Hi. My name is (insert name here) and I’m a Coke Zero addict. It’s been 63 days since I last opened a bottle of happiness.
It’s tough to come back to this blog to provide an update on my fitness battle when, in many ways, nothing seems to be changing. While it’s not for a lack of trying, it’s just that the desired results aren’t there.
The reason most people work out and eat healthier is to lose weight. Yet since my epiphany in March when the scale pissed me off like no other time in my life, I’ve put in a decent amount of effort to drop a few pounds. Yet I weigh the exact same now as I did 63 days ago.
This makes little sense to me. Thanks to my Lose It! app, I’m doing a better job of watching what I eat and keeping the calories down. I’ve reduced McDonalds and other fast food dramatically. Coke and Coke Zero – as well as all pop – have been eliminated. I even had my thyroid tested and it’s doing whatever the hell a thyroid should do at a normal clip.
In the gym, I continue to work out at least 3 days a week and have recently begun running outdoors (finally!). It beats the treadmill and is a great diversion from the stationary bike and weight lifting routine. Granted my runs are only in the 1.4 to 1.7 mile range, but I’ll take that for now.
I will say this, though: despite the clothes not fitting better and the scale superbly playing the role of my arch-nemesis, I do feel better physically.
Over the years I’ve tried several go-arounds of Maximized Living Detox System. Sometimes I’ve done it and it’s helped me drop a few pounds. Other times, it had no effect on weight. So in some ways, I don’t know how effective it truly is. Here’s what the website says about it:
The ML Detox System is a simple two part system: Cell Detox and Body Detox. Cell Detox contains powerful ingredients that work synergistically to raise your body’s natural antioxidant and detoxifier, glutathione, which helps your body to remove toxins from the body at a cellular level. Body Detox works hand in hand with Cell Detox to collect the toxins released by your body and safely and permanently removes them.
Yeah. Say that 10 times in a row.
For a few weeks I was drinking a protein shake for breakfast. I’ve since stopped that because it’s been too much of a hassle to replenish the ‘fridge with constant trips to Costco. Now, breakfast consists of normal food items like a banana, perhaps some eggs, and lately my favorite: Cocoa Pebbles with 2% milk.
I’ve also started drinking a lot of Vitamin Water ZERO. Since I’ve stopped drinking pop, my water intake has increased exponentially. And no, I’m not kidding myself into thinking that Vitamin Water ZERO is actually healthy for me, but I need water and I need the flavor. Could the artificial stuff added to the drink be having a negative affect? I don’t know.
A week from tomorrow is my first Warrior Dash of the summer. A week later is my second. After that, I might push for a 5k run or two – which certainly would require more outdoor road-work and longer than a mile and a half runs.
Additionally, there’s a good chance I’ll be playing softball this summer as well. Granted, that’s just one night a week but hey – it helps.
Obviously what I’ve been doing for last two months isn’t working; at least in terms of noticeable results. That makes me think it’s time to mix it up a bit. How? I’m not sure. But something.
Besides, what’s the alternative? Do NOTHING? Stop exercising? Hit a weekly Chinese buffet? I don’t think so. Yeah I might be passively obsessive, but I wasn’t put on this Earth to quit or to die weighing more than my casket.