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Day One at the Gym

Posted: July 6, 2016 by The Mature Man

What it felt like being back

Today was day one at the gym. My 100 day challenge for going to the gym for 100 days in a row has begun. Yay, for me…..I’m already pooped!

I saw my former trainer today Chris, and he looked surprised that I was there. I guess he had reason to be since it had been about 3 weeks since I saw him last, and he commented “where have you been”  that time.

Before that, I guess it had been almost a month, so I guess that he had good reason to comment. After working out with me for so many months, perhaps he was discouraged how quickly I fell off the wagon.

You know, I was asking myself that today when I was on the treadmill. How did I go from going to the gym 3 – 4 days a week on average, and being there every morning usually around 5:30 or so, to not going at all?

In the course of the weeks, months that I wasn’t going regularly, I have seen myself gain back ALL the weight that I had lost.

What’s more concerning is that I feel rotten, sorta smushy and bloated all the time. Tiredness is common, and not sleeping. Not good for anyone, especially a more mature man.

Sure, I have made some bad food choices, like too many sweets, fried foods, etc. Some days I would use my app to keep track, but most days I just gave up even trying to count. I knew that I was pigging out, and I guess that I was ok with it. Well, not really.

One time when I was working out with Chris he gave me this bit of advice which said had helped him. He told me that I will decide to be at the gym, and watch my calories, when I decide it’s too much work to have to back up and regroup each time I wavered.

What he was suggesting is why even bother going to the gym, and telling yourself that you are going to treat your body better, when you don’t mean it. If you really mean you want to live a healthier life, then you will do what it takes.

Now, he wasn’t suggesting that I become a gym dude, or anything like that. He was just saying, that knowing my history of heart and other issues, and other crazy health stuff, that I had options to consider. Why not consider them then, and mean it.

So, that’s where I am again. This time it will be different for me, since I do mean it. I will stay the course. I have shouted it to a few what my challenge/adventure is, though I suspect they secretly believe that I will fail.

To remedy me not failing, perhaps this blog will help. Writing my thoughts, and sharing my challenge with you. Maybe my challenge will help you even, or maybe not. I don’t know, and only you will, unless you tell me otherwise.

So, day one at the gym is in the books. Done, finite! Now, tomorrow, day two bright and early at 5 a.m. See you there!

Are you on adventure/challenge with me? If so, drop me a comment below, and let me know how you are doing. Maybe we can share out pain, and push one another through it. 

I look forward to hearing from you!

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