What A Difference A Week Makes!
In my last post I talked about being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes again. Since then I was forced to start watching more closely how much food was traveling through my pie hole. It was a wakeup call, to say the least. And to say the most, it was one of the best things to happen to me. Not so much the diabetes, but the ensuing life changes that I needed to make. They were the universal kick in the ass I needed to get healthy again.
So I’m only 5 days eating the Medifast pre-prepaired meals on the Take Shape For Life plan, and I’ve lost 5 pounds. With the five I lost over the previous two weeks I’m down ten pounds already. Not that I’m watching the scale, but I am, I’m a statistical freak like that … sorry Janet & Dr A. But what’s most important is how amazing I feel, in such a short time. I have more energy than I’ve had in a long long time. I get up actually feeling good! What a concept!
Another event occurred Monday, this past week … my ten year old Trek Navigator 300 was stolen from a gated, secured area outside my apartment building. The thing was even chained to the bike rack. But someone somehow got through the gate and cut the lock and stole my bike … plus two or three others. The bike was still in like-new shape too. I reported the theft to the police and to Allstate, my insurance company.
The silver lining in all this? On Tuesday I went to Tom’s Atlantic Cyclery in Atlantic Highlands the next day and bought my old bike’s modern day equivalent—a Trek Navigator 2.0. I went there after having looked at so many bikes on ConsumerReports.com, and checking many local bike stores online to see if they had any of these bikes in stock. I ended up going all the way to the Highlands because they were open on Tuesdays. Seems Tuesday is a bike store’s Sunday. But I digress. I tested three or four different bikes and brands, and when all what said and done I settled on what felt right—another Trek Navigator.
While I was at Atlantic Cyclery waiting for Tom to set up my new bike, and add all my extras to make my bike super evil, I got a call from the Allstate adjuster assigned to my case. I walked outside and spoke to her. The outcome was my old bike and all it’s accessories, after depreciation and deductible gave me zero dollars. But, she told me, you have a rider on your policy that will cover the cost of the replacement. Can you say OVERJOYED!!!??? That was music to my ears! So thanks to whomever pilfered my precious! I have a new one! Woo hoo!
On Wednesday I went out for my first ride on the boardwalk. It was nearly 10 miles round trip. One Friday I did the same trip and added another two miles for a whopping twelve mile trip. Above all … it felt great!
And even more amazing … I went out to see a long time friend, Ziggy Shock, play at a club last night, First time since moving to Asbury. Every time I wanted to I was too tired to muster the energy. Now? No problem!
So I have to say … what a difference a week makes!