I left for Washington DC on April 25th, the last time I was in the gym was April 23rd. Even though my eating habits have not changed, my fitness level has almost come to a complete stand still. Other then walking Dodger I have not been doing any other exercise at all.
The result of this is me now weighing 325 lbs. I knew I was gaining weight, but I really did see it until I saw some pictures of me taken by a friend of mine and what I saw was disappointing to me. Now I could find plenty of things to blame not going to the gym on, but the bottom line is that I have been lazy. Plain and simple and I know people will say oh don’t be hard on yourself or beat yourself up and everyone falls off the wagon and all that sort of crap. The truth is this, I am not being myself up, being too hard on myself or any of this. I am just being honest about my situation of simply being too lazy to walk four blocks to the gym. There is just no other way to look at it.
I had plans to get tot he gym all last week and the week before and I also had plans to get there Monday and Tuesday of this week, but I made excuses and it never happened, but after seeing those pictures last night and then watching this documentary on high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, I knew the only way for me to see changes in my overall health is to make solid life changes to my daily life.
I am no longer a member of the YMCA, for reasons I already talked about in other blogs, but I did join Bally’s Total Fitness before I left for Washington DC, so there is no excuse other then my own laziness as to why I have not been. Like I said I can find excuses and all sorts of awesome reasons why I didn’t go, but the bottom like is that they are excuses and in the long run these types of excuses will only cause health problems for me. I already have enough health problems to deal with already, so I should not allow my laziness to cause even more.
Today was my first day back in the gym and to be very honest it felt great. I worked out for 45 minutes on the cross trainer and it really wasn’t that hard at all. Since my new gym has TV stations at many of the machines, I was able to watch CNN and before I knew it I had reached the end of my workout. I feel great right now and I know I will sleep very good tonight.
This time around I am not going to allow things to get in my way of working out. I am also not going to depend on motivation from anyone other then me. The last time I was getting some motivation from friends who later quit, but they don’t have they same health issues that I have, so I can’t allow this to be any part of why I am working out. I have to do it for ME and MY HEALTH.
The hardest thing about the gym is simply going and not making excuses as to why you can’t go. Now if you can’t afford the gym, then find something that will allow you to workout and be healthy. I know there are some things we simply can not control when it comes to life and how our health will unfold, but there are lots of things we can do to make sure that the road to good health is as smooth as possible. For me that road started today, not tomorrow or next week.
I will never have the body I use to have when I was a jock and dammit I will never look like Deon and he two sexy ass friends, but I can be healthy, look good and feel good. Hell I am pretty damn sexy right now, and I am 41 years old now, my twenties are far behind me. However 42 is just up ahead I am going to be in better health and fitness when I turn 42, then I am right now. In turn this will improve my quality of life and overall health and well being.
Today I have started what I am calling “BALANCE: Mind, Body & Soul” and I am off to an awesome start.