Common Sense - It's What's For Dinner

It doesn’t take Dr. Phil to tell you before you realize that true fitness and weight loss comes with a combination of burning calories through physical exercise and managing your food intake, not only the caloric amount, but the types and qualities of food one consumes. I think I read this while grazing a Chinese buffet, but I read it none the less.

So Saturday we met for the second time and the effort was stepped up on us. We were about to get served. As a “warm-up” we lined up and did a set of drills that work very specific muscles as well as made us all sweaty and breathy, but not in the good way. While I was queued up, I couldn’t help but think that this is probably how the Nazi youth began. As we jumped and skipped and bounced from one end of the park to the next, I had to shed any pretense of athletic ability or self-consciousness. I know watching a string of puffing pseudo-athletes skipping in the park might be laughter-making to the chiseled masses getting their workout on at the time, but it is where we are. It is where I am. So I skip.

As for the food, I did some research and it isn’t as cut-and-dry as you might think. Here are some surprising things I found out.

- Even though Diet Coke’s first ingredient is carbonated WATER, it is actually not the first choice for hydration by trainers

- In the same category, even though it is made from potatoes, vodka doesn’t count as a vegetable.

- Skittles aren’t fruit

The sponsors of this program have been very generous with the giveaways and this week they brought me something new. It is some sort of block of gelatin with the marketed flavor “Margarita and Salt”. I kid you not. I think it is supposed to provide the high-end athlete a quick burst of energy. What it is instead is what I am sure satan would expel if he had bronchitis and sneezed into a homeless guys shoe. Maybe one day I will look at food as fuel, but today, I’m gonna avoid any jellied cubes.

It’s Monday. No excuses. Just get the fucking shoes on and go do what you are supposed to do.

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