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Hello! My name is Daniel Kelly, I’m a writer and entrepreneur.
I’m extremely passionate about men’s health and fitness.
I began blogging a few years ago because I wanted to share my passion. It started out as a hobby but evolved into a dedication.
DanielKelly.eu is a leading authority on testosterone replacement therapy, training, mindset and men’s issues.
I believe health is your number one priority in life, because without it you are nothing. I also believe you should take responsibility for your own health, and not give your power away by relying on someone else to look after it for you.
Health is not something that’s given to you, it’s something you have to work at.
Of course, there are those who are fortunate enough to not have any serious medical conditions. There are also those with serious health issues.
We don’t have control over the hand we’re dealt in this life. But we can choose how to play it.
As far back as I can remember, I was always interested in health and fitness. I was a young, skinny kid and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I used to train with dumbbells and a punchbag in my room and did hundreds of sit-ups every day.
I first stepped foot in a gym when I was 13 years old, but it wasn’t until years later that I to take it more seriously.
When I started to lift weights regularly in my early 20s, not much had changed:
I still didn’t have a clue.
I started observing guys in the gym – the ones who had the best physiques. I watched how they trained, asked them about their routines and nutrition, and I even befriended a few and trained together with them.
In the early years in the gym, slowly, but surely I made progress. However, I knew I was still leaving money on the table – I wanted to become the best possible version of myself.
I was training hard, but I wasn’t paying much attention to my diet or even for that matter my health…
Cigarettes & Alcohol
I didn’t smoke my first cigarette until 18 years old because I was really against the idea. But I eventually tried it and it became an unfortunate habit.
I ended up combining smoking with weekend binge drinking sessions. All the while I was training in the gym.
I thought I was strong and healthy as I could deadlift more than twice my weight. However, I coughed a lot because of all the smoking and ran out of steam quickly during cardio.
Although I thought I could get away with it because I was young and had a fast metabolism. And I told myself I’d clean my act up one day. The problem is, that day never comes unless you consciously choose to do something about it.
To make big changes in life, sometimes you need a wake up call to show you the reality of the situation. Otherwise you simply won’t take action.
The Wake-Up Call
One day I got a big wake up call when I was 26. My friend took a photo of me.
I took one look at my picture and had a hard dose of reality. How on Earth could I think I was in shape?
I was disgusted with myself – I was just fat.
However, it was a blessing disguise:
It gave me the emotional ammunition I needed to change.
I finally realised training hard in the gym without watching my diet meant I’d never amount to much. I also knew continuing with cigarettes and alcohol would keep me on the road to mediocrity.
And possibly an early grave.
And I decided I didn’t want to settle for second best: I wanted more out of life.
I buried my head in books and blogs. I soaked it all up and read anything I could get my hands on. I experimented endlessly with different types of diets and training routines.
After much trial and error and self-education, I was figuring out what worked for me.
Within a year I had quit alcohol and cigarettes for good.
I started to make great progress on my physique and health, I leaned out and felt so much better.
All the hard work appeared to be paying off.
However, my success was short lived…
In the space of a year things started to go downhill, badly.
My progress in the gym came to a grinding halt. No matter how hard I trained or how clean I ate – nothing seemed to work.
I figured maybe I had reached my ‘genetic ceiling’ and maxed out my gains in the gym.
But not only that, I had terrible bouts of anxiety and frequent panic attacks. I had long periods of depression and my libido had basically vanished.
I thought the problem lay with me, so I turned to self-help books and meditation in an attempt to improve my mindset, feel more positive and enjoy life again.
Despite all my efforts, I still felt the same.
Although none of this seemed to quite add up. Why was this happening to me?
It wasn’t until when I took a blood test one day that I found out what was going on:
I had the testosterone levels of an 80 year old man!
Now everything made total sense. I had felt like this for such a long time, but everything had crept up on me over time, like a thief in the night. So much so that I had begun to accept this as normal.
But this was far from normal for a 29 year old man.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
So I started out in search of a solution. I had transformed myself once before and I believed I could do it again.
I didn’t like the idea of going on testosterone replacement therapy for life. Nonetheless, I knew I was already trying everything possible to raise my testosterone.
And my testosterone levels were below 300 ng/dl (9 nmol/L):
How much higher would they really go?
I did lots of research, read plenty of books and found the right doctor. In addition, I was fortunate to have a world class mentor in my friend Jay Campbell to guide me through the process. He underwent TRT at the same age as me.
I saw no other option than to go on testosterone replacement therapy.
In spite of this, I was still scared shitless to go on testosterone replacement therapy at such a tender age.
But the alternative was worse: To continue living a life of quiet desperation with low testosterone.
So I pulled the trigger – a journey into the unknown.
Now it’s almost two years later, and I can say with conviction it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
There couldn’t be more of a contrast with how I felt before and the way I feel now. I feel amazing.
This site is about helping other men on their own journey – whether it’s TRT or otherwise.
To your health,