Matt is a friend & family member who is not only intelligent, but is also self-motivated in both his career and peronal life as a successful Kansas City engineer. Matt has also recently turned 30 and realized he was going to put health & happiness back into his own hands. Here is what Matt had to say when I asked him a few questions regarding his fitness journey:
What is one of your recent fitness accomplishments?
MH: In March 2013 I ran a 5k in 19 minutes and took first place overall. In April 2013 I set my personal record in a half marathon with a time of 1:28. My next goal is to run a 3 hour marathon this fall.
Personal “I did it moment”?
MH: When I got to below 8% body fat and could enjoy feeling my six pack abs again.
Is there a health or personal challenge you have had to overcome?
MH: None I can think of.
What is your favorite “healthy” thing to eat?
MH: Steamed cauliflower, steamed asparagus, and baked fish. Not necessarily together.
Favorite “guilty” thing to eat?
MH: Hamburgers and supreme pizza.
Can you tell me about your favorite workout?
MH: A long run of 15 miles. Or a high intensity boot camp class.
What is your personal fitness motto?
MH: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” – Prefontaine.
How do you influence others to be healthier?
MH: I got my college friend Debra W. to get back into running. She ran track and cross country at Iowa State. I talked her into doing the Seattle marathon with me last year, she was hesitant but agreed. At the time she was just going to do that one to say she accomplished a marathon. Now she will be running her third marathon come this October with the DC marathon. My friends Jenny and Jason have both told me I am inspiring. They were initially thinking they wanted to get to a more healthier weight, which they have. But seeing me is pushing them even more on their transformation.
What is an item on your fitness bucket list?
MH: To qualify and run Boston marathon. To get into triathlons and either qualify for the US Championships and/or the World Ironman in Hawaii.
You seem to have it all together, what is an item on your other bucket list?
MH: To get married and raise some kids. Skydiving. And take a European vacation.
Any other comments?
MH: Being fit greatly pays off for your health. I had blood tests done in January 2013 and my results were all at optimal levels. Triglycerides to HDL cholesterol ratio of 0.7, below 1.0 is optimal. Blood pressure of 110/80, in 2011 this was 135/80. A resting heart rate of 48. Finding a sport or fitness class you enjoy greatly motivates you to perform harder and more often. I have fell in love with boot camp type fitness classes. And I’ve always been a fast runner but now that I am in great shape I am finishing in the top 1%, usually in the top five for my age group. It feels pretty cool to line up at the front of the race with all the other great runners. Most people may think of the people at the front as different than you and I but they aren’t, they and myself have typical jobs and lives and just put the extra effort in to be great.
Great words of wisdom from Matt! We all can do extraordinary things if we just put the extra effort in to be great.