What lessons have you learned in your first 60 days?
How can you describe what I have been going through over the last couple of months? All I can say is WOW. I have never been this excited about exercise before.
I have had a love affair with food for as long as I can remember. I have never been the type of person that ate for any emotional reason, I just love food. Truthfully it is not so much what I eat but how much I eat that has been the problem.
These past two months taught me that you can still eat things you like, but you need to learn moderation. While I do enjoy the occasional greasy, fried food or something sweet I have learned to control myself.
Now, when I get the urge to eat, I grab a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts instead of potato chips or a candy bar. I still like to have sweet things but now I will make that chocolate bar last a couple of days as a small treat instead of just downing it. I used to drink one or two sodas in a day where as now I will drink up to 8 glasses of water. It is really a mindset that I have put myself into and I can say that I do not miss the old eating habits of past.
My wife and I have enjoyed finding new healthy recipes to try and spend more time together preparing them. We jokingly refer to each recipe as a “repeat or delete.” So far the repeats have out numbered the deletes. I have found out that eating healthy does not have to break the bank either. You can spend the same amount on eating healthy if you just put in a little time and effort.
All aspects of this adventure have been eye opening. The first initial assessment was humbling to say the least. I always thought I was in fairly decent shape then I saw the numbers. My weight, body mass index, and body fat percentage were all higher than they had ever been. I know it is not all about that but it was still a shock. Even looking at the picture of myself from the day Nick told me I had been chosen makes me shake my head wondering how I let myself go. I have learned so much about fitness and nutrition that I know I can continue this habit for a long time. I see the difference in how my clothes fit and I have people telling me how good I look and it all makes me push on. I have been an up and down exerciser all my life and I believe that I have changed.
The team has been great to get to know and I can see the competitiveness in all of us. We really feed off of one another, push one another, and are really there for one another. I look forward to the next twelve weeks of training with my fellow six-packers and can not wait for the race to get here. Every day that passes and, we get closer to June, I feel the energy building wanting to go.
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