A question you should ask yourself.
Have you ever sat down and really thought about why you workout, why you eat well? I am sure our reasons change as we age, but currently this is my deep thoughts. They have changed over the years, and I am sure they will change again.
To look good naked and to able to go out an compete in sports and do half decent. Winning is a bonus, but really, it's about having fun. I don't gauge myself by my deadlift or my snatch. I don't really care if it goes up or down much, most importantly that I can do so well and pain free. I rarely test 1 rep maxes, or obsess over the number on the weight scale. I care more about moving properly and being able to do so without pain or restriction. Enjoying life the way it was supposed to be lived. If I want to go out and support a friend running a 10k run I feel confident I could do it with a moments notice. That is what it is about. Confidence. Confidence in life that you can do whatever you want and won't be limited by your body. I eat well, I eat to feel better. My dietary choices fuel my performance, enhance my health, and clear my cognition. I don't really have to worry about quantities of food. If I happen to eat a jar, or two, of peanut butter one night I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I enjoy it. A lot actually.
I want to be a role model to my son, as well as others. I want to help other people to experience the joy of life and movement that I enjoy on a daily basis. I don't want to live in regret of food choices, or walk around in constant pain from my training. Worse yet, be miserable in my training session. It sometimes sucks during the workout, but it's the kind of suck you can lay around on the floor after and have a good laugh about. I don't want my training to interfere with my personal life, i want it to improve it. It's about moving well and being able to always play. Just watch a child playing and try to picture and adult doing that. We loose the ability to move well as we age.
While I was in Carson for the 2015 CrossFit games I had a good conversation with a masters athlete that rang very true. To paraphrase he said after 30 if you can just maintain your current fitness levels into the next decades you will do very well. In most competitive sports the longer you are in it the more chance you have to perfect the related skills. Having to stop your passion early because of joint pain or chronic injuries is a sad story. With the average age of NFL retirement being a dismal 28 years old, the NHL being 25, this sounds too early in my opinion. There are always the athletes who go on much longer than the other athletes in their sport because of their superior athleticism and better training methodologies. I plan on being on the latter category and enjoying every minute of the journey.
Yours in health,