Seeing Is Believing!

latest comparison

So I just turned 48 a few days ago.  On the 21st to be exact.  The photo on the right was taken that day.  I can’t stop looking at it.  Not because I’m vain or anything.  But because that one photograph sums up everything I have achieved in the past year.  The photo on the left was taken in 2009 when I was at my heaviest.  Just after I had been diagnosed a diabetic.  Looking back at my life then it seems it was almost inevitable that I would become diabetic.  Poor diet.  Lack of exercise.  Serious weight gain.  Becoming diabetic was a serious wake up call.  It took me a while to hear that call.  It was only when the doctor wanted to put me on a second medication that is linked with causing liver problems that I finally woke up and realized I had to do something about it.

So I took up running.  And watched my diet.  I have lost 35 lbs in the past year.  Sometimes when I look in the mirror I can’t see the weight loss.  I know I’ve lost weight.  I know my stomach  is a lot smaller, (I think I just have loose skin issues now which is really annoying because every other part of me is slim.)  But the brain seems to take a while to catch up with the eyes.  Judging from posts I’ve seen on the MyFitnessPal forums this seems to be a common phenomenon.  But in the photo on the right I can SEE how much my face has changed.  For me it sums up everything I’ve achieved in the past 12 months.   It’s a face I haven’t seen in over 20 years.  You see, I wasn’t always overweight.  In fact, all my life up to my mid 20’s I’d actually been pretty skinny.  I guess I slowed down, but didn’t change my eating habits to match.  So the weight gained.  Slowly at first.  But in the past ten years I had a dramatic weight gain.

But now I see my old face looking back at me.  A little older, perhaps.  A few wrinkles starting to show.  A few crows feet around the eyes.  But it’s ME.  The real me.  Not the bloated puffy face I’ve had to look at for a while.  It’s like looking at an old friend.  And I like what I see.  I like how I feel.  I’m so much more confident now when out in public.  This healthy lifestyle is amazing.  I just wish I’d started twenty years ago when the weight started creeping on.  I can’t change the past.  But I can make sure the old me stays the new me for the rest of my life.

The Yoga And Meditation Center

I like to promote local businesses and we just recently found out about this Wellness center so I’m sharing it for anyone interested in learning about yoga and meditation.

This is a relatively new business based on Staten Island, NY.  We met with the owner the other day and got a look at the place.  The center offers beginners as well as advanced yoga.  The main area is a pretty decent size and the owner of the business, Dan Globus, is passionate about helping people.

Here’s the website for anyone interested in learning more.

http://www.thecompassioncenter.com/

The Compassion Center is located at:
4116 Hylan Blvd., 2nd Floor
(corner of Glover street and Hylan Blvd.)
Staten Island, NY 10308

There is a parking lot that can accommodate around a dozen to twenty cars.

The Compassion Center currently offers Meditation classes on:

  • Mondays: 7:45-9:00pm
  • Thursdays: 7:45-9:00pm
  • Sundays: 9:30-11:00am and 11:30am-1:00pm.

Dan can be contacted at: 347-770-7096

email: info@thecompassioncenter.com

For anyone who is looking to get started with yoga this would be a good place to start.

Local Treasures

frank anson store

While big megastores may have the advantage when it comes to convenience, we still shouldn’t overlook the small family owned businesses that often offer more courtesy and decency.  So I’m going to promote a couple of small businesses that we have had dealings with lately.  Both are on Staten Island, NY.

The first is Frank Anson Jewelers on New Dorp Lane.  We have been going to him for almost five years now and we won’t take our business to any other jeweler.  He has been in the business for twenty five years and he is very professional and courteous.  He always greets us with a friendly smile and a joke.  He makes you feel valued.  But more important we have found him to be extremely honest and we trust him completely.  I won’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone who needs jewelry or even just needs a battery or strap changed on their watch.

Here is his Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/FrankAnsonJewelers/?fref=ts

His prices are also extremely competitive.

The second business is a coin and gold dealer based in the Staten Island mall.

We recently inherited a large collection of old coins and we just wanted to get them off our hands for a fair price.  We went to three different places to see what we would be offered.  We just wanted a fair price.  The first one we went to was nice.  The second person we went to was most definitely not nice.

After googling coin dealers on Staten Island we found the one we eventually did business with.  He works in a kiosk on the ground floor of the Staten Island mall.  His business is called Royal Coins and Gold.  We chose him after reading some very positive reviews about his business.  Those reviews were not wrong.  He went through the coins, picked out the ones he wanted to buy and gave us what we felt was a fair price.  But more than that he took time to explain what he was looking for, why he was rejecting the coins he didn’t want and he gave us a lot of useful tips on what to look for and which coins would be valuable.  This is what made the difference and I would strongly recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in the position of inheriting coin collections.

He has a website:

http://www.royalcoinsandgold.com.

His phone number is 347-589-2116

While we understand and agree that super stores offer a lot of convenience we also believe in supporting local businesses.  This is why I’m endorsing both these companies.  Convenience may be desirable but there is no substitute for good service.