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Project 250: Sandals, Peanut Butter And Muscles I Never Knew I Had

Sep 06, 2015 07:57AM ● By Bill Gilman
(Editor's Note: This is the latest in a series of columns by Editor Bill Gilman, chronicling his journey to better health, involving gastric bypass surgery and significant weight loss. He is attempting to go from 426 pounds to 250.)

As a newbie to this whole fitness and workout thing, I haven't developed a "system" for getting ready to go to the gym. I just kind of pack everything up and go.
Which works.
Unless it doesn't.
Heading out from my home in Fitchburg, I had everything packed up in my gym bag that I would need for my workout with Kait Taylor.
Arriving in the parking lot at Tewksbury Sports Club about 30 minutes early, I started to get out of the car when I looked down and a wave of dread washed over me.
I was wearing sandals. And that might have been ok, had I remembered to pack my sneakers in my gym bag.
Oh, everything else was there -- clean clothes, towel, shampoo, soap, deodorant -- just not shoes to work out in.
I hopped back into the car and immediately texted Kait. I explained what had happened, apologized for being such a complete flake and told her I'd see her next time. I then drove off in shame, heading hoping to complete the rest of my work day without any further catastrophes.
But a funny thing happened on my way to a weekend getaway at Lake Self-Pity. Twenty minutes later, I received a text back from Kait.
"Bill I can still meet you at 11:30. Come back and let's get it done. Sneakers or no sneakers!!"
Seriously? OK.
So I sheepishly headed back to TSC and Kait put me through my paces. She refused to let me get discouraged or thrown off track by my shoe situation.
When we got done, I was still embarrassed but I felt great. It was definitely better to have done the workout in sandals than not done it at all.
And that was the lesson I walked away with that day. As you move steadily down the path toward a healthier lifestyle, life is going to throw some roadblocks in your way that could very easily discourage you and possibly even get you to quit.
It might be the pain that settles into your body 24-48 hours after you work out. Seriously, Kait's workouts have me aching and sore in muscles I didn't even know I had.
It might be the temptation of a favorite food. In my case, peanut butter is my late-night snack addiction of choice.
Or it might be circumstantial, like a busy schedule that seems to keep you from working out. Or an absence of sneakers when you get to the gym.
I've got a long way to go in my journey and I know I'm going to face many roadblocks and distractions along the way. Sometimes I'll stumble and that's ok. I just have to pick myself up, dust myself off and keep moving forward.
This week I weighed-in at the Center for Weight Management at 401.5 pounds. Down another couple of pounds and down 24.5 pounds overall! Next up is 400, which I will be putting in my rear view mirror for the final time.
The march toward 250 continues. 
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