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Monday, December 6, 2010

When the Food Fails...

go get weights. today is my first day at the gym. suddenly, everything else is familiar. the presses, extensions, abdominal exercises, even the rancid smell of sweat and alcohol permeating its very air. perhaps because i've been doing morning walks and sun salutations, my body did not rebel against the beating it took this afternoon. rarely was i short of breath, except for the 20 repeats of stair climbs because of the humid air waiting on top of the second stairway.  the gym is unavoidable. whatever i do --- eat less rice, fruits in the afternoon, fasting after 6pm --- my weight still hovered from 148-152.  the past 4 days in manila when sharing dinner with the hubby became unavoidable, i went home sporting a 152lb-heavy frame, the initial weight since returning from perth last october.  the need for exercise no longer was a fad, a craving, it became a necessity. like a staple.   excuses no longer work as indeed. no excuse is not inexcusable once your health demands it.

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