I know! It’s shocking, I’m actually posting twice in one week, it’s weird for me too but this is the world we live in now. I figured the best way to deal with the stagnation, nagging hip strain, my seemingly new inability to say no to mac n cheese in any form is to write it out and share the struggle. Because since the 2018 Tough Mudder Philly, it has been a constant struggle to keep on the straight and narrow.
Part of the problem has been letting the feeling of accomplishment get to my head a little bit. Having dropped so much weight in a relatively short time let my mind start to think in terms of “You can totally slack off the diet a little bit. You’ve earned some treat yo self meals homie!” In hindsight, I should have mentally drop-kicked that voice in the face and kept on the good fight. However, life rarely ever goes according to plan. Cheat meals and meals of convenience began to take precedence over clean and healthy eating. That has been and will probably always be the greatest stumbling block; the diet. You cannot outwork a bad diet, no matter how hard you try. Trust me, I’ve tried the past couple of months to no avail. Though I haven’t been running nearly as much as I wanted to this summer.
Even with running the Super Run 5K in Jersey this past July, my running schedule has been sporadic at best. Due in no small part to this nagging hip flexor that only flares up once I hit 1.5 miles or more. It appears to be nothing too serious in the talks I’ve had with a couple trainer friends. (Thanks guys!) However it has been a nuisance to the point where running, once my safe haven and happy place where I could ignore life’s shenanigans for 25-30 minutes at a time, became mired in a vicious cycle of “Oh yeah, this is a good pace, nice and solid run so far. I’m feeling pret…MYYYYY LEEEEEEGGGGGG!” Fastest I have ever turned into the “MY LEG” guy from Spongebob since my first Mudder. However, that’s where talking it out with people that deal with annoyances like this, I hesitate to call it an injury because it’s only tightness and nothing more serious than that, comes in handy. You realize that you’re not the spry 28 year old you were last year, you’re 29 and only a couple months shy of 30, you need to legitimately stretch out the old achy bones and muscles now. And I was just getting used to the idea of being fit and being able to go out, lift and run with minimal warm-up.
It has been a summer of trials and obstacles for the recovering fat kid you all know and tolerate on a base level. I won’t say the L word until you all are ready to say it as well. While I wish I could say that the first year where the numbers were coming off the scale at a record pace was sustainable, it took time to learn that is not always the case. This journey really isn’t about getting from point A to point B in a straight line. That’s rarely how life works out. There are ups and downs, dips and dots, side trips to Hershey Park and eating as much chocolate as you can before you hate yourself in the morning and do a cross state walk/drive of shame back home. However, it’s all part of the process. If success came easy then it wouldn’t be truly earned. Lasting and sustainable success can only be had after going through hell and coming out the other side a better person than before you started. It’s a lesson that applies to more than just weight loss, it’s applicable to all parts of life and it’s something I am glad to have learned.
Now that we got the heavy, emotional baggage out of the way, let’s address the other half of that title; a potential podcast! It’s an idea I’ve been mulling over the last few months, trying to diversify the kind of content that graces your screens when you mistakenly click on a link that sends you here and figure “might as well look around a little.” The form the podcast would take is still up in the air at the moment. I was thinking either discussions about different kinds of diet, which workouts are best suited for losing weight, how to keep momentum going after a plateau, and other topics like that would all be in play. Maybe bring some guests on to help elaborate on different topics. I’m open to suggestions if anyone has them, as well as hearing if this is something that you guys would willing to listen to on a semi-regular basis. I do have some podcasting experience from back in the day, so I’ll only sound mildly awkward on the mic instead of a 100% dumpster fire. Leave some love in the comments either on here, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.