My Story

You know that guy with six pack abs— the guy who’s in shape year round and doesn’t have a problem resisting junk food?


Well… that’s definitely not me.


Too many late-night runs to Burger King have crushed that dream. In my defense, I blame Halo. When you’re kicking ass and taking names, you got to eat right?


Who am I?

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I’m the guy who exercises like a mad man, but fails miserably when it comes to diet. I’m the guy that uses words such as “10 mile” and “easy” in the same sentence and believes that all men should train like Rocky because lifting boulders and logs is manly.


You’ll find I’m pretty random if you continue reading my blog. My name’s Theodore Swogger, but I go by Ted. It’s shorter and less geeky than Theodore. However, my friends have called me Theo, Ted Swagger, Swogger-mobile, T-Swoggs, Ted Satago (newspapers hate my name), and Teddy. Thanks mom. Feel free to pick your favorite or come up with a new one. Go on, surprise me. icon razz My Story


Where am I from?

I grew up in a small town called Connersville, Indiana. Let’s see. What should you know about it? Thomas the Train comes once a year, we have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state, and our football teams blows. They won one game in the four years I was there. Many people believe the Spartans are cursed, and I don’t blame them.


I played basketball during my freshman year and ran track my senior year. After graduation, I moved to Indianapolis to attend Marian University where I graduated with a B.A in Literature and met my wonderful wife, Hannah. She’s beautiful, smart, a great cook and published author. I could go on, but she’d have my head for bragging about her.


Now, I work with a company called Tangram. They help people with disabilities live extraordinary lives. It’s great to work with such amazing individuals. My client owns his own car detailing business. It has been very fulfilling to make a difference in someone’s life.


If you’re still reading, (which is good by the way) then you’re probably thinking, “Why write about health and fitness?”


Why Write about Health & Fitness

Because this stuff is hard.


Emotional eating has kicked my butt all my life.


When I’m upset, I think about double cheeseburgers from McDonalds. Okay, maybe it’s not always a double cheeseburger. Sometimes, it might be chocolate chip cookies or Reese Cups. Now, how on earth a double cheeseburger can solve all my problems is beyond me. Maybe I’m missing something, who knows. That’s how my brain’s been wired since I could remember.


And that makes being healthy, tough–let alone staying in great shape. I decided to change. I didn’t like how food was controlling my life. And now, I’m writing a blog about. I know, how ironic.


I’d learn everything I could about health and fitness, and I’d never have to worry about my weight again. Ha, I couldn’t have been more wrong.


It was like banging my head against a brick wall. Over and over again. You’d be rich if you had a dollar every time I went on a “healthy” diet, broke down, and then ordered a large Pizza King Pizza. Connersville had its perks, namely Pizza King. Amazing pizza. Trust me.


The Endless Cycle

For a few months, I’d eat healthy, lift some weights, and do interval training. I’d feel good, even enthusiastic that I would reach my health goals. But you know the old saying, shit happens? It’s true.  My emotions would get the best of me. I’d tell myself I didn’t care anymore.


I’d miss a workout here and there. Nothing too bad, not anything I couldn’t recover from. But then I didn’t. Things would get worse. Eventually, fast food found its way back into my life. And before I knew it, I was right back to square one. It was like waking up from a dream.


This process repeated itself over and over again. This caused my self-esteem to plummet into the toilet. I didn’t believe in myself anymore and thought I was doomed to repeat this horrible cycle of yo-yo dieting forever. It wasn’t uncommon for me to lose 20lbs in two months only to regain it several months later.


The Final Showdown

But then things got serious. My friends would say that I was signing up for the good ole’ ball and chain. Yep, I was getting married at the end of the Summer. If that’s not motivation to get into shape, then I don’t know what is.


So, with three months left, against the ropes, and in the final round, I did what everyone does when faced with such impossible odds. I ordered a late-night TV infomercial. Okay, maybe not everyone does that. But I did! Anyways, I stumbled upon Shawn T’s Insanity Program. It looked promising, so why not? At this point, I had nothing to lose.


It lasted 3 weeks, right until I realized I was going to blow out my knees if I continued those dreaded workouts. If you care about your knees or prone to arthritis, then you might want to hold off on the Insanity Program. In a nutshell—way too much jumping.


And the guy in the apartment below me thought his ceiling was going to come crashing down. He asked me if I was trying anything new. I told him my roommate had started a new exercise routine and not to worry because he gave up on it. I know. I’m horrible.


Instead, I went back to hill sprints and interval training. Although it nearly killed me, I knew it was going to work. Or so I thought.


The Wedding

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(There’s me and my beautiful wife icon smile My Story )


Yet despite my best efforts, the stresses of wedding planning had sent me back to my old habits. And sure enough places like McDonald’s, Arby’s, and Wendy’s became my best friends again.


I knew what I was doing to myself. But for some reason, I couldn’t break the cycle. It looked like I had been conquered by the double cheeseburger again, and it showed.


On my wedding day, I couldn’t button my pants.


After ten minutes of stretching my pants, sucking in my gut, and lots of cursing, I finally gave up. If my pants fall down when I’m up at the altar, then so be it. I don’t care. I was puking and my nerves were shot. I just wanted to get through the day.


Lucky for me, Lawana, my sister-in-law developed some type of contraption with a hair pin to save the day. Thank God, she’s good with Arts and Crafts. She’s also an amazing photographer. If you live in the Indy area and need pictures done,  then check out her website. She did a fantastic job with our wedding pictures!


Back to the story, I was able to hold up my pants and I got married, and we lived happily ever after riding unicorns across rainbows into the magical land of Narnia.


Ha-ha. Okay, we haven’t done the flying unicorn part… yet.  But  what about my battle with double cheeseburgers.  You didn’t really think I was going to let that double cheeseburger get the best of me did you?


The Comeback

Marriage had it’s perks. Namely, it meant that I didn’t have to worry about scavenging up food for dinner. I can make Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches and toast. That’s about it. Because of my lovely wife, I have been double cheeseburger free for almost 2 months. icon smile My Story


And that’s where this site comes in. It’s a way to hold me accountable, a way to make sure I don’t turn into one of those living Husband Couches. You know the ones that watch football all day and drink beer.


Now, if you want to look like Brad Pitt from Fight Club, then this site probably isn’t for you. If that’s what you want, then check out Fitness Black Book.


Fitnessbloom is more about being healthy rather than trying to teach people how to look ripped because I think that there are a lot more people out there who just want to be heathier and who are not too concerned with being a model.


So if you want to learn:


  • how to save money by eating healthy
  • how your kids can be healthy
  • what it takes to be healthy
  • or if you just want support, motivation,  and to have fun along the way


Then please, by all means, become a fan! I post every Thursday and occasionally on  weekends.


I want to help people out as much as I can, especially those that struggle with emotional eating like me. My hope is that we can both learn from each other and continue on this awesome journey called life.  icon smile My Story


And lastly, you’re probably wondering where I’m at now. Wouldn’t that’d be bad if I had already turned into a couch potato after only 4 months of marriage?


Here is a pic taken 12/13/2012.

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So yeah, I’ve been trying to keep those double cheeseburgers away.



And so, that’s my story and why I decided to start blogging.


I hope you enjoyed it.


Thank you, and feel free to share (using the button below) or leave a comment to get the word out. icon biggrin My Story


Thanks and have a good one,



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11 Responses to My Story

  1. Anonymous says:

    It was good! My problem is during the holidays I have NO will power, Cookies ,sweets I love it all!!

    • Ted says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I know where you’re coming from. Hannah and I have to go to 2 family Christmas gatherings this year, which means twice as much food and double the temptation. But I’m pretty confident that we can own it, hopefully. Don’t want to speak too soon. Hope all is well. :)

    • Abigail says:

      Very nice article. I like it that the word “accountable” is used in this blog. For my part, what I am going to do is be extremely aware of what I eat and what portion size I will eat.

    • Ted says:

      You are definitely on the right track Abby! It’s hard to go wrong when you are always aware of what you are eating. You would think that as important as food is (I mean, it is what allows us to live), that we would take the time to really enjoy it. Not mindlessly eat without any attention whatsoever. Anyways, keep up the good work! Can’t wait to see you guys.

  2. Abigail says:

    Mimi thinks you’re great! love ya, sweetie!

    • Ted says:

      I’m glad she enjoyed it. That makes my day. Only 11 more days until Christmas, and then I’ll get to see you guys!

  3. Mattwvl says:

    Blegh, I am beginning to realize my high metabolism won’t last forever, and merely walking from my room to the kitchen isn’t enough exercise. Time to start eating right :P

    • Abigail says:

      well, now, Mattwvl, you’re walking from your room to the kitchen is enough exercise for you when you count dodging the shoes in the foyer, stepping around Charlie, ducking in between Gabe and Maria, and rolling on the floor to keep from getting hit with rubber bands from Bella. Danny is always in the kitchen anyway, so no need to worry about him. Aggie is probably with him. Oh, yeah, don’t forget the dog and the cats….yeah, you get exercise. I get my exercise from letting the dogs in and out all day.

    • Ted says:

      Well hey, better now than never to realize that eventually your metabolism will slow down. If you start eating healthy now, then you won’t ever have to worry about it as an adult. :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Teddy…(sorry Ted) thats how I know you, very well written,I enjoyed it, you are so right on every thing, all I have to say is “get outa my head”
    You an Hanna have a great 1st Christmas together
    Uncle Bob

    • Ted says:

      Good to hear from you Uncle Bob! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Hannah and I wish you a Merry Christmas as well. Take care.