I’ve been a way for a while. Actually, I’ve been busy blogging the whole time but for a different blog. You see, friends, I am in the midst of an 11,000 mile road trip with the family. Yes, you read that right. It’s a mix of business and pleasure. The business part is coming from the fact that my wife and I serve on a board that has put us to work traveling the continent this summer. Yours truly is the documentarian. The pleasure part comes from the fact that this is just fun for us.
While traveling and writing I had an opportunity to spend an evening with Kate. Kate is an old friend who happens to be Annie’s daughter. You all know Annie. She’s my biggest fan and I love sharing my posts if for no other reason than that I know she’ll read it and comment.
Today she emailed me with a question. You may recall that about a five weeks ago, before this trip, I began a diet called 21 Day Fix from the folks at BeachBody.com. In conjunction with this diet I entered into a contest called DietBet. Just so you know, DietBet uses an app where you’re assigned a goal weight and then asked to weigh in again within 3 weeks. If your second weigh-in matches the goal weight then you win a share of the money what people paid in to be in the contest.
In my case I first weighed in at 196.9 Before you say anything remember I have a narrow frame. My assigned target was 4% of my total weight or a bit more than 8 lbs. I followed the recommended diet which was heavy on vegetables. I loathe vegetables but for the first time in my life I decided to just do it. Day after day I munched on carrots and salads, stuffed the blender with kale and spinach, and actually ate broccoli. It wasn’t easy. I also switched to black coffee and gave up drinking soda altogether. Unsweetened tea became my friend. Seemed like a lot to go through for 8 lbs. But I did it.
On the exercise front I dropped running. Maybe one day I’ll take it up again. I just felt like it was never really for me. A friend had gotten me into it and he was very helpful both as a guide and a model. But I know in my heart I was never going to matriculate into the kind of elite athlete he is. There will be no mud runs in my future any time soon. I’m still hopeful to get somewhat leaner and a bit more in shape over time but switching my diet I at least know that I’m doing something right and if nothing else the black coffee can serve as a penance of sorts. I did do 21 days of their workouts which were brutal. I haven’t seen any results but I never do. If anyone else has seen them, they’re not saying.
So how’d I do?
Let’s just say that starting a diet and then going on a road trip is not such a good idea. When you’re driving a car ten hours out of a day it can be difficult to eat right. Difficult, but not impossible. We stopped at supermarkets in the morning and grabbed fruits and vegetables that wouldn’t spoil quickly and that took care of a lot. Just eating the damn veggies every day appears to be helpful even if you’re going off-script with the rest of it.
When we got close to day 21 we were in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We stopped at a Walmart and bought a scale. When the day came I took the scale out. I was not too hopeful. I took off my shoes and stepped up.
To my surprise I was half a pound under my target!
I did it. I got my money. I’m happy.
Will there be any before/after photos? Well I took them but I’m no fool. Somehow I have this mental block about posting shirtless pictures of myself online for the world to see. Nothing on the internet ever goes away.
But there you have it. Would I recommend this total plan to others? Absolutely. In fact, I started it up again after a few days off where I enjoyed some good foods. But guess what? I still ate the vegetables, still poured nothing into my coffee, still stuck with the tea. I guess it’s just a way of life and I’m hoping to stick with it further. My new goal is to get to 175. I’ll come back at you if I get there.