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

Keeping it Going


Living in a hotel room five days out of seven is not a wonderful thing. When the hotel lets you down and the fitness equipment is on the fritz, it is less wonderful. That was my lot in life this past week. The treadmill, the elliptical and the stationary bike all had problems with their electronics and using them was not possible. This drove me half batty.

The answer was to get in extra walking at the factory and wait for the gear to be repaired. Last night I finally got in 40 minutes on the machines. Half an hour on the tread mill and only ten minutes on the stationary bike. SO I feel like a lump today. I need to get in the exercise so I will go to physical therapy tomorrow morning and burn up the stationary bike and get in a good work out. The weather looks favorable for Sunday so I will get in a bike ride Sunday afternoon, try to get in 30 miles. No less than 20 miles.

The idea is to keep it going. Don’t stop, don’t find excuses. DO NOT ACCEPT sitting around….

I am home with the family tonight. Sushi for dinner. It was great.

At work on Wednesday we had a lunch meeting and they brought in pizza. I politely declined. I was offered it again, more urgently. I declined again. I was encouraged to have some… I again said thank you, no. Finally I had to explain that I do not eat pizza. I have had all of two slices in the last 11 months. They all looked at me as if I had grown a purple horn in the middle of my forehead.

Yesterday we had a 10:00 meeting that stretched to 3:00. SO lunch was ordered. Cheese Steak sandwiches. Now I had to explain that I don’t eat red meat. The purple horn grew back……

I am sure they all think I am a nut job. A capable, talented, hard-working nut job but nonetheless….

So easy to simply give in right? Don’t stand out, have the pizza, have the cheese steak…. So much easier to go along to get along… Eating my trail mix bar and yoghurt while other eat pizza or cheese steak sandwiches. But I have a goal and I have a plan to reach that goal and pizza and cheese steak simply do not fit in with my plans to keep it going.

I want to run another mile this weekend. I know it seems like such a small target. One Mile. Big Deal. But even the greatest of marathoners had to start with that first mile. Then the second, soon the third. Soon two miles together and then five.

Losing the weight was the thing. First one pound, then two…. Eat less, eat right, move more. And keep doing it. Keep it going.

I don’t like living in the hotel room for another reason: it is harder to count my calories. I don’t know the exact portion sizes, I don’t know all the ingredients. I found a supermarket called Wegman’s. They have a fantastic array of hot dishes in a self-serve set up. Each dish lists the calories and the serving size. By estimating the weight I take of each item I am able to get a fair guess at the total calories. I have been eating at Wegman’s quite a bit…..

All part of keeping it going.

I never forget that I have to keep it going. Never slip, never give in, never give up. Keep it going.

I am looking for a gym to join. My company pays up to $150 a year per employee for gym membership. That will help make the costs manageable. Joining a gym will give me access to the equipment I need to keep building the strength in my knee and help me keep the fitness building. This will help me keep it all going in the right direction.

When I started this Journey my resting heart rate was 85 beats per minute. My Blood Pressure was a medicated 125/85. Now my resting heart rate is 65 beats per minute and my Blood Pressure is 115/65 on half the dose of medication. I am very optimistic that the doctor will agree to take me off the medication.

I can do things today that I didn’t dare dream of a year ago. I dream things today and know that they are within my reach. Dreams like the High Point to Cape May ride. Dreams like the New Hampshire Hut Hike. These are not pipe dream now, a fantasy somewhere out of sight, out of reach… These are things I can do, things within my reach now. A Century Ride, a Long Hike, a 5 K run. I can do these now, or soon. All I have to do is keep it going.


2 thoughts on “Keeping it Going

  1. i know how that is with folks offering the evil food over and over and then not understanding why i won’t partake…good for you.

  2. Tonight it was cupcakes…they offered them numerous times hoping I’d change my mind. Nope.

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