Last weekend I met members of my family for the first time. While searching for my biological father I found a half sister and she directed me to an aunt and uncle she is close to. Meeting these people for the first time there was an immediate connection. I learned about them and myself over the weekend. Some of the information that was shared was the health history of my dad’s side of the family.
I was told about a serious problem with alcoholism, heart problems, and a risk of diabetes. For those that follow this blog regularly you will remember my concern about alcohol a few weeks ago, especially after my birthday. I have known for a while that I needed to make some healthy changes in my life. There was a time, not that long ago, when I worked out regularly and I was physically fit. I could look back and wonder what happened in order for me to stop that kind of behavior. I find it more important to remember what I was doing during that time of my life and go back to those habits.
Over the weekend I was shown pictures of my biological dad these days and what I saw was an image of myself in twenty years. It was not flattering and an eye opening image. The image of alcoholism, heart problems, and diabetes stared me in the face. I asked around to my friends about gym memberships and was told about Snap Fitness.
I went to the Snap Fitness on Portage road for the first time on Tuesday. I quickly learned that 1pm in the afternoon is not part of their office hours and noted the morning hours of 9am-noon. I went back this morning to find nobody inside even though it was twenty minutes after their office hours had started. I rang the doorbell three times and heard the chime inside. Nobody came to the door. I was not happy to say the least and decided not to go back since they were unprofessional and turned into a waste of time.
Leaving the parking lot I remembered the items I once bought at the store when I was healthier and went shopping. I have a gym in the basement that I rarely use these days. I stopped at Meijer and picked up protein powder. Next stop was Aldi where I bought the healthy snack foods and lean proteins that I was eating a few years ago.
One of the reasons I wanted to get a gym membership is because I quickly learned the last two years I can’t run like I used to. After a week or so of running every other day my knees started to hurt and it became a chronic pain. I was hoping to find a low impact form of cardio but I guess that’s not an option.
Once I got home from shopping, and spent less money than a gym membership, I went into the basement and did my old back workout with some bicep curls to finish. I went in the kitchen, made a protein shake and wrote a bad review on Yelp for Snap Fitness. More important than a gym membership is the determination to make a change. Gym or not I decided to be proactive and take care of the fears I have about my future.
One of the other tricks I went back to is drinking lemon juice. Sounds gross but lemon juice stimulates the gall bladder to flush fat from the body. Granted I have only tried it during a time that I was working out regularly but I did see an acceleration in fat loss during those times.
This is a part of my life I have missed and need back for more balance and a better me.
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