Exercise is Good for You

“Exercise is good for you.” We’ve all heard it, but, personally, I think the first person to make that statement had a sideline selling pain meds.

I’m trying to change old habits –again–, but when I got up this morning, in addition to my normal aches and pains, my good leg started to spasm. This is not how any of us want to start our day. The cause of this latest pain was starting a light exercise routine.

Look, I know I’ll never be 24 and skinny ever again.
Me drunk and 24

But I also don’t want to be like this guy again. –Except for the cold beer and the two cuties. I was at least 70lb overweight and probably would have had a heart attack if they’d have taken me up on my suggestion. –At least I’d have died happy.
Me drunk and fat in 2009

I have a treadmill that I use as a treadmill, not a clothesline.
NordicTrack treadmill

I’m putting an effort into this change and because I’m doing it for me, and not to impress anyone, I may have a modicum of success. I even bought a stretchy jump rope looking thingie for those days when I can’t use free weights because my left shoulder is screaming.

I’ve also gone to great lengths to cut back on the amount of food I eat. Which is tough, because I tend to feed my taste buds, not my stomach. And yes, I can make top-ramen edible, but why would I want to unless my cupboards were completely bare.

So it looks like I’m heading over to Trader Joe’s in the morning to buy a bunch of frozen dinners, like Tikka Masala or Lamb Vindaloo. They start at $3.50, go up to around $5, are only about 600 calories and take 6 or 7 minutes to cook. They save money, they save time, they taste good, but they’d be much better if there was more food.

Ah well, I can always fill up with a salad…. Not effing likely.

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