This has been a difficult past week for me because of the many things happening. My daughter-in-law gave birth to our third grandchild on March 20 at 5:44 a.m. so I have been back and forth to Columbus twice in the past five days.
I got in three good workouts, but I am still having difficulty dropping more weight —I think it is relocating. Measurements are pretty good, but the number on the scale is about the same. With all the travel, it has been tough to eat properly, but I am working on it.
From the time I was about 12, I have had a weight problem, mainly caused by poor dietary habits. I grew up in a meat and potatoes family with two younger brothers and a dad who was a picky eater.
The vegetables we ate were on the starchy side like corn and beans. I never ate a salad at home until after I was married.
Even when I was swimming competitively, I was always heavy. I did not look good in a Speedo. I know that is more info than you wanted, but you got it anyway. Michael Phelps and I have nothing in common as far as our bodies. We both are/were butterfly swimmers, but the similarities end there.
We also had dessert with every meal. My mom was an excellent cook and a good baker. Most meats were broiled or fried; potatoes were a staple at most meals, and I still love potatoes cooked in most any fashion.
I never had pizza until college. Now, it is one of my favorite foods, as long as there is extra cheese and meat. Pizza isn’t a vegetable so vegetables don’t belong on it. A meal is not a meal without meat involved, in my opinion.
As I grew older and more into athletics, I have always been pretty good at most anything I have tried, except skateboarding.
For many years, I felt that my body type was a competitive advantage because who loses an athletic contest to the fat kid? Golf, tennis, volleyball (played in college), racquetball, basketball, hockey, serious badminton, water skiing (slalom and trick), baseball/softball, swimming and others were all sports that I participated in and I was quite competitive.
I am not a fast runner, but I have good reactions and learn physical skills pretty quickly. I had to learn quickly to be competitive because I was slow. Once I bunted in a baseball game and the third baseman came in, fielded the bunt and beat me to first base — no throw needed. That was the last time I bunted.
After I started to raise a family, I decided I needed to learn to run. After a couple of years, this led to running competitively in 10k races (best time of just under 39 minutes) and, eventually, I ran the 1986 Cleveland/Revco Marathon, finishing in just over four hours — not fast by any means, but I did it. I kept this up for several years, but was always entered in the Clydesdale Division for runners more than 200 pounds.
I began to have some knee problems in my late 30s so I quit running and during the past 25 years, I have been on the yo-yo diet. The lowest I have been was in the 240s and the highest was331, which was where I was when I began FIT Challenge.
I am learning to exercise with more of a purpose and have seen great progress in my strength, flexibility and agility, as well as a marked redistribution of my weight.
I have been sort of on a plateau for several weeks, but part of that is my inability to plan my eating in advance. That is my goal for the next month: Try to come up with a plan for planning my diet more effectively.