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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.


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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    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.
    1983 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/15/2012 1:48:33 AM
    Don't give in to the inner monster. Fight it every day, every meal, every exercise. emoticon -- Lou
    1984 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    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.
    1987 days ago
    You're getting back on track and will soon be able to crush that cardio again! Way to go!
    1987 days ago
  • STODD251
    You can do it!
    1987 days ago
  • SUNSHINE99999
    Success to you my friend and a long life. emoticon
    1987 days ago
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