Tracking my progress towards a slimmer, fitter me

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed I’ve begun to put on a few pounds. I noticed this primarily because my wife kept saying, “Hey, you’ve put on a few pounds. When are you going to do something about it?” 

In my younger years, I used to treat my body like a temple. But lately my body has become more of a Temple of Doom. So I’ve decided to do something about it. 

I tried various fad diets: the Nothing-but-fruit diet, the Everything-but-fruit diet, the Mango & Salmon milk shake diet, the “All-You-Can-Eat-Just-So-Long-As-It’s-Cabbage” diet. None of them worked, in part because I usually gave up after about 40 minutes. 

I recently discovered – much to my chagrin – that there are no short cuts to fitness and good health. So I came up with eight very simple daily commitments in the areas of fitness and nutrition. I once raced in the New York Marathon. (Okay, meandered might be more accurate description of my pace.) Heck, by comparison, this should be a piece of cake. Drat! Now I’m craving a piece of cake. 

I knew I would not succeed unless I wrote down my new commitments.  I was later informed that writing them down and shoving the list in my file drawer would not be enough to ensure success. I had to actually track my progress. So far, I’m off to a bit of a shaky start. 

Fitness program - Fruit LoopsI have to say, this is much harder than I thought. It’s now day 21 and frankly, my progress has slowed down a bit. Today my exercise consisted of channel surfing. So technically, that’s a kind of surfing. And surfing’s aerobic. 

And while I was channel surfing, I saw this infomercial about a breakthrough new miracle fat-burning pill that melts away fat while you sleep. One customer claimed she lost 50 pounds in two weeks. I have to try this out. And here’s the best part: No flossing required. 

That’s the view from the bleachers. Perhaps I’m off base. 

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© Tim Jones, View from the Bleachers 2013

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  • Published On May. 22, 2013 by TEJ
  • 2 Comments


    1. 5/24/13

      Tim, Once again you have nailed it. Great work.


    2. Yer MIL
      5/24/13

      Tim, your diet sounds fantastic. Do you mind if I copy it and use your formula? We could keep track of who loses the most weight – you, me or your friendly chipmunk.
      As some of yer’ ‘diet ‘ food is not available in Canada, would it count if I substituted say a Tim Horton’s Dutchie donut – it has raisins in it which would automatically be classed as a fruit portion for my breakfast?
      Now the water bit. I do drink 8 glasses a day – but I have to spice it up with an ounce and a half of double malted Scotch., give or take but mostly give. Scotch has a reaction of making a person feel wonderful for the day and I’m so relaxed that I forget to eat. Or, is is because I pass out????
      Loved the blog.

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