Bitten by the Fitness Bug

Submitted by: Gryphon MacThoy

Me!'s Success Story

So, I figure my first success story has got to be me.

A few years ago I quit my job and went back to college. A very good friend of mine had taken various PhysEd courses at Seattle Central Community College and recommended I take any class from Kelli Murphy.

"Me? At 35 years old? In COLLEGE PE?!?"

Finally, Spring of 2012 I took the Weight Training course from Kelli. (I had by then turned 36, almost 37. Procrastination...) Her approach to creating health for myself was eye-opening. She taught me several things:
If it hurts, you're doing it wrong.
It doesn't have to be painfully difficult for it to be effective.
Exercise doesn't have to take all day.
I don't have to go to the gym every day.
I can exercise at home.
To make myself eat smarter, watch (don't judge) watch what I eat.

Well, I had a family health emergency that quarter in college and ended up auditing the entire quarter. But then, after the summer spent outside, trying to eat smarter and finding every excuse to go outside and play, I joined Kelli's Body Conditioning class at SCCC. Again, an eye opening experience. During the stretch and cool down at the end of class, I found myself often encountering difficult emotions, essentially grieving the lost time I wasted not having fun and taking better care of myself. Through that, I accepted that I had been making a HUGE mistake with my life. And, I found that I am not alone. I began to wonder if a chubby 37 year old could somehow encourage his chubby friends to go outside and play, eat smarter, and enjoy exercise.

For the Winter Quarter, I took both Body Conditioning and Weight Training back-to-back on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Three hours of working out. Not only did I do it, but I also didn't miss a SINGLE day of class. I learned to pack a healthy energy boosting snack for between the two college class periods: Celery and Hummus, Apple and Peanut Butter, Nuts, a Cheese Stick, and 8 oz of Chocolate Milk. I learned to eat a full, healthy lunch after working out and found that THOSE were the days I was awake and alert in classes! A HUGE leap in self awareness grew into a desire to share.

So, I have begun sharing. I talk about my workouts with friends. I share my little tips and reminders on G+ and FB. I invite friends and family to workout with me, even for just 20 minutes.

Before winter quarter ended, I spoke with Kelli about how inspired I am to help my friends learn new, healthy habits. She recommended that I start learning more by joining So, here I am.

I do a weight workout at home 3 times a week. I take long walks in the city of Seattle to run errands. I eat more vegetables than ever before and LOVE most of them. (I'll share my chili recipe some time...)

Coming up:
I have two surgeries to fix old injuries. How to exercise and eat right when healing from going under the knife? Twice? AND, how twitchy and bitchy am I gonna get if I can't do the workouts I've come to enjoy... even, love?

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