"This is me swallowing my pride, standing in front of you saying I'm sorry for that night."
The siren song was sweet and oh so tempting. I didn't make it far into South Carolina before answering the call. Exit one to be precise. As far as I'm concerned, you can't travel any further into the Palmetto State without stopping at Maurice's Gourmet Barbeque. And so it began, my weekend of shame.
Traveling is always hard on exercise plans like this. The videos were portable and absolutely not a problem. I ripped them onto the IPad and we were all set to watch them as we visited family and friends. It's the diet where things went to hell. Maurice's was the first slip. My mother-in-law's pot roast the next. When she pulled homemade chocolate chip cookies out of the oven I was like a fat kid at Willie Wonka's place. Things, they escalated quickly.
I felt bad, not because I let myself down, but because I felt like I was letting the readers down, Erik Owings down, letting down the champ himself. Thousands of people are reading each installment of this, a glorified Live Journal. It's humbling and I owe you more than a couple or ten chocolate chip cookies. So let's not speak of this again except to say this: diet is as key as exercise here.
We are at war, not just with sloth and complacency. This is a battle against high fructose corn syrup, saturated fats, and anything fried. It's the combination of diet and exercise that will make all the difference. That's important to remember.
The workouts continue. Some of them are really fun. The Fight Conditioning video is like Tae Bo, or what Tae Bo might have been if Billy Blanks had ever actually been in a fight. The mantra still rings in my head: "jab, hook, front kick, level change." The strength and conditioning workout makes me feel alive.
Others are less great. There are segments of the ab workout that will take significant work to master. I find myself cursing trainer Erik Owings for not demonstrating the fallback exercise quickly enough. But I am satisfied. Despite my slip I am still down six pounds after three weeks. Not only that, people are starting to ask if I've lost weight. I may not be down 10 pounds yet, but I've noticed a change in my body composition. This thing is actually working. I just have to make sure I am.
Next week: your questions and comments. I know some of you have started your own RUSHFIT journey. If you'd like to share your story, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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