Gary Weeden

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Gary Weeden

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I Have Been Looking for a Personal Trainer

I have been trying to get back in shape and I find that I have not enough time. So I was wondering if it would be better to hire a personal trainer. I guess that in theory I could get a person who was willing to work around my schedule and come to where I need him to be that would help out a lot, as I am very busy all of the time. I talked to this guy he had a certificate from something called the I though about making fun of that name, but it is not all that relevant. A friend of mine told me that he was a good personal trainer and obviously I have no way of knowing how good he is without trying him out. Even then I would probably not have that much of a clue until I had seen some results or the lack of a result.

In fact the problem is not going to be the personal trainer no matter what. You are going to see that person for an hour or so three times a week, or something like that. That is basically just enough to maintain a minimal amount of fitness. What you can do is use that hour to pick up knowledge and to do the rest of the work on your own. You should probably try to get the maximum benefit out of a personal trainer, but look at it as just one aspect of a regime. The trouble for me is that I am always pressed for time. If I could find time to work out every day that is probably what I would do, but I feel like the only way that I will make time is if I make myself schedule something.

November 20, 2014, Writing
The Pains of Aging Less Gracefully

Since turning 30 in March, I have been contemplating what it means to age. When you’re a kid and you reach your teens years, it has no meaning and doesn’t have much of an impact beyond the process of going through puberty and gaining new ‘rights’ for becoming older. It’s like a reward to have your birthday as each year brings you closer to finally achieving that glorious ’18’ which is accompanied by the freedom to do as you will. That’s all gone now. Now I’m concerned about aging and after hiring a care giver from for my own aging mother, I’ve realized I have taken so much for granted.

I don’t want to do that anymore. I don’t want to live a life where I do not value every moment. It’s all so very precious and so very limited. As we grow older our bodies begin to betray us to the ravages of time. It has been incredibly painful watching my mother have to go through this as she has become more easily ill and far more frail than she once had. To see her become vulnerable due to her age is nothing short of heartbreaking for me and I know it must be so very hard for her.

She has always been a vain, proud woman. These traits have naturally given rise to an extreme stubbornness which resulted in having to practically beg her to understand her need for a care giver. She definitely has no desire and will absolutely refuse the idea of going into a retirement home so this was clearly the next best course of action for her. I wish I could do more to make her life easier there is just nothing that I am able to do due to the demands of work and my own life.

November 4, 2014, Writing