Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Wagon

First, Carrie convinced me to go to the gym with her. Now, it's healthy food. Is there no end to this madness???

I just had a birthday, so I'm a little extra sensitive to topics related to mortality. So here I am at 44 years old: overweight, middle-aged, in a high-stress job, with a cholesterol level hovering around 270-ish.

That's the bad news.

The good news is that I can actually change some of those things. I suspect I'm going to stay middle-aged, so that one is off the table. But Carrie and I have been lifting weights and running on the elliptical trainer, so if I can manage to not have a heart attack in the next few weeks, I'm bound to be better off. I know how to work out...I used to do it for a living when I was in the fire business. And Carrie is very motivational (that's a much better word than "bossy"). So I'm 12 stepping my way to better cardiovascular health. I'm on the wagon.

"Just for today..."

I donated blood today and swapped stories with the guy running the blood drive. He's 48, and we were talking about the challenges of getting back into the gym in your 40s. We're busy. We're stuck in a routine. We're not out looking to score why bother?

Because we want to live long enough to retire with the hot chicks we've got?

So I lifted the weights, ran on the machine to nowhere, and ate the vegan casserole today...just for today. Tomorrow is a new day. We'll see what it brings.


Anonymous said...

G'luck to ya! I'm actually to that sick, twisted place where I LIKE to work out, and feel sort of hazy and guilty when I don't. Plus, my legs look awesome with all the muscles nicely displayed! :-) Robin

Suzanne said...

Good for you! Although the bad news is that you are not stuck with middle-age for the long term, but working out will definitely help with the next phase. :)

Kwach said...

The vegan casserole is delicious.

If you have to eat healthy food, try to get it prepared for you by your very own personal trained culinary institute chef. I'm reaping the benefits of the leftovers ... and the hot chick who will now live to a ripe old age with me.


Anonymous said...

Haha, Carrie could convince a cripple that they're just being lazy.