Nearly two weeks into Fitwit’s Fall Into Shape Challenge and things are just rolling along. Results of the dunk test convinced me that I am on a pretty good diet path, so instead of even more restrictions, my goal is to be a little more conscious and thoughtful than usual. Small changes add up over time. I’ve skipped cokes, cut snacking, and back to no-sandwich lunches. I did go a week without touching the pimento cheese tub in the fridge. Then, out of her kind and generous spirit, my wife got me a hot dog dressed with pimento cheese. Then there was a wedding and guess what. Pimento cheese. It’s the universe wants me to have it. You can’t fight destiny.
I just had one, though. That counts, right? Regardless, I had filled up on the bacon strips they were circulating during cocktail hour. All parties from here on out should have the wait staff walk around with plates of Lincoln Log stacked caramelized bacon for guests to enjoy. Fancy and delicious.
After complaining a lot about how Fitwit keeps making me buy new clothes, at this wedding I also noticed that I look pretty sharp in a new suit that fits. So point to Fitwit.
And I’ve got the six days a week workout goal (yeah, maybe I said seven at first, but a rest day is important. Science!). That’s been going fine and I hope I’m creating a new habit that I can keep up with following the challenge. It hasn’t been that much trouble to put in an extra seven minutes in the morning to bang out a set of exercises. It also makes me feel pretty good, more energy, more alert through the day, a nice kind of buzz.
One of the reasons this fitness stuff is important to me is that I want to be a good role model for my daughter and help her have good habits from the beginning. She gets up early with us, and while I’m squatting and planking and pushing up, she says, “I’ll be watching!” Afterward she demonstrates the exercises back to me. Whatever the outcome of this challenge, I’m happy with that result right now.
Someone also recently remarked that, “it’s so easy for men to lose weight.” Is it, though? Since my weight peaked in maybe 2012, I’ve committed to FitWit at least twice a week. There was that one camp I did four days per week. Our workouts are lots of things, but easy isn’t one of them. This year I did the spring challenge and made some pretty radical diet changes, especially bagel and bread every day and big fat lunch elimination. Now it’s bacon and eggs and nuts and fruit. What success I’ve had has been built up over years. And turning down that cookie broken up into ice cream with a spoonful of peanut butter is not easy. I just make it look that way.