January 24, 2011
I'm as vain as the next guy. And if the next guy happens to be straight, or modest, or comfortable in his own skin, then it's really no contest. I'm way more vain. Describing my vanity requires making up words. Vainer. The vainiest.
So I must have been insane to think appearing in gym clothes standing next to HIV fitness and nutrition expert Nelson Vergel was a good idea. Especially after I've rewarded myself for quitting smoking by gaining 30 pounds. But anything for you, my friends. And besides, the meaning of fitness for me has changed from the size of my biceps to the overall health of my body. For me, that's progress.
In Part Two of my video blog with Nelson Vergel (his new book Testosterone: A Man's Guide is now available through sellers like Amazon), we hit the gym for a lesson on aerobic activity and weight lifting. With issues like bone density more vital for people with HIV, weight training makes sense.
I'd like to extend a special thanks to The Poverello Center in Ft Lauderdale. Poverello not only provides food for people with AIDS, they opened the Friends Fitness Center and graciously allowed Nelson and me to film this video there. And speaking of filming, my friend Kai patiently worked the cameras for several hours and I appreciate it.
Still to come: Nelson takes me on an eye-opening tour of the grocery store -- and cautions me about walking down the aisles.
Thanks for watching, my friends, and please be well.
Check out Part One of this video blog, "HIV Nutrition (and Proper Pooping) With Nelson Vergel, Food Detective."
Visit Mark's live blog at www.MyFabulousDisease.com.