Well, here I am…

Hi and welcome to all that may or may not read this.  This blog is really meant for ME, I find that I need to express myself in some way, writing is cathartic for me and I do enjoy re-reading my posts from time to time to recall how I felt.

Several months back I decided that I have had it with being FAT, there was a time I was cycling 300-400 miles per week, went to France every summer for Le Tour de France, went to the World Championships, rode centuries, rode Boston to New York Aids Ride several times, and sundry other things.  Since I got married all of that stopped and I became sedentary and my health went to hell.  I HAD high blood pressure, I am a Type II Diabetic, and all the other good stuff that goes with these terrible diseases!

Anyway, I digress, I joined Equinox on the urging of my friends Michael and Eileen, I was hung up on pricing and was a little hesitant to spend that much on a gym!  Anyway, I bit the bullet and did it, I haven’t looked back since.  I started going with my Friend Michael, he is a bulldog when it comes to working out, very intense and committed–no wonder he looks great.  But anyway, at first we would go Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Mostly cable work with weights, I was curious to see how things would go because I have never done any type of weight training, so even I was curious to see what would happen.  This was the middle of March and I was weighing 277 lbs.

I went on the days I was supposed to with Michael and it was ok, there were still days when I didn’t want to go but he would shame me into going and I would go and in the end I really would feel better–how about that?  About two weeks after we started Michael told me about this ‘boot camp’ kind of program that Equinox was doing for the first time, I thought this would be a great way to give me a jump start into my quest for a fitter life.  I am copying the post I made in my Equinox group as I pretty much summed up everything:

Ok, so I just got home, ETC is a commitment, but when you live 2 hours away it really is a commitment! This will be long so I apologize in advance but you guys seem to like my minutiae.

Back in March I was skiing in Breck with Michael Jeavons and my friend Eileen, I had an epiphany that I was tired of being fat and out of shape. The implored me to join Equinox as they have before, I was hung up on pricing, I had a great deal at NYH&RC, but I hadn’t been there in about TWO YEARS!

We got back and I bit the bullet, cancelled my NYH&RC membership and joined Equinox. Michael was a taskmaster, made me go three times a week and we did weight training, which I had never done before. I hated it, but saw it as a necessary evil.

He told me about ETC, and said I should sign up; unfortunately the registration had already been closed and I begged and pleaded and harassed Lashaun and Michelle for a spot, unfortunately it was too late. Alas Michael said screw them ‘we’re going to break you in, just go to the class they can’t stop you!’ Luckily the day before class started I got an email from Michelle telling me I was the last one they let into the class, I thanked her profusely and was happy I think.

We started ETC, and man was it tough. I had to take the ribbing from Michael about my ‘bitch push-ups’ for a while, then finally on week 3 he said you have to stop doing them if you ever want to get better. So I did, haven’t been on my knees since doing push-ups.

The 2nd and 3rd weeks hit, and my knee would swell up like a baseball after class. I was popping this new drug that I never used–ADVIL like it was candy. I broke down and went to my doctor and she basically said (I am paraphrasing) ‘look you’re fat, and you’re jumping around and your body is trying to get used to it, there’s really nothing wrong with you, but I will give you 400mg Ibuprofen.’ (Que the singers–hurray–great success!)

I was fine, I felt myself getting stronger, I was in the gym 6 days a week and I started to not mind it so much, as I was seeing the difference and I felt different. Maybe this gym thing wasn’t so bad after all. Now I know just because one goes to the gym 6 days a week doesn’t necessarily mean you will get results and quite frankly you’ll burn out, but it was something I felt I needed to do, so I did.

Week 4 I did blood work, as I have to do every 3 months as I am a diabetic. My blood work came back the best they have ever been many things have been remedied, the doc wants to see it replicated several more time before she actually calls it, I won’t go into the detail as I have posted this before.

Week 5-8 just felt good, kept getting stronger. I didn’t mind going to the gym as much anymore and I actually look forward to it. Yesterday I upgraded my membership to Destination Access, so now I can go to any club in the country!

I will miss the support from all the fellow ETC’ers, I think it was a brilliant move to have all of us commit for the entirety of the class. I am hoping to see all of you at classes, just let me know and I’ll be there. I am grateful for all the friends I have met and especially one special friend, but that’s another story for another time!

So here I am feeling slightly melancholy because ETC is over and I will miss the MWF Rock crew. I made a lot of friends and what can one say about the instructors–the BEST. Now that I can go to any club I will stalk Gregg Cook, Marcus Jackson, Shaun R Jenkins,Caitlin McGowan,Dominic Manfredi,Danielle Hopkins and maybe even Yuval David and go to their classes and build on what they and the rest of the ETC crew has helped me build.

Thank you all for all of your support and I look forward to seeing you all in a class or anywhere else. Don’t forget we are doing the www.civilianmilitarycombine.com in September, join the team!


That pretty much summed up my experience for ETC.  I continue to work on improving myself and will post here my thoughts and feelings on a lot of the classes and activities I get involved in.

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