Wise Eats Podcast Episode #1 – Recipes for Fitness, Success, and Life
Wise Eats Podcast Episode 1 – Recipes for Fitness, Success, and Life
Full transcript and show notes available at Wise-Eats.com/Episode1
What’s up Wise Guys and Gals? Welcome to the very first episode of the Wise Eats Podcast, where we’re dishing up recipes for fitness, success, and life. My name is Wes Wise, and back in 2009, I decided to change my life and lost 90lbs. My full backstory and exactly how I accomplished this are available at Wise-Eats.com/MyStory and will also be discussed in episode 2. For now, to make a long story short, I have spent the last 9 years completely transforming my health and fitness. I went from being overweight, tired, sick, and lazy to being healthy, motivated, energetic, and in excellent physical shape. For years, I sabotaged my health by eating junk food, drinking soda, smoking cigarettes, and abusing alcohol, with no regard for my well-being. After ballooning up to 270lbs with some of the worst lifestyle habits you could imagine, I literally had to start from the bottom and work my way up when it came to my health. Now, 9 years later, I want to share my story to help others in a similar situation.
Since this is the first episode, I want to spend a few moments giving you some history and details on what the show is all about, so you know what to expect going forward.
Throughout high school and into my mid-twenties, I didn’t play sports. The most athletic thing I did was compete in a backyard wrestling organization known as the Back Yard Brawl. I know, it sounds crazy, but I grew up a huge pro wrestling fan. As a kid, I was a Hulkamaniac through and through. I wanted to train, say my prayers, take my vitamins, and have 24-inch pythons just like my hero. I would imitate my favorite superstars constantly and have fantasy wrestling matches with my brothers, my friends, even by myself. At one point, I published my own wrestling newsletter with over 6,000 subscribers, which is pretty impressive for a 13-year old I think. So, when a good friend of mine, Jose Rodriguez, started the Back Yard Brawl in 1999, of course, I was hooked immediately. And for a bunch of high schoolers, it was actually a pretty legitimate organization. This was not the janky backyard bbq wrestling you may have been exposed to in the past. Jose built a homemade wrestling ring in his parents’ backyard, recruited talent, choreographed matches, and promoted events. He would put on live wrestling shows equipped with DJ’s, live music, foamy keg beer, pyro, and entrances. At first, I was just a fan, then a referee, and in 2006, made my debut as a wrestler. I never truly thought I would ever be a pro wrestler, but the idea of performing in front of a live crowd was a huge boyhood dream, and an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. From 2006-2016, I wrestled in six of these annual events under the name “Wes Daddy”. I can’t say I love that nickname, but it evolved naturally from my friends and over the years I got stuck with it. So, in some of my YouTube videos, you’ll hear me refer to myself as Wes Daddy. It’s just my backyard wrestling persona. I don’t actually think I’m anyone’s daddy. Maybe one day when I actually have kids, but for now, Daddy’s just a nickname.
Backyard wrestling was super fun and a major adrenaline rush. Aside from one freak accident resulting in a broken leg, no one was ever seriously injured. The parties were always a blast, and the Back Yard Brawl became infamous in Mount Clemens, MI. Wrestling in front of a crowd also inspired me to get in better shape. I remember looking back at the video from my debut in 2006 and hating the way my body looked. This motivated me to lose weight for the 2007 show and shape up even more for future shows. You can see my physical transformation through wrestling along with a complete archive of BYB matches, highlights, and videos over at Wise-Eats.com/BYB. In August 2016, BYB put on its final show, where I wrestled my last match. And where BYB ended is where Wise Eats begins.