Hey there, welcome to the
"My Great New Body - My Great New Life" site... a home for people who want to look good and feel good; for fellow Shapeshifters; for unconventional people who believe their physical and lifestyle potential is greater than their present limitations.
I'm glad you're here.
Let me introduce myself with a few relevant and irrelevant facts:
My name is Mike Monaghan; I'm 53 at the time of writing; I live in Amsterdam in the Netherlands; I have a 19 year old son; I'm single (again, after many years); I've had a steady job as school concierge while my son has been growing up; I also work freelance, illustrating children's books; I rent my apartment; I had more than 50 dear colleagues but have only a few real friends; I play piano, guitar and sax as a hobby; I've set up a number of simple blogs that I've not paid attention to for a long while; I have one professional blog called Drawing Cartoon (which I should also pay more attention to); I've published diverse articles on the web over the last three years (hub pages, ezine articles); I used to be a photographer; I used to write songs; I've travelled around Europe and as far as Greece, Canada and Cambodia; I speak English, Dutch, German, some French; I like chocolate; I love coffee - and cafés; I like beer and sherry and port and brandy and whisky; I like cakes and biscuits and German bread and Frenchsticks; I'm not a fan of fastfood or fries; I never did sports (until now...),I like to walk ( and in Holland I cycle daily); I've been underweight since I was 24 but I had some muscle ( due to the amount of physical exertion needed in my work); I was good at making excuses about why I don't have the time to excercise; I don't think 50 is old and I have every intention of living actively for another 50 years...
I'm happy and balanced; I'm in reasonably good health; I've developed a comfortable awareness of self, I know where I'm at and I know where I'm going: I know what I want out of life and I know why... and I know how I want to get it.
I have dreams, goals and ambitions and I find myself at a point in my life where, now that my son is all grown up, I can live for me again. But all the things I want to do demand more, physically, than this body of mine was capable of doing. At 48 years old I noticed the first signs of a paunch - I ignored it and it didn't go away. Then, relatively quickly, I started noticing how my chest was starting to droop, how my arms where getting saggy, my shoulders bony, my butt hanging, my whole posture transforming into that of an older and frailer man. I'm vain enough to find this completely shocking, and now, at 53, I decided it had gone as far as I'm willing to let it go.
Different factors of my life have all come together at this point - and this is the point of change... of total transformation. With this site, and a newly purchased "Body-Redesign" program called ShapeShifter, I decided to take control of my body-shape, and build me a whole new, strong, fit, healthy, supple, bellyfat-free, dynamic physique... something like this:
And that's where my adventure begins. I lost the paunch and gained some muscle - and looking back I'm still surprised at how simple it was. I didn't achieve the body above, but I got close - and I'm still working on my physique to keep improving it, and my all-round health, strength and condition.
Now, with this new body and the physical freedom it offers me, I'm motivated and inspired re-design and transform my whole life. Above, I introduced myself with some facts - but that only gives you a vague picture of who I've been up to now. So who am I really?
Well - honestly speaking... I don't know. Because I have not yet stopped developing. Who I'll be in 10 years from now could be different to who I think I am now. And I find that exciting. I had a choice recently - should I stay on in my present job and continue living the lifestyle I'd created over the last 15 years; or should I (could I) start afresh? I chose the latter, and it was scary - but I know I made the right choice. I believe life is an adventure and a journey... and I feel compelled to live up to that belief.
Where this adventure will take me I don't know - but it will be an adventure. I've given up my secure(?) monthly income... I'm on my own again - I have to be resourceful and creative and courageous.
But I transformed my body, so I'm confident I can transform other areas of my life. I don't want to be one of those people who look back with regret at dreams not pursued. I want to discover who I can be - and become that. I want to re-awaken the unencumbered spirit of my youth... I want to experience my life as an adventure, not just dream of it.
The rest of the story plays out in the pages of this site - read about where to find what, on the "about this site" page.
It's the start of a stimulating journey - and I invite you to be my witness and companion.