I Lift Things Up And Put Them Down

An artist’s conception of the author.

Two weeks ago I posted about the battles with cellulitis and my weight loss from walking/jogging. I dropped twenty-five pounds since January – most of it coming in the past few months – but it hasn’t been enough for me. Kyle needed to get in shape for lacrosse, so he joined Planet Fitness, which is right around the corner. Erik joined him, because teens can sign up for free in the summer. After a few days’ thought, I decided a gym membership was for me.


It’s been two weeks, and I haven’t missed a day. (Yes, I know chances are I’ll stop going, but honestly, I love it there.) I use one day for weight training, and one day for cardio. Today I hit the elliptical for a half hour, did about fifteen minutes on the treadmill, and walked to and from the gym.

Weight training is – obviously – more difficult. I went overboard the first day, so everything hurt for the next couple days. Other than that, I think I’m doing well. The lifting is getting easier, the cardio is a (sweaty) breeze, and I’d like to think I’m getting a little more solid.

I don’t want to get huge, rippling muscles; I just don’t want man boobs or a saggy, disgusting stomach. I’m currently sitting at 187 pounds, which is nice, but I’d really like to be closer to 180. That said, I look better than I have in a while and I certainly feel better.

Hopefully I’ll keep up this pace. When we go on vacation in two weeks, I’ll stay in shape by jogging on the beach/boardwalk.

UPDATE: My scale is the most cherished possession in my house. It read 185 this morning!!!

5 thoughts on “I Lift Things Up And Put Them Down

  1. I think I’ve said it before, but… take up scuba diving, even the “recreational” type. You burn a thousand calories per hour diving.

    Take up tech diving like I did in 1999, and burn even more. Weight lifting? My tanks (typically twin 80’s on my back and one under each arm), reels (two), lift bag (or two), bottom timers (two), cutting devices, a large dive light and battery, and one backup dive light… all this weighed as much as I did (145 pounds). The good thing is that all that gear is “weightless” while diving. Bad thing is, it seems to weigh more getting back on the boat. But it was worth going on a hundred meter deco dive for a couple of hours and seeing some awesome critters inside shipwrecks.


  2. TXNick – Well, ever since my parents let me saw Jaws when I was a child, I’m not a fan of the ocean. I’m good until my feet can’t touch the bottom. Then it’s panic time.

    MelP – You don’t go in the Delaware or Schuylkill Rivers within the city limits. Disgusting waterways. Not even to wet your feet.


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