Rule #1: Once you start exercising, don’t stop. I have not been consistently exercising for while now. While I have tried claiming it was due to my new eating habits impacting my energy level, the truth is that I just found the couch soooooo comfortable. But, this past weekend, I made up my mind to get back on the ball.
Monday, I hit the gym. Being the tough guy I am, I tried hitting the elliptical at the same intensity I had before I slacked off my workouts. I finished and, for the next five minutes, tried to look composed as my jelly-like legs tried to support my large frame. Then, I hit the weight room. I said “I’ll start by bench pressing these 65 pound dumbbells and move up from there”. Let me just say that, after two sets, my mind said “65 pound dumbbells–that’s a good place to stop”. I had to face it…I’d lost the gains I made and now, I am in an “rebuilding” phase, so to speak. My butt was kicked and I barely made it out of bed the next morning.
Yesterday, it was the first truly nice day of the year and I decided that, instead of hitting the treadmill, I would go for a long walk at one of the local parks. I chose Sharon Woods, which is just outside of Cincinnati. Somehow, I don’t remember the trail being that long and the hills that high. Don’t get me wrong, I was the man on the first lap. I did the 2.6 mile walk in good time. I got some water and said, “Okay, now for lap #2”. About 3/4 of a mile in, I hit a wall. Then, some man who had to be at least 12 years older than me and about 3 inches shorter, walked past me like I was standing still. I was like, “How is grandpa going to try to lap me?” and it was on! My ego got the best of me and I refused to let this man leave me in the dust. He knew I was there, too, because he kept looking over his shoulder. A few times my mind said, “you should just jog right past him.” Then, my legs said to my mind, “shut up and mind your business!” I did manage to stay about 15 steps behind the guy for the rest of the walk, while trying to pretend that I wasn’t basically being a stalker. It didn’t help that we were parked in close proximity to each other so, this guy was likely thinking I was going to rob him or something. That’s probably why he waited until I drove off to leave.
If I ever needed incentive to get back in shape, I got it. If I see you in the park this summer old man, know I’m coming for you and may the best man win!