Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before

I have a been a poster child for Newton’s Law of Inertia.  This body of mine has clearly been at rest for far too long.  After a summer full of vacations that dipped into mid September, my wardrobe has become a prison instead of a comfortable shell to venture out into the world.  The pressure of my clothes around me like a thousand little pixie hands, strangling me from all angles.  Time to admit that all those days of lounging by a lake and nights of big dinners topped off by heavy beer had caught up with me. 

And so my dieting began.  Back to smaller portions and tracking my input/output on MyFitnessPal.  Throw in a couple of simple workouts, lot’s of water, better choices… all those things we know to do to lose weight.  I wasn’t hugely overweight, mostly just out of shape.  This shouldn’t take long.  A couple of pounds lost, my jeans sitting easier on my frame.  You’d think I’d feel better.  I thought I would too.  I don’t.

I know, I know… insert eye roll here.  I feel slightly annoyed as well.  I feel lied to. You mean to tell me that the number on a scale or the tag in my jeans isn’t the end goal?  What’s the objective then?  If I still don’t feel good, what am I missing?  After some serious thinking, I have an answer.

Being fit.  Simple (and cliché) as that.  Over the last two months, I’ve been an unmotivated sluggard.  Sure, coasting through the days sounds great but after a while it’s just not.  Exercising hard used to be a daily event for me and I miss it.  I like feeling my heart pound in my chest with an honest sweat running down my face after a workout.  I like when I feel strong.  I’m slightly not even embarrassed to admit that after a grueling workout, I feel a little like a superhero (minus the tights).  Lately, I’ve been a lot more Clark Kent than Superman.

When I think about it, exercise makes me a better person in general.  I feel more confident.  I have more energy.  I’m more motivated to accomplish things.  I’m in a better mood.  My house is cleaner.  My whites are whiter.  Alright, my whites are whiter because I finally bought Oxiclean but you get my point.  Working out affects a lot more than just the way I look or how much I weigh.  It changes the way I look at life.  Makes me an active participant instead of a spectator eating popcorn on the sidelines.

I know I’ve learned this lesson before but inertia is a tricky thing.  Once that ball stops rolling, it’s a humdinger getting it started again.  Guess it’s time to get my equal and opposite force on.


About Chris

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