Brett T.

Brett T.

Alumni

As I mentioned in yesterday's blog entry, I had to go into NYC today for what had "painful day" written all over it.  Just a bunch of meetings on topics that aren't in the pantheon of awesome.

On the plus side, the day ended up being more fun than I had thought.  The people I work with are a nice group of folks and even though a number of the topics were rather dreary it was fun to work through everything with them.  Sometimes you get so focused on the less fun stuff you forget about the fun pieces in your day, and a number of the folks who work for me or with me are definitely enjoyable people.

On the less plus side, I was in back-to-back-to-back meetings from the start of the day until the end, so I had to ad hoc everything I ate.  As a stress eater, I am very good at roughing it in the corporate wilderness.  Today I managed to get a Cliff Bar from a vending machine, 5 pieces of Le Pain Quotidienne bread that were left over in a conference room around lunchtime (it was not only 5 pieces left over, it was like a dozen, let's not go bananas here) and a handful of mini candy bars that somehow magically appeared on some flat surface somewhere.  Seriously, I am like the Bear Grylls of office survival, it's ridiculous.

The exercises went fairly smoothly and then I had two chicken thighs with Tikka Masala sauce and a little bit of rice for dinner.  A terrible fruit and vegetable day to be honest, but I figure we have lots of that to come.

Is Pearl in teams now?  Are we competing?  I'm confused man.


Day 1

"So wait.....half of what I eat on a normal day when I am being good, or half of what I eat on a binge eating day when I am stressed, or half of an average of those two?"

That was pretty much what was running through my head all day as I had a pretty sensible eating day but not incredibly auspicious.  I decided that drinking probably wasn't on plan so I did forego my NFL Sunday beers, although my fantasy teams and real life team (The illustrious Eagles of Philadelphia) did an excellent job of driving me towards drink.  

I am very fortunate to have been doing the exercises I learned on the Foundation pretty regularly over the last 18 months so the exercises for day 1 - while far from easy - didn't kill me.  So, you know, I got that going for me.

I have to get up early and go into New York for work tomorrow and it is looking like a long day.  A good test for Day 2 to stay on track and focused.


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Hi everyone, I'm Brett and I'm pretty excited to be starting up the program!

A little under 2 years ago I did the 120 day program for the more voluptuous individual - it was called the Foundation back then - and I loved it.  I have a pretty typical background for folks who do these programs; used to be a decent athlete but now I have kids et al, travel a lot for work and got into some really bad habits.  The Foundation was perfect for me; I started eating a ton better, I got into exercising every day, it was great.  I went from being really badly out of shape to being in great shape, lost 25 lbs and just generally felt better.

Some of you may be wondering whether the changes are maintainable after the program ends and I would say "For the most part, yes."  I learned a ton about nutrition and how to introduce more vegetables into my diet throughout the day, and I learned how to exercise in a way that really helped me reach goals.  I didn't learn how to stop drinking beer and I didn't learn how to pull myself out of those weeks when you are just eating cruddy because you are working so much.  But of the 25 lbs. I lost almost 2 years ago, 15 are still gone and I have remained in good-to-great shape throughout the time since the program through exercise and generally good eating.  My body works differently than it did two years ago.  I'm a believer in the gospel that is about to be preached.

I am in a job in financial services that I will be leaving either at the end of this year or early next year - we are still working out the deal.  I have been in my job for the last 7 years and when my company announced that they were offering money to folks to leave I decided that I would look for a change.  I have travelled a ton over the last few years - I work in New York and Toronto, but also travel all around North America - and I have 3 kids ages 7, 9 and 12.  It's time to do something different.  Now I just need to figure out what that is!

As I mentioned, I have two sons sandwiched around a daughter so they keep me busy when I am home.  I don't take myself or much else very seriously, but I am excited to get focused in on this.

Good luck everyone!


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