As the holidays come to an end, I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking it too. I’ve got to get serious here and drop some found pounds. Okay, so it didn’t just happen in the last 2 weeks. It was a not-so-subtle creep that started last summer. But I finally faced it when I saw my photo from New Year’s Eve.
As a top down loser, I can no longer deny that the discomfort I feel when I sit at my desk is merely a result of bad posture. It’s back fat. Something I’ve never, ever had before. But I found it easy enough to ignore, until I saw that my once sculpted arms no longer looked like powerful guns, they look more like cannons on a bulwark. Ugh! Reality bites.
So I woke this morning with a new found resolution. But it’s not a typical weight-loss ’New Year’s Resolution’ – something I reject after many years of watching ‘resolutionists’ pack classes the first weeks of January only to disappear come February. It’s a face reality resolution.
Most people know deep down inside where they go wrong in getting the fitness/nutrition equation to balance out. My problem is that I’ve always maintained my weight by working out really, really hard. Any holiday weight gained would melt away in no time when I found myself teaching about 7 classes per week come January. But things have changed in the last year or so. I no longer have a full teaching schedule – it’s whittled down to 2 classes a week.
Last summer, I discovered that what I have always said is true - I have to have an audience to work out. With low participation at the gym where I teach, group fitness classes were cancelled for the months of July and August. Yep, my long time joke (one shared with my old friend Leigh Crews) became a self fulfilling prophecy. After teaching an average of 5 classes per week for over 20 years, I became what I’ve always known deep down inside that I really am – a born & bred Irish porch-sitting couch potato.
So, there you have it. I’ve taken step 1. I have faced reality. No sugar coating it – I’ve got to make some serious changes. So I know how you might be feeling and I hope you’ll join me - even if it’s just through the end of January.