It’s a bit weird for me to look back on our wedding photos. Contrary to how many people feel about their own body evolution (“Would I ever fit into that wedding dress now?”) I think that we are both in better shape and generally look better today. A large factor is our not working and having a significant amount time to be active.
When I was working on Wall Street I ate huge, ridiculously unhealthy lunches, and my dinners were frequently no different. I had a huge appetite, especially for sweet deep-fried Chinese food – definitely not the best stuff to put in my body. I would sit at a desk for hours, plugging away at Excel, eating as though I were still in my powerlifting phase of life.
When I quit my job in January 2010 I didn’t intentionally exercise more. I just had more time to move around. There was no reason to sit all afternoon: I wanted to experience the sunny part of the day. When we worked on the resort in the Dominican Republic we spent the vast majority of our time outside. In two months of not trying, I shed a good amount of fat.
Now that I’m spending my time climbing, biking, and cooking healthy food, I’m feeling great. If you’re looking for another reason to drop your desk job, consider the potential benefits not only to your mental well-being, but to your physical well-being as well.
posted by yair