I am trying to remember when I first started noticing a need to boost my testosterone. The obvious answer is not so obvious – yes I of course had noticed by the time I started dealing with the problem. But before I became aware of what had happened to my energy levels, when I did I notice the decline on my physical well-being that I needed to investigate it.
I guess we did live by the experience of others, and the first signs that something was up was several friends asking me why I did not go out so much anymore. In fact I had not noticed I was always making an excuse not to go out.
Then there was the weight gain from not going out or exercising as much. Within 2 short years I'd gained nearly 20 pounds of belly fat, and I was not happy about it. This kind of fed into the first issue of why I was not going out so much anymore. Because I'd added all the fat, I did not want to be seen going out. And by not going out I was only going to get fatter.
But before this, when I did not go out I'd still exercise. Living on the 20th floor of my apartment building, I'd walk the stairs 5 times. At 400 steps each time, that was 2,000 steps I'd do and sure I was puffing and sweating at the end of it – but my heart and legs were all the better for it. During this, if work pressures were intense, I'd take regular breaks from the computer and pump some iron while I thought about whatever pressing issue was on my mind.
But then I realized that I had not walked the stairs for months. And I had not pumped any iron for the same several months. When something needed me to think, it'd light up a cigarette and puff away and maybe go get something to eat.
I was sleeping OK but only because I'd finish my day with a belly full of beer. And sometimes I'd wake in the morning with a stiff back which I knew was a lack of exercise, but I just did not seem to have the energy to do it. Sure I was fit enough, but not motivated enough.
During a regular examination at the doctors, he quizzed me about my growing belly and my answers lead him to draw some blood. That was when I realized I needed to resolve my testosterone levels. Two blood tests later and I was officially boosting my natural testosterone levels with dietary supplements. I have not looked back since.