Gerry Faces the Mirror


Gerry Faces the Mirror

Taking a closer look

Last year, in January 2012, at the age of 48, I found myself unable to walk.  I’m a web developer.  I was on a deadline and I spent, more or less, 72 consecutive hours in front of my computer.  When the project had finished, I discovered that I had done something to my sciatic nerve.  For the next 3 months, every step that I took was shear agony.  I had to crawl up stairs.  I could barely leave my house.

Now, I must confess that my idea of work/life balance had always been, “work hard, play harder”.  So, the dawning realization that I seemed to be aging… slapping my face in this very concrete  manner… made me start to realize that I had to stop hitting the proverbial “snooze button” on this specific wake up call.

By this time, it had been nearly 10 years since I had seen the inside of a gym and my weight had somehow managed to blossom from a beefy 185 lbs. to a very portly 275 lbs.  I realized that if I did not start to do something, I would just continue to gain 9-10 pounds a year, eating and drinking myself to an early grave.

While the prospect of early death seemed predominantly unappealing, I was in so much pain that I was not entirely sure that it might not just be for the best.  There was no way that I could workout.  Even long walks were out of the question.

I decided that my best course of action would be to join a yoga class.  While I briefly contemplated trying to find a prenatal class that would accept me and my burgeoning belly, I instead opted for a Kundalini class at a local art studio, lead by a patient and inspired instructor.  Soon my downward dog was looking far less like my plank and sitting cross-legged for more than 3 minutes was becoming less of a challenge.

Several months later, when I was once again ambulatory, I joined a gym and hired a trainer.

Since this time, I have been on a journey of discovery.  I am learning the true meaning of “balance”.  I am learning new ways of cooking and of eating.  I am learning that “fitness” has nothing to do with the way that you look and, as we age especially, it is about staying strong and flexible.  I am working to reclaim my overall health.

This blog is about my journey.