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- Member since: 12/22/09
- Last active: More than a week ago
- Age: 64
- First location: New York, New York, United States
- Looking for: Friends, Dating or Relationship, Hookup, Training Buddies, Online Chat
My Stats and Info
- Build: Beefy
- Height: 5' 8''
- Weight: 210 lbs
- Waist: 37 inches
- Chest: 47 inches
- Arms: 16 inches
- Hair color: Brown
- Eye color: Blue
- Ethnicity: White
- My gym: Ballys
- Weight training: 5 times per week
60 minutes per session
- Cardio training:
- Sports I like: Weight training, Wrestling
- Other sports I like:
- HIV status: HIV -
- Safer sex?: Always
I know I am not inthe same ball park as 98% of these guys. But I know I have made my share of accomplishments,
When I was 44 yrs old I was in bed trying to fall asleep, but I found myself lamenting turning 45. For some reason it occurred to me that I was feeling much older than most guys in their mid 40s. Of course having a 48" waist and 5' 7.5" and over 250lbs (I stopped weighing myself when I got over 250), I had the energy of a man in his 70s, but with less muscle. I had a huge waist, totally flabby except for my arms which were less than 11".
I had gone through so many diets in my life. I was on a fast diet well before Oprah. I lost 75 lbs in 4 months. I also gained 100 lbs in the next 6 months. I should mention that while most people have absolutely nothing good to sy about the fast diets, the best thing it did for me was to show me that I could lose the weight, True, there are better and healthier (and longer lasting) ways, but having done t once, I knew not to give up...that I could do it again.
Well, getting back on topic (I tend to go ff on tangents). That night in bed I said to myself, I like food too much to ever give it up. Also, the idea of portion control wasn't gonna cut it at that point. It would be like telling an alcoholic, sure you can drink, just use portion control. AINT GONNA HAPPEN! So my only option was to increase my metabolism. That meant going to the gym. Of course I had no time during the day to go to the gym. The only time would be to go at 5:30AM, and I can't do that (remember all this conversation was going on in my head while trying to fall asleep). Anyway, my first thought after saying I can't go at 5:30AM, was to think WHY NOT? You don't want to, but don't say you can't. I also realized that the amount of time I was laying there thinking about this was longer than the time I would be at the gym.
So that week I started. Late January, so still dark and cold, I walk to the local gym (I live in Manhattan, so there are more gyms in a 10 block radius than in many states in the Union!)
I need to mention that I was a teacher. I say this because one of the first things aI learned in one of my first Education courses was that anyone can learn anything if it is made simple enough.
So I used this method on myself at the gym.
i went 3x a week for a total of 20 minutes.
I know that sounds like nothing, but that was all I could do. I did 8 minutes cardio and 12 minutes weights. I was in sweat pants and sweat shirt (I had no intention of showing any more skin than necessary). Because it was late January, the other people at the gym treated me like I was a New Year's Resolution person, that will show up for 2 maybe 3 months, make the gym more crowded for a while...and then drop out.
So after a couple of weeks of my 8min cardio and 12 min weights, I said to myself...OK, add ONE min to each, every week. Believe me I watched the clock. But these consistant "baby steps" made the increases so easy. After 6-7 months I was at about 40 min cardio and 45 min weights. Plus having stayed with it, I was getting some respect from the guys at the gym. Even if my one leg was bigger than their waist, they saw that I was staying with it. Also I found that seeing that in 40 minutes of cardio I burned off about 400 calories, I wasn't so keen on eating a 500 calorie muffin in 3 minutes.
About 2-3 months into all this, I had an appointment with a new doctor for a physical, I remember him taking my blood pressure. He took the cuff off of my arm and did it a sceond time on the other. Now I was frequently warned that while in the normal range I was getting close to the high BP range. So when he had to test me twice I thought "oh s**t, it's gone into the high range. So I asked him why he did it twice. He said, "well, to be honest you BP is textbook perfect, and to look at you I don't see how it could be (remember even losing a bit of weight, I was still obese, and he never met me before). I told him about my little efforts at the gym. He said "Oh, OK, that explains it". I said even after 2-3 months and doing so little? He said of course!
So I know this has been a long and wordy story (teachers can be like that), but my point is that start small and easy...even slightly easier than you think needed. Take baby steps. It isn't important (in the early phases of working out) to move so fast. It is more important to move consistantly.
Sure there were plenty of new people at gym that January that burned off more calories in a month than I did in 6 months. But don't ask where the disappeared to by Febuary and March. I havent been perfect, my diets still sucks, therer have been periods where I've put the gym on the back burner, but its going on 13 years now. My waist size isnt where I'd like, at 37", but its alot better than the tight 48", and my arms are now 16" instaed of 10.75" I love that its now difficult to scratch my back, Not cause I'm too fat, but because my shoulders are so thick. I love the occassional looks I get now, instead of people looking away to avoid eye contact, heaven forbid that fat guy thinks Im checking him out! Now sometimes they actually are checking me out (I still always look to see if maybe I forgot to zipper my pants and that is why tey are looking at me) When I started working out I dreamed of being able to wear a T shirt in the gym without being ashamed. Now I can actually wear a tank top...in PUBLIC!!! To look at me you'd think this guy still has a ways to go...but i know, and some of the people at the gym know, Ive already come a long way. So excuse all the ramblings, but I hope some one just starting out, or reading this just after the holidays and upset at all they ate in December, will at least know that yes it can be done. Oh, and don't get caught up comparing yourself to the others at the gym. Just remember by stepping foot in the gym you are already in a whole other catagory than 75% of the people out there that haven't even gotten that far.
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