Turning 46: Time to lose the weight and get in shape

I’m fewer than two weeks from my 46th birthday. Every year around this time, I start to get a little bit edgy. This year is no exception. I’ve come to the realization that I’m in the prime of what most people consider middle age. I’m not really happy about that. As a matter of fact, I hate it!

This year, I’ve decided to do something about it. I need to get in better shape. I’m at least 30 to 40 pounds over my “ideal” weight. This year, I did not make another New Year’s resolution to try to lose the extra pounds. That has never worked in the past. So instead, I made the resolution last Saturday.

After deciding it was time to get serious about my middle-age spread, I promptly drove to a local sporting goods store, and purchased an expensive treadmill. My first workout didn’t come on the treadmill, it came when a close friend of mine and I had to wrestle the monster up a flight of stairs in my home. Once we got it where I wanted it, we were both huffing and puffing.

I then spent the next two hours in the middle of another “workout.” This one was more mental than physical. I had to figure out how to put the beast together. After installing the last bolt and arch washer in the right-hand side support bracket, I could finally turn it on and start my new exercise program. I’m happy to report I did manage to go an hour at a rate of 3.25 mph with varying degrees of incline (A feature my salesman assured me was worth the extra bucks.)

My goal is to continue to use it daily, and not let it turn into an expensive clothes rack. Right now, I’m very motivated. In fewer than 14 days, I have to renew my driver’s license. This year, it would be nice to actually be the weight I plan on telling them.

Just so every one knows and to help keep me honest, I started this mid-life crisis at 258 pounds. I plan on telling the driver’s license bureau I weigh 250. By opening day of baseball season, my goal is to be at 235. I’ll do an assessment then and report back to you.

Wish me luck!

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

From the Jan. 17-23, 2007, issue

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