I don’t know who you are but I’d like to tell you something. Are you in good shape? If so, good for you. I’m going to direct this blog to you, because the folks who aren’t in shape who are reading, they already know what I’m talking about. Think of me as the Ghost of Christmas Future for non-fatties. (Yes, I can use the word “fattie”, just like as a blonde and someone with Polish heritage, I can make all the blonde and Polish jokes I want.)
So, you’re in good shape right now. How old are you? Are you in your 20s with great metabolism, a non-stop life on the go, and little thought of the future? Do you spend a lot of time are your desk climbing the corporate ladder, or at least trying to find the bottom rung? Be careful, before you know it you’ll be 30, with more responsibilities, less time, and more stress than your body was equipped to handle. Then what? Those Saturday afternoon touch football games with your buddies, or the PBR fueled Alley Cat ride on friday night wont be enough to get rid of the donuts you absentmindedly munched through the entire Wednesday morning meeting. And all those McDonalds bags in your backseat from breakfast stops on the way into work, those didn’t come to you empty.
So now you’re approaching your forties and you have kids or pets or both, and you barely want to get off the couch when you get home, and pizza or takeout is almost always the easiest answer for dinner. That metabolism that got you through benders in college and late night partying while you started your career; thats long gone, pal. Now what? I’ll tell you what, you’re going to wake up in the morning and see a “fattie”. And you’re going to not like it. At some point, maybe not the first time you see the fattie in the mirror (denial is a powerful thing), you’ll want to make changes. You’ll want to start getting back together with the saturday morning football guys, and all your alley cat buds are now racing cyclocross, which looks like the best excuse to drink beer you’ve ever seen.
That’s when you’re going to find out how hard the road back is. Changing just one routine is hard, think about how hard it is to basically change your whole life in order to get back to where you were before. It will take way more discipline than you ever imagined to get back to even close to where you were. I’ve been working on it for 4 years now, and while Ive lost around 50 pounds, I still have a lot of work ahead of me.
With that said, the road back, just like the ride home after a bunch of hill repeats (which is where I came up with all this), is a challenge you can and will overcome. Be confident, expect speedbumps, and know that it won’t all come off in a day.
Or right now, while you’re still fit, you can do the right things (eat healthy most of the time, and do something athletic more often than Saturdays) and maybe you will never have to go down that road.
Because the road back is so much harder…
PS. Here’s a little fun to go with today’s serious message. It’s STANLEY TIME!
His snout is all terrier, but those ears are totally chihuahua