No Time Like the Present:

The other day I went out for my daily bike ride, which I have started again after almost 3 years of being sediment (A whole other medical story of which I shall spare you the gruesome details).  It was only day three and much to my chagrin, I found myself huffing and puffing more than expected.  After all, the last time I was doing this, I was in peak condition.

As I directed my bike into a cul-de-sac I noticed from one of the homes, a garage door began to open.  Out stepped a handsome young fellow who was obviously about to walk his beautiful black lab.

We caught each other’s eye and gave the obligatory nod of recognition.  Then as my bike came close to the guy, I said, “Good morning!”  Feeling like he had to be equally as courteous, the lad replied, “How are you?”  Now we all know that, that is really far more of a rhetorical question and seldom receives much more than a “fine and you” as a reply, but something inside me decided to be frank, “Fifteen years past my prime and forty pounds overweight.  How are you?” I answered.

For a brief moment he was caught off guard, before he put it all together and began to belly laugh.

As I peddled away I was glad that my meager attempt at humor had met with the young man’s approval.  Still I couldn’t help but think to myself that the simple humor of the statement was the truth that it carried.  I am fifteen years past my prime.  There’s no denying it, my best days are behind me and that’s okay with me.  I had my day in the sun.  We can’t stop the clock from ticking and I am well aware that I am getting older.

Being forty pounds overweight however was a very different story.  That is due to a conscience decision to let myself go!

I have never been out of shape in my life, so this is all very new to me.  It was born of medical problems that started about three years ago.  I know I promised to spare you the details, so just for better understanding, I will give you the “Readers Digest” version of my circumstances.  For reasons and stories too lengthily (and quite frankly too boring) to mention, I was left with dangerous blood clots (one nine inches long in my carotid artery) rendering me no longer able to exercise for fear of moving the clot (or a piece of clot) into my brain or heart.  It took two years to get through that mess and then I found myself with severe nerve damage and crippling bone pain.  The nerve damage is irreversible (and being treated) and the bone pain is still being examined.  In any case, left unable to move about freely, I found that I had started to reward myself with food.  I can’t drink, don’t smoke and won’t do drugs, in my weakened condition I could no longer enjoy my daily workout at the gym, so I freely ate all of the foods and treats that I wanted.  After all, at the very least didn’t I deserve this simple indulgence?

Well here I am now, three years later with a belly for the first time in my life and a closet full of clothes that no longer fit!

Well as of October first, I have taken the bull by the horns and I am determined to get back into shape.  I am not looking to get back to the prime shape I was in before with a mere 9% body fat (although, if it happens I won’t be disappointed) but I do want to lose the stomach, drop the excess weight and firm up my torso again.  I am sure that it will not only make me look better but it will make me feel a lot better too.

So I am happy to report that as of today, four days into my regiment, I have lost three pounds.  Small I know, but it has only been 4 days.  I am resolute in my stance to drop all of the extra weight by New Year’s and to be in reasonably “good” shape for my fifty-fifth birthday in May.  After all, I have a book tour to do!  🙂

If you’re in a similar situation to me and you want to join me in my quest for fitness, I will be updating my progress weekly on this blog and you are welcome to keep me posted on yours.  We can share tricks, exercises and even healthy food options together!

Best of luck to all of us!


Until next time,



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8 responses to “No Time Like the Present:

  1. Marcia

    I’m with you, cuz. I spin/cycle three times w week and work out with light weights and still can’t seem to shed the accumulated pounds. I know it has to be diet more than anything else, so I’ve decided to avoid alcohol (within reason) and to make more homemade soups. It worked for me before. And it’s healthy.

    • That’s so funny Marcia, I make homemade soup all the time (even in summer). We MUST be related! I simply cannot eat canned soup… too slimey and salty! Soup is such an easy thing to make and tastes SO much better why have it any other way?
      As far as weight goes… you ALWAYS look great… fit, young AND beautiful! You Snyder’s are blessed!

  2. Theresa

    I happen to have started this past Monday myself-on diet and hope to get 3-4 days of excercise in between. I too will be making my home-made veggie soup which has helped me in the past to loose weight. I wish us all LUCK!!

  3. Lucille Doyle

    I have gained 25lbs. Right now I am doing Yoga to improve my balance and to my surprise, it has taken away all those little aches and pains I was having. (Knees, Hips and lower back pain and neck). Since I never eat anything that comes out of a can and i love soup. If anyone could share really good soup recipes, that would be great! I can only make Chicken soup.

  4. Wow Ceil, that would be amazing. Long-lost cousins losing weight together, long distance. Let’s do it! 🙂
    I have many soup recipes. What are some of your favorites? Pea? Pasta e Fagioli? Tomato? Veggie?
    I have a milion of them and I am happy to share! XO

    • Lucille Doyle

      Don, I just put up a pot of chicken soup and thought “I wonder if Don posted any soup recipes.” For some reason I thought I would get comments and replies on FB. Silly, I know..
      I love any kind of home made soup. So what ever you want to share I would appreciate! I’ll keep track of my weight loss and share it with you! Haha who I’m I kidding. I just bought rainbow cookies for dessert.. But I will give it a try! 🙂
      Do I get the Blog on FB or e-mail. I know I signed up to follow. Just so I understand how this all works.XO
      BTW.. I did make your mom’s mac & cheese that you shared. So easy and sooo delish. And I tried many recipes. This one is the best! TY

  5. Marcia

    Great idea. Let’s share soup recipes and lose weight together. Hmmmm, sounds like a cookbook to me. What do you think, Don?

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