I have a confession to make. I have been doing very badly on my efforts to get myself in shape lately. I've become entirely too comfortable with the new 'slim Rick' and as such I've gotten lazy. I've been cheating on my nutrition program a lot. I refuse to call it a 'diet' because the word 'diet' implies something temporary you do to 'lose a few pounds'. This is not temporary. This is permanent. We are talking the rest of my life here. Keeping yourself in shape is an endless, continuous battle. You can't let up for a second! It must be a driving force in your life, 24 hours a day. One slip up and you can easily undo weeks of success. There are too many temptations that you are constantly exposed to over the course of the day to ever let your guard down. Now granted, it's not like I've cheated so bad I've blown up and gained 50 lbs or anthing like that. More like 5-10 pounds. Yeah, yeah, I know. Most of you out there are thinking, "5-10 pounds? So what? That's nothing!" On the contrary, for me, that is everything. At my lowest point, I was at 197 lbs, a 34-36 waist, and like 13% body fat. These days my weight averages 205-210 and 36 waist jeans are starting to get snug on me. Before I was going to the gym 4-5 times a day, with regular cardio and weight training. Now I'm going maybe 1-2 times a week with no weight training at all.
This is not acceptable.
Here is my promise: Effective immediately I am back hardcore on the "Rick Workout Program". No more cheating. No more skipping the gym. No more subs at Quiznos. No more Frostys at Wendy's. No more pretzels at Auntie Anne's. No more eating out several times a week. As of now, I'm back on the 4-5 days a week workout and cardio program. I will not miss a day. I am also hereby restricting myself to 1 eating out a week.
This is fair warning to my family and friends that often invite me out for dinner. I will be turning your invitations down. This is not because I dislike your company or I am trying to be antisocial, but because sacrifices must be made. It is nothing personal.
I hereby encourage everyone who knows me and reads this to get on my case and push me to not cheat and to yell at me when I do!