I take ownership of my decisions. I got quite fat, and this happened to me because I ate a lot of food. Also, I didn’t work out at all. I’d eat a lot, then I’d go to sleep, wake up ravenous, and do it again. How did I get so fat? Well, if that wasn’t enough, there’s more!
That cycle made me feel like crap, and to feel better, I would eat even more. It got to the point where I was eating just to see how outrageous I could be. It was almost as if I was trying to see if I could survive eating all that garbage back to back. I’m talking an order of pork fried rice with spare rib tips, and a box of pizza, all being washed down with a honey bun and a 2 liter bottle of soda! Everyday!
This was obviously not a great way to live, and really put my health at great risk. I was prediabetic, and already on blood pressure medication. Next up would be diabetes, and potentially heart disease, and God knows what else.
The pinnacle of my weight gain came after my dad passed, and I was shortly thereafter laid off from work. My life became a series of light daytime naps, long nights of binge watching season after season of my favorite shows, and many, many sessions of late night eating. I was a glutton of the highest order, and I was depressed and sad.
To make matter worse, I was binge watching Oz, which isn’t a great show to raise your spirits immediately after losing a loved one, and your job. I was a mess, and I looked it.
In my case, I managed to get my act together, and took the first step towards getting my health back, and I haven’t looked back since! I’m not as lean as I was in my twenties, but I’m pretty damn close to what I used to be, and I’m still on the journey. I think that my cardio may actually be better now that it was then, but without living that moment again, I’ll never truly know. Not that it matters, I’m trying to be the best version of me, at this stage in my life.
You can do it too, all you need to do is to get started. I teach Group exercise classes, but I haven’t tried to make this into a business per se. However, if you’d like some guidance, feel free to reach out and I’ll do my best to help you. I have one major requirement though, you must not waste my time! Do not ask me for help, then simply ignore the advice and continue living badly. If you decide to reach out, make sure that you are committed to making some changes, otherwise, find someone who you can pay, and at least they’ll gain some monetary value out of you wasting their time. Harsh? Maybe? But if I’m offering to help, for free, as a friend, the least you can do is be considerate of my time and efforts! Fair, right?
Best of luck on your journey, and known that you too can do it!
Growing Up Bronx
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