This blog is a place for me to log my progress on my road back to fitness. It’s also a repository of all the information I come across on my journey. Your feedback is most welcome as are your reviews. Post, tweet, email me your feedback and click here to officially review this blog.
And now a little about me…
I used to be an athlete. Not a professional athlete but a better athlete than most. I learned to ski and swim at age 3 and joined the local swim team for several years. I took ballet lessons from the age of 6 through 13. At 14 I was a cheerleader. At 15 I became the first person on my high school’s ski team to earn a varsity letter as a underclassman. I rode my bicycle for fun. And waterskied, sailed, and kayaked.
After college I moved to a mountain town where I skied more than 100 days a year for several years. I rock climbed, hiked, mountain biked and kayaked. A lot. For many, many years. I competed in a sprint distance triathlon at age 28. I continued this active lifestyle through my mid-thirties.
Then, at 37 I switched careers and moved half way across the country. Suddenly I found myself as a high school teacher in Brooklyn, NY. I walked. A lot. I climbed stairs. Plenty of them. I rode a beat up old bicycle to get around my neighborhood. But that was about it. Gradually, overwhelmed with work and graduate school, I became less active. Eventually I joined a gym but realized I was so out of shape I didn’t know how to work out for my fitness level. I hired a personal trainer for a few sessions. I couldn’t afford it so I stopped.
A year later I decided to do one of my old yoga DVD’s. I didn’t last 5 minutes. A few days later I injured my back. It was time to admit I was getting older and I needed to get serious about getting in shape. The problem? Where to start. I wasn’t overweight but I had little strength and little endurance. Formerly one of the most fit people I knew, I was too intimidated to go to the gym. It was hard not to compare where I was at to my former self and my ego took it hard. But I knew something had to change. I got humble. I admitted I was at a beginner level for any workout. Then I got started.
This blog is a place where I can track my progress, list resources and perhaps serve as a source of inspiration and information for other formerly fit people who are having a hard time finding their way back to fitness.
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