dadBod to dadRig Initiative

dadBod to dadRig Initiative

New Years Shitalution

It’s that time of year again when we reflect on the past year and relish the opportunity to hit the reset button so we can wake up on the 1st of January with a whole new lease on life, ready to tackle life’s many challenges and resolve our personal shortfalls (again).

It’s a chance to say Salada Biscuit (Australian for ‘see you later’) and thanks for all the fish, or chicken, or aardvark, or whatever other innocent animal we can blame for instigating a global pandemic.

We are all guilty of setting ourselves entirely achievable goals for the new year only to experience a disappointing fail before we’ve even finished gorging ourselves on the Christmas lunch scraps. Our big dreams and aspirations shat and pissed on as a result of hefty self-sabotage. A big ol’ fuck you to yourself for even thinking you could improve yourself. Life still exists on the other side of the holiday break remember, ya numpty.

Now what?

Enter the dadBod to dadRig Initiative.

What is this rig bullshit, I hear you ask?

Well, I’m glad you asked. Basically, since becoming a father I have gained weight at an alarming rate and amount a number of factors I believe this is because the moment we become a dad, we loose the element of selfishness that actually works to preserve our health. With no sign of self-confidence on the horizon (I can just hear my wife’s sigh as I write this since I have made this claim on numerous other occasions) I’m ready for a change and I know you are too, dads.

Obviously, new year resolutions are bullshit and they don’t work. New Years Shitalutions. The dadBod to dadRig Initiative is my attempt to inspire meaningful and sustainable change and provide virtual support to other dads who are keen to drop some kilos and represent a mean, lean DadRig. Ultimately, this is about improving our mental and physical health which are intrinsically connected elements of our being and should be more of a focus for dads in general. If our mental and physical wellbeing is not maintained, the detrimental impacts propagate through every aspect of our lives and our kids are clever enough to notice.

None of this New Years Shitalution rubbish. Get after it!

How will it work?

The DadBod to DadRig Initiative is completely free and is aimed squarely at providing dads with support, motivation, encouragement and education to assist with crushing individual health goals. The initiative will consist of:

  1. Series of blog posts, information and motivation to keep us focused on achieving goals distributed on a regular basis. Some of the topics that will be covered as part of the series include:
    • Alcohol and its effects on weight-loss
    • Benefits of exercise for mental wellbeing
    • Healthy recipes and workout plans
    • Practical tips for getting your workouts in – balancing family and work
    • Sharing apps, books and resources which may assist with achieving health goals
  2. Virtual accountability and support provided by yours truly and other dads working towards their health goals. Share your goals, successes and failures with the DadRig team so we can all learn and improve. Instagram, MyFitness Pal and this blog will be the mediums for our virtual community.
  3. I will share my personal progress as I work to lose a total of 16kg, build self-confidence and shift my focus from this weight-loss goal to performance goals via a fortnightly blog post (to coincide with my metric measurements)

Get Involved

The best part about getting involved is the zero cost element. You can easily get involved by connecting via one or all of the avenues below:

  1. Connect via Instagram: @quintessentialdadau
  2. Connect via MyFitness Pal: quintessentildad
  3. Subscribe to this blog by submitting your email via the contact page to receive the content direct to your inbox
  4. Get in touch with me directly so we can share your story and inspire ourselves other dads to achieve our health goals

Alright, legends. Now that we are virtually connected it’s time to make this happen. I’ll be sharing an initial weigh-in, photos and a bit of a spiel about my goals and why I have set them for myself this Monday 4th January, then fortnightly after that. Blog posts will be published on a weekly basis so be sure to sign up so you don’t miss any.

Please do get in touch and share your story so we can support each other in transforming our dadBods to dadRigs both physically, and mentally.

#dadbodtodadrig


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The Quintessential Dad Philosophy

The Quintessential Dad Philosophy

Welcome to Quintessential Dad!

My name is Ben and I want to introduce the Quintessential Dad philosophy firstly by providing some background about myself and my reasons for writing this blog.

About Me

I am an average Aussie bloke with a good job, perfect wife and two beautiful baby girls (eldest is 4 years old and the youngest is 1 year old). I have an electrical trade background however after pursuing a number of opportunities I am currently working in the civil construction field as a cadet engineer whilst undertaking part time studies externally.

My life, like many other blokes, is busy.

We had our first child early in our relationship before we were married (which caused some angst amongst the more conservative members of our extended families). When we made the decision to have a baby after being together for only 4 months, we were young, in-love and frankly, had no idea what we were doing.

After two kids, getting married, FIFO work, moving all over the country side, financial pressures, suffering grief and a plethora of stress; our relationship has never been stronger.

That doesn’t mean we haven’t faced significant challenges during our journey so far. At times our relationship has been strained and we have each suffered personally with various internal battles. As a result, I have learnt a lot of valuable lessons which I can’t wait to share via this blog with the intention of provoking discussion and feedback.

About This Blog

I decided to start this blog primarily to help other dads with the day-to-day struggles of balancing work, parenthood your relationship and all of the other things that life tends to throw at us whilst also providing some comical relief.

When expecting a new baby, the focus is undoubtedly on Mum and Bub. Rightfully so, I might add. Unfortunately, this means poor old Dad can tend to forget to look after himself leading to a downfall in physical and mental wellbeing.

Although it’s the most rewarding thing I have ever done, parenting is a tough gig. This blog aims to support dads, facilitate sharing of experiences, encourage health and wellbeing and most of all highlight the wonders of your role to those influenceable young minds and the rewards that brings.

Ultimately, this blog aims to embrace those things that make us quintessentially dads.

The Quintessential Dad Philosophy

My vision for the Quintessential Dad Blog is to become that central hub, fostering a community of blokes who have a sense of humour and want to become better. The aim is to shine a light on issues that blokes face on a daily basis and helping to address the issues.

If reading this or any of my other blog posts is resonating with you, please reach out. I’d love to share other bloke’s stories and experiences or collaborate on topics of interest.

Ben

(Founder, Quintessential Dad)