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This morning I went to my oncologist for a routine visit. As usual, I was asked to step on the scale. That's when I noticed that there was a 3.5 lb difference between the weight recorded at my home scale, and my doctor's.

The doctor's was higher.

Normally, I would have felt a bit dismayed but, since last weekend I was able to stuff my bum into a size 6 pair of cropped pants, and since I have not accomplished a feat like that since the Reagan administration, I decided not to worry too much about it.

And you see, here is where the weird begins. According to me, I have lost 16 lbs since I started combining Weight Watchers to my exercise routine, back in January. However, when the doctor came over to see me, and looked at my chart, she said, "Wow! You have lost 20 lbs since you were last here!"

Heck, I'll take that.

The best part? I have never felt better in my life. Currently, I can accomplish things during my workouts that I never thought I would. In some cases, I can accomplish things that people half my age are having trouble completing.

That alone, is worth the effort.

My biggest problem has always been waking up early enough to exercise. Yes, I know, I could do it in the evening. In fact, I used to do it for a while. However, the fact is that if I can get it over with early in the morning, I will start my day with a sense of accomplishment that is hard to describe. Plus I don't have to worry if I am too tired to exercise in the evening. At that point, I can simply go home, kick my shoes off, have a light dinner and relax. After all, I've earned it.

Now, that doesn't mean that I don't miss the occasional day. Take yesterday for example. I had to be early at work, and my morning got complicated. Hence, I did not get a chance to do my morning workout. Nevertheless, I did make a point to have my walk at noon, and to take the stairs instead of the elevators at work several times.

Come to think of that, I can't remember when was the last time I took the elevator at work on purpose. After all, every little bit helps.

What I am trying to say is, one should never regret a workout. If you don't have time to do the full thing one day, do something. Get moving. A workout is a workout, and even if it is a brief one, or simply taking the stairs instead of an elevator, your body will thank you. And if you missed one day for any reason, get back on track tomorrow.

Believe me, it pays off.

(And you can bet that I was back at the gym this morning, working my butt out and sweating like the best.)

And speaking of workouts, dominyk has started a Google group called Pennsic Bootcamp. It is really good. And although it is originally aimed at rapier fighters, it is very good for anyone as it is the kind of thing that requires no more equipment than a pair of dumbells and a mat. For those folks who are just starting, it allows you go grow into it and work yourself up to that level. For those who are experienced, it is still quite challenging, but it allows you to spice it up if you so wish. I am currently having a blast with it while occasionally cursing Dom's name, which is also a lot of fun.

I have asked him if he would mind for me to mention it here, as I know that some of my readers are into getting in shape and might be interested into looking at it. Check it out as this may be something you may be interested in doing, whether you are a fighter or not.

It's verra nice.

And now, I shall return to my latest project at work, which promises to keep me entertained for a while.

More later.



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Jul. 10th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
What an awesomely inspirational story! Thanks for sharing. I really needed to hear this today.

So tell me, when you started off your fitness program, how did you do it? Did you start with something and then go to the gym when you'd built up stamina? Or did you start at the gym with a personal trainer who made a program for you?

In other words, how did you know where to start and how to progress? I'm walking a lot right now and a gym membership is a bit out of my league at the moment. But I feel like I'm not doing enough. And then I'm worried about my joints if I push too hard too soon.
Jul. 10th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Go to the bootcamp site and try one of the workouts. Read about interval training and look at what people have said. You should be able to get something to help you. If you want more help I would be glad to talk with you.
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Well, when I started I had no clue of what I was doing. I did get a membership to a gym (not the same one I have right now), and tried the machines and the classes as best I could.

I did see some results right away, but I still was clueless. Later on, I decided to try the Body for Life program, which by the way you can do at home with very basic equipment (dumbells and a bench). That's what really got me started and when I started to get a clue. I started to see real gains, and this prompted me to do more research.

I have had some personal trainers along the way, from which I learned a lot, but I believe that you don't need a personal trainer to get you going. Neither do you need a gym. To be honest, some of the best and toughest exercises out there require no equipment at all. There is no substitute for a correctly done pushup, for example, and all you need is yourself and the floor. :-)

I would suggest for you to sign up with Dom's Boot Camp, and look at the exercises. If you have any questions, post them or drop me a line. They may look very tough, but they are doable and, in the beginning, you are shooting for doing whatever you can correctly. For instance, if you are supposed to do 10 pushups and you can only do 2, it's okay. Next time, you will do 3 or 4 and so on.

Another couple of good sites to look at are Body for Life, and the exercise section of Bodybuilding.com. Both feature videos on how to perform some of these exercises correctly, particularly Body for Life.

And remember, you don't need to do this perfectly. What you want is to do it consistenly. If you ever miss a workout, don't worry too much about it and make sure that you don't miss the next. You are not alone in this. :-)
Jul. 10th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I just got back from my lunch jog and it was good to read something like this.

I might join up the group if Domynik will have me, but I guess I need a gmail address?
Jul. 10th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
nope, you can use whatever email address you would like. Just go to the page and request membership.
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Any time! And join the Boot Camp madness with Dominyk. We will be looking forward to hearing from you! :-D
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Thanks for the link & inspiration :-) I'm feeling a bit sluggy of late ... this may be just the thing for me :-)
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Happy to spread the fitness madness!

Jul. 10th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)

Perhaps an Artisan Procession ;-) for exercise at events? All too easy to plant for a a day, when I bring string & snacks :-)

See you in Storvik, yes?
Jul. 10th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Perhaps an Artisan Procession

That would be hysterical. :-D

Yes, I'll be at Storvik. C ya there!
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