Company weight loss contest is over

We had the final weigh-in Tuesday instead of Friday. I guess they figured that if we haven’t lost the weight by now, another three days won’t matter.

I weighed in just a few pounds lighter than I originally started so I’m pretty sure I didn’t win this contest. That doesn’t surprise me. These last few weeks, even though I’ve stepped up the running, I have neglected my diet and I stopped lifting weights. In order to get leaner and stronger, I am going to need to stay on top of all three: weightlifting, running, and nutrition. Nutrition is the base for everything else. If you’re running and lifting but not paying attention to what you’re eating, you won’t see the results that you want to see.

So, that’s what I need to do.

This morning when I got up, I looked in the fridge to see what I was going to make for breakfast. I saw that there were still some Cup o Noodles on top of the fridge. A very quick meal but I knew that it was not going to help me with any of my fitness goals. But the convenience!

I had to knock some sense into myself. “Bigger, Stronger, and Leaner, remember? Stop being lazy.”

I pulled some eggs out of the fridge and got out the oatmeal. It only took 3 minutes to put together a healthy breakfast. Still, it would have only taken a few seconds to fill a cup with hot water. That’s part of what makes fitness great and hard at the same time. You have to work towards your goals even in the small things like preparing meals. The cliché is true about how if it was easy everybody would do it. It’s easy to skip the gym and watch tv. It’s easy to heat up a pop-tart or pick up some drive-thru because you don’t want to actually prepare a meal. It’s easy to get drawn in by what’s easy and convenient.

I am not a fitness guru or expert. Just an average guy trying to make healthier decisions. A man on a journey and there will probably be many times when I step off the path of fitness and discipline and have to find my way back. That’s kind of where I’m at right now. I stepped off the trail of nutrition and weightlifting but didn’t notice it because I was running.

When I crewed for my brothers at EC100, I accidentally steered them the wrong way and they ran at least 1 mile in the wrong direction and had to turn back to get on the right trail again. They still managed to get where they were supposed to, it just took a little longer. I’m getting back on track. There’s no cutoff time for fitness. If you get off course, just turn back in the direction you’re supposed to be going, and keep moving forward.

Today, I’m back to sticking to the meal plan that I outlined in my earlier post on nutrition, and back to my weightlifting routine. I have to take a little break from running unfortunately because of my knee, but I will still keep up the cardio on the elliptical and walking around the track. My knee feels fine when I’m walking but it hurts when I go up and down stairs. My office happens to be at the top of a set of stairs so I was using handrails like crutches to keep the weight off my knees. It should get better soon and I’ll be back to running in no time.

So what’s the theme of this post? I guess the takeaway from this post is that it’s ok to get off course, just make sure you get back on course quick because it only gets harder to come back the farther off-course you get. Pay attention to your goals and your timeline, and periodically check if your actions are helping you get to where you need to go. If they are, good, keep going. If not, then knock it off and get back to work.