Look I know it’s a bit stupid and possibly unnecessary, but I love to get my post in before midnight so that I actually post everyday. Time is against me (as usual) as it’s 22.45pm, so let’s see how we go.
Number One – One of my favourite tee shirts fits me again. Yay me!!!!!
Numero Dos – I really feel like I’m winning the respect of the people (and staff) in the gym. I know it’s not important really, but it really is! 🙂 Do you understand what I mean? It’s hard to explain, but, fat people help me out here, you know what it’s like. I offer this by way of a general explanation:
- Fat person walks in to a gym.
- Fit people (and most of the staff) look fat person up and down disapprovingly.
- Fat person feels intimidated by fit people.
- Fat person attends a few times and fit people take bets on when fat person will give up.
- Fat person continues and after a couple of weeks, gets his first nod/eye brow raise of acknowledgement by a fit person.
- Fat person feels 10ft tall.
- Another week passes and fit person observes a noticeable difference in fat persons shape and/or sees fat person ‘going for it’ on the treadmill.
- Fit person says hello and offers that all important phrase of acceptance, “how long have you been coming now, you’re doing really well aren’t you.”
- The Hallelujah Chorus begins to play.
- Fat person now feels accepted and uses all machines/weights without that feeling of ‘not belonging’.
- Fat person walks in to ‘his’ gym.
Like I say, the above is in general terms and of course there are a number of gyms/fit people/instructors who can make a fat person feel at ease very early on. I must say, that, that has been my experience at Crosby Lakeside. The staff and regulars really made me feel welcome and this helped and aided my transition to ‘gym attender’ so much.
Let’s face it though fat friends, most of the stuff I mentioned above, is in the mind of most fatties. It’s a difficult step, it’s intimidating and we think everyone is looking at us, judging us. Some are, but, not all. Be encouraged and get down to your local gym and take that massive step that starts your change.
Number Three – I’ve started playing squash again. Yes I know! Paul, it’s so dangerous. People have heart attacks on the squash court. Be careful. Watch your knees. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the well intended words of concern, but your missing the point – I’ve started playing squash again!!!! 🙂
I’ve not played for soooooo many years. Yes I’m slower, yes it’s gonna take time to start playing well again, but if I can haul ass’ around the court, have a controlled (65-75%) heart rate AND WIN GAMES, what’s wrong with that. Ain’t that right Michael, Lore 😉 Oh the joy of winning.
Number Three – I am so thrilled by the number of positive comments I am getting. Comments on the blog and on my Facebook page, wow. Genuinely guys, I am so grateful that you like my little ramblings up here on the inter-web. The biggest thrill, by far, is when someone says that having read my blog, they feel inspired to make some changes to their own lifestyle, double wow! Actually, more of a whoa! I find this a-mazing!!!!! People are starting to go to the gym, they’re going on regular walks, they’re thinking about their food and it’s in part because of my liddle blog 224. Oh yeah!!!
Numero Quatro – I’m getting my confidence and self belief back – Nuff said. Maybe I’ll share some more about this some another time when we’ve got to know each other a bit better. For now though, just join me in saying – Come On!!!!! And finally:
Number Five – I’ve got some great news to tell you, but, not yet 🙂 Watch this space…
All this and I’ve not even mentioned the new embryonic business venture, the videos, the software idea, the event idea or the sponsorship ideas. Somebody give me some water, cos I’m hot!!!!
Life is good people and no longer, do I think (everyday) about dying of a heart attack and my life being over at 42 years of age. Yes seriously, I thought and worried about it everyday. No way Jose. I’m still a young ‘whipper-snapper’ and God willing I’m gonna be here for some time yet 🙂
Ps. Did you know: If you look at a persons elbow, you NEVER miss a ‘high five’ – FACT. Try it. Kudos to Kathryn (Mum of Charlotte) Morgan for this truly stunning information. I’ve not shut up about it for days.
23.52pm – Almost time to ‘publish’ 🙂