Ever since I found out that Abraham was in­com­ing, I’ve not worked out. First, I broke my el­bow and big toe, then my mem­ber­ship at the gym ran out, then the weath­er turned nice right when Abraham showed up. I’ve put on about 15 pounds that I need to take off. Cardio and less gorg­ing are the on­ly ways I’m go­ing to get the weight off. This is go­ing to be hard, since I like to cook and the women I work with bring in de­li­cious chow on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

When I was do­ing my weightlift­ing, I didn’t no­tice too much im­prove­ment in my up­per body mus­cle tone, so I’m aim­ing to im­prove that by putting my­self through the 100 push-ups meme. I’m shop­ping around for a good ab and low­er-back cales­then­ics rou­tine, but haven’t found one that doesn’t seem like it is more mar­ket­ing than ef­fec­tive­ness. Basic train­ing. I’m not ex­pect­ing to get a six-pack, since that in­volves get­ting my body fat down to 5 – 6%.

I’m a bit odd-shaped. My legs are carved from wood due to 15 years of near con­stant run­ning, fenc­ing or cy­cling, but from the waist up I look like some dude who sits in an of­fice chair all day eat­ing donuts. It’s a shame I can’t run out­doors in the Cleveland win­ter, but my marathon train­ing from a few years back has taught me that run­ning in Cleveland win­ters ru­ins my arthrit­ic knee. I don’t re­al­ly want to drop cash mon­ey at a gym just for tread­mill use.

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  1. I might rec­om­mend tak­ing one Pilates class each week. It is ef­fec­tive in ton­ing the up­per body and re­vers­ing the ef­fects of of­fice work on pos­ture, back and ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles. They of­fer class­es at Studio 11 and you won’t need a gym mem­ber­ship.

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