Why I’ll Always Remember January 13th

I’m going to take a moment to write a personal blog entry before I continue with business. I’m listening to the BCS Championship game around 9:30 pm EST on January 12th, 2015. My first post gave everyone a quick peek into who I – Patrick – was behind the blog. In that blog I wrote the following line:

“3.) Exercise and Nutrition
This is partially where the idea for the name of “Spartan Creative” came up – I train diligently 5-6 times a week in the gym. Health, exercise and nutrition are all huge parts of my life, and while I’ve gone through parts of my life where I’ve had to stop or slow down due to whatever reason, I always eventually come back to it.
There’s a good reason for this, something that I’ll come back to in a new post.”

I’m going to make that post now.

You see, I’ve always been big into keeping physical – whether it’s training in the gym, playing sports, even just getting out and walking around. In today’s world of on-demand stress (that time when you’re faced with an impossible deadline and you have to stay at work 10-15 hrs a day for a week just to get it done), even 30-45 mins at the gym can do so much good…relieve that stress and refresh the mind and body. I always work better the next day if I’m able to jump in the gym for my usual workout the day before.

Of course, whether you go to the gym or not, all this “exercise is good for you” stuff isn’t anything you don’t already know. I train hard, about an hour to an hour and a half every 6 days, because I am motivated by my parents.

You see, I don’t have any parents…anymore.

January 13th 2013 was the worst day of my life – my mother passed away from stage 4 bone cancer. My father passed away 20 years prior from lung cancer in July 1993. At 33 and being an only child with only a half brother and half sister from my father’s side who live hours away, I was now on my own without any brothers or sisters to help me. I suffered from Extreme Adjustment Disorder and terrible bouts of insomnia, and had to settle my family affairs on my own.

While I have been a gym rat pretty much all my life, my parents on the other hand were as far from it as one could be. My father did nothing but drink tea, smoke cigarettes like it was an Olympic event he was training for, eat toast and have one big meal for supper. My mother overate, smoked, developed diabetes and high blood pressure, even fibromyalgia. They both could have used some time being active, and even more important, being aware of their own health by getting check ups and eliminating bad habits.

My family has had a long history of developing cancer, my parents and my grandmother all had it. While my grandmother made it to her late 70s before passing away, both my parents never made it to 60 – my father passed away at 58 and my mother at 59. Can you believe that? Both of my parents never made it to 60 – they never saw their silver years, never made it to retirement. They both passed away too young.

So I go to the gym 6 days a week and eat a balanced diet (with cheat days on Friday), not to look good for cameras, not to impress the opposite sex, but for only one reason – to ready myself in the event that I have to fight a disease like cancer. I plan on seeing 60 and beyond, and if something happens, my mind and body are ready to fight it tooth and nail.

So today, January 13th 2015 and every January 15th that comes every 365 days, I remember my mother who passed away too young, and I will go to the gym tonight and train as hard as I can to be ready, because you never know…

… Si vis pacem, para bellum.

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