I don't know if any of you caught The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour last night, but I surprised myself by actually enjoying a lot of it. I think it was mostly the nostalgia factor; I don't think that anyone under the age of 50 has attempted anything remotely similar since Donny And Marie went off the air in 1979. In all, it was mostly Sonny and Cher with some Laugh-In and Carol Burnett Show thrown in. Stupid, yes, but with a guilty fun factor.
What this entry is really about is my Lenten Observance this year: I resolved to eat right and exercise regularly for the 40 days of Lent. While I didn't even come close to eliminating fatty foods from my diet, I did get to the gym 6 days a week for over 5 weeks and got my portion sizes under control during most days of the week. I can't point to any specific numbers about inches or pounds lost (I was too scared to go near a scale when I started this), I do generally feel better and can see some improvements when I look in the mirror.
What the experience also showed me was how far I had fallen. There was a period about three weeks into the workout when I was beginning to see some improvement, but, the exercise only seemed to provide me a larger, firmer framework for the fat to hang off of. I think those days were the worst... I don't know if it was actually true or not, but my clothes just seemed to fit worse as my body took the first plodding steps toward a fitter form. Perhaps it was the fact that I finally started looking at my body with a more critical eye toward fitness. I don't know.
I am hopeful, however, that I am now starting to build up some momentum in my fitness regimen. I know that I am lifting heavier weight now when I do strength training on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Cardio workouts are also getting to the point where I can push myself a little harder. I have to remember that there is a goodly distance to go though. Closing the waist on my pants still takes a little effort in the morning. I am not lifting the amount of weight I was say, 10 years ago, at the gym.
I wanted to hold off writing about this in a diary entry until I had some results to talk about. That was a wise decision. Hopefully I will be able to report further progress in another 40 days.
Truth be told, however... I'm feeling a little under the weather. I hope that this isn't a cold coming on.
on 2004-04-12 at 5:54 p.m.
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