Motivation from a hospital bed?

So my life changed at 5:02 a.m. yesterday.

Something weighing less than 8 lbs is giving me a fresh take on life.

I truly understand what unconditional love is now. As soon as I held little Quinn in my arms, I knew life would never be the same again.


I’m responsible for someone now.

If you’re a parent, you know how it feels.

It sounds like a bit of a hefty weight on your shoulders, right? Like a barbell loaded with 50% more weight than your 1 RM max?

But the first smile, first crawl, first words, first broken household accessory… will bring me so much happiness, and make all the uncertainty and struggles worth it.

Before Quinn arrived, I was one of those Facebook police who quietly criticized parents who posted 72,566 baby photos each day. I now truly understand, why the people I thought were crazy, did exactly what they did.

My heart has jumped and skipped more beats in the last 24 hours than I can remember. The little sneezes, mutterings and mannerisms are crazy to watch unfold.

For the rest of my life now I have my heart sitting in someone else’s actions. (No pressure, Quinn)

And, to my wife, what a warrior.

Childbirth makes that drop set in the gym look like water aerobics in comparison…

So here’s to being a parent, the best thing that anyone can do.

And to my parents, I now better understand your actions that I couldn’t always grasp growing up. I know your heart jumped, you missed me, your encouraged me, you supported me, you wanted the best for me, you were my role models even when you didn’t know it, because that’s what parents do.

P.S. Nothing to pitch you, my friend. You know where to find me if you’re ready to craft the best version of yourself for those little one(s) in your life:


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Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.