinda the point of this too. Dialogue is more interesting than monologue.

Talk soon.

2 thoughts on “What is Practically Well?

  1. So you are blogging? ( when I tried to type blogging, it actually justbtuoed jogging – lol) Good for you! I never knew the overweight Bob, only the fit & exercising Bob. So glad you’ve been able to find something you are passionate about to help you lead a healthier life. Rock/ jog on Bob & best wishes on your newest adventure as a writer!


    1. Thanks Kristin! I’m enjoying the process, and we’ll see where it goes. I’ve always admired your work with keeping kids active. I think that is very important, getting young people into good habits early in life. You should write a blog on that. I’d love to share it!


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