So it’s been a full five weeks since Joey and I started our fitness program. We’ve made some major progress. But then again, we haven’t followed the program exactly as we are supposed to. Overall, I’d give us a B-.
On the plus side, we have been working out M-F doing our training program. It’s hard work, but fun. The small group setting is perfect b/c it allows us to get individual attention, but also adds the motivation of a group setting. Everyone is really supportive of and encouraging to each other. We went from being sedentary the month prior to staring this, which I think is pretty good. Especially since we have to get up at 5:40 am to make our 6:15 am class!
We’ve also done pretty good with our diet during the week. At home and work, we have pretty much stuck with the diet without any major problems. I’ve adjusted to having black coffee, missing my morning glass of milk and doing without bread/pasta/rice. We’ve had plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (thank you SC Farmer’s Market), incorporated fish in our diet and tried new and tasty dishes.
So what’s the problem you ask? Well it’s two-fold I think. One – we picked the worst possible time to start this plan. April/May are full of celebrations (the Wine Festival, Joey’s birthday, Joey’s graduation, Mother’s Day, my Dads’ birthday, etc.)! And celebrations mean food (and not the fresh fruit and vegetable kind). It means eating out, celebratory drinks and ice-cream cake. And I must admit the turtle ice-cream cake from Marble Slab is absolutely delicious! Celebrations with friends and family DO NOT make for ideal dieting.
Two – the weekends. As I said, for the most part we follow the plan very well during the week. But then comes the weekend. No more routine to follow. No 6:15 am workout. Instead it’s going out for dinner, baseball and World of Beer. Joey and I love sports. We try to watch just about every Braves game that comes on TV. And it’s hard not to enjoy a few cold ones while you are watching baseball.
Combine said baseball with our new favorite spot, World of Beer, and we are in trouble. If you haven’t been and you like beer, you must go and try this place. They have more than 500 beers in all. Though, I have yet to try one of the bottled beers, because Joey and I stick with one of the 40-50 draft beers. The staff is very knowledgable and will let you sample anything you’d like. And they have tons of HD TVs to watch any sporting event that is on. Basically, Joey and I are like kids in a candy store there.
Saturdays are typically the worst. By then, we are craving a beer and a burger or something (which lead to our first big cheat by the way). At the end of week 3, we caved after going to see USC play an afternoon game and having a few pints at WOB. We ended up at Burger Tavern 77 . Not sure if it was the actual food or the fact that we hadn’t had any bread, cheese, potatoes, etc. for three weeks, but man did we enjoy that burger and fries. It felt as though we completely devoured our food. Someone probably would have lost a finger in they got in our way.
So today we are back at it and hoping to avoid a meltdown this weekend. Say a prayer for us!