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Planet Fitness

When I arrived in Austin I was the heaviest I had ever been. I knew I had to do something and right after Christmas I joined Planet Fitness. They have a deal where you can join for $10 a month but I couldn’t do that. I needed to join at the Black Card level because I need to be able to go back and forth between Austin and Ohio.

I toured Planet Fitness and it was clean and everything seemed in good condition. I went a few times and just did cardio. That was great but I knew I needed more. I asked for an appointment with a fitness trainer and the next day met with Adam. He was a big dude and the first thing he did was weigh me. He looked surprised and said we weighed the same.

Unfortunately, black is not slimming

He set me up with proper cardio and then set up a series of machines for weight training. He set up a progressive schedule and made sure I was doing everything correctly. I did a workout and felt good.

The next day I was very sore but went back and did my cardio. Next my cardio and weight training. I’ve been doing it for three weeks and it is becoming a habit.

After the workout I often use the hydro-massage that is available to Black Card users. So far I’m very impressed with Planet Fitness.

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Posted by on February 4, 2019 in Exercise


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Got a New Bike

I got a new bike in June, a Specialized Secteur Sport Compact.

I got clipless pedals and of course a wireless bike computer.

Took it for a spin just as the neighbor to the west was taking his bike out.  We rode about a mile and he quit.  He was panting like a dog and he looked at me and said, “I can hardly breath and you aren’t even breathing hard!”  Then he said, “And you are twice my age!!”.  I looked at him and asked  how old he was, he said thirty-eight.  Hmmmmmm

Riding the bike will work.  I can do this.

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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Cycling, Exercise


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Why Chubby For Life?

I’ve been fat since my thyroid problem around thirty and have tried everything.  I’ve gone on Adkins, I’ve tried the cabbage soup diet, etc.  About a decade ago I tried Body For Life

Body for Life uses weight lifting and nutrition to get in shape.

On the front and back covers of the book are photos of people who have done radical transformations in 12 weeks.  It was what I needed.

I joined a gym, printed out the workout sheets and started.

My middle-aged body rebelled but I continued.  By the tenth day I was beat on my feet from overdoing it.  In the middle of the workout I was so miserable I said to the guy next to me, “If this is how I feel having a body for life I’d rather be chubby for life!”  That’s how the phrase was born.

I’m fifty-six now.  I’m a reasonably intelligent person.  I’m tackling this in a reasoned manner.  It’s going to happen.

Eventually this site will be called. Chubby For Life Not.

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Posted by on December 1, 2012 in Exercise