It’s been awhile since I’ve written about my journey in healthy living. There have been a few hurdles along the way, but still I have managed to drop around 25 pounds in 90 days. The key is not falling all the way off the wagon – in other words, if one of the three legs of the DDP Yoga program is temporarily weak, strengthen the other two.
In December, I had the worst sinus infection of my life, which put a serious damper on my exercising. Since that time, both my wife and son have also had sinus infections. In mid January, I seriously aggravated my injured back. Shortly after, my wife seriously injured her knee. I got better, and my back improved, but then we had a series of nights over a couple of weeks with extremely little sleep. I’m already not a morning person, but after not sleeping much over the course of a few days, exercise took another back seat. I was keeping up with the January WIT challenge and actually managed to hammer out real push-ups for the first time in 15 or more years.
I attempted the Diamond Cutter workout in late January and would have made it through had I not been interrupted by my toddler son. He meant well, but it’s hard to work out with him playing under my feet. Things were getting better. My cardio was improving. I could feel the muscles in my body getting stronger. I felt pretty good. And then it happened again – another back injury. The back injuries are not related to the workout program. My back feels great after a workout. I’m not sure what is causing such frequent flare-ups, though. I just know that it’s extremely disheartening to be having such issues so early in the program.
The way I’ve been able to keep things on track is by continuing to eat clean and healthy. We’ve discovered an awesome local online farmer’s market through http://www.locallygrown.net. We’ve ordered local produce for several weeks in a row. I’ve developed quite the appetite for kale and greens in general. The mere sight of a sugary soda makes me want to vomit. Zevia, the all natural stevia-sweetened soda, keeps me happy on the soda front. My wife gradually eliminated sugar from our home cooked meals and also from her tea. Sweet tea is no longer appealing to me. Please give me unsweetened with a side of stevia.
I’ve also continued reading on http://www.TeamDDPYoga.com and trying to keep up with the journeys of others. Something that is a little disconcerting is that several folks who started near the same time as me have disappeared without a trace. We’ve all had some hurdles – and will continue to have more hurdles – but nobody said this was going to be easy. It definitely requires some work, and as I said in the beginning, when one leg weakens the others must remain strong.
If you’re reading this, please don’t give up. Even when things get difficult or when life throws lemons at you, please keep on going. Rocky Balboa said “It ain’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” I’m tired of being a fat loser. I’m ready to be a winner. I can see in the mirror how I’ve made some progress. I’m going to keep on making progress. I’m going to own my life regardless of the obstacles that creep up in my way.