He is that guy, you know that glass is half-full guy whose optimism in what looks to be fairly negative circumstances is quite remarkable. I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing first hand how his optimism and commitment to others have had a positive influence on their lives and am pleased and proud of him for doing something good for himself. Introducing one of my favorite Kappa’s, Charles Mason, in his own words.
My name is Charles L. Mason III, 51, born in Norristown Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia. I moved south in 1981 to attend Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’ve lived in Atlanta nearly 26 years and am married to my college sweetheart. In terms of what I do, it’s been said that people will have at least three careers in their lifetime. I started as an accountant, have been an application developer, am currently a government administrator making a transition to my fourth career in photography.
Talk about your fitness routine.
Because of back issues I’ve temporarily halted my workout routine. Previously I walked 5 miles, 4 times a week at Stone Mountain and performed back stabilization exercises. I also really use to enjoy yoga.
Do you follow a particular nutrition plan?
I eat three meals a day. For breakfast usually a protein shake. For lunch a small serving of a low-fat meat with two vegetables. For dinner I usually have chicken or a meal similar to lunch. I do occasionally treat myself to Ben & Jerry’s Pistachio Pistachio ice cream which is my favorite.
How long have you been following this nutrition plan?
I’ve been following this plan for about six months. I used to eat a lot of carbs and processed food that seemed to make me tired. The switch to this form of eating has given me more energy.
Do you have a success story/testlmony you’d like to share?
I’d been visiting doctors about back issues and was experiencing pain in my back and knee at night to the point that I couldn’t get in a comfortable position for sleep. It was taking 20 minutes or more every night before I could go to sleep. Tired of the pain, I decided to try losing weight to see if that would help with the back pain as well as benefit my blood pressure numbers. After seeing the success that my frat brother had on a high protein, low-carb diet I adopted his eating regimen. Over 9 weeks of this regimen I lost 33 pounds. I gained back 5 pounds but have maintained ever since.
Do you have a personal motto/philosophy?
Yes, it’s your attitude not your aptitude that determines your altitude.