Officially, 2013 arrived nine days ago. The older I get, the faster time seems to fly by.
Every year, I tend to make New Year’s resolutions, and each year, I fail to follow through with them. The only exception was 2009 and 2010, when I started to work out regularly and got my weight down from around the 233-pound mark to 205.
It’s 2013, and my weight has crept back up to around the 218 range.
Instead of focusing on losing weight, which is something I have done extensively in the past, this year I’m focusing on eating right. I work out at least four or five days a week, but I hardly experience any of the positive effects due to my sub-par eating habits.
Eating out and drinking soda is my kryptonite. A handful of restaurant employees in the downtown Puyallup region near the Herald office know me by name due to my frequent visits.
The places I dine at are all top-notch eateries, but the only problem is, I typically choose the heartiest meal on the menu instead of the plethora of healthy options available to the average patron.
If I ever want to see the results of my hard work in the gym, I’m going to have to find a way to curtail my eating. If I continue to order items like biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak, hamburger steak, three enchiladas and bacon double cheeseburgers to go along with Costco-sized hot dogs from the concession stand at Emerald Ridge and Puyallup high schools, I will never reach optimum health, no matter how much I work out.
I’m sure there’s plenty of other individuals out there who are making the same resolution. The good news is, there is plenty of time to turn those New Year’s aspirations into reality.
Sports Editor Shaun Scott can be reached at 253-552-7002. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_shaun.