I Truly Thought I’d Taken My Last Breath On This Earth
As youthful as I feel, and as good overall health and condition as I’m in — especially (sadly) compared to most of my peers, I notice signs of myself getting older.
For instance, I don’t “feel” as bald as I am, and I don’t “see” it when I look in the mirror, but I sure see it in photos.
And it’s a lot more difficult now to take off weight. Even an extra 5 pounds takes longer to shed than back in the old days. Not that I need to lose much, but I need to lose some, for sure.
And mostly, there are my knees. They are so riddled with arthritis it’s not even funny anymore. When I was 30, two different sets of doctors told me that I had the knees of a 70-year old. Now I’m 43, and if the numbers just go up one-for-one at this point, I can tell you being 83 isn’t fun.
The biggest problem I have is that I can’t seem to do any more cardio work on the treadmill — and to some extent — even the elliptical machine, without excruciating pain in my knees, either directly after I exercise, or later on that evening when I’m trying to fall asleep.
Now I’m not really sure why I never thought of this before, but I know everything has a reason so it simply wasn’t meant to be at the time, but the other day I suddenly thought about taking a
Spinning Class to satisfy my cardio needs.
I figured it would be easy and low-impact on my knees… and since I haven’t seen anyone EVER leave a spin class less than soaking wet with sweat, I figured the caloric burn would be just what I needed to melt these last few pounds away.
So I took my first class yesterday and maybe it wasn’t such a good idea, because…
About 45 minutes into the deal, I literally felt like… I was going… to die!
My lungs felt like they were going to burst! Time slowed down to a crawl! Minutes felt like HOURS, and I simply couldn’t do anything about it!
Well, I could of course, but I wasn’t about to get off that bike with all those other people in the room with me.
So, like the big bad wolf, I kept huffing and puffing; only this time… instead of blowing the house down, I just managed to stay alive.
When we were finished, I sucked in enough air to fill up the Goodyear Blimp flying over a football stadium at half-time, and I was dripping wet as if I’d just gotten out of the shower.
I did have a very annoying pain right below my family jewels, but I think that’s just because I’m not used to sitting in a seat like that for so long. But… my knees felt great and I felt like I’d lost some weight already.
This exercise may wind up being the greatest thing since sliced bread. Sure it’s a little bit of a push to deal with the pop music they play, as opposed to what I’m normally listening to, but… if I keep this up, there’s no WAY I can’t burn off the extra pounds I’m trying to shed, and what’s even more important, is that my knees will stay intact.
I’ll keep you posted, one way or another, for sure.
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