In a nutshell, I’m fat because it’s easier to be fat than it is to be a healthy weight.
It’s easier to be sedentary than to make time to exercise every day..Â It’s easier to eat at Sonic, Outback, Denny’s, and Taco Bell than it is to shop for and cook healthy food for your family every day.Â And it’s definitely easier to go with the flow of the group that is doing these things than to stick to your guns and make the right choices when you’re out of your routine.
This is the situation that I found myself in this past weekend.Â Every year for as long as I can remember, the men in my family–my dad, uncles, and cousins–spend a few days on a bird hunting trip in Arizona.Â We get up REALLY early, stop at Circle K for coffee and doughnuts (I had a powerbar instead) and hunt until around 11:00.Â On the way back to the hotel, we stop at one of those aforementioned restaurants for a VERY healthy meal.Â Then, we take a nap, eat dinner at another one of those restaurants, go to bed early and do it all again the next day.Â Oh yeah, there’s lots of beer involvedÂ and an occasional trip to DQ for a blizzard.Â Of course, there’s no exercise in sight, unless you count walking from the truck to the place where you set up your stool in the field for the morning shoot.
It’s really hard to make good choices when everyone around you is making bad ones.Â None of the men in my family are skinny, a few might be considered normal weight, but most of them are overweight or worse.Â It’s easy to see where I got my eating habits and body weight issues.Â Unfortunately for me, my problems started earlier in life than the people in the generation above me.Â This is why it’s so important for me to get my lifestyle under control.Â So that my kids see a two healthy weight parents every day for as long as they can remember.Â So that they know being inactive is not a choice.Â So that they know that eating healthy is very important and something that can be done most of the time instead of only when life cooperates.Â These are the things that I must continue to work on and can never give up on.
So, after a summer of moderate exercise, moderate diet control, and lots of time spent away from the house, I have allowed myself to gain a few pounds.Â I’m back up to 192 this morning.Â Eating and exercise is a struggle for me right now.Â I’m allowing myself to make poor choices in both arenas.
We’ve got one more small trip planned for this weekend.Â Pam’s running the McKenzie River 50K trail run this weekend.Â The whole family is going down to support her.Â We’ve got a cute cabin booked for the weekend and then next week, it’s back to school.
I’m looking forward to getting back into the routine of school and kids’ activities that start up again next week.Â My diet and exercise habits thrive when we’ve got the daily schedule made up for us in advance.Â I’m excited to get down to my goal weight by the new year.