I've been overweight since birth. No lie, I was a 9 pound plus baby. I've dealt with the discomfort, the mocking, the health hazards, the lack of cool clothing and the cringing at pictures my entire life.
About 20 years ago, I lost a significant amount of weight on what I call the "depression" diet. I got treated very poorly (not that I was perfect) and my heart broken and I just couldn't find it in myself to eat. I'd heat up a Healthy Choice dinner and barely put down half of it. I didn't even want to drink alcohol. Those were the days!
However, I found the will and desire for food and drink on the road to recovery. As the years went by I fell into a pattern of gaining ten pounds each year for several years then diet down part of it (never all) then go back to gaining again. Eventually, I hit my peak high weight and settled in. For several years, I lost and gained about the same 8-10 pounds but the key to that story is that I always gained them back.
We have a small gym at our office. I often walk through on my way from the parking lot to meetings in that building. It looks nice.
We also have a big room dedicated to things like Zumba and Yoga and, well, I don't know what else because there's literally no reason for me to go there.
Although, I do actually know one other thing they do in the big room and that's hold Spin Classes. I know because my friend Michelle leads some of them and has been trying to get me to take one with her. When her direct efforts weren't paying off, she got my friend Steve to start suggesting it.
Have to give it to them, they tried with lots of enticements. "It's fun!" "It's dark so no one can see if you need to take a rest." "It won't be bad, I swear!" "You can do it with us and your other friends; it will just be a little party." "It's in the afternoon so you can go home right afterwards so no one will see you."
This is a corporate video that was premiered at our annual Company Breakfast Meeting this morning. What a hoot for us. Everyone had a great time filming and watching. It's cute to watch if you don't know the people but really funny when you do because some of the unlikeliest folks turned out to be the biggest hams.
Our Senior Management team is featured at the beginning and there are employees from the US, Canada, Japan and Denmark. My department is the group juggling and throwing foam apples.
I.T. has become known for those apples. One of our employees bought about 50 of them from a store that sold teaching supplies and they're lined up on our cube walls. If someone walks in to the area and asks, "What's with the apples?", it's a cue for everyone to start pelting the questioner. There have been several battles and a lot of apple hoarding for said battles.
I don't participate too much because I'm always worried we're going to poke someone'…