How Darrell Created a Healthy Lifestyle to Last

Hey PumpUp! This #TransformationTuesday, meet Darrell @somebaldguy! Darrell has incredible perspective on what it takes to find balance in fitness! With strong habits and dedication, he's been able to maintain a routine that keeps him energized and motivated. Here's his story:

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PumpUp Name: @somebaldguy

PumpUp Member Since: October 2016

Current Location: Central Texas

Favourite Workout Song: "Intro 2" by NF (Album: Therapy Session)

Mantra: One step at a time, one rep at a time, one breath at a time.

Who are your top 3 favourite people to follow on PumpUp? What do you admire most about them?

It's definitely hard to pick just 3 because everyone inspires me in different ways for different reasons, but I'll have to say:

@balancingforlife – It's encouraging to see other people closer to my age who are balancing similar life situations and making health and fitness a priority. Donna is positive, encouraging and challenging to me.

@sttew – Anastasia is fun, upbeat and encouraging. Plus, she's a runner so I get lots of inspiration from her posts.

@dmadness – is one tough Australian. We followed each other on another fitness app that changed its format and discontinued the social aspect. I lost a lot of pics and great fitness friends. I was happy to see him on PumpUp because he's a beast and he's consistent. I love seeing his progress and am challenged by his dedication.

What advice would you share with someone who’s looking to keep motivated?

Balance. Unless you're prone to excuses, cut yourself some slack. I feel like most people are too hard on themselves. For me I tend to want to do too much too fast, get overwhelmed and then just want to quit. I'm learning that doing small things consistently adds up and is easier to maintain than trying to do everything all at once, which never works and just leads to burnout.


What’s a new, healthy habit you’re working on?

Rest. I tend to feel like I always need to be doing something. Sometimes I can even be busy to try and avoid something more important I really need to do. So whether it's work, cleaning the house or working out, I have a tendency to push too hard sometimes. I'm also a little competitive as well, so sitting still and being still don't come easy for me. I have to be intentional about rest. Physically, emotionally and spiritually, I see better growth and progress when I make time to be still, rest and let my body recover.


What's your favourite way to keep active?

Running. I love lifting and working out at the gym, but my "go to" is always running, preferably outside. It's just your body and the road or trail. All you need is a good pair of running shoes. For me, not only does it condition my body, but it also relieves stress and inspires creativity. I do some of my best thinking while running.


What is a fitness or health goal that you're most proud of?

Weightloss. Fitness is not always about the number on the scale. However, I've battled up and down weight for most of my adult life. About a year ago I broke under the 200 lb. barrier for the first time in decades and I've held at around 190lb. That has been the most rewarding to me.

What's your favourite thing about PumpUp? How has PumpUp helped you reach your fitness goals?

Community. Although social media can only supply a certain level of connectedness, it's opened up a whole world of friendships to me, literally. I've gotten to interact with people from all over the globe in a positive, encouraging and inspiring way. Many have spoken words to me that have lifted me up, some have inspired me with their stories and vulnerability, and others have challenged me with their progress. It's a daily reminder that we're all in this together.


What’s your post-workout fuel?

I don't have an official "go to" other than water. Although - as bad as it may sound - I quite often go home and have a beer. 


What makes you feel the most confident?

Getting to buy clothes and have them fit the way they were made to fit. In the past I was always shopping for loose fitting clothes to hide behind. 


What advice would you give to someone new to the PumpUp community?

Two things: learn yourself and take baby steps. It's easy to get sucked into the comparison game. When looking at other people's journeys, learn what you can and celebrate with them, but know that what worked for them may not work for you. Health and fitness is a lifestyle, not a fix or fad. You've got to find out what works best for your body, your mind and your schedule. And then take baby steps. Do little things consistently. You'll start to feel better and then want to add more and get more creative with your workouts. It will become its own addiction. And then share your journey. Don't be afraid to post about victories and defeats. You will find a lot of encouragement.

Thanks Darrell! Follow more of his journey on the PumpUp app, @somebaldguy