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Oct. 15th, 2003

I hang my head in shame and frustration. Yesterday, finally, for the first time in my life, I *really* wanted to change my life for the better. Not some half-hearted attempt to take the stairs in stead of the elevator. No, I really felt 'Today is the first day of the rest of my life'. I've already found a fitness and healthcenter where I can work out with professional supervision (I need that), and yesterday I went to a sports-shop to buy myself training-pants and some nifty new-technology-no-sweat-no-stick shirt to go along with it. To top it off I also went to a tanning-studio, made plans to go there every week and even took my first 20 minutes of artificial sunshine right there on the spot.

So.... I got the fitness-center, I got the outfit, I got the motivation (most important), I got the sunshine.

This morning I got up, showered and decided to take the bike to work instead of the car (even more yay for me). And that's where things went wrong. I skipped my breakfast (no yay) and got punished for it when I had to stop and wait at a traffic light. I went dizzy, saw stars and was short of breath for the better part of 3 minutes. At first, I got really scared. Then the dizziness went away and I resumed my way very, VERY slowly. Now I'm finally at my desk, head red like I just got back from hell, heart still thumping in my chest.

My body's sending me a warning. I just don't know how to read it. Either it's a) You have no condition, nor will you ever have one. Give up already. Or b) Whoah there, cowboy... You can't ride the wild bronco on day one. Nice and easy is the way to go.

I know the right answer is b, and that a is the easy way out. Still.... sometimes I wish I could take the path of the least resistance.

I will go through with this. Monday I can pick up my sportsgear (needed some adjustments) and monday night I'll get my fit-test at the studio. State of the Union, but then for my body. State of the Body, heh.


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Oct. 15th, 2003 05:28 pm (UTC)
Hi Rob,
Just a quick note here. About the tanning studio... tans are great, but since I care about you I feel compelled to let you know that (in case you weren't aware), studies have found that use of tanning beds leads to increased risk of skin cancer. Actually, in some they saud that 15 minutes of exposure to the actual sun is less harmful than 15 minutes in a tanning bed. Just something to consider.
As for the dizzy spell... you're right, the answer is "b". Skipping breakfast was the likely culprit. Even a glass of real fruit juice and a piece of fruit would be better than nothing, because the fruit will have carbs to give you energy, and sugars won't hurt. But of course, you need to work your fitness level up gradually in order to be healthy while you do it (and also to have results that last once you've reached your goal). You can do it though, I know you can. :-)

Oct. 16th, 2003 01:56 am (UTC)
Always the optimist, eh G? ;)

As far as the tanningbed is concerned. I tried it and this thing is hi-tech. It doesn't just switch on and *boom* you go purple, but it slowly increases its intensity and only reaches its full power after 10 minutes or so. And still, I'm only using the 'beginners' bed, I won't go near that turbo one, cos I'm convinced that thing WILL give you cancer. Or fry you crispy.
Oct. 17th, 2003 01:15 pm (UTC)
lol, fry you crispy... like a piece of chicken? :)
Something I've wanted to try for a long time is those "tanning booths" where you go in and are sprayed by something that gives you a more or less instant tan, and the results are supposed to last for about a month or so. I have yet to locate one in Canada, although they're somewhat common in the US from what I hear. Have these things (dunno what they're called) hit Europe yet?

Enjoy your weekend :)
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