Defeat the Creep
Everyone over the age of thirty knows the signs. You are a healthy six foot (plus or minus) male and you remember when you weighed in the 180’s. Each year you go for your physical and each year there is another pound. The years go by, the pounds add up and eventually you must face your problem: It’s the creep!
That pound per year seems fine until ten to twenty years go by. The years have left you a victim of the creep and now, instead of one pound per year, it is closer to five and you are now tipping the scale at 220. You dread your annual physical, with good reason. “Lose 10% of it” comes your doctor’s orders. Realizing quickly that is over twenty pounds I ask how? My doctor advises Weight Watchers food. “I heard it tastes okay.” With my life seemingly over (Weight Watchers?!) I look for a better way…
Dutch, says the email. Having attended a family wedding a few days after getting the word (or words, Weight Watchers, arghh), I asked my cousin Meredith who owns Level 10 Fitness (www.l10la.com) in Manhattan Beach California. She knows from which she speaks and she spoke Dutch.
So began my journey last November 2011. Dutch immediately got me off the sugars and the processed foods for starters. Any diet without Weight Watchers has to be a step up and Dutch got me going in the right direction diet-wise. Exercise-wise was another matter. Let’s just say Dutch can work with what he’s given which is great because in my opinion I needed a lot of work just to reach beginner.
The weight started to melt off from the beginning. In February, Dutch had his thirty day challenge of diet and exercise. I had some momentum going in so hopefully the challenge could allow me to move further towards my goal. Sure enough, by the end of the challenge I was at 207 and on my way.
One of the hardest and most essential thing for me to learn was that all this exercise and diet stuff takes a while. You might think you can rush it, but I’d argue with you over it. Diet and exercise takes time so you might as well learn it, accept it and move forward…slowly. Given time, and of course the work and discipline, you will get the results you are looking for.
Today, a year later, I am at my best weight of 196, having achieved my doctor’s orders. Thanks to Dutch, I defeated the creep without one Weight Watchers meal ever passing my lips. Great Success! Now it’s back to work with my newest goal: getting into the best shape of my life.
KURT L SMITH