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Project 250: How Bill Got His Groove Back

Jul 08, 2016 05:27PM ● By Bill Gilman
Just call me Tooter Turtle.
At the risk of dating myself (which is how I spent most of high school), one of my favorite cartoons as a kid was Tooter Turtle. He was the little guy that dreamed big and always wanted to live a glamorous life. But, being a mild-mannered reptile, his options were limited.
Enter Mr. Wizard.
When you have big dreams, it helps to have a magical pal to help them come true. So whenever Tooter got it into his head that he wanted to be a fighter pilot or football star or astronaut or medieval knight, he would beg and plead with Mr. Wizard, who made his dream come true.
Of course, it wasn't long before Tooter realized that he was in over his head and needed rescuing. He would shout for Mr. Wizard to bring him back, which he always did.
And each episode would end with Mr. Wizard providing the sage wisdom -- Be what you is, not what you is not. Those who do this have a happier lot.
So what does a turtle and a magical salamander have to do with my ongoing quest for better health and fitness?
I'm glad to asked.
No, one of you asked. I heard you. I think it was that lady out on Rogers Street. You know who you are.
The point is, for Tooter to be truly happy, he needed learn to be comfortable in his own shell. He had to embrace being a turtle and work to be the best turtle he could be.
That's me.
I was finding myself trying to emulate other people in my fitness journey. And while it's fine to pick up tips and advice from people along the way, at the end of the day you have to be yourself to the max!
Cardio has been a real chore for me. I've done it but I've been aware that I haven't been maximizing my performance. The energy just wasn't there. It wasn't a power-packed means to an end, it was a grind -- a chore.
It wasn't always this way, when I was in my 20s I used to look forward to cardio and the accompanying endorphin rush.
So what was different, other than being 25 years older with significantly less of what was once a truly gorgeous head of hair?
The answer came last week, when I finally remembered by old workout jam -- a mix tape I'd made that was just the right length for a kick but cardio session.
The old cassette tape (ask your parents, kids) was long gone, of course. But thanks to the Internet, the songs will be alive and well forever.
So, without further ado, let the 80s was over you with Bill Gilman's cardio workout jam:

"Ironman" by Black Sabbath
"Gonna Fly Now" by Bill Conti
"Rock and Roll is King" by ELO
"Holding Out For a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler
"Overture - Rocky II" By Bill Conti

Don't judge.
Oh, go ahead and judge. Who am I to deny you one of life's simple pleasures?
Of course, those who know me well, know that in many ways I'm not the man I was 25 years ago. I'm a new creation in Jesus Christ.
So, as jazzed as my cardio workout jam still gets me, it's not the only music that can get the blood flowing. So, I' also put together the following Southern Gospel cardio workout jam:

"Through The Fire" by Jason Crabb
"I'm Just Waitin' For My Ride" by The Hoppers
"Shoutin' Time In Heaven" by The Hoppers
"This Old House" by The Cathedrals
"The Sweetest Song I Know" 
"Let The Redeemed Say So" by The Hoppers
"The Old Country Church"
"That's What The Blood is For" by Jason Crabb

So that's me. I'm a 1980's Child Of The Great I Am.
A Christian Dork, if you will.
And that's ok.
I like to think that In the ways that count, I'm more of a man than I used to be.
But in terms of my health, I'm much less of a man than I used to be.
Back in August 2015, I weighed 426 pounds. This week, I officially weighed in at 301 pounds. Still 51 pounds to go but with the help of my family and my doctors and trainer Kait Taylor and the great folks at Tewksbury Sports Club, I'm going to make it!

As you know, Project 250 is a fundraiser for the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry. You can help the food pantry by clicking here and making a pledge for every pound I lose, starting with the date of my surgery (388 pounds on Jan. 14) through Oct. 1, up to a maximum of 120 pounds.
In other words, by pledging 50 cents a pound, you will be pledging $60 if I hit my 120-pound goal! The money raised helps provide nutritious food for more than 200 needy families right here in Tewksbury. 

As of July 1, a total of $10.15 per pound has been pledged. But I know we can do a lot better.
Please pledge today! My loss is their gain!!

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