The Struggle Is Real

Goodlife Fitness 2As some of you may already know, a month or so ago I was asked if I’d work with GoodLife Fitness, which is the largest health club company in Canada, as part of their Fall Campaign. As someone who has never set foot into a gym as an adult, I didn’t know if I could actually discuss the company and their fall campaign without knowing what I was talking about.

I’ve been doing my damnedest over the summer to lose weight and get into better shape. At this point, I’ve lost 20 pounds just by running/walking and eating better. Of course, being unemployed since August has given me the time to do this. With a potential job opening up in my immediate future, I know that time will soon be at a premium again…so I wanted to know what the struggle was like.

As such, both Sunshine and myself have 3-month memberships with GoodLife Fitness here in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I’ve decided that there will never be another opportunity in my lifetime to get into the shape that I’ve always wanted to get into. I have 20 pounds to go in order to reach my long-term goal weight (although if I can actually hit that mark, I’ll probably make a new goal) and working out at a gym will be a tremendous way for me to achieve that goal.

So on Saturday, my wife and I went to a local GoodLife Fitness and signed-up. Here is a quick vlog of my thoughts going into this and thoughts once I was done my first workout.

I’ll be having more updates over the next three months. I’ll be using this blog to detail the journey itself…how I’m feeling and my thoughts on both the workouts, the gyms I visit in the area, and how I’m finding the time to MAKE IT HAPPEN!! 3 months

I’ll be using my fitness blog to update the stats of each workout, regardless of what I end up doing. I’ll be posting videos to my YouTube channel, photos to Instagram, and updates on both Twitter and Facebook. I’ve got a FitBit that I’ll be using to ensure I average 10,000 steps a day every single week (if you’d like to join a “Work Day Challenge” with me on a regular basis, just let me know!).

I’m genuinely excited about this opportunity. I’m motivated like never before to get into the best shape of my entire life…at age 43. And once the three months are over, who knows where this can go? My long-term goal is to run a half-marathon in a year’s time. I can run 5K in 40 minutes and can run/walk a 10K in 90 minutes…so I think it’s an attainable and realistic goal.Begin Today

I truly know that the struggle is real. It’s not just a catchphrase…it’s reality. And the GoodLife Fitness hashtag of #MakeItHappen is also reality, because I’m going to do whatever I can to make my goals turn into reality. It’ll be a heckuva journey, so if you would be kind enough to join me you are more than welcome.


This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.


4 thoughts on “The Struggle Is Real

  1. Great video and congrats on taking the plunge! I used to feel weird about going to a gym, considering I’m the least fit person ever, but then I realized no one there cares about what anyone looks like. Seriously, they don’t.

    And I used to be a member of Goodlife before I found a gym that was more convenient to where I live now, but I was amazed at how modern and clean the whole facility was.

    1. Thanks, Sean. So far, so good. I’ve been to the gym four times in five days (including today) and I’m enjoying it more than running on the sidewalk. Thankfully, there are a number of locations within a quick driving distance to me, so I’m very happy working out GoodLife for the next few months.

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