Life in the 50s: Losing It

I often write about sports, but my personal physical idols are dancers like Linda Celeste Sims of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

I’ve done this before but this time I’m determined to continue the progress.
Somehow without setting foot in a gym or a yoga class or on the pedal of a bicycle for two months due to a variety of ankle and knee issues, I’ve lost 20 pounds.
How’d I do it? Sleeping better and eating better. When it was painful to walk, I stayed in bed and mostly slept 10-12 hours a day, and now I make sure to get

at least eight every night (it’s funny the same level or determination that I used to bring to making the 2pm yoga class or 5:30 spinning class I now bring to getting to bed so that I can as much sleep as possible).
And well, I work at Gastronomie 491, a specialty food shop, so I take advantage of my employee discount to eat well (Saturday I had two meals from there of grilled fish with assorted roasted autumn vegetables), and my go-to at home is salad greens with some sort of protein (often leftover chicken), caramelized onions, and grape tomatoes. Because of my improved sleep habits I see the “full” light much more clearly now too. It’s not a bunch of restrictions; I’m eating the way I’d like to eat. The ankle and knee issues are behind me. Next week, we begin to resume the gym, yoga, and bicycling habits. I’m eager to see what happens with cardio and improved alignment added to this lifestyle.
Four years ago, I lost weight under similar circumstances, but it came back. I think I’ll win the rematch.



About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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