Scott H.

Scott H.

Kenzai Member

Happy Birthday to Me...

  • Sep 26th, 2019 at 8:14PM

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Yesterday I celebrated the 30th Anniversary of my 29th Birthday. In my day-to-day walk through this world I do not spend too much time looking back. I have few regrets. Sure, there are the few things that I might change but as an entire body of work I am very fortunate and have little to complain about -- no one listens anyway, not really. But on my Birthday I do catch myself looking back -- it seems that on my birthday I do spend an unfair amount of time reflecting on the previous year…the good, the bad and yes, even the ugly. And then I again look ahead with unbridled passion and enthusiasm about the next year ahead…making plans, making promises, setting goals.

I am a very (repeat 10 times…) lucky young man. I have 4 pretty grounded and responsible children. All are married seemingly in a happy relationship. Them and their spouse are employed happily doing what they have chosen to do and making a contribution to the life experience of their together existence and to the well being of those around them. They all have a home albeit sometimes too far away. They are all smiling. And I have 4 beautiful Grandchildren with whom I can play, teach, guide, hug and love. At the ages of 4-3-3 and 2 it’s like having 4 puppies. I have some of the best friends one could ask for…I golf with them, ride bikes, travel and share life --- some I have known only 10 years…a few I have known my entire life. And I have the lovely Eileen.

But perhaps most important is that I have my health --- and without my health frankly none of the above can happen. And I have my health, for the most part, because of Kenzai. Eight years ago my health was going in the wrong direction. I had been an All-American High School Athlete. I played D2 college soccer, played hockey, basketball, baseball when I was younger and softball later on. I also drank too much, made dreadful food choices and thought very little – if at all -- about nutrition.

When I turned 50 I looked hard into the mirror and was horrified with what was in front on me and who was looking back at me. It was then, September 25th 2010 that I made the commitment to make a change. In October of that year I was introduced to PCP by a co-worker Andy C and in January of 2011 I began my Kenzai journey.

PCP saved my life…I will always believe that. In 2013, 14 and 15 I slacked off and returned to some old, bad habits but the ideas of Kenzai never left me…what I had read and learned just stayed with me. Finally, I hit another point of no return and since then I have had Kenzai front and center. Yes I am not as consistent as I could be, or, should be…but Kenzai is the foundation of my fitness and nutrition. And every year it becomes more and more of my everyday existence. I’m a lifer and I cannot wait to see what this next year brings (I have some ideas!!).

Thank you to Andy C. Thank you to Patrick and Chen and to all the Trainers. Thank you to my daughter Taylor! Thank you to all my family. Thank you Kenzai Kommunity! ...let the journey continue...I can't wait to see what's in store!

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24 comments

Willett B.Willett B.Kenzai Marathon | Graduating (Member)
almost 2 years ago

Great post and HBD!


    Brett KuhnertBrett KuhnertKenzai Member
    Traineralmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic reflections, Scott. Having an attitude of gratitude, looking back so you can more effectively look ahead--to many more healthy, vibrant years. Cheers!


      Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Member
      almost 2 years ago

      Kool story bro. Happy birthday!


        Sam F.Sam F.Kenzai Member
        almost 2 years ago

        Happy birthday Scott! I loved reading this post, it really resonated with me. As a kid my mom would often tell me how important it was to look after myself if I wanted to have a happy family. I can just hear her saying “You can’t pour from an empty vessel”. Here’s to your birthdays, health and happy families.


          Scott BurnsScott BurnsKenzai Member
          Traineralmost 2 years ago

          Firstly, Happy Birthday mate! Hope you have a wonderful day. What a great blog! I am sure that this would bring tears to Patrick's eyes. Now get down the gym and lift some weights ;-)


            Tarne B.Tarne B.Kenzai Member
            almost 2 years ago

            Great post and Happy Birthday. :)


              Kelly M.Kelly M.Kenzai Member
              almost 2 years ago

              What a great heart felt and motivational blog, Scott. I am not far behind you and I made the Kenzai choice for many of the reasons that you stated above.
              Thanks for sharing!


                Jay D.Jay D.Kenzai Member
                almost 2 years ago

                Happy Birthday Scott!


                  Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Member
                  almost 2 years ago

                  Happy birthday Scott! Think how much better the past decade has been compared with the one prior. Here's to an even better decade ahead! Keep doing what you are doing - amazing dad, husband and grandpa! And Kenzai buddy!


                    Kathleen C.Kathleen C.Kenzai Member
                    almost 2 years ago

                    Happy Birthday Scott. I wonder if you will start having a 30th birthday soon to celebrate your healthy body in the wonderful 30s.


                      Karen L.Karen L.Kenzai Member
                      almost 2 years ago

                      Happy birthday. Amazing blog, I read it out loud to my husband. We all feel this way in some form I believe. And what you say hits home - and Kenzai does keep it real. Thanks for reminding us.


                        Taylor H.Taylor H.Alumni
                        almost 2 years ago

                        Love you so much dad !!!!
                        You’ve got this!
                        Your not a quitter!
                        You’ll come out of this stronger then ever!!!

                        Kade says “go PopPop!!”


                          Taylor H.Taylor H.Alumni
                          almost 2 years ago

                          Love you so much dad !!!!
                          You’ve got this!
                          Your not a quitter!
                          You’ll come out of this stronger then ever!!!

                          Kade says “go PopPop!!”


                            Douglas T.Douglas T.Kenzai Member
                            almost 2 years ago

                            inspirational...….great post


                              Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Member
                              almost 2 years ago

                              Thanks everyone for the kind words and birthday wishes...much appreciated. Now let's swing some IRON!

                              @ Coach Scott...so do I get a T-shirt or something for my B-day?


                                Patsy N.Patsy N.Kenzai Member
                                almost 2 years ago

                                Scott, your post really warmed my heart - you are blessed with a wonderful family and friends. So much more to look forward in life. I wish all the very bestest! Happy belated Birthday!!


                                  Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Member
                                  Traineralmost 2 years ago

                                  Happy Birthday Scott!!! You only get a day right, not the whole month, right? :)


                                    Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Member
                                    almost 2 years ago

                                    @ Matt...hahahahaa...yes, I get a day. The lovely Eileen gets a month!


                                      Roddy C.Roddy C.Kenzai Member
                                      almost 2 years ago

                                      Happy Birthday.
                                      What a wonderful blog. You have a lot to be grateful for but it all happened because of you. Very inspirational, Scott. Thanks for posting.


                                        Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Member
                                        almost 2 years ago

                                        Gold Star

                                        I think smart to take to Year in review Year on the horizon view - birthday is a natural time

                                        Smart Smart Smart to count your blessings.

                                        Our PCP Kenzai journey is so similar - inspiring .

                                        Go Scott Go


                                          Steven O.Steven O.Alumni
                                          almost 2 years ago

                                          Happy belated birthday from another 59er !!!! 1960s model !! I’m Patsys partner in crime ! So pleased with the results on my first outing on Kenzai and nearing the end of the program !It only took Patsy about 5 years to convince me to have a bash at it ! All the best


                                            Gisele Q.Gisele Q.Kenzai Member
                                            almost 2 years ago

                                            Great post! Happy Birthday Scott!


                                              George B.George B.Kenzai Member
                                              almost 2 years ago

                                              Happy Birthday! Wonderful post and reflection. That is what it is all about, and it is great that you (we) have found Kenzai as the foundation of health, something to return to even after occasionally losing the plot for a while. Congratulations for having achieved so many of the important things in life, and long may it last.


                                                Robin K.Robin K.Kenzai Member
                                                almost 2 years ago

                                                How did I miss this - Happy Birthday Scottie - what a great post - truly inspirational. The fam look great in that pic. Really enjoyed training with you and reading your blogs. Keep on keeping on man.


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