I haven’t been to the gym in a month. FAIL, I know… but I HAVE been doing stuff for this health goal. Since I started working at my current job, my coworkers have been very supportive and have even given me tips and suggestions about cutting out lots of things from my diet.
I started to, but I would quickly revert and indulge much too much on food. Its just so tasty! Now, I also read about it being a lifestyle change, but never really heeded it. Then I take a four-day trip out to Los Angeles to hob-nob with some celebs. Here is where I met Ryon, programmer and health enthusiast among so many other interesting things. We literally spent hours discussing health and diet and nutrition and other things related. It was very interesting too. This man can present.
I took to heart what everyone has been telling me at that point and began to actively watch my eating habits and choosing better choices. Its not perfect, I still enjoy bad-no-no food, but less so.
Last night, I went to the gym, with my coworker/gym buddy, and found out I had lost about 20 lbs. in this time. Wonderful news! My changes have now shown some success! Yes folks, this is, in fact, happening.
As 2008 ended, I thought to myself about how I could make 2009 better. This is one facet of my Year of the Edgar (all rights reserved) idea. Since its my year, I decided to actively work towards better health. Simply because I want to. Its an alien idea, I know, but I am tired of wanting to do something and then think “but I know I won’t do it.” That’s bunk and I am about to prove to everyone that if you want it, and do it, it will happen (within reason, don’t stalk someone!).
I say again, make this year as active as possible and write that script/book/whatever, or film that short/movie/skit, or get healthy/workout more, or learn a new language/an instrument/ a new hobby, or network and meet new people… whatever your heart desires is just but a “do” away.
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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