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It’s been a few years since I started on my journey to fitness. I’m not quite satisfied with where I am, and I’ve yet to hit the set target. However, I’m still working towards it, I have not and will not give up.
To be completely honest with you folks, it’s extremely frustrating to train so long, so hard, and not hit the target after so many years. I’m not here to make excuses, but there are a few factors that are working against me. Age, testosterone, and the kicker, blood pressure medication.
Age: When I was younger, I had a slow metabolism. I got fat easily and struggled with getting the weight off my body. It stands to reason that if this was the case when I was younger, that it would continue to be the case today, and probably even worse. Slow metabolisms suck!
Testosterone: I’m in my 40s now, and as met get older, testosterone declines. On a hunch, I got my testosterone tested and my T count was relatively low for my age.
Medication: I take a blood pressure medication which is supposed to slow down my heart rate. A heart rate which was already attached to a slow metabolism. And the real kicker is that this particular medication which is supposed to also helps with migraines, has the added side effect of making the body retain body fat, particularly in the abdominal area.
The only things that I have going for me in this war against the bulge is that I am relatively healthy, and that I have the dedication of a professional athlete. I have goals and I will not, I will not quit until I have attained those goals. Despite the exhaustion, the injuries, the pain, the discouragement and all of the setbacks, I will not give up and I will hit my goals. One way or the other, there is no quitting here. And should I not hit my goals, then by God I will die trying.
This is the kind of insanity that you are dealing with here. Quitting is simply not an option. I mean, do you think I want to go back to the way I was before? No way no how! No, no, no! Even if I’m stuck where I’m at perpetually, I’ll never go back to being that overweight.
It may take me much longer, I may have to work at it much harder, I may have to diet even stricter, hell it may never happen! But understand this, I will not quit. Barring any diseases that put me out of commission, or sudden death, I simply will not quit!
How committed are you to your goals?
Growing Up Bronx