I met Johann today. Tuesday, November 18th at the gym. See, I haven’t been to the gym in forever and a day. I was to come Monday but I was feeling ill. So today, I went for a quick cardio.
Arrived at the lockers and began changing into my workout clothes. “I am happy to see that you are here.” I heard next to me.
“Its hard but its so worth it.” This man continued. “I’m married and I knew I needed to do something about my weight. I weighed 270 lbs and its taken four years.” I did not ask what he weighed now but he was definitely fit. He still had a small gut but this guy was definitely fit and not 270 lbs any more. I say he had to be in his fifties.
“There are no BIG old guys.” He proclaimed. “I just looked around me and realized that every old guy I see is skinny. I had to do something about it if I wanted to get older. There are no BIG old guys.” Talk about eye openers. I mean, I know/knew about this whole obese people die faster thing, but no one every put it so eloquently.
He went on to mention that he attends OA sometimes weekly. Overeaters Anonymous. I am very confident that I don’t need to attend, but such a proclamation was very calming. This man has a problem and he is working through it.
“My name is Johann.” He said as I took and shook his hand. I told him “Mine’s Edgar.” and he responded, “Nice to meet you, Edgar.”
I went on to do a fifteen-minute elliptical machine workout. Something quick, I did about 1.2 miles, I had to meet friends out and then work on some school stuff, and finally, this blog.
Back at the locker room, I saw Johann once again, mention to him that I will be at the gym tomorrow (Wednesday 19th) and thanked him. “Keep it up, Edgar, its so worth it.” He reiterated.
Johann, I had resolved to give working out a better shot this time around before I met you. Now, I am even that more excited to prove to myself that I can do this. I can make myself healthier.
I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason. I’m hoping that meeting Johann was the final thing I needed to happen for me to really stick to my workout. I want to grow old with someone. That definitely can’t happen until I save myself. My health needs to improve. My health will improve.
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