Today I walked up a massive hill a half a mile to catch a bus from West New York, New Jersey, to my comedy club in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. From Port Authority, instead of taking subway two stops uptown, I walked another 14 blocks, about 3/4 of a mile. I’ll go home the same way, adding up to over two miles.
This is the second weekend doing this both Saturday and Sunday. Both weekends started and ended with a decent meal at home with a couple protein bars and lots of water keeping me going at the club between classes and shows.
Until this summer I bragged that I could walk down the hill to catch the light rail at one station to go to work. Coming home I could get off the train at the top of the hill and walk down.
Of course too often I called my wife to pick me up, or worse, drive in, spending $40+ on gas, tolls and parking.
Eating healthy may sound expensive but losing weight allows you to save a lot of cash in other ways.
How can you get more steps in you day?
I am not a traditional lover of gyms. I am slowly getting the addiction, as workouts get easier and results are obvious.
But I look for ways every day to avoid going by getting in steps other ways.
Parking farther away than necesaary at the store, gym, work.
Getting off the subway a stop or two early, adding a kilometer or more each way.
Taking the steps, skipping the elevator.
Doing core tightening of the stomach while driving etc.
Skip the coffee shop, go for a walk. The oxygen and blood flow is much more effective than caffiene, anyway.
June 30, 2019 I went to the emergency room. That morning at a North Bergen urgent care I was diagnosed with cellulitis, showing as a 3″ red band wrapping around my lower calf and shin.
The doctor sent me home with antibiotics after he drew a line. “If the redness grows past this line go to the emergency room.”
I went home, took a nap, and woke up four hours later with intense chills and the rash double in size. Off to the emergency room!
After a relatively brief check it was determined to admit me for a round of IV drugs and observation. Three days later I turned 47 and was let out of prison, I mean, the hospital.
In many ways, eating hospital “food” alone was a launching pad. It also helped that the doctors all scared me with talk of diabetes.
The doctors explained that my obesity, namely the diabetes, was allowing infections to take more easily. Swimming in dirty water (a NJ beach that was closed the next day for high bacterial levels) may not have been such a big deal otherwise.
My first goal, never going back to the hospital, EVER!!!
I determined the best way to achieve that was diet and exercise.
I did not weight myself before going into the hospital. The highest point I ever weighed in was 383+ at weight watchers, about two years ago. This week I was 313. So, I can only claim 70 pounds scientifically. I am convinced I was closer to 400, simply comparing photos and how I felt.
Over the next few blog posts I want to lay out how I did it and how I plan to move forward. I will track my progress.
I want to share my story to inspire others to do what I thought I could never do. While semi going it alone this time, I have 47 years of stories and support from friends, family, and fellow weight lose hopefuls at WW meetings etc.
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