Has anyone ever heard of the phrase, "practice what you preach"? I have, and it is ringing loud and clear in my ears.
About a week and a half ago, I went to a community luncheon. One particular gentleman, who is an acquaintance, greeted me warmly at this function. A short time into our conversation, he made quite a few pleasant comments regarding my column. Until ... he made a particular comment which made a very impressionable impact.
OK! Now that I've got your attention - you want to know what he said. He said, "Let's just see some progress on your weight loss journey, now." I thought for a moment with my mouth agape in supposed shock; and then came along some feelings/emotions ... mostly just being offended and pissed off (to put it mildly).
You know what? The truth hurts. He was absolutely right ... much to my chagrin. Instead of having a medusa-like reaction with all my snakes reeling all over the place, I chose to embrace what he said. Yes, I do make excuses - in fact a lot of them. I don't think that these excuses are malicious in nature; rather a coping mechanism to deal with all my malfunctions and idiosyncrasy (s).
I had to calculate what to do after I had this major epiphany. I must take action to benefit myself and to inspire others who deal with similar circumstances. I decided to start off slow by taking a water aerobics class. It would be great for my arthritis and it provides an excellent opportunity to meet people. It works out to be a wonderful networking program for people with similar difficulties or issues to come together for a common goal.
So, here it goes ... your mission should you choose to accept it. The place ... Ewing School's indoor heated pool. The days ... Tuesdays and Thursdays. The time ... 4:30 or 5:30 for an hour. (I think there is another time but I'm not sure - I'll find out|) The price ... $2 per session. I've only been going to this facility for a short while but I have three words to describe how I feel ... "I love it."
Here is some more information to gain more insight regarding this enjoyable activity. There is a ramp to get into the pool which is a nice perk. The facilitator starts the session with upper body movements/stretching. After that section is completed, we have an "intermission" for about ten minutes where we can do whatever we wish in the water. Some people water walk, others play volleyball, I found that I enjoy treading water in the deep end to burn those stubborn extra calories. Part two commences after the ten minute break which entails lower body movements. Everyone is encouraged to do only what they feel comfortable regarding speed and the type of stretching or movement. The final activity of the session is tossing around an inflatable ball to try to "keep it in the air as long as possible" while continuously moving. It is fun to get back in the exercise "saddle" again. I do hate, however, changing out of a wet bathing suit.
I think I was/am afraid of exercising mostly due laziness and pain. I have that consultation soon regarding the radio-frequency ablation that I mentioned awhile ago for my back. I found out that they "burn" the nerves in the back to decrease pain. In that case, while they are burning those nerves in my back, maybe we can all have some "s'mores."
I do know that there are plenty of exercise programs and facilities, which are wonderful opportunities in our community, too. I know that the Betsey Mills Club has a wonderful heated pool and a gym (for rental, I think). The YMCA has a large pool, a gym, fitness center and all sorts of wonderful programs.
I really do want to achieve my goal. I am grateful for that critical comment that was made to me a week and a half earlier. It is time once again to practice what I preach.
I even started walking more, while volunteering at the hospital, to deliver the get-well cards myself; rather than have others do it. I'm rather proud of myself for that. Finally, I look forward to the day when I don't have to shop in the "Acme Tent and Canopy Company" for my clothes. Ha-Ha. Just kidding. Until next time ...
Casi Stewart can be reached at email@example.com. A Weighty Issue appears every other Monday on the Life page.