Who is James Thompson?
I am the author of this blog. I’m a self-proclaimed geek from Morrisville, Vermont. I don’t have any medical or fitness training, but in my own quest to seek personal wellness, I’ve discovered some things along the way and wanted to share them with the world. I started posting my findings here, and the rest is history.
I was born in Plattsburg, New York to Darwin and Ramona Thompson. My father was in the military and I moved around a lot when I was a child. I moved from Plattsburg to Omaha, Nebraska. From there I did a stint in Panama City, Florida and then moved on to Chugiak, Alaska. I lived in Alaska for ten years, where my parents divorced. I moved to Poquoson, Virgina in 6th grade, and my mother stayed in Alaska. My father, originally from Vermont, moved back there a few years after he retired from the military in 1998. I went to high school in Vermont and have been there ever since. I graduated in 2002.
I went to college at Johnson State College of Vermont, and majored in business with concentrations in accounting, management, and marketing. While I was still in college, I started Acute Technology, a business doing IT work for local companies. The business flourished. I bought out my partner in 2008, and have been developing the business ever since.
I married my lovely wife Michelle in 2005 and we’ve been happily married ever since. She keeps me in line when I need to be and lets me pursue my ideas when the time is right.
Fitness and Me
My friends throughout high school and college always called me “Anorexia the Hungry” because I could eat intense amounts of food and stay thin as a rail. That all changed shortly after high school. Sometime around when I was 18 I began to gain a noticeable amount of weight, and it didn’t stop until I decided to do something about it when I was 24.
The catalyst that made me realize I had a problem was when I was taking an exam for life insurance for my company and wasn’t in the highest bracket of health – which is where a 24 year old male should be. I bartered some of my computer expertise to a local gym and began to get back in shape. I lost about 30 pounds over the course of 6 months and everything was going great – until the gym closed.
Shortly after the gym shut down, I fell back into my old habits – eating at McDonalds, chicken wing eating contests, and beer. Lots and lots of beer. Before I knew it, I had gained the 30 pounds back and then some. I weighed almost 240 pounds at my peak. I’m 6’2″, so that isn’t horrible, but it also isn’t healthy.
In 2010 I started to research being fit again and started to get my fitness under control. Posting here has been my motivation for staying on track. I want to chronicle my journey and let people know what is and isn’t working. Because I’m a geek, I like to get into the science of why things do and don’t work.
I’m not an expert on diet, exercise, or fitness, so some of the things I say may or may not be 100% correct, but I’m calling it as I see it. You have all of the permission in the world to call BS on anything I say. I want to learn from this.
I look forward to connecting with you, because I truly care. Please let me know about your journey.