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A Empire Crumbles

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Around 2007 I went to a gym for the first time. I dipped my toes in, so to speak, and started very slowly. Ten minutes here, ten minutes there. Play int he pool with the kids a bit. Not too much. Eventually I think I was going 30-40 minutes, I can't be sure it was so long ago and it was before I started keeping records. I dont even know how much weight I lost, but I know it wasn't much.

Then in spring of 2009 I joined a great gym. Small, nice people and the most important factor, private showers. As I was going to be sweating profusely, I needed the option to shower in private. By the time of my great loss that summer, 100 pounds, I was an absolute machine on the cardio. 45-60 minutes a day. Five days a week. 10,000 strides on the elliptical or 4 miles on the treadmill at a 15% incline in an hour.

Eventually I lost my will to eat right, but never stopped working out. Still hitting my goals at the gym, but started gaining weight back because I have no conscience when it comes to eating, no off switch either.

Then this past summer my nice little gym moved to a different part of the strip mall. On opening day I walked in with my bag on my shoulder and smiled. It looked really nice. Bigger, some new machines. I walked into the locker room and nearly collapsed at the horror. They opted out of the private showers. This was unacceptable. I walked right out to the front desk and cancelled my membership. That was July 1st. I spent 5 months doing nothing for exercise, instead I just began to balloon. Finally last Friday I hit bottom and joined the Y.

For some reason I thought I would be able to start where I left off. All out, balls to the wall, hot sweaty mess of pure cardio kingpin. 45-60 minutes of pure craziness.

But

I was dead after a few minutes, I kept looking at the clock, what felt like 30 minutes was less than 10. It will take a few weeks to ramp up to where I once was, but I will get there. Then I will finally defeat this bastard that lives inside me that has been trying to kill me for 30 years.


I will not lose, its not even an option or a possibility anymore.
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AMYNUNLEY 12/15/2012 1:47AM

  every time i hear about this i want to go to that gym and scream in the face of whoever decided to change the showers. but i know you will beat this! you'll build your endurance even faster than you did before:) emoticon
i also think it's REALLY going to help making dinners ahead of time and freezing them.

Comment edited on: 12/15/2012 1:48:33 AM

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IUHRYTR 12/14/2012 8:48PM

    Don't give in to the inner monster. Fight it every day, every meal, every exercise. emoticon -- Lou

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FRAN0426 12/11/2012 6:59PM

    emoticon It is amazing that regardless how long we have been going to workout, only to have to start over once you have been away for several months. However, I have found out that once you get going again it gets easier to get back in the groove.

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CJPROVAN 12/11/2012 10:28AM

    You're getting back on track and will soon be able to crush that cardio again! Way to go!

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STODD251 12/11/2012 10:22AM

    You can do it!

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SUNSHINE99999 12/11/2012 10:17AM

  Success to you my friend and a long life. emoticon

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