Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Getting Back At It

Tomorrow I return to the gym and to the trainer who has proven he can make me throw up.

I spent some of the fall making a half-assed effort at working out and trying to get my 36-year-old body back to its 17-year-old glory (they say you should set realistic goals). Then I traveled out of the country for a couple of weeks, and had one excuse after another for falling off the workout wagon.

Back in my glory days, I was a slim 6’1”, played three varsity sports, and had legs that were so skinny even the football coach was afraid they might snap off.

I was also 50, yes 50 pounds lighter. I slipped so easily into 32 inch wastebands, I think I had cheekbones, my butt stopped the ladies in their tracks (ok, that part I always imagined)

Now, well, it’s a different story. I don’t have a stomach that hangs out. I’m just big. All around big.

And part of my unhappiness is that my mental image of myself is still that of a strapping young teen, so mirrors and photos of 36-year-old John make me very unhappy.

In the past I have tried and failed at operation slimdown.

Perhaps, because I’m going a little more public with it now, I might have more motivation to stick with it.

As if an ass that stops the ladies dead in their track isn’t enough.

Wish me luck.


Lisa said...

You can do it! It's hard, I know. But you absolutely can. And then you will have to post a picture of your ass, you know.

John said...

thanks... when my ass is ready, you can have a look.

Melissavina said...

Good luck! I think my ass stops people in their tracks, but for all the wrong reasons.

You can do it!

Lisa said...

Hmm. Perhaps you should post a pic now so we have a "before" idea.

John said...

there is a picture. i'm a sleek leopard! it just takes bigger branches to hold me.