Last night at Bible Study I was talking to Jason about losing weight. Another one of my brothers gave me a 10 minute exercise program out of Men’s Health that I can do in my cell. Well… another brother turned around and offered to help me get on an exercise and diet program. I was stubborn and said I have lost weight before. I know how to do it.
Well, the Chaplain had a message I needed to hear about choices and perceptions. I have heard this message before, but I am no different than anyone else. I am human and sometimes I need a reminder. After the study, I went up to that brother and said, “I would like to give it a try. I apologized for being slightly defensive and not listening. Come to find out that he was 315 pounds when he came to prison and now he is skinny and buff at 215 pounds. He is tall, probably 6’ 3”.
We talked for about 45 minutes. I am to write everything down that I eat for the next 7 days. Then I have to give him a budget of what I can spend in the canteen. He told me less bread, sweets, junk and more protein. My Mom has been preaching this to me for the last 2 months. He knows what I can get in the Canteen that will help. Then he is going to put me on an exercise plant that will burn fat and build muscle.
Well, today it was 31° outside, and I went outside to start my exercise. My buddy walked with me around a huge track, about 1/3 of a mile. Then we jumped into a 2 on 2 basketball game with two other of my Brothers in Christ. If the other team scored, you had to do 10 push-ups or 10 squats. Come to find out I am a beast at defense in basketball. I figured that if I didn’t let them score I didn’t have to do push-ups. My strategy worked. I still ended up doing about 50 push-ups and 10 squats. It was an excellent 45 minute work-out. What was even more great, was my Brothers’ encouragement. I am not in the best f shape but they kept encouraging me, saying “You can do it, Ed”, “Good job,” “Keep going” and even “I’m proud of you.” Instead of tearing me down for being overweight, they lifted me up and encouraged me.
Even the inmates on the sidelines. My perception was that people would make fun of me… not the case. Now I feel encouraged and very very sore! Haha. I will keep you all updated on my progress.