This past year, I have lived two pandemic lifestyles. At the beginning of the pandemic, as almost the whole world shut down, the weather improved and I found myself outside more than ever. I golfed, sat by the pool, did a lot of yard work, and wound up drinking and eating like it was the end of the world. (To be fair, there was talk that it was the end of the world).
So I found a reason to have a beer or two here and there, and hard seltzers with the fellas on the course. Weekends included burgers, brats, and all the fixings, and other comfort food, as often as possible.
Living the good life was fun, but my health was being affected. I was out of shape, my waist ballooned and I did not like the way I looked.
For those who read the blog, you know that I had a fitness epiphany four years ago. I topped near 300lbs. (I'm 6'6") and through a lot of smart eating and exercise, I managed to drop to 235. That success has slowly eroded over the past couple of years, then shot up again at the start of the pandemic.
Ugh, right? But remember, I said this is the tale of two pandemics.
I decided to change my way of thinking once my daughter's volleyball season (and golf season) was finished. I decided my health has to matter. I knew I had to make changes, but unlike before, this will stick.
Since that time in October, I've eaten batter, basically sticking with the 80-20 rule which means I'm eating as clean as I can as much as I can while allowing for exceptions. I try to save 20% for life's moments, like birthdays and holidays, which always seem to be celebrated with great cooking and sweets.
We now own a Peloton, and I've attacked those workouts with a passion (I love working out with Ally Love and Leanne Hainsby). And for the first time in my life, I've embraced weight lifting. I was a college athlete and lifted all the time. Back then, I hated it. Throughout my adult life, I hated it. Now, though, something clicked and I'm lifting more than ever. Because of it, back pains have disappeared, my posture has improved and I know it's helped me keep my weight down. I'm even starting to see some long-forgotten muscles.
I came into this pandemic unhealthy, and, hopefully, I'll leave it in better shape than ever. It's helped my mental state too.
Be safe out there. Wear your masks and find a way to be healthy. Every journey starts with a single step, so take one. Then another, and another and before you know it, you'll be at your goal.