Peak of Fitness

Mercifully, my recovery time from recent hernia surgery turned out to be shorter than expected.  A week after the procedure, I saw the doctor who gave me the ok to commence some light running.  It took me a couple of more days to get myself to lace up my sneakers, but finally I did and slowly began to reset myself back into training mode.

This time around though, I am going to make a conscious effort to make sure my training is complete, in order to better realize my athletic potential.  I am going to start from the ground up and include all aspects of my life.  This not only includes making sure I get my training it, but also making sure I get my diet right, my personal life right and even my professional life right.  I want to make sure that I do everything as correctly as possible, and to the best of my ability.

In order to do this I need to have a healthy mind and body.  If the body is healthy, it will make it easier for the mind to follow.  Feeling and looking good gives you confidence to tackle almost any challenge in life, so this is where I am going to start.  Fortunately, I have the support of my friends and children.  They offer me advice and encouragement and in the case of one particular friend a rock solid diet plan as well as accountability.

The most significant change I am going to make as I head into 2012 is to eat properly and eliminate that which I know does not belong in my diet.  Foods with excess sugars, artificial sweeteners, empty carbohydrates, high fat content and other junk foods are going to be banished.  This will take a great deal of sacrifice and self-control, but I know it will be worth it in the end.

I’ve said before that the desire to look good and feel good is all a matter of pleasure.  Either you get more pleasure out of being in the physical shape you want to be in, or you get more pleasure out of stuffing your face with every conceivable kind of junk.  It really boils down to that simple sort of decision.  When confronted with something to eat, all you need to do is say to yourself “will my short term pleasure of eating this piece of junk, be greater than my long term pleasure in knowing that my body is fit and healthy”.

I told a special friend today about how I got started on my now ten year fitness streak.  During this conversation it came to light that pictures exist of me being fat and out of shape.  I keep those pictures as a reminder of where I once was.  I also have a picture of my peak of fitness, which is now about 5 years old.  The two pictures are polar opposites.  Over the past 5 years I have been waffling back and forth between wanting to be like the guy in the peak of fitness vs. the guy who was fat and out of shape.  It is time I cut the bullshit and get back to the person I was when I had reached top fitness.  I will never forget the confidence I had in myself at the time and wish everyone could achieve that.  It is hard to reach and hold onto that level, but I am going to do it again.