Alive and Kickin'
Monday, March 12, 2012
Well hello there! Just a quick note to say that I'm still around - albeit infrequently - and well, I let myself go (and let myself down) a bit in my absence. As work and life got busier and more stressful at times, my resolve to "stick with it" and to keep moving and eating healthy, fell by the wayside.
As a result, the feeling of, "Oh hey, this [INSERT ARTICLE OF CLOTHING HERE] more snug than usual" gradually progressed to "Wow, this [NOW MUCH SMALLER ARTICLE OF CLOTHING] doesn't fit me at all!"
It's also dawning on me that with diabetes and high blood pressure running strong on both sides of my family, I have to keep an eye on myself. Plus, my older siblings seemed to have "acquired" their large sizes when they were around my age, so this sort of suggests that my genes require some real, sustained work (exercise, food choices) to keep myself healthy.
So I'm back to the gym routine, doing cardio and stretches about 4x/week and I'm really feeling out of shape and out of practice. But, about 2 weeks into the routine, I'm already feeling some rewards: some dress shirts no longer feel like sausage casing (!); some weight has come off of my face and upper body; and running across a street or walking up a long flight of stairs aren't leaving me (as) winded. It's the little things that I hope will add up to something grand.
In the same way I'm getting back into the swing of running/moving, I'll be easing back into visiting these great SP pages - like yours - and the resources that I found so helpful in the past. See you around, and soon!
-- Phil G.
Workout song of the moment: "Step by Step" (Whitney Houston). I'm partial to the Annie Lennox original, but this version (A) got way more famous, and (B) is better-suited to getting me moving!