How many times have you started a new “diet” program with good intentions,

And then fallen off the wagon, so to speak?

As a certified and highly experienced personal trailer and Masters athlete, of course that has never happened to me, right?

Yeah, right …

Just a few days ago, I stepped on the scales and got a most unpleasant surprise.

My mostly healthy eating habits that saw me drop 45 pounds over the past few years had been slipping as of late, and I was finally paying the price.

What to do; what to do?

Get your act together is what to do, you know that.

I was pretty disgusted with myself, and so I decided to right the ship.

That was just a few days ago, and I’ve dropped four pounds already. Admittedly, some of that was probably good old-fashioned water-weight, but at least the scales are headed in the right direction again.

One thing I’ve done is to cut out the late-night snacking habit that I’d fallen into, and also resisting the temptation to grab some kind of fast food instead of coming home and cooking a meal.

Another thing I’ve gone back to the last few days is … when I get a little hungry, that doesn’t mean I need to go looking for something to eat. A lot of times, when you feel hungry, it just may be that your body is telling you it needs some fluid — some water. It’s easy, believe it or not, to mistake thirst for hunger.

Yesterday, I had a protein drink (25 grams of protein and no sugar added) for breakfast, and a couple of turkey and swiss sliders for lunch. I had gone to pole vault practice that morning, and so those little sliders for lunch burned off pretty quickly, and I was hungry again a couple hours later. But I knew dinner was coming up in a few hours and I didn’t need to eat just because my poor little belly was empty and whining about it. So I relaxed and watched the golf tournament on TV and waited for a delicious plate of coconut shrimp, macaroni salad, and coleslaw made by my lovely bride.

Even had strawberry shortcake for dessert, and I still weighed two pounds less this morning than I did the day before.

The morale of the story is this:

If your eating habits have been slipping and you’re feeling like a beached whale — or on the way — don’t let it get you down.

Do something about it.

Make a couple adjustments and get back on the program.

You can do it!


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