My #Roadto40: I Found an Ab (Results After One Month)

This thing hurts
This thing hurts

This past Monday marked the one-month mark of my exercise and fitness regimen on my #Roadto40.  So, much like she did on January 22 of this year, Katie of Precision Athletics took my measurements with the help of some cold and sharp calipers.  The measurements only took a couple of minutes:  she would name a body part, hook up the calipers to pinch said body part, I would grimace and hold back my tears, she would remove the calipers, and I would pretend it didn’t hurt.

The final results showed some decent progress:  in one month I lost 11 pounds, shed 4 inches off of my waist, and reduced my body fat by over 4%.

I knew that I had lost some weight over the month as my watch and wedding started to slide a bit and I moved to the next notch on my belt buckle.  My double chin is less pronounced (it’s more like a 1.5 chin now) and both my face and waist are a tad slimmer.

In fact, when Katie was placing the calipers on my stomach, she remarked “I feel an ab!”  This was a lot better than a month ago when she could have asked me, “Do you know what an ab is?”

My family, friends, and church community have noticed a difference.  It was nice to have people come up to me at the ONE Conference and remark that I looked skinnier; I’m sure the black suit helped a bit.  :p

Some people are aware of my #Roadto40 initiative while many people aren’t.  Regardless, it’s cool to hear the affirmations.

Gail is thrilled that she can wrap her arms around me and actually have her fingertips touch on the other side.  Our kids are eating healthier and we have less junk food and pop in the house now.

Everyone I talk to advises me to look past the numbers and focus on how I’m feeling.  While the numbers are indeed one indication of progress, they are certainly not the end all and be all.  Sounds a lot like youth ministry actually haha.

To that extent, I feel great.  I have more energy and I feel more alert.  I don’t snack throughout the day or late at night, and my appetite has shrunk just a bit.

My attitude towards certain foods has changed as well.  It’s strange – but gratifying – to walk out of Safeway with a bag full of fruits and vegetables instead of chips, cookies, and pop.

One thing I know I can still improve on is getting more sleep every night.  It’s a challenge to just drop everything and get to bed by 11pm, but when I do I feel so much better the next day.

While my 21-day Fat Flush ended last week, I’m still trying to make healthy choices when it comes to what I’m eating and how much I’m eating.

I’ll be meeting with my buddy Craig next week to talk about potential next steps.  I imagine we’ll have a good discussion on nutrition as well as ways I can supplement the 360 Degree Abs small group training sessions I’m continuing to do 3 times a week.

Going back to the analogies to youth ministry and the Catholic faith, my journey to better health is similar to the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Just because I finished the Fat Flush doesn’t mean I’ve reached the end.  Rather, it’s just the beginning of a life-long commitment to improving physically, mentally, and even spiritually.

While the numbers are nice, I need to remain patient and committed and continue to take baby steps…one crunch at a time.

With Craig
With Craig