Guess what? I have a real shocker - the principles of a paleo diet and fitness lifestyle only work if you apply them. And by "apply", I mean every day of every week. Once you start slipping and don't correct, one bad day turns into one bad week, then one bad month, and within 6 months you have lost years of progress. Yes, that's what I said, YEARS! Once you are over 40, what it takes years to achieve can be lost in a matter of months.
Beware of making excuses or kicking the can down the road with vague self-promises like, "I'll get back into it after this trip", or "After this weekend I'll eat right", or "Tomorrow I'll exercise, I'm too tired, too busy, or its too hot, too cold, too rainy, etc etc etc blah blah blah!!
If you are all too human, like me, you know all of these excuses and more. I've made them and paid dearly.
Well, I'm mad as hell and I just can't take it anymore! I can't stand the way I feel. I can't stand the way my clothes fit (or, rather, don't fit), I can't stand what the scale, mirror, and belt buckle are telling me.
In a word - I've had it. Ok ok, that is 3, perhaps 4 words, depending on how you slice it, but you get the point. I've reached my limit, I've hit bottom, and now I'm starting, once again on the long road of recovery back to better health and fitness.
But, one observation I'd like to share - it is more about how I FEEL and less about how I LOOK.
While it is true, looking fit and trim are always a good goal, and often the primary one for many, what I have learned it that FEELING fit, FEELING good, FEELING healthy, and FEELING strong, is the most wonderful blessing of all good fitness.
I'm sure there's a 12 Step Program for Fitness. If there isn't one, I'll create it.
I am starting Step One today:
Step One: I admit that I am "out of shape" and my poor state of fitness and diet have become unmanageable.
Please wish me luck...