Getting in shape is no piece of cake

Getting in shape is no piece of cake

By Aaron Carmichael,
Chief Development Officer

Preparing for the Bike Adventure is really threefold for me — cardio at least 5 times a week, weights at least 3 times a week and eating healthier.

Cardio is my favorite.  I love the dreadmill … I mean treadmill.  I think my mind reverts back to my cross-country running days and muscle memory kicks in.  Honestly, 40 minutes of cardio and I feel great.  Weights don’t bother me either … well, not too much.  I’ve done weights most of my life and I love the immediate impact.  I can already see a difference from a regular weightlifting routine.

But take away my carbs, and I’m a VERY unhappy cyclist.  From my coffee creamer (hazelnut by Coffeemate is my fav) to toast with my eggs and even fresh fruit, I LOVE MY CARBS.  But they are hindering my weight loss and keeping that annoying belly fat right where it’s been for the past several years … on my belly.  I know, I know, we need carbs — healthy carbs, that is — but when you’re trying to drop about 40 pounds and most of it is in your belly, carbs are the enemy.

It truly is painful cutting a majority of my carb intake, physically painful.  I’d rather do 100 more sit-ups a day than give up my buttered toast at breakfast and roll with dinner.  I have to keep quoting Jeremiah 29:11 in my head; “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

I know that future means a flatter stomach and the ability to ride a bicycle 80 miles a day.  I just wish it also meant a dozen donuts and a nice slice of raspberry cheesecake.  If you want to hear more about pain, wait until I tell you about my spinning class!

Help me stay on track physically and also financially by making a tax-deductible gift to sponsor my ride this summer.

Chris Johnson
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Chris Johnson is the Director of Communications for The Fuller Center for Housing, a multi-award-winning columnist for the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer and author of 4 books.

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