About John’s 6 Pack
Hi, my name is John and I am a father of three great children and husband to a wonderful wife.
I’m also the the creator of Johns 6 Pack and have a passion for health and fitness. Helping to educate others about living a healthy lifestyle has become my mission … especially for those middle aged parents like my wife and I (I’m over 40).
Like most families living in the U.S., we are constantly on the go, go, go! From school and work, to sporting events and practices, to spending time with family and friends … there is almost no time left over for anything else in our hectic lives.
I have found that one of the easiest things to let go of when there is little time left in the day is our health!
Whether it be avoiding any form of exercise or eating processed foods to save time … we often compromise our health in the interest of doing what is easy and convenient.
I know I have been in this situation many times … but I think it is a huge mistake. Sacrificing our health in the interest of saving time is not a good idea. That is why I produce content here … so I can help motivate my family to live better and hopefully many of you too!
Why Does Anyone Care if I am Over 40?
Honestly turning 40 isn’t so bad (I’m actually 45 now). Things could be a lot worse and I really have nothing to complain about.
However, after turning 40 I started noticing changes to my body and the way I was living.
Sometime around late 2013 (or early 2014) … I started noticing my body not being able to work like it once did … before I was 40. It may have been the stress or fear of being over the hump … I really don’t know. But I needed to accept that I wasn’t in my 30’s anymore.
I started noticing that I needed more sleep in order to properly rest. When I was younger I could easily get by with 5 or 6 hours of sleep each night. Not anymore!
There were more symptoms to my lack of stress management after turning 40. I used to get stressed about work, my kids, our social circle and never really paid much attention.
But as I get older and older every year … I have realized that stress is nothing to be taken lightly. For example, I am about 99.9% certain that chronic stress caused me to develop an autoimmune condition … which is psoriasis.
Today I am smarter about how I manage stress in my life. It is almost impossible to not go through life without any stress. And some stress is probably good for us. But not managing chronic stress can really destroy your health.
My diet was not really that good either before I turned 40. While I never actually had a six pack … I was usually within an ideal weight range … or at least I thought. Then a couple years ago I started noticing that some foods really had some negative impacts on my health.
Today, I rarely eat any dairy. I almost never eat anything with gluten or grains (except for beer). Soy, sugar, and most legumes are also left out of my diet for the most part.
I have found it much simpler to maintain my weight just by eliminating several of those inflammatory foods from my diet.
Finally … I noticed that how I exercised in the past needed to be changed. When I was in my 20’s … all I did was run long distance to workout.
Most of the time I would push myself to run 5 or 6 miles per day, usually at least 5 days a week. I got so paranoid about running that I would stress myself out if I didn’t run.
Looking back, that was a horrible way to exercise. So after turning 40 … I try and do heavy cardio 3 or 4 times per week. Then let my body get sufficient rest on the other days.
I also try and work most of my body … so not just running long distance. But working my legs, upper body, core, you name it.
And whenever possible, I just try and move as much as I can. Playing outside with the kids or going for long walks on my lunch hour are all part of my exercise plan today.
My Family and Friends
Another reason why I keep working on Johns 6 Pack is that I really want to help my family and friends get healthier. That includes you too if you are up for making some lifestyle changes?
For example, our oldest son has asthma. When he was a toddler he also had a severe milk allergy. And he was mildly allergic to eggs and peanuts. Eventually around the age of 10, he “grew” out of those food allergies. I say this cautiously because I suspect he still has some inflammation when he consumes dairy to this day. We just don’t see the severe symptoms that we did when he was 1.
And while his asthma has gotten a little better and easier to treat … he still suffers from symptoms during certain times of the year. For example, when he is sick … we have to be very cautious. And when the weather starts to change … his symptoms get worse.
One thing we found that can almost eliminate all of his asthma symptoms is eating a whole food diet. I know … easier said than done with a teenager!
But when we follow the Whole30 program for example, our sons asthma symptoms almost completely disappear. How awesome is that?
So we have first hand proof in our family just how powerful a whole foods diet can be.
And just like many of you I assume … we have watched family, friends, and neighbors get sick and suffer from diabetes, cancer, heart disease, you name it. Those instances have been hard to swallow and a very difficult time. Which is another reason why we believe in doing as much to prevent these types of diseases as we can through diet and exercise and a bunch of other things.
I couldn’t get by without mentioning that I have an autoimmune disease. It isn’t life threatening, but has become a real pain in the butt!
For the past 5 or 6 years I have had psoriasis. I’m not interested in taking autoimmune suppressing drugs to help treat it. Rather I am trying to get to the root of the problem which is likely a leaky gut.
I’ll be honest, trying to suppress my psoriasis has been a bit of a challenge. But I have made it a goal of mine to continue trying.
So What About that 6-Pack?
Well … my original intent of this blog was to document how I could go about getting a six pack … at the time in my late 30’s.
I guess it was part of my bucket list. Getting a six pack set of abs had always been a goal of mine as long as I can remember (at least since high school). And I figured it wouldn’t get any easier as I get older.
While I always wanted to get that awesome stomach, I never went about it the right way. From doing an endless number of crunches to trying out gimmicky fitness equipment (i.e. ab roller) – I have yet to get that 6-pack I always wanted.
I will admit that in the past 20 or so years that I never stuck with a solid workout routine. While I certainly was not lazy, I would lose focus when I didn’t see instant results. I have always considered myself to be in decent shape, but never anything more than that.
Anyways … now into my mid-40’s I am thinking back at how silly this goal really is. So I have switched focus here on the site to talk more about how to build long term, sustainable health.
I want to be active for my kids. And I hope to be active for my grand-kids one day. I’ve seen too many friends and family develop chronic conditions that limit their mobility and quality of life. I don’t want that for my wife or I … nor do I want it for you.
Spending my golden years not being able to enjoy life really doesn’t seem all that fun to me.
The Pillars of Health
Even if you don’t plan on sticking around here too long on the site … I encourage you to read the pillars of health.
I have identified several pillars of health that I try and live every single day of my life by. I’ve also tried to teach my kids and encourage my wife and other family members to follow along on some of these pillars.
Being healthy is not just eating healthy or just doing exercise. But rather it is a combination of many factors that can give you sustainable health.