I was just thinking about some diet and exercise related things this evening…
I mowed my lawn tonight. So it turns out “trainer” is a pretty decent guy. I think we already knew that. but tonight he confirmed it for me. I am about to embark on a major business trip and needed to get the lawn mowed before I leave. Unfortunately my mower decided this was the perfect time to quit on me. I texted “trainer” and asked if I could borrow his.
My mom, in particular, used to say to me “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” She was good with pithy maxims like that. She also used to call me by my dead brother’s name but who’s counting. She did, however, reverse half of that statement when she also taught that we should always give of ourselves. So I guess she didn’t really go back on her words so much considering that giving of ourselves is not lending if we don’t expect a return. Now I’m confused.
Anyway, my friend the “trainer” texted back in the affirmative. Now I am always mindful of a friend’s kindness. If I ever need to catch a ride with someone even if he’s going to the same place already I fill up his car. If I drop by for a visit I bring a bottle of wine. I never want my mom to think she didn’t raise me right. More to the point, it’s just the right thing to do since nothing is owed to me. It’s my way of saying “Hey, you were incredibly kind and generous with your things. It made my day easier. I treated your mower better than my own. Here’s a little something for your trouble.”
So I was thinking about the word incredible for some reason. I think that’s because it’s how I would describe this 21 Day Fix program I’m on. By the way, I’m closing in on 21 days and it’s going well, I think. The incredible thing about the diet portion is that I finished this day with three proteins left! That means that I, who ate well and was not hungry all day, should have eaten even more. Incredible!
Then I was thinking about the exercise portion. In 30 minutes each night for just shy of three weeks I’ve been able to dramatically reshape my appearance. I’m not talking about massive gains in size or a total beach body just yet. In fact I’m still leery of taking my shirt off at the beach this summer. That could be because I have a perception of myself that might not match reality. That’s another story. But my waist has gotten smaller. That’s a start. Incredible, right?
Then there’s the “trainer” himself. I thought this was kind of funny. On Sunday I had a chance to meet two of his brothers. The three of them along with Mrs. “trainer” and two of their kids had just completed one of those obstacle-laden mud races the day before. Wouldn’t you know that, standing in their presence, I realized that I was in the kitchen of the “Incredibles”. Seriously it’s like a family who live to one-up each other in the “I’m more shredded than you” game. And I think that’s, honestly, incredible. Truly. I kind of wish I’d had brothers growing up who would have engaged in a little friendly competition and camaraderie to help each other reach our goals. So I actually have seven brothers but none of them would have engaged in that kind of camaraderie with me. Incredible, I know.
So thank you, “trainer”. Thanks for the mower and allowing me to invite myself in for a glass of wine. You know you were hoping I would anyway. And thanks for the inspiration. I’ve got a summer of travel ahead of me and I hope I won’t fall too far off the wagon. If I do, maybe you guys could adopt me.