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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Temptation can erase hard work

It’s been a year since I finished the “90 Day Commit to Get Fit” program at Hampshire Hills, so this week, I looked at a few of the things I had to say when it all wrapped up.

When I was done with the 13-week program, I had lost 30 pounds and had improved on all of my assessment numbers, which included cholesterol and body-fat percentage along with a host of physical tests.

At the time, I wrote “as for myself, my biggest worry heading into the final weeks was accountability. I was afraid that once the class ended … some of my bad habits (would) creep back into my life. … My way of thinking has changed, and when temptation has crept in, I’ve just reminded myself of all the work I’ve already put into this.”

How things can change in a year.

OK, I guess it hasn’t been that bad. The good news is, I haven’t put on any of the weight I originally lost.

I’m still 30 pounds lighter than I was at the start of the program, and please allow me to pat myself on the back for that. A few years ago, when I did a similar program and lost 20-plus pounds, I put the weight back on within six months.

There have been several reasons as to why I’ve been able to do that. While I haven’t been sticking exactly to the healthy lifestyle laid out in the program, I’ve been coming close. Gone are the days of eating pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I’ve maintained trips to the gym, however erratic they’ve been. And while I don’t run everyday – or sometimes even every week – I’m doing it more than I used to. I try to walk more than I used to as well.

But despite being able to keep that weight off, I feel I still could do more. Like I said, my trips to the gym, especially in the last six months, have been erratic, and that’s being generous.

I seem to be go, go, go for a couple of weeks, and then something will come up, and I’ll go two weeks without going.

Same goes for my diet. I’ll be having a heck of day, following the healthy lifestyle as close as can be, and then it gets to be 10 o’clock and everything in the vending machine at work just looks oh so good.

Honestly, I think the biggest thing I need to change is the way I plan. When I take the time to plan out trips to the gym and plan out my meals, I have more success. It’s the times I fly by the seat of my pants that I get into trouble.

And there’s one other thing from a year ago that I need to keep in my mind – my hard work.

I worked my butt off, literally, to lose that weight, and I don’t want it coming back.

Joe Marchilena writes a weekly fitness column for Hampshire Hills. To find out more information about the “90 Day Commit to Get Fit” program, call 603-673-7123 or e-mail