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Weight Loss After Health Problem

Sunday, January 10th, 2010
Fat Man Chiseled In Stone

Fat Is Not Chiseled In Stone

Jack is an 18 wheel flatbed truck driver in Chicago. He works out 4 times per week at my gymn – an hour walking on the treadmill and and then a half hour of weights. He is a tough-talking bald male with a large skull tattoo on his left forearm. He has a very muscular physique, yet now, very rounded. I caught him staring into a vending machine of three and a half dollar weight loss and fitness drinks. I asked him if those drinks work for him. He said, “hell no,” “if I am going to lose weight, I need to do the work myself. The water fountain is free.”

Jack continued to tell me trucker horror stories and how he makes money free-lancing by washing commercial store fronts and tractor trailer rigs. He is a very proud guy that is full of great advice for covering your ass in traffic accidents. He ran into health problems that kept him on his back for several weeks and he gained back all the weight that he had worked so hard to keep off. Looking at his muscular calfs, I see all the evidence of a guy that quite literally “walks his talk.”

At this point, perhaps you are asking yourself “what would happen to me if I became disabled or just old?” This is something that I have had to deal with also. In the last two years, I have carried about 25 extra pounds for no apparent reason. And this is precisely the reason why I write this blog…….I have been an avid fitness guy- I ran 4 miles and lifted weights 4 to 5 times per week. To me, this fitness program is more than sufficient to look and feel great. It has worked for me for the last 30 years. Unfortunately, this program stopped being effective. Additionally, I had arthroscopic surgery on my left knee this past autumn. The fitness program (and my life’s program in general) that I can resume now is completely different.

My weight is starting to come off one pound at a time for several reasons – my attitude and emotions, eating what I want (including the beer I like), and doing the type of exercise that I enjoy. I would like to tell you more about this.

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