don't you dare tell me I can't do it
My Epic Quests
Have battleaxe - Will Travel
Stepping out of the hobbit-hole
The Pack is the Strength of the Wolf
I'm from Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires. Argentina. Older of 3 siblings and born of mid class parents(a high school teacher and a factory worker). Since I was in kindergarten I've always been the fat kid. All through primary school and high school I had avoided getting bullied like the other overweight guys by being a nice guy and slapping a few faces over the years, but at the end of the day I knew that, even if I wasn't miserable, I was absolutely unhappy about my physical appearance.
I tried to lose the extra kilos a bazillion times, usually dropping about 8 to 10 kilos in a year only to gain them back over the holidays. Let's fast forward to 2015.
I'm 23yo, stuck in a desk job I hate with every beat of my heart, I'm studying to become a psychologist, the scale won't show any less than 100kg and I'm suffering from chronic lower-back pain and gastritis. I'm also engaged to the most wonderful woman in the whole world. So, my life is not a disaster but is far from what I wanted it to be. My back condition and the disabilities that came along with it destroyed my already weak self-confidence.
That began to affect every aspect of my life: I couldn't work without losing my temper, I became ill-tempered with my SO, my friends and my family. The pain was so annoying I ended up taking it out on them. Mobility-wise, I found difficult to do the simplest of things such as tying my shoes in the morning. Sometimes the pain would get so intense I couldn't walk comfortably... if at all. It even affected my sexlife and kept me from doing all the physical activities that I enjoyed(airsoft, medieval reenactment combat)... and the came the beard.
I started growing a beard, and the research on beard care products got me to The Art of Manliness. I instantly became a fan of the blog. I had already begun to improve my life through the tips and insight offered by Mr. and Mrs. McKay when I found one of Steve's articles. I followed the link to Nerdfitness.com and lost myself in the articles. I didn't knew it back then, but I had found the last mentor I needed to kickstart my journey to a better me.
Whoever says the internet has nothing of value to offer, should check a second time.
Antonio Centeno for clothing advice, Brett McKay form manly wisdom and now Steve Kamb for fitness knowledge... I had never met this men before and still their words had given me the drive I needed to go get something better for myself. That's more than I can say of anyone I've known in the flesh and bone.
Joined The Rebellion and within it the Rangers guild. In six months I lost 15kg(I haven't set foot on a scale since then) without bouncing back over the holidays. I regained a ton of confidence which in return led me to try things I never thought I could like frogstands, pistol squats and swimming 1.5km. I can't remember the last time I've been this happy about my life. Later on, as my knowledge expanded and my goals where refined more and more, found more "internet mentors" such as Mark Sisson in the nutrition department and Aaron Marino on grooming, style and the such. I now strive to be the best version of myself in every aspect I can manage. My relationships have improved both with my SO and with my friends and family. I've cleansed my life of toxic people as much as I could and I just can't wait to find out what will come with the next challenge!