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You can read lots of prepper sites, and there is a lot of great information out there, but by in large there is one topic that is not addressed. This is the topic that haunts my life, the one that sneaks up in the middle for the night and rears its ugly head with fears and night sweats! What is this topic that people refuse to mention, what is this prep that strikes fear into the hearts of couch potatoes everywhere?


I want to be as honest as possible in this blog of mine because I believe that only by being honest with you will I be able to affect change in you the reader and in me the writer. I am 6’2” and I currently weight 310 lbs, I have been fit in my life before, but currently I am the most out of shape I have been in my 42.5 years. I am they guy that when I tell people my weight they are shocked telling me that I carry it well, I am a “big guy” but that doesn’t change the fact that I am FAT and at least 80 lbs overweight. The reasons for this is a 40 hour a week desk job, being a single father and plain old laziness the latter being the biggest reason of all. I tell you this so that you know where I am coming from, so that you can know that I know what I am talking about when I say I know how hard it is going to be in the weeks and months ahead. I am putting forth a challenge to myself and I am hoping to challenge those of you that need to be challenged also.

So as of today I am making the decision to get into better shape than I am in now. Am I going to ever run a marathon or compete in the iron man? No. But I want to be able to do the things that could be required of me, I want my knees to not hurt I want to be able to keep up with my son. I would like to be able to get my body back to the point where I could walk 15 miles and not be in agony to do it. Being a prepper I know that there is a time coming that I will need my body to work right, for my engine to fire on all pistons. What if there was an earthquake and I needed to haul water the mile or so from the river by hand? What if there was a situation where I would need to carry my son along with my backpack and travel miles upon mile on foot, or I might need to spend the day chopping wood so that I can heat my home.

So what is the game plan? Well I am going to start tonight, tonight I am starting with stretching (I have lost a TON of flexibility in the last 5 years) 20 sit ups, and 20 minutes of stair stepping up. I know this is not the fitness regime that will peal the weight off of my body at the swiftness rate but it is a start!

So I am starting what are you going to do? Truly I would like to know…..

Yours in Honesty


I am Jeff single father of a 5 ½ year old son, I am an average guy in an average job just getting by, by the skin of my teeth, and I am a prepper.

 What is a prepper you ask?

 By my definition a prepper is someone who tries, as best they can, to put themselves in a position to be ready for any emergency that might occur by gathering knowledge and having resources on hand to deal with said emergencies. Those emergencies might be as personal as the loss of a loved one or job to natural disasters, up to total economic collapse of the country.

 Most of the preppers that I know are not, paranoid, constantly worried people who run to the hills to hide from life. They are people who want to take control of their life and fortunes and be ready for whatever unexpected things that might happen to them. By preparing themselves for the unexpected they are actually removing the worry from their lives.

 So what is Poor Man’s Prepper?

Poor Man’s Prepper is just a blog about how to ready yourself for emergencies and unexpected eventualities that might happen without spending a fortune or breaking the bank.