Fat And Happy

January 2, 2013

We’ve all heard the term.  You’re so happy that you just don’t care about anything else because, dammit, YOU’RE HAPPY.  It’s a figure of speech.

Wait… It IS a figure of speech, right???

I mean think about it – figures of speech actually COME from something tangible, at least at one point in time, right?  Nobody says ‘I’m as happy as an Orange!’ because no one knows if oranges are, in fact, happy.  (They do, however, know they can be annoying.)  The phrase ‘Fat and Happy’ actually comes from the science world, and is described in better detail HERE.

When you put yourself in a public forum the way I have chosen to, what you do and how you do get put under the proverbial microscope.  That’s not a bad thing… it’s why I started this blog – so I could have people help me stay accountable.  Well, when it gets to this time of year, and things start to slow down tremendously.

And, in my case, they damn near stopped.  Why?  I think, in many ways, it’s because I got ‘Fat and Happy’

I was losing weight at a great clip… met an amazing woman… completing new challenges left and right… than I just decided to stop.  Why?  I don’t know – but I was happy.  Races were done because it started getting colder out.  Holidays came around which means more time spent on eating, shopping, shopping & eating.  Plus, the bed’s A LOT more comfortable when it’s pitch black at 7am.  Add that to me being pretty damn happy, and I said to myself ‘hey, that’s cool… I’ll get back at it tomorrow.’

Well, I’ve said ‘tomorrow’ A LOT the last month or so.

I'm-going-to-stop-putting-things-off,-starting-tomorrow!And that’s where, for me, the problem starts.  I got back into that mindset that I can start and stop this process at will… and that’s simply not the case.  Why is that?  Because for this to work, it has to be a complete lifestyle change.  Seriously – how many times have I said that here before!  I’m not on a diet. This isn’t my off-season.  I need to watch what I eat and be physically active every single day for the rest of my life because THAT is what is necessary for me to stay healthy.

For some people that’s not the case.  Unfortunately I’m not some people.

And you know what?  That’s OK… I’ve done ‘Fat and Happy’, and it’s not a good look for me.  I’m gonna try and create a new figure of speech to live by… gonna be real close to ‘Fat and Happy’ too.

‘Fit and Happy’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?  ‘Fit and Happy’ is where it’s at in 2013.  Better workouts, cooler events… because FIT beats FAT every single time… even when it comes to being happy.


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