It has come to my attention that we have a gym where I work. It’s small and cramped, but it’s there and it’s cheap. I stopped by to check it out earlier this week, and today I signed up. Then I realized that I will have to run out and pick up some gym clothes this weekend; I don’t think jeans will cut it on the elliptical. The plan is to be ready to tackle my first workout on Monday afternoon after my shift is over.
My goal is simple for now. I just want to get moving again. To start, I’ll probably alternate between the treadmill and the elliptical and start to ramp up my activity slowly. Once I get it in gear, I’ll talk to the trainer (and my doctor) and see how I can improve what I’m doing.
Now it’s just a matter of showing up on Monday and getting that first workout in!
I also started to wear a pedometer this week. I managed to increase my total step count each day and yesterday was the first time I managed to log over 10,000 steps. Now I need to string a few days like that together!
Every time I’ve lost a significant amount of weight in my life, there has been a catalyst to set things in motion. In 1984, I lost 40 pounds getting ready for my wedding. In 2006, I was on diabetes medications and I realized I weighed twice as much as my then teen-aged son. This time around? Look for yourself:
She’s going to be needing her Pop Pop to teach her a whole lot of things that only a Pop Pop can teach his granddaughter.
The game plan this time around is the same as when I had my best success – I went to my first Weight Watchers meeting in at least five years last night. There’s a lot of new jargon to learn and the details have been rearranged, but the more things change, the more they remain the same. The main point is that I can feel the pieces clicking into familiar places, hopefully making this journey no harder than it has to be.
A quick redesign note: I posted a reference page for the original blog under the About page above. When it’s finished it will be list of my favorite posts; I’ve listed a few to get the ball rolling.