A Fat Man's Journey (Working my way back…)

An Attempt to Journey from Fat to Fit in a Lifetime. Eat right, Eat less, Move more

Hitting the wall.


There comes a point every time I am on the elliptical, the stationary bike or the treadmill (as rarely as I use the treadmill) when I just want to stop. It might be 5, 10, 15 minutes in and I just want to stop. I become convinced that I am pushing myself too far, too hard, too fast, or I just feel tired and I want to stop. It happens every time. If I set the timer for 25 minutes or half an hour it still happens. The thought that I just can’t make it the full-time starts to take over my mind. Then I make the decision to push on. I force myself past that point and it becomes easy again. The last 10 or 15 minutes become easy. Then it starts again when I move over to the next piece of equipment. Again I push past it and succeed.

When I say that I couldn’t do 25 or 30 minutes on the exercise equipment a year ago I am talking about the mental aspect as well as the physical. I certainly was not in shape to do the 25 minutes or half an hour but I also was not mentally able to push myself even to ten minutes. I would hit the point and I would quit.

I don’t quit now.

I did my half an hour on the elliptical today. I only was able to get 15 minutes on the stationary bike. The legs simply gave out. Up since 3:30 this morning, on my feet much of the day in the factory and I simply ran out of steam. I had to think long and hard about it afterwards. Did I give in? Did I hit the wall and give up? I don’t believe I did. I think I took it as far as my body could go today.

Back at it tomorrow.


6 thoughts on “Hitting the wall.

  1. I wasn’t getting email notices of your posts for a while (and was too busy to see why) and was so relieved to see you are still here and kicking. Hope you and your family get settled quickly. I went through this and it so stressful so be good to yourself mentally.

  2. Going through the wall is good, but so is listening to your body! sounds like you made the right call!

  3. Haven’t heard from you in awhile. Is everything okay?

    • Doing GREAT. Just haven’t written much the last few days because of obligations at work… BUT your question inspired tonight’s post. Thanks for asking after me…..

  4. Great going Mark. I am still struggling. Thought the diabetes diagnosis would be a “wake-up” call for me.

    • Wake up calls have to come from within. The doctor can tell someone their nose will fall off if they eat one more doughnut and they will still eat that doughnut….

      You need to decide for yourself on your terms that this is what you want, that you want to be lean and fit… Don’t go on a DIET. Change the way you eat, the way you shop for food, the way you prepare your meals and eliminate that foods that trigger over eating…

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