So I’m fat. Ok, perhaps “overweight” is the optimal term. Where did that come from? Ok, let’s back up…..
A couple of weeks ago, Dan and Kurt and the guys at Mid-TN Nutrition announced a body transformation contest. A prize to the winner and the winner’s favorite charity. I’m all about encouraging my clients and friends to participate in challenges that promote fitness. Transformation challenges, 5K races (on the road, in the mud…), triathlons, whatever. That’s why we have a dry erase board in front of the rowing machine at the gym – so people can record their times and compete. Motivation is key in reaching any fitness goal.
Of course I sign up for the “Transformation Challenge,” because I rarely encourage others to do something I won’t do myself. So there I was, stripped down to my underwear, sitting in the “Bod-Pod,” getting my bodyfat measured. I was idly curious while waiting. I wonder what the magic number will be. Probably not as low as it has been in the past, but I wasn’t really concerned. Finally the machine resembling a time capsule space pod cracks open and releases me back to the public. I walk over to the front desk, wait for the paperwork, and read….TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT!! What? That can’t be right, I need to get my eyes checked. Yet there it is again. Maybe Kurt’s playing a joke on me. I look up…nope. I still cannot believe it. I look down at myself; all of the sudden I feel very self conscious standing there at the front desk in my underwear, which is odd for me. My wife can tell you I usually have the modesty of a lifeguard at a nudist colony. Do you know that dream where you look down and realize that you are naked and in public? Bingo. In shame I walk over, get my picture taken, and put my clothes back on.
What just happened? Is this a dream? No. Is the “Bod Pod” wrong? Probably not. I’m sure there’s a margin for error but it can’t be that far off. What just happened?
I woke up. That’s what happened.
Not from a dream, but from denial. I woke up and realized that I am out of shape. I motivate and push people every day. How did that happen? The same way it happens to anyone else. All of these thoughts hit my head…..How long has this been going on? I’m sure it’s been progressive. Does this diminish my value as a trainer? Good question to challenge myself with, but no. Some of the greatest coaches in NFL history have led their teams to victory long after they were able to effectively run down the field and score themselves. I see people reach goals and change daily. That being said, it doesn’t mean I’m any less disgusted with myself.
The reality is….I’ve been in denial. I’m a 38 year old man who just realized that I’m no longer wearing a 25 year old body. Sure, I’ve been plagued with injuries over the past year – torn triceps from a snowboarding fall, a bad case of tennis elbow that kept me from training effectively for several months. But those are just excuses, aren’t they? No, I let it slip up on me. Thank you Mid-TN Nutrition for bringing that to my attention!
I suddenly realized that I’m going to take this transformation challenge seriously, starting today.
Join me in this journey, the start of which is 12 weeks. I’m going to blog my daily progress, and invite you to follow me, and I challenge you to join me yourself.