Day Two of the Perfect Week?

July 2, 2008 · 7 comments

On Monday when I wrote that I was going to go after a perfect week of health I had major doubts as to whether it was the right thing to do. One day at a time is surely a better approach, particularly when I have been off the wagon for so long. Yet I felt as though I needed to have a little more structure than just a day. So I picked a week.

Day One went well. Day Two? Well, not perfect but I’m going to take it! For breakfast I had a few left over baby yukon gold potatoes my wife bought at the farmer’s market, the leftover Juicy Lucy patty and a V8. For lunch a small thai curry soup with no noodles, with tofu and chicken. Some almonds for a snack. For dinner we ordered takeout pasta from Pizza Hut and I managed to keep myself to a single portion and just one breadstick. Oh, and a single cinnamon stick. I did have a beer while watching the kids out at the pool.

I did not get the exercise I was hoping for, because I forgot to set my alarm and woke up late. After work I mowed the lawn and then watched the kids for an hour at the pool, so my exercise time was minimized. I did do Day One of my hundred pushups and also did 25 situps.

So really, far from perfect. But so much better than I have been and my head is still in the right spot so that’s good enough for me.

Time to buckle down today.

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MizFit July 2, 2008 at 5:34 am

and (waves at bill clinton) it ALL depends on what your definition of perfect is.


looks to ME like you did pretty darn great.


goodbyetoallfat July 2, 2008 at 9:50 am

Best wishes for a perfect week — and your sit ups and push ups!

Steve v4.7 July 2, 2008 at 10:53 am

I agree- one perfect day at a time can make a great week. Twenty-one or so perfect days and you’ll create a perfect habit.

Johnny July 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Your mind is clearly in the mode, which I think is half the battle. You’ll put the pieces together one way or another.

(And whether you feel like it or not, you ARE the man.)

Carol Bardelli July 3, 2008 at 6:45 pm

Denise Austin (and a few other fitness gurus) say if you can eat clean and stay on program 80-90 percent of the time you’ll succeed. There’s evidence that long term “perfection” in dieting is can lead to frustration, bingeing and failure. Every now and then we need a day off. That can even trick our metabolisms into thinking we’re not dieting and it will remain in a higher gear. Good luck! You can do it (and that’s a cliche because it’s true).

That makes sense, and I have heard about the day off idea before - I do tend to take it easy on myself on Sundays.

Keemy July 4, 2008 at 1:43 am

based on my experience aiming for a perfect diet or body figure only leads to frustration. it would be better to do just some simple objectives

Andrew is getting fit July 4, 2008 at 2:56 am

Sounds good to me John!

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