It's all gone a little bit wrong.
For two and a half weeks I couldn't get to the gym and it's started to show.
It didn't help that for one of those weeks I was away stewarding at Keswick Convention where all my meals were provided.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't poor food (in fact, the meat was particularly good quality) but it wasn't quite my new-found healthy(ish) eating.
My idea of a cooked breakfast these days is scrambled egg with nutmeg on a homemade wholemeal roll, maybe with some spinach if we've got some in.
Gone were the wholefood nuts, the seeds rich in omega 3 and the skimmed milk and in came apple and rhubarb crumble and ice cream among the daily desserts.
Even my skin was beginning to complain by the end of the week.
It wouldn't have been so bad if I'd managed to keep up my regular exercise but I only managed to get out for one jog all week.
When I came home I went down with a cold and had to take a couple of days to recover.
Then, this weekend, I had to miss the gym again as I travelled down to Wales for my friend's hen do - a day at a spa and then dinner.
I must say I was quite good and limited myself to one plate of food from the all-you-can-eat buffet and as I was driving I didn't have any alcohol.
It was too late, though - the damage had already been done.
It appears I have put on about two kilos (that's nearly four and a half pounds in old money).
I hopped (well, staggered) onto the scales at the gym tonight to see.
I wish I hadn't now.
Then there's the issue of toning.
I happened to glance at my arm earlier while wearing a sleeveless top and realised that the upper arm flab I was doing so well at shifting was back with avengeance.
So that's what two and a half weeks away from the hand bike and rowing machine does to you.
I'd already noticed that my belly was starting to look a little larger than it had been, too.
There's only one thing for it - move into the gym.
If that fails, I'll just have to make sure I visit very regularly to repair the damage.
One thing I did notice head back after the long break though - getting back into it wasn't as hard as it has been in the past.
Session one came yesterday and my legs weren't keen on that at all.
Tonight, though, I was quickly back in the swing of things and almost enjoyed my workout (note: I did say ALMOST).
The moral of the story, I guess, is that exercise isn't something you can pick up and put down at will.
Sometimes you can't help but miss it for a while (and going to the gym while under the weather wouldn't have been a good idea) but when you do have time it's important to make the effort.
While the benefits of working out are great, the effects of not working out when you're body has got used to exercise are as significant the other way.
Anyone for the gym tomorrow?
Published: August 7, 2012
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