Re-check, Change

After counting calories for a couple of months and not making any progress in reducing the fats around my belly, I figured it was time I kicked my ass into gear.

People do anything if they’re desperate enough. I’m at the point where my metabolism isn’t what it used to be and simply counting calories wasn’t enough. I had to do something drastic that wasn’t getting hooked on meth, so I did the next best thing.

I signed up for the gym, and as of now, I’ve been going to the gym regularly for a month. I know it’s not much, but it’s better than nothing. I’m officially on the path to becoming swole. Not really, but also really.

A trip down memory lane you didn’t need

You see, for most of my life, I had been able to get away with not being fat. Sure, I wasn’t as skinny as I was during my college days, but I was never at the point where I could be made fun of either. I was middling. Neither here nor there. But I was also putting on the grams over the years.

It took me 37 years but I’m now an Anytime Fitness member. A club I never thought I’d ever be part of in. Just like clubbing, and smoking, if you told me many years ago that I’d be a gym bro, I’d laugh in your face. Life is unpredictable sometimes. No, all the time. You never know what comes next.

Also, my company’s fitness benefits helped push me to take the first step. What excuse did I have to not make use of work’s perks? That’s right. If you’re looking for a career in an awesome company, we’re hiring (this is not a sponsored post).

On a side note, why do people talk about their full age range, as if they had a choice of what they could do from age 1-18? It’s hyperbolic to say I took 37 years to sign up for the gym when really, it would be at most 19 years. No regular 18-year-old kid would have been able to join a fitness center.

They wouldn’t have the money or the intention to. At that age, being active and playing team sports would have been enough. They wouldn’t have been able to afford a membership since they wouldn’t be working, and if they were working they wouldn’t spend that meager salary to work out either.

I feel like gymming is an older person thing. When you don’t have all the time in the world and can only commit an hour a day to getting in shape, that’s when you need it.

And it’s been 19 years since I turned 18, holy shit.

Maintaining a workout routine has been surprisingly easy. I thought I would struggle with but I guess I want to get in shape more than I want to buy new pants. Even though it’s probably cheaper to get new pants than to maintain a gym membership.

While I’m sure it’s beneficial to my health, it’d be hypocritical of me to speak on that topic considering how I partake in unhealthy activities. Let’s just say they cancel each other out and I’m gymming out of vanity.

Speaking of smoking, I have reduced the number of cigarettes I consume a day since it affects my stamina and endurance. I don’t smoke before a gym session, so I’ve been able to make a pack last four days instead of three.

I doubt I’ll quit smoking – I still find it enjoyable. It’s also great for socializing with people I wouldn’t have normally spoken to. So many friendships have been born over cigarettes.

A month in and I’m still weaksauce. I still have a lot of catching up to do. Just like how we don’t get fat overnight, the same can be said for the opposite. No idea if I’ll continue blogging about my fitness journey, but this marks my first official fitness-related post.

Something-something accountability by putting yourself out there. Listen to the new Hot Mulligan track if you haven’t already. It’s a banger.

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