Gaining Streak

If I had a switch, I’d be whipping myself with it right now.

You see, the company where I work has us set objectives at the beginning of each quarter. Your effectiveness as an employee is measured by whether you deliver on those objectives.

In my particular case, the objectives I’ve been laying out have all pointed toward one big fat deliverable at the end of my first year here.

That big fat deliverable is due to go live this Saturday.

As you might suppose (based on how often I’m getting friends to substitute for me here), I’m a little busy. A little stressed.

So, yesterday afternoon, after giving a presentation to the company of what my job is about and how it’s going to turn everyone’s lives upside down next Monday, I felt a little relieved. I felt a little entitled to treating myself.

And that’s when the HR director opened the big box of chocolate-fudge brownies with mint chocolate frosting.

Suffice it to say that I showed everyone in the company what I am capable of when I really apply myself to a task.

Or, if you want me to be a little less vague, how about this: I ate between five and eight brownies.

Some people fled the room in horror. Those who remained will have nightmares for the rest of their lives.

Then, when I got home, I went into full-on junkfood inhalation mode. Swedish fish (my favorite non-chocolate candy) by the handsful. Miniature marshmallows (which I don’t even particularly care for). Pop tarts. There was more, but my memory’s a little hazy.

In short, I was a nutritional train wreck.

I’m paying for it today: 164.2 pounds. Which means I’m now looking at a high likelihood of having a net gain in weight for the month of March, a slower time on my TT, and an awesome opportunity for my B7 competitors to leave me in the dust.

Re-Finding the Rhythm
From January to the beginning of March, I was the model dieter / exerciser. I had this losing streak (i.e., losing weight, not being more and more of a loser) going, and getting big results.

Then there was the two week trip.

When I got back, I made some noise about how well I managed to keep the weight off. Even as I did that, though, part of me knew that I was not in the clear. Not even close.

You see, once you break a diet streak, starting a new streak is exponentially more difficult. So far, I have not been able to do it. Every day I start with good intentions, and by the time I get halfway through the day, I’ve blown it. Yesterday wasn’t my first failure, just my most spectacular.

But now I’ve got new motivation. I’m talking with Rick Sunderlage (not his real name) about doing the Kokopelli Trail Race, a 142-mile self-supported mountain bike race on the Kokopelli Trail, together. Dug’s toying with the idea. Kenny will be doing it for sure.

I would not want to do this race in anything but the best shape I can possibly be in.

The race is May 19. That is not a lot of time.

So today, I plan to re-start my losing streak. This time, I’m hoping it’ll take.

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